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ThunderThighs wrote:I’m sure some may not agree but I think it’s important for a child to have a pet. Over the years, my son grew up with dogs, cats, fish, and hamsters. The two that had the most impact on his life though were Fred (the bestest dog in the whole wide world) and Bonkers (aka BooBoo, the only cat to earn my respect).
Fred was a 4 months old when we I got him from the Fort Worth Humane Society in 1986. At the same time, we got a 4yr old Beagle we named Ethel. Ethel died when our son was about 2 though so he really doesn’t remember her. Fred was a gentle dog once I knocked some sense into that thick terrier skull (figuratively, of course). All the neighborhood knew him and even kids that were afraid of dogs, had no problems being around Fred.
Fred was about 4 years old when my son was born. As an only child, he saw Fred as his best buddy.
They played many games together.
Were silly at times.
Dressed up for that extra bit of imagination.
And at the end of the day, it was time to cuddle down for some relaxing TV.
Fred was 16 when he died. We still miss that big ol’ dog.
BooBoo was the little princess that my son’s father had raised up from 3 days old when her mother was killed. As I mentioned, this cat impressed me. I saw her run horizontally across a wall when she first met the dog I had when we were dating. Later, once they learned to get along, she would also lure cats into the backyard and meow for my dog to come chase them away.
I wouldn’t call BooBoo best buddy material but she put up with anything my son dished out. She was so gentle and kind with him. We often called her “Nana BooBoo” because she was instantly there any time my son cried.
There’s nothing like a big ol’ box of packing peanuts to play in on a rainy day. The cats might not agree.
BooBoo was with us for 18 years. I’ve never met another cat that has impressed me the way that cat did.
That’s our story. My son is now 21 and away at college. We still talk about Fred & BooBoo often as they were so much a part of his life growing up.
Do you have stories or pictures to share of your kids and their pets?
TT Your son was and I'm sure is adorable! What a handsome tow head.
I agree with you about kids and dogs, mine have always had several large dogs in their lives and will forever as adults.
No cats, husband is allergic with asthma.
I'll post with photos soon.
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