Right now, one dog is our limit. With the semi-nomadic (school years in Alaska, summers in Wisconsin) kind of living we do, one dog is a lot to handle. We fly him with us, which is expensive and kind of difficult and stressful for all involved (human and canine). We also spend significant time staying with family (my parents and DH's parents), and while all involved are dog lovers and welcome Loki into their home with open arms, I could never justify invading their houses with an entire flock of animals, nor am I the kind of person who can just leave my dog(s) behind for long periods of time. We're having to do this while we're in Anchorage for the baby's birth, and it breaks my heart. He'll be well cared-for; the person watching him will spend at least an hour hanging out at the house with him, but I just take dog ownership too seriously to do it half-@$$ed.
Given boundless monetary resources, a securely fenced farm property, and enough time to play with them all every day (playing with dogs just makes me happy
), however, I can see myself owning a small flock of dogs. BUT, given the fact that I will likely never be independently wealthy and able to just while away my time frolicking with canine friends, we'll probably settle on a comfortable two or three dogs once we feel our lifestyle is more multi-dog friendly.
If I weren't allergic, I'd consider a cat or two since they're pretty low-maintenance and DH likes 'em and has owned 'em in the past, and I want an aquarium (again, once we have a more permanent home that we stay in year-round), and I've always liked lizards and snakes...
Can you tell I'm kind of an animal person?