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Do Tell: How Old Were You When You Got Your First Pet?

I got my first pet – a pup named Joey – way back when I was in preschool. I remember the process – and my excitement! – as if it were yesterday when I finally got to go pick him out with my Dad.

How old were you when you got your first pet, and what kind of animal was it?


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raeleerobot raeleerobot 9 years
When I was 3, my 4 year old brother came home with a grey cat in his hoodie, whom we named Pebbles. Pebbles somehow got pregnant and we ended up with a litter of kittens, only one of which was orange. He also had extra toes on each foot so we named him BigFoot (creative, right?). He was my first actual pet, and I've since realized I prefer dogs haha
ally14 ally14 9 years
I begged my parents for 4 years for a dog and finally got one as a birthday present when I was eleven! Happiest day of my life!
samurai_hell_kitty samurai_hell_kitty 9 years
My parents had our cat, Suzy, before they had me. As a matter of fact, I've never lived in a house without pets.
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I was eight and my brother was six, and we had been pestering our parents for FOREVER. We always used to go to the movies at a mall that had a pet store and would get there early to play with all the animals before the movie. Well, one fateful day (I don't remember which movie, it was clearly not the highlight of this memory!), my dad saw Sherman (a lemon bassett) and it was love at first sight. We went right back in and picked him up after the movie!! Sherman was my BFF throughout high school, we finally lost him just a year ago, but we still love him! Sherman was the $hit.
Aestuo Aestuo 9 years
i was literally a year and a half old, my parents took care of it, but i had a dog (a sheltie) before i had siblings, and he was like a brother to me. we were inseparable until he died when i was 16. it certainly shaped my felings about animals and made me feel strongly about the importance of pets.
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
I had a rabbit when I was 5. And then, I had my 1st cat when I was 7! ;) I remember how exited I was! ;)
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 9 years
I was young. I remember that. I got my first pets (two cockatoos, Blusher and Mikey) when I was really little and I got my third pet (not counting fish - they didn't live long) when I was 15. He (my cat) is two years old now.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
My parents had some fish and a Himalayan cat, Ona, before I was born. She died of leukemia (I think?) before I turned 7 and then we adopted brother & sister kittens (Cinnamon & Chanel). Then we got another cat, Shadow, when I was 12. Two years later, my dad gave away Cinnamon and Chanel because they kept having bathroom-related issues and their long coats caused a lot of problems. We kept our cat, Shadow, though. Then we got our first dog, a miniature schnauzer named Scamp, three years ago when I was 16. And we adopted our Chihuahua puppy, Lucy, last year. So now we have one cat and two dogs.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 9 years
My first pet was a Persian named Rex. Since Rex I've had another persian, a cockatiel, and a tabby - M&M who lives with my parents still. We got Merlot about 3 years ago and Viva is my first dog!
Ellenora Ellenora 9 years
I was 3 when I got my first dog. I was a tad younger when I got my hamster Sandy.
ladyr ladyr 9 years
When I was born, we had two dogs and a cat. We always had animals throughout my childhood, including dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies, parakeets, chickens, fish, etc. My earliest sad memory is of the day we had our dog, Duffy (a golden retriever/whippet mix), put to sleep when I was in preschool. My mom didn't let me come to the vet with her, but she explained to me best she could what was going to happen, how he wouldn't be there when I got home from school, and that he was old, etc. I remember crying a lot at preschool that day because I wanted to see my dog. These days, I have two wonderful pooches.
sandrap sandrap 9 years
We have had dogs in our home before i was even born. I got my first own pet when i was 9 years old-it was a cute little hamster, but my very own dog came when i was 15.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I was 34- it was this past December!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I was 4 when I got my first dog. My mom let me pick one out when my dad left us. I chose a Bichon puppy dying from Parvo who was rescued from a puppy mill. I named her Sunny because she was always smiling and loved to sunbathe. With the help of a good vet we nursed her back to health and she lived another 12 years and even had 7 puppies (amazing for her small size). She was such a good dog.
SomethingWicked SomethingWicked 9 years
I will be about 24! my first pet (an adopted Australian Shepherd) this Nov!
Madara1 Madara1 9 years
i got my first pet cat-girl Minnie at the age of 6
lolococo lolococo 9 years
My first pet was also in preschool - a golden retriever which we named Barkley (like in Sesame Street). She was my BFF!! I remember taking naps and cuddling with her all the time.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
When I was little I had fish, a chameleon, mice, a hamster, and a gerbil (one at a time!). But I consider my real first pet my golden retriever I got when I was 10. A kitten followed me home when I was 13 and my mom couldn't say no to keeping him. Now he's her best buddy. Now that I'm grown, I don't like rodents at all.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
i was about 6 years old and it was a mouse - his name was smokey. my mom refused to let us have any 'real' pets so instead we had vermin! my sister named her mouse myrin (after the brady bunch show) and my brother named his bullseye. original names and a bit odd. had we had a REAL pet, perhaps the name would have been better!
secretallstar secretallstar 9 years
We always had pets - my first word was "nice" because my parents would say it to me when I was petting our St. Bernard. My sister and I got to pick out our first pet - a ferret named Felina - when I was about 6 or 7. Now I've got 3 dogs of my own.
missyd missyd 9 years
i was 6
shepptacular shepptacular 9 years
I lived in a pet free zone growing up so I got 3 pets as soon as I moved out!
HelloAnia HelloAnia 9 years
4 years old, I found a TINY TINY recently born kitten on top of a car tire (trying to keep warm from the heat the car gives off) in the winter (I am from Siberia, Russia), so I totally took it home by sneaking it into my coat pocket, only to show my mom when we finally got upstairs to our apartment. :D Of course she couldn't say no.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
On a side note, my kids will be born into a house with pets as I already have 2 of my own and can't imagine ever having a house without pets again!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
The first pet in my house was a cat when I was in 6th grade. My parents felt bad b/c they moved us mid school year and then the neighbor's cat had kittens and one day when dad came home there was a new cat in the house. However, that cat and the next were my sister's pets, they would only go to her and spend time with her. My first pet came when I was in 9th grade and it was our Maltese Zackie (named after Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell...what can I say I was a teenage girl in the 90s!!) I had been begging and begging for a dog for as long as I can remember when one day my Mom and I were watching the Westminster Kennel Club Show and she got fet up with me and said, "THe only way we will ever get you a dog is if you write one reason for ever dollar a dog would cost." So of course I took this literally and spent weeks coming up with hundreds of reasons. I had everyone I knew including teachers and prinicipals helping me. I would have random kids in school come up to me with new reasons ranging from softer than a porcupine to always having a date on a Friday night. I can't say whether or not anyone ever told my parents what I was doing, but I can say when I walked downstairs with 40 pages of typed reasons (425 to be exact) and asked, "how much does a dog cost?" and "do I get any credit for typing them?" my mother's jaw literally dropped. I think she realized that she would HAVE to get me a dog. And they did!! It is probably one of my parents favorite stories to tell and my dad even shared it in his toast at my wedding!!
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