I have had pets all my life. Looking back I see pet ownership was different years ago. My dad's family ran a farm. Pet's had jobs on the farm. The dogs helped heard animals and ran security. The cat's took care of rodents. I don't recall ever seeing pets inside at their house when I was a child. My mom's mother grew up on a farm too, but didn't like animals very much. I recall my grandfather having a hunting dog. He ran away and honestly to this day I've always wondered if my gram let him go!
My mom and dad both loved animals and my dad bought my mom our first family pet. A little cocker spaniel. He was jet black, hence his name "Inky". Inky lived with us INSIDE. He passed away when I was 6 or so. My parents believed that our cranky old neighbor poisoned him.
|Lady, Prince II, dad and I 1964|
|Dusty & I 1964|
|Prince II - 1965|
This is Dusty II. It seems we weren't very original with our pet's names! This Dusty was crazy! He used to follow my dad out in the woods when he went hunting. My dad swears he flushed out Pheasants for him! This photo was from after one of those adventures! He was a great cat!
I can not remember this dogs name at all. Not sure my sister does either. When my grandfather died my grama asked us to move home with her. My mom had to give away this little guy, but I got to take my cat. Imagine my gram's surprise when my cat delivered kittens!!!! Troubles got hit by a car right before I left for college. Everyone tried to hide it from me, but my sister blabbed it.
I am glad people are more aware of taking care of their pets. Things have changed a lot since I was young!