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Or the "how do you when youre done?" thread but regarding pets instead of kids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm thinking that I could probably have a house FULL of animals one day. But of course, space, time and money comes into play.<br><br>
If those things werent an issue, would you add to your pet family? What would you add? What is your ideal pet family?<br><br>
I would probably add another cat. A big, fuzzy orange adult. Okay, maybe add another kitten too- I'd like to go thru that kitten phase again. I enjoyed it. So, I guess I would add 2 more cats.<br><br>
I'd like to adopt some big, mutt, lug adult dog to lay around the house. I'd also like to buy from a responsible breeder one day. A long hair chi. Sigh. My heart aches everytime I see one.<br><br>
BIG fish tank too. I've always wanted one! I saw this beautiful one that could be used as a room divider. How cool would that be? Or one in my bedroom...... coooooool......<br><br>
So, no, I soooo dont feel done with my pet family. I feel VERY done with my human family. No more kids for us.<br><br>
What about you?
 

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It's pretty clear to me that I'm never going to be "done." My goal for the future is to work at home, for myself, so that I can also run a small dog rescue, focusing on large breed dogs and/or elderly dogs. I will always have as many as I have space, time, and money for.<br><br>
That being said, given my current financial and physical and time constraints, I'm pretty happy with our family. We have two cats and two dogs permanently, and a third dog as a foster. If the situation warranted it, I think we could foster one more as well, but it would get to be a bit much. As for cats, I would take in a couple more of the need arose, but I probably won't search any more out.
 

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I'd like at least one more dog, and an aquarium. It won't happen until we're out of district-owned teacher housing, though... too small. We like labs, and ONE labrador retriever tail is enough to send our tiny place into disarray. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
When I'm rich (HAHAHAHAHAHA), I'll have a small farm and run a rescue.
 

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We have two gorgeous calico sisters - just turning one today! The kids want a dog but we'll probably wait a bit longer for that.<br><br>
Our cats are so sweet; I don't need more or anything different for us right now. There are such cool fish though.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I would adopt another kitten (we have a 7yo cat and a 6mo kitten) and we're getting an English Mastiff puppy in April, and that works for me. We also have my 9yo Rottweiler, 2 parakeets and a 50 gallon tank full of fish. Since I'm the one that takes care of all things animal-related, this is what I'm comfortable with. Having more than 2 dogs at a time doesn't work well for us, and dh doesn't want 3 cats, so I think we're pretty much set. (Until someone brings a kitten into the clinic that they can't pay the vet bill for....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )
 

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if we had the room, we'd have more.<br>
I loved fostering dogs (GSDs) but we moved to a smaller & a hi0needs baby/toddler stopped that.<br>
I would focus on the older dogs/cats.<br>
We also rescued froom hi kiil pounds esp those that still use gassing (yes, a'la Nazi camps) as a form of euth.
 

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we're not done. In fact one of the search critera we are using in our search for a house is 3-5 acres so we have enough room for all of our stuff as well as a fenced 'run' or play & practice area for a half dozen dogs or so. We have decided that for our family, the decision is to get our dogs from humane societies and rescues.<br><br>
to clarify: the dogs will live indoors, of course, unless they prefer outdoor living, and even then they will have 24/7 access to the house as well as the workshop {dh's requirement is a seperate workshop so he can restart his landscaping business}
 

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I am seriously wanting a dog, but I feel that the kids need to be a bit older, and me too, frankly. I worked for a while as a dog handler at a security/boarding kennel and I know <i>exactly</i> what it takes to own a dog, and some breeds I know too well to even consider! I also saw many dogs get 'dumped off' on the kennel owners - they'd say that they just wanted them boarded and then would never come back... anyway... back to the original subject...<br><br>
I love so many breeds. My current (and longstanding) favorite is the <a href="http://www.akc.org/breeds/greater_swiss_mountain_dog/index.cfm" target="_blank">Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.</a> I've admired them for quite a while, and they're still my current favorite! I love Scottish Deerhounds, but they may be a bit much for me.<br><br>
If we decide for a smaller dog, I love English Bulldogs and Corgis. I'm fairly sure we'll need a large dog, though.<br><br>
Medium sized favorites inclue Brittany Spaniels, <a href="http://www.akc.org/breeds/irish_water_spaniel/index.cfm" target="_blank">Irish Water Spaniels,</a> and <a href="http://www.akc.org/breeds/curly_coated_retriever/index.cfm" target="_blank">Curly Coated Retrievers.</a><br><br>
Can you tell I'm obsessed? I'm trying very hard to be content with my kitty family right now!
 

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We aren't done, there is still a hole in my heart and soul from Daphne passing away after Chirstmas. I need a furry bitchy cat to sleep all day and leave big clumps of hair around.<br><br>
Right now we have 2 dogs, 2 cats and a fish.<br><br>
For right now I'd like to add a nice fish tank and a long haired cat.<br><br>
I'm totally in love with our new dog's personality. When we add on to the dog part of the family I'd love another Corgi.
 

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We've got a good number of dogs - I like 3-4 (& I love my Anatolian Shepherds, although there's a breed I've had my eye on, that I'd really like as our next house dog - a kind of sighthound called the Azawakh)- but I'd like to have a couple of milk goats (some of those spotted Nubians!) in addition to my fiber goats, & to get peafowl again (I want some charcoal mutation ones!), & more chickens (maybe black Sumatras, I used to have those). I had to downsize my poultry drastically when I quit work to be a SAHM (I did have over 200 birds -Embden geese, Ancona ducks, the largest flock in the US of large fowl silver blue & birchen Modern Games, silver laced & blue laced red Wyandottes, Barnevelders, dark throated Golden pheasants, Asils, Old English Games, black crested blue Polish, Lilac turkeys, plus some mixed Cochin/Silkie/Easter Egg bantams - I kept a trio of elderly Asils & a small group of bantams).
 

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I want a cat but it will be a hard sell to my husband. He dislikes them. I'd really like an orange tabby whom I will name Oliver. However, I will take any cat and I hope one adopts our home. My dog is getting older and I imagine we will get another one when she passes. Not as a replacement but to help soften the blow. We have a fish and a hamster -- the jury is still out on whether we will get more.
 

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I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> my two cats, but I'd really like one more. H doesn't think it's a great idea, though, and the existing cats probably wouldn't either, to be honest.
 

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No more human children for us, but I can't wait until I can get a dog again. And then another dog. And maybe another dog? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Well, I've wanted three cats for a while....DH had always said two was "perfect" one boy, one girl cat...well, when Nicky died early last year I was rather devistated. Then, three months ago getting Heaven...well, what can I say other than she has been so wonderful. So loving, affectionate, playful. The thing is, in the beginning our older cat, Sammy was sort of "iffy" about her and hid from her...but now they're interacting more so I am feeling good about it. Heaven is so outgoing though, she REALLY wants Sammy to play more, but she's not interested.<br><br>
When I was adopting Heaven, she mentioned Heaven and one other kitty...a black boy who was her brother. The thing is, my girls really wanted a girl kitty and the breeder sounded like she might be giving the black to her son (he has almost the same awesome personality...she loves him and is very attatched). I really wanted a black when I called her...but my DD had fallen in love with Heaven's picture anyhow (and she was definitely available, while it sounded like she wasn't ready to let the black go). But, I hinted to her that if she decided to let him go that I would love to give him a home. It was in the back of her mind...well, about two weeks ago in an email she wrote to me asking me if I was still interested in adding another black.kitty to my household. My heart skipped a beat as I thought it might be the special black that she wasn't sure she could part with. I called her up, and it was indeed the cat that she mentioned. She said she had been seriously thinking about it...and that she was having a couple more cats coming into the household and although she very attatched she realizes that she really need to cut back and keep it to a number she can handle. Her son told her that he loved the cat, but didn't want to have it...just wanted her to keep it at her house (which she said number wise would be too much). Anyhow, my heart was jumping all over the place. He may not be ready for a while though, but she said I have *first dibs* on him when he is ready <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: . And, no doubt I am going to jump at the chance <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . Heaven has been so wonderful, and his personality is supposed to be just like hers...(and they apparently got along well). He is also top show, was an easy Grand with nicer type than Heaven. I really want to show him, as he will kick butt!<br><br>
But, I of course am getting ahead of myself, just holding my breath waiting to see if/when he'll be ready. I know how hard it must have been to let Heaven go...she is just so amazing, like my best friend she just stays with us all the time...so loving and friendly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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we currently have 3 cats and adore them. however, when my baby cat dies (she lives with my parents and is 17 years old), one of them is going to live with my parents because they NEED a cat and she's the grouchiest about sharing. when the kids are old enough to participate in the care, we're hoping to adopt a recycled racer greyhound.
 

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I want a boxer in the worst way. I have since I was in my teens but so far it hasnt happened for one reason or another. Now that I have the net and have been researching I find that without the proper training (that I have no idea how to do) they can be very cat, small animal agressive. So I have to decide to not get any more cats ever or never own a boxer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I dont know how I will manage it.
 

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Are you freakin' kidding me? You know what I dream of doing if I won millions in the lottery? I want to buy a huge amount of acreage for facilities to care for unwanted animals. I'd hire a veterinary staff and staff to care for them and socialize them and play with them.... This is all a fantasy in a perfect world where I am a kazillionaire......but it's a dream.<br><br>
In reality, if I had plenty of money and time and space I'd have:<br><br>
another pekingese<br>
an english bulldog<br><br>
Tons of kitties........mmmmm......<br><br>
Snakes (probably a blood python or a king snake) and lizards (beardies, and more uros) and amphibians (frogs and newts) out the wazoo<br><br>
A HUGE saltwater tank (don't know what I want in it)<br><br>
A tank with just blennies (so cute!!!!!)<br><br>
A HUGE freshwater tank (maybe cichlids and another one with nothing but bottom feeders, love'em)<br><br>
A cockatoo (mollocan or goffin's I think)<br><br>
An eclectus (female!!)<br><br><br>
A COW!!!! I've always wanted a pet cow!
 

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Oh....but the REAL reality is..........no more pets for us for awhile. We've had way too much tragedy in our home and as it is, I can't take any more loss..... We won't be adding to our family until Mia has long passed. She's gonna be an only dog (fur creature) for her life unless some little creature comes my way by fate and needs me like I need it.<br><br>
But........my fish tank is bleak. I think I'll do it over again, with some cichlids.
 

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The most pets I've had at once was a couple years ago when we had 2 cockatiels, 2 quakers and a dog. I developed "bird fancier's lung" last year and we had to place our birds (which we'd had for 7-9 years) with another family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I was heartbroken--I miss my birdies! They're happy with their new family though.<br><br>
Now we just have our lab mix Raven, who is 5. She's the perfect dog for us. Calm, friendly, affectionate, lays at my feet, plays with balls and rope toys, likes off-leash walks in the woods, and is very tolerant of kids. (The only thing is all the dog hair! I could seriously make a pillow every few months! But I love the lab personality so much that I just need to get over the dog hair thing.)<br><br>
I'm happy with things the way they are now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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