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Old 06-23-2005, 07:57 AM
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This is going to sound silly, but I've been wondering what your family usually thinks of you having pets.

I started with one cat in my appartment, which was ok... Well my mom though that it was a bit fast (I moved in one week earlier, was all unpacked one day later but for them it was still too fast). Then I moved here, bringing my cat (no way I would leave my cat), and my husband already had 3. My mom thought it was a lot.

I mentionned wanting a dog, and she was all like 'that's too much, what about the cats, bla bla bla'... Well I let it pass but I got Boris anyway. She wasn't too critical once I got him, but first thing she asked of course is how the cats reacted

So, anyway. I'm going to get that puppy on Saturday. It seems everyone in my husband's family thinks we are crazy to get another, and I haven't even dared telling my mom, and I'm not even sure I will before she comes visit. Are your family as critical as this??? I really don't take it well, we don't have children yet (not our choice, working on it though), I don't work (not my choice either), but I have lots of time for them as I don't work, and we have a fenced yard, we took Boris to training classes, it's not like they are unhappy or we are irresponsible owners! It's like it's a bad thing to want another dog to play with Boris when I'm too busy to play with him.

Anyway, I had to rant. Just wondering if anyone's else's friends or families think they are crazy as soon as they have more than 2 pets...
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Old 06-23-2005, 08:40 AM
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No, my family thinks I'm nuts and criticizes me for plenty of other reasons though, lol! My sister, who can do no wrong, has a Jack Russell, a German Shepherd and a cat with a nasty disposition, so they can't say anything to me about the animals . . .
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Old 06-23-2005, 08:59 AM
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My father-in-law thinks we're crazy and is always suggesting that we give some away. Then is says not to get any more. I guess you can tell he's a big animal lover. Our pets are our family and they are here to stay.
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Old 06-23-2005, 09:01 AM
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I definitely hear it from my mom and stepdad, they are constantly saying 3 dogs is way too many and you must be crazy. When we had our new carpet put in last week all they would say is "are you stupid, those dogs are going to ruin your new carpet"? Oh well, I look at it this way, opinions are like a**holes and everyone has one.... LOL
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Old 06-23-2005, 09:19 AM
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My mother thinks it's disgusting to have so many pets in the house. She just about fainted the first time she saw Nike on the counter, and always brings her lintbrush "Because I'll just be covered when we leave"! (My house is NEVER dirty, by the way, but my mom and I have 2 different definitions of clean!) And they ARE NOT children, it's crazy to love animals like people! My sister won't come to my house because she thinks the girls are going to eat her kids! Beyond that, I think the rest of our family is kind of amused by it! They think it's cute that I fall in love with every stray I meet, and think it's hilarious that Greg can't say no! The nice thing is, even with how my mom feels, if we had a medical emergency we couldn't handle financially, we could go to either of our parents and they wouldn't let our babies die b/c of money. When Serene was sick last year, my parents asked if we needed money. It was cute b/c mom wouldn't say the $ was for Serene, it was "I don't want you guys to go without because of that vet bill". Of course we could handle it ourselves, but it was nice to hear!
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Old 06-23-2005, 09:30 AM
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My in-laws think I am nuts to let Sunny in the house and think I treat him too much like a person. Oh well. Tim thought so too...until he spent a day with Sunny snuggling up to him while he watched tv, then went for a walk in the park where the little guy barely left his side. Didn't take too much for him to be won over The in-laws are definatly of the mindset that dogs are for protection and hunting companions, belong outside and get fed scraps only. They CERTAINLY don't get fed special food or have too much money spent on them I think the mom in law has changed her tune slightly since she watched him over the weekend. Daddy is waaayyy too much the traditionalist in the family. As for MY parents they have their own crazy puppy and have never been without a dog as long as I was alive (except for that few months after Dixie died and before they got Angel) and love it when I bring Sunny over. They always comment on how well behaved and cute he is, and think it is precious how their little girl and Sunny play together.
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Old 06-23-2005, 10:17 AM
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My parents say pets belong outside. They have never said much to me about my pets except their opinion on if they should be in or out, but since I rebelled against my dogs being outside when I was 17 and refused to listen, so they know its a waste of time with me.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:01 AM
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Yup...I had 4 dogs, now 3 and my family thinks I'm possessed. (which I am, of course) My Dad thought I was nuts to get a Doberman, to spend that kind of money...he loved the Lab, thinks the Chi's are cute, but useless. He thinks all Dobermans are vicious, unpredictable dogs, even though Lyric is affectionate with him, so sweet... and he's nice to Lyric too, but he still maintains that they're not good companion dogs. I think he's nuts because I've never had a more loyal, affectionate, smart dog.

Anyhow, yes...they think I'm nuts. It's a bit of a hassle when I do want to travel there to visit and then I hear, "I told you so." But all in all, they like my dogs and realize that they are my life. And they do see why I love them so and respect what I've done or how I handle them and especially Lyric...how he's turning out so lovely and gentlemanly. LOL. Now I get to say, "I told you so." LOL.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:09 AM
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I have 5 large dogs, 2 horses, and a cat. My parents don't think any thing of it as they grew up on farms. My mothers father also rescued and raised orphaned wild animals at one time my mother family had their cows, horses, goats, 40 cats and kittens (no spaying at that time), 2 dogs, red fox, 2 black bears, 2 moose, 1 deer, 2 crows, spider monkey, donkey, chickens (many), pigs etc.
So, no my parents and family don't even blink an eye at the amount of animals I have. My parents consider my dogs to be their granddogs since I did not have any children they treat my dogs like grandchildren When I was growing up we always had 3 or more dogs, at least 5 cats at one time, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, fish etc. we always had a big animal family which was great.
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Old 06-23-2005, 11:12 AM
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As many things as my Mom rides me about, she does say that if anyone wants an animal to have a wonderful, loving disposition they should let me raise it, lol!
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