Jan is asking questions about pets for the Friday Five.
Here are my objective, unbiased thoughts on a topic which holds little appeal for me (ha!):
1. Did you grow up with pets?
I did. We always had dogs, and my first gift to myself when I finished seminary and began my first call was a puppy from the North Shore Animal League. He was a black Lab named Jeff. Later, I adopted a golden retriever named Simon. I married a man with a golden retriever named Padzie. When he died, we bought a golden retriever whom we named Chase. Chase died last October, and....
2. Do you have any pets now?
...in December we met and fell in love with Lucy, our first female and first cream colored golden retriever. She had a heart condition which was undiagnosed when we purchased her, and needed surgery at 11 weeks of age in January. Now it's July and Lucy is perfectly healthy, and our family's great, great joy.
3. What is the funniest or worst thing any of your pets have ever done?
We're smitten. We think everything Lucy does is funny. She's a talker more than a barker, and makes a lot of funny, chatty throaty noises, with or without toys in her mouth that make us laugh a lot. She also puts her front paws on our shoulders and wiggles. Our almost three year old godson calls that a Lucy hug.
4. Who is/was your favorite pet?
Hands down, it's Lucy.
5. How did you train your different pets?
We attended puppy kindergarten with Lucy, which taught us all kinds of cool stuff. We can sit, leave it, lay down, shake, come, roll over... We liked puppy kindergarten.
BONUS: Pictures of a pet or one you wish you could have. Lucy's cousin, last fall.