So when I got to the point where I could care for my own animals, I had them in my life from that point on.
Not only do they give you the purest love that you can receive in life, they are damn entertaining. Below is my dog, Vernie. Her full name is Laverne, and we adopted her from a hoarding rescue as an adult. She already knew her name and we couldn't bear to change it. She's a timid little girl, and due to her time with her previous owner, she is not terribly fond of men in general.
She's a haired breed so we spend lots of time at the dogwash keeping her clean. She hates getting washed, but loves prancing around the pet store afterward. I still giggle when I wash her down and she shrinks to her real size under all her fluffy hair. While she plays on occasion, Vernie is around 14 years old now, so her main goal of the day, is being in a bed nearby. So for that reason, we now have to have a dog bed in every room. Otherwise she paces back and forth until a bed is available in whatever room I'm in. She's my girl. Tell me how cute she is. LOL.
This is my cat, Grayson. Who, of course, is also a rescue from a local humane society. In our old house my cat spent the majority of his day scaling the kitchen cabinets to the point we gave up and put beds up there for him.
Now he has two obsessions...towels and his "red blanket". His red blanket is super soft, and if you dare use said blanket to keep your feet warm, you WILL have a cat kneading on your lap. The towels in our bathroom sit on a super deep shelf, and my constant punishment for not having adequate laundry done is he will climb behind said towels and take up residence.
There have been many a week when I've had to re-wash an entire closet of towels because they had enough cat hair on them to form another animal.
He also hates cat toys. I have spent hundreds of dollars on actual cat toys, but he will turn his nose up at all of them to find a random ear plug on the floor of the garage for an hour.
In case you couldn't tell, I totally used this blog to just spam pictures of my adorable pets. ;)