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02-24-2017 05:40 PM
Thalassa In fact, grandpa specifically cremated a twenty years old family pet, then asked to be cremated too, because like, my family would not have cremated him. I would have, two of my sisters would have, but Mr. Whiskers and Grandpa didn't end up together on the shelf accidentally.

My mother had a bigger heart, but her dad was smarter. Combined, they gave us the impression that the family dog or cat is equal to our elder.

It's like, until my generation, no one both fully figured it out AND lived it out. But the seed was there, son.
02-24-2017 05:26 PM
Thalassa I feel I am very different from most people in this thread except jessandreia, and bluemts. @BlueMts at any chance, are you from West Virginia?

I feel my grandfather may have been the soul of this, but it's difficult not to become at least vegetarian when Mr.Whiskers, and Grandpa, are on the same home altar. My mom even says she "mostly only eats fish now" (not vegetarian, but she's afraid for her old brain I guess) and one of my sisters went plant-based for a while, and only stopped in response to my mother's fear-mongering (I'm like a carbon copy of grandpa, so don't gaf about mom's hysterics, and hope to be an example to my siblings).
02-24-2017 04:52 PM
Thalassa I came from one of those Gothic Southern families where I was woken up in the middle of the night to watch the miracle of animal childbirth, and slept with animals, and considered them members of the family (all the way down to cremation ashes being kept on the mantle beside granddaddy) ...and yet was strangely encouraged to eat animals in a kind of weird, Nazi-esque, fearful way.

I wonder if the Nazi-esque fear stems from the ashes on the mantle, in a Jungian repression way, if they were any less authoritarian, we all would have been at least vegetarian, something absent-mindedly frowned on in the South.
02-23-2017 08:02 PM
Vicky23 My parents didn't let me to have pets(
But now I'm an adult and take care of two cats)))
02-23-2017 12:48 PM
jaskins I don't think we did! I remember we had a fish tank, and I did have a hamster in elementary/middle school, but we never had dogs or cats. I have two cats now! I've always loved them, but my dad is allergic and my mom isn't a fan. She likes MY cats, though!
02-19-2017 04:08 AM
kellyon I have cat Thomas. He's 2 years old already
02-16-2017 03:31 AM
HushLittleLamb I dont think there has ever been a time in my life where I didnt have a pet.
02-09-2017 04:22 AM
BlueMts Always.
02-08-2017 07:52 AM
rose10 My parents had a dog, Coco when I was 2 and she became the best friend of mine I've ever had. But she got sick and died when I was 12. I remember I cried for many days. Now I still love dogs. But somehow I don't want to own one. Coco is the only.
02-07-2017 06:55 PM
missmetal I was born into a family with 1 cat and 2 dogs. that has always been the tradition with my parents. (They still have 1 cat and 2 dogs today.) Now Im married and out of home, I have 3 cats and 1 baby turtle. Whenever my husband and I decide to have a family one day, our children will be born into a family with pets too
02-07-2017 06:05 PM
Paisley.Dear I grew up with a variety of different pets. We had a dog and cat, which is pretty usual, but we also had other animals including some chickens and ducks. I'm very grateful for that now, because it taught me to view them all as individuals. Some of them were incredibly affectionate, some were curious. One in particular was a Grade-A jerk. We loved them all dearly and they all lived long lives, well cared for. It becomes very difficult to see an animal as a product when that animal struts over to you and hops up on your lap to beg for scratches and pettings. They got us thinking, and questioning our choices.

Because of them, my brother is vegetarian. Because of them, I am vegan.
02-07-2017 04:52 PM
Tom My family had mostly cats- never more than one cat at a time. Peasant, the cat I found on my way home from school one early fall day, shortly after our previous cat had passed, when I was 11 was really special. I think I would have gone veg even without my family having any pets, but perhaps I would not have adopted any.
02-07-2017 02:22 PM
SaraHudges i didn't have but i have - my dog
12-15-2016 08:51 AM
Mojo We took in a lot of strays and unwanted animals when I was a kid, but I've never had any as an adult. And I doubt I ever will.

With school, afterschool sports, homework and friends, there was barely time to give attention to one animal, let alone a revolving menagerie of 4-8 pets, and I don't think that was good for them. There was also the sense that if we didn't take care of them then they would go to animal control and probably be killed. It was a perpetual feeling of wanting to do good, but also being in denial about not really being able to properly take care of them.

There were days after days where the only human contact they had was the minute where we took food out to them and filled up the water dish and patted them on the head.

I think about that as an adult. It might be nice to be a caretaker for an animal, but then I question how much time I really have to give them the attention they need.
12-14-2016 11:53 PM
Capstan Some of my earliest memories are of my dog, Skipper. He was a family pet, but was my special friend. Later, we had a cocker/beagle mix, Fella. There was always a cat or two around; in particular, I remember an orange tabby called Rhubarb. He was named after a movie star. At one point, we also had a parakeet. To be honest, I always felt closer to the animals than to my human family. Pets are a wonderful thing, if you can take care of them properly. Today, I have a dog, Fleur, and cat, Puss Puss.

Skipper and me, c. 1954.

12-14-2016 02:24 PM
Symondezyn We only ever had dogs - I had one that I loved a lot and was close with when I was little, but the one we had later on was yappy and frankly, kind of dumb, so I never really bonded with him.

I always wanted a cat, but we could never have one cause my mum was allergic, so now I have four, and I also volunteer working with rescue cats LOL. So yeah, I suppose it may have affected my decisions as an adult LOL, although I probably would have done so regardless.
12-13-2016 11:27 PM
Purp I came into a house with a black cat (Lucy) who was toilet trained (no joke), and three dogs, Angus, Holly, and their son Fred. As I got older we adopted (or were adopted by) various cats and dogs, a tank of snails, a turtle (Charles DeGuille), 2 hermit crabs (Sleepy and The Inspector), a goat (Briars), among others...People always wondered why I never bought any animals, and it's because they all adopted us, or we adopted them. I think I was in the 8th grade before I knew you could go to a shelter and adopt an animal from there.
12-13-2016 07:10 PM
Jinga I was born into a family with two cats, a mama calico cat (a stray that adopted my parents when she was close to giving birth) and one of her grown kittens, an orange tabby. In first grade, I convinced my parents to get a dog. She was a gentle, beautiful Golden Retriever. After she passed away, we rescued a dalmation mix puppy from the Humane Society. By that time, our first cats had long ago passed and another amazing orange tabby had adopted us. She loved to explore outdoors, but would actually come running whenever I whistled for her. Not surprisingly, I went into complete animal withdrawl when I went away to college, but thankfully random animals always seemed to find me so I could give them some attention.

My last year of college, I rescued another puppy from the Humane Society, who was a pit type mix, then a couple months late I got another Golden Retriever. several years later, I became a step mom to a husky mix when I married my husband. It's been nearly ten years and we now have a young border collie mix. My husband is very allergic to cats or my kids, who are both cat lovers, would have convinced me to adopt one ... Or more. In all those years, other than when I lived on campus and wasn't allowed to have animals, I haven't gone more than a few months without a furry companion.
12-12-2016 11:26 PM
jessandreia Yep, I have always lived with pets. It would be very weird for me to not have a pet.
12-12-2016 10:15 PM
zombiesprinkles
Did you have pets growing up?

Did your family have pets while you grew up? Did that affect your decision on if you would have them as an adult?

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