I'm not a pet owner and I have never had any desire to be one. At present, my sister has two cats and my brother has a dog. When I visit them, I enjoy the pets and greet them on arrival and even say goodbye to them when I leave, but that has not made me want to have a pet of my own.
When we were children. we had goldfish and I can recall for short periods of time having turtles and newts or was it salamanders in the house. When I lived and taught a year on St. Joseph Island, the family I lived with had a dog. Dogs on the farm were more for work than as a pet. I taught French at one school on the island and four on the mainland each day. At that time, no bridge connected the Island to the mainland so I took the ferry back and forth. I ended my day at 3:30 at my last school in Echo Bay but it would be about 4:45 before I drove up the farm lane. The dog was usually waiting for my arrival.
According to photos in the family album, my dad's family had a dog named Fido. I don't ever recall him mentioning the dog.
Dad's brother Bill, with Fido, date unknown
My mother lived on a farm. There were cats and dogs but I don't imagine they were kept in the house. I do have this photograph of her with angora rabbits and one with a dog and two kittens.
Marion with the angora rabbits. date unknown
Marion with dog (name not known) and two kittens. date unknown