I am proud that I have been a lifelong animal lover. I give my mom a lot of credit for raising me to have a deep love of all things cuddly. Growing up, we always had a dog, sometimes a cat or two, usually a hamster, and some fish. So it’s no surprise I find myself in the suburbs with a zoo.
Part of our zoo…
Living in NYC for many years, one of the hardest things for me was that I was only allowed one cat in my rent controlled apartment (if you are at all familiar with NYC housing, you’ll understand… you don’t mess with rent control!) So the minute I got to the burbs, I adopted 2 more cats, and a dog. And when the kids came along, we added bunnies, a goldfish, a betta fish, and 2 more dogs! And we’ve even started fostering rescue kittens.
And then I invested in a really good vacuum!
But even with all the vacuuming, I am eternally grateful to my mom for making me realize how much joy animals can bring us in life. They love us unconditionally. They are so excited to see us… even after I go somewhere for 10 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, they are also a giant pain in the ass. One of our dogs loves nothing better than to rip apart the garbage. That’s always fun to clean. And don’t get me started on the cleaning of the poop. Cat poop, dog poop, bunny poop, even fish poop. But then again, having two kids, I have gotten used to cleaning poop! The unconditional love pets give though, makes up for the poop. So as crazy as our zoo has gotten, I wouldn’t change a thing. I would maybe ask my kids and my husband to not act like animals and make my zookeeper’s job even harder, but I’m sure they wouldn’t listen. So we have a zoo in the burbs. And we’re keeping it. And I love it.
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