I love animals. I whole-heartedly believe that a lot of wants in our adulthood stem from childhood. We weren’t allowed pets when I was younger- none, zilch, nada. Of course this made me want one all the more.

I’ve definitely made up for the ‘no pets’ rule recently. Here are just a few of the pets I’ve acquired in the last few years:

Two German Shepherds- one is father to the other. At one point we rescued a silver/gray female shepherd. She had 14 puppies! OMG, they were all adorable! We sold most of the puppies and gave a few away. A friend of ours who lives out in the country wanted a dog so we gave the female shepherd away several months ago. You know how people say “I took them to live on a farm”? Well, I checked, and this tale was true! Now we have our original dog and his son, who he keeps in place daily.Photobucket
Two rabbits- I bought one in Tennessee on an Amish farm. He’s a black dwarf rabbit and soooo soft. I acquired another, much larger rabbit, a long-eared one, at the pet store when they closed down. They assured me that is was male. Hmm, I was shocked by baby rabbits one morning. Had to give the long-eared away after that. Interesting fact- the rabbits were fine for several months but after she gave birth they could no longer live together. They fought and would have eventually killed one another. I have a friend who breeds rabbits so she went to her. I had such fun walking these rabbits on a leash and teaching them to use the litter box.


Two hermit crabs. These are neat creatures and take almost no upkeep. You have to give them water and I give mine leftover veggies but that’s about it. I love to give them baths.

Two cats- both Siamese. These cats have such personality. They love cheese! And one of them loves to snuggle close when he sleeps.


Add to all of these the wild birds and squirrels that I feed and yep- it looks like I’m preparing for an arc!

I’d love to know more about your pet/pets…

Kissa Starling



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Kissa’s gone to the dogs. And cats. And rabbits.
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30 thoughts on “Kissa’s gone to the dogs. And cats. And rabbits.

  • July 3, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Hi! I love animals very much, too.
    I've always had a dog or two around me and several cats. Now I have a Shih-Tzu and five domestic cats. I wasn't allowed to buy a hamster or a rabbit when I was a child, so I'm contemplating about it now 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  • July 3, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Would love to come over and see all your pets. I love animals too. But I only have a parakeet and one dog here. Used to have 2 dogs but back in April I lost one. Still getting over the loss but if my surviving dog allows it, I might get a puppy.

  • July 3, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Leah that is A LOT of pets, it's a wonder you have any time to write 🙂

  • July 3, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Awe… so many animals! I love love love cute cuddly furry soft things… but sadly I'm allergic to most pets. That doesn't stop me from visiting with them and pet sitting though.
    My sister's dog is a little princess. She's a champion show dog (now retired) – but she acts like a puppy. I wouldn't mind having her life 😛
    Loved the pics!

  • July 3, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I would love to have lots of pets but my husband is not much of an animal lover.

    We do have two budgies. Unfortunately, one is sick and the hubby is bringing it to the vet in a few minutes.

    Well, we did make it up with children…hehe!!!


  • July 3, 2009 at 7:29 am

    While I like animals, I am not a big 'pet person' and haven't had pets since I was a child. My last pet was a black cocker spaniel I named 'Peanut' because he was so small. I dressed him up in my doll's clothes. Poor puppy, but he did look cute with a bonnet on his head!

  • July 3, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Growing up on a farm we had tons of animals. Actually, a lot of the same ones you have. Right now I have a 1 1/2 year old cat named Miranda. She's a sweetheart!

  • July 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

    No pets here, but your post made me wonder if you actually picked your author name because (in Finnish) kissa = cat. Unless it's your real name, in which case you obviously didn't have much saying in it. 😀

  • July 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Hi from Finland! I used to have cats, but now I have to settle for my brother's dog.

  • July 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

    growing up we have always had lots of dogs and cats. I've had rabbits, a turtle, two rats. We always got our cats from rescueing others usually. I don't know what I'd do with out my animals, i love em to death.
    lexeetoste at sbcglobal.net

  • July 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I didn't grow up with pets. I finally got my first fish right after college. It was a blue beta.

  • July 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I love animals too. We just rescued an epileptic cat that we found seizing in our backyard. We are surprised he lived this long in the wild.
    My BF and I are going to spoil him rotten:)

  • July 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Whoa! Cool pets!

  • July 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I was like you growing up. No pets allowed. Now, I have 4 dogs, 3 cats, 1 horse, and approximately 24 chickens. Can you tell we love our animals? I want a goat but my hubby won't let me get one. LOL Have a great day.

  • July 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

    My son wanted a hermit crab…. they were being sold at high end Toronto mall for 40$ but they threw in 2 shells and a plastic crate…. but the two shells were painted real cool

  • July 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

    You have adorable critters. We just recently adopted a dwarf rabbit, though we haven't trained her to be inside. She gets the run of the backyard during the day and sleeps in her hutch at night.

    Also have two eastern box turtles that my boys bought over 15 years ago, that, surprise, still live at our house. They are wonderfully easy though. They share the back yard with my angel face during the day and sleep in their warm cage at night.

    You can't beat turtles and rabbits if you want critters that don't make any noise.


  • July 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I love animals. I have grown up with animals. They have been in my life for as long as I can remember.
    Right now I have two kitties, a girl, Dot, and a boy, Dash. I would love more, I would LOVE to have a dog, but we currently live in a basement apartment, so it just isn't possible.

  • July 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Growing up, our family had several cats along the way, and one dog.

    One summer, my husband and I found a stray female cat with 10 kitties which we cared and fed. They lived under the bay window of our house. The sad part was she took them away one morning. Guess she wanted little ones all to herself.

  • July 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I have three cats left out of four dogs and 11 cats.
    Time marches on and they don't get any younger. Have lost all of the to old age and cancer.
    The oldest cat was 20 and the oldest dog was 15.
    Callie is 19 years old and sleeps a lot.
    Tara is coal black and 12 years old.
    Bobbi is 12 years ols and is a black and white longhair with very little tail. Hence the name.
    They are spoiled rotton.

  • July 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    We didn't have pets growing up either. And at the moment, we don't have any pets either–we figured the kids were enough work! We do have a gazillion stuffed animals, which the kids name and drag around with them, just like pets, except they're easier to take care of, but slightly less cuddly!

  • July 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    While I love animals, I'm not sure I really want a pet. Aside from my allergies, I'm not around enough to really take care of any pet I might get.

    However, I really loved the cats we had when I was growing up, before I found out I was allergic – which explains a lot. I also enjoy visiting with the dogs both of my brothers have.

  • July 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I can't remember a single day in my life that I haven't had at least one pet. Right now I have two cats and a dog. One cat is a Ragdoll and the other is a stray that adopted us. Rascal is the dog's name and it fits him to a tee!

  • July 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    We always had lots of pets growing up. Basically anything that moved was could show up labeled a pet. I kinda have a talent for attracting animals with chronic &/or genetic health problems, so when the older animals started going on to their next adventure I decided to pick ones that I wanted this time. They were going to have problems anyway..& I had found Petfinder.com. I know have 3 dogs [Australian Kelpie X's], and 5 cats [ 2 black tabbies.. black w/smoke stripes.. 2 bengals & 1 that is suppose to be, but I think is an occicat X.]. Even though they came from all parts of the country, and were initially picked from pictures.. yep they all are medical misfits. I couldn't be without my crew though.
    ioki underscore jo at hotmail dot com

  • July 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    now we have a dog rusty and a white farret gizmo. Had a ball python named gambit but he died. We are thinking about another snake.

  • July 4, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I have three cats, two ordinary and one thinking she's a dog! She follows me everywhere and makes funny noises when she's waiting by the door for someone to come out and play.

  • July 4, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I have a very spoiled puppybut as a kid i used to hgave a farm of animals welcome to the blog kissa

  • July 4, 2009 at 3:18 am

    I have three cats, ages 17, 13 and 9. I grew up with chickens turkeys and the occasional duck or peacock.

  • July 4, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Sorry, I've been having computer problems. I really enjoyed this post. We have a total of 12 cats right now.


  • July 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    House mom- I wanted a pot-bellied pig recently but hubby said no (even thought he once had a pet goose who followed him everywhere. They are better protection than dogs sometimes!)

    Paula- I did know that Kissa was Finnish for cat!

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your animal stories everyone!


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