42+ terrestrial pets from 1995-2013 in my household. We also had a bunch of fish, but they pretty much rotated through the same tanks.
That’s 2.33333333333 new pets/year over that time period.
That’s way too many!!!
Pets of My Life: The Future
Late 2013 1 ten gallon tank with a couple of guppies, but will be looking for a 50-75 to build the next item.
Late 2013-2014 1 Large semi-tropical vivarium. 1-2 Geckos, and possibly tree frogs if there are some that can cohabitate in the tree/forest setting. 50-75 Gallons of water space with plenty of small, colorful fish. If I get lucky and find a 120 Gallon tank I may even go for a turtle or two.
^This setup could be bigger or smaller depending on when I do it. In the near future(in an apartment) it will just be a quickly rigged setup, but if I wait until I’ve got my own place I might have it built into a wall separating two rooms.
2 Dogs. Preferably medium sized, and nothing too yappy. Possibly 2014, but realistically 2017-2018.
Possibly a cat. Who knows. They are easy to care for, so I could have one in a couple months, years. Gotta be friendly, and preferably a little retarded. The smart ones tend to be more willing to bite because they’ve got way too much respect for themselves.
I’m hoping that between late 2013-2023 I have 5-8 terrestrial pets, and then 50ish small fish. Outside of fish, I like the idea of having .5-1 pets/year per decade! haha
Pets of My Life: Running Total(ish) 100+ Pets
First things first. Most of these were animals my mom made the mistake of bringing into our family. She’s very ADD/Compulsive, and doesn’t think about the time nor energy involved with keeping an animal.
Animals Currently at my house. 2013
4 Large Rabbits and 4 Babies(Intended to be butchered.)
1 Goat(possibly)(Intended to be butchered.)
1 Dog (I hope she doesn’t intend to eat this animal haha)
11 Fish: 7 Guppies, 2 Blue Gourami, 2 Plecos (3 of the Guppies are directly mine, as well as one of the Plecos)
Let’s see if I can remember all of our previous pets(from age 4+ because I don’t remember the couple cats/dog we had when I was a baby… even though I just mentioned them)! Some died, some were given away. 1993-2013
2 Ducks (released to a park full of ducks, where there for a couple years, so hopefully they had a good life!) Late 1990’s
6 Bunnies (one died randomly, but it was free to hop in the back yard and may have eaten something bad, 5 of old age.) Late 1990’s-Early 2000’s
4 Dogs (My mom put 3 of them down when I went away to school, and then gave the last one away after a little while.) Mid 90’s-Late 2000’s
8 Goldfish ( (6(Late 90’s))We left them with my dad one summer while I was visiting my moms home town… (2 (2012)) 1 died randomly, and the other got stuck in a large seashell)
10+ Guppies (Generally just random deaths.) 2012-2013
2 Parakeets (1 Died at my g-pas because a cat reached in and killed it, and the other died of being old idk.) Late 90’s-Early 2000’s
1 Cockatiel (Lived for 10+ years, but had some issue with it’s neck, but lived for a while) Late 90’s-Late 2000’s
6 Turtles(I found them in my yard/roadside, but then let them go at the end of summer so they could hibernate) 2004
6 Cats (I think 1 was given to a family member, but most lived for quite a while until they died of cancer or renal failure) Mid 90’s-2013
2 Uromastyx Lizards (1 was very colorful, but we got it for free because it was sickly and died of eating a bunch of sand… the other one lived for 6-8 years… but eventually ate a bunch of sand and died…) Mid 2000’s-2010
1 Pacman Frog (He was traded in for a parakeet because my mom bought a mouse too early and then got attached.) 1995
1 Mouse (It died by accidentally breaking it’s neck on it’s running wheel.) 1995
7 Betta fish( Some idk, 1 because it’s water got too cold, 2 jumped out of their various tanks, 2 because one of their tanks broke, so my mom put the other into her 30 gal… that already had one and even though she separated them they died from stress) 1993-2013
10 neon tetras (water quality was fine, but they just didn’t live) 1995
6 neon tetras (overstocked her tank) 2012
3 Black Skirt Tetras (overstocked her tank, one had some odd mouth cancer) 2012-2013
1 Blue Gourami (bacterial infection/was really mean to the other fish… frozen) 2013
2 Mystery Snails (one in overstocked tank died quickly, the other lived for quite a 1 1/2 years) 2012-2013
1 Ferret (My sister got bored of it, and gave it away.)
This list doesn’t include random animals we took care of for brief periods of time. I wish my mom would just do that kind of stuff. It would fill her need, and be perfect for her attention span.
Found Out that My Sister is Moving Back to Missouri in May…
This should be interesting. Back in January I remember her screaming into the phone that she’d never come back while she was talking to my mom. Just looked over her facebook, and she seems oddly happy. I hope this translates to being relatively decent in person. We never really got along. I’m sure I expected more respect than I deserved being that I’m the older sibling, but she tends to not give out any… Maybe she will be cool, and we can work on changing up some things at my mom’s.
Also, I got a cool job offer today to work in Maine over the summer at a camp for uber wealthy. It starts June 10th, so I might give it a go just to get out of the house, and see a part of the country I’ve never been to.
I think this will be my go to bed show for a while. It’s slightly amusing, but not very exciting. Perfect for barely paying attention too.
Gonna go make some sort of a broccoli/pasta salad, and might try to put in a couple miles if the weather cooperates!
Welp, it’s Over.
Over the last two years or so I’ve been in a long distance on-again off-again relationship. It started as a college relationship that was great for two years, and began to fall apart when I had to move back home. We’ve both had our low points, and failures in life. We both caused problems for each other. I was really wanting to rebuild it, but that’s not up to just me.
When I didn’t have a job I needed to have a job. When I didn’t earn a ton I need to earn more. When I earned more I needed to move somewhere else. From my viewpoint I was fine with living at my means as I’m waiting to go back school, but that wasn’t acceptable for her at this point.
I’ll just have to see where life takes me. Maybe back with her if she realizes that happiness is about the people more than anything. Maybe with someone else. Maybe alone. Who knows.