The fondest memories that I have of my childhood involve my pets. I was lucky enough to grow up in a house that had a huge backyard–and in my early years, the wandering landscape of that backyard played host to creatures of all types, shapes and sizes. Over the years, my sister and I were the proud guardians of tortoises, rabbits, cats, a dog and a duck. Here I am, in fact, with Fuzzy the Duck:
My first dog was a Keeshond / Shepherd mix named Sylvia-Fang. Sylvia because my mom and sister wanted to name her after the Queen of Sweden, and Fang because my dad and I wanted to name her Fang. The poor thing never really knew what the heck her name was. Here I am giving her a bath… sort of…
And here she is sleeping next to my first VERY OWN cat, Nome. I felt that “Nome” was a very clever name because it was not only a homophone for the word “Gnome,” but also because it was the result of smushing “no” and “name” together. Did I say clever? Ah yes, I did. How clever.
Nome was not our first cat–we had a cat named Troll as well, and she was certainly a purrominent member of the family, but my parents got her shortly after I was born, and so I don’t really remember her that clearly. What I do remember about her was the hissing and the attitude. She was not one to mess with.
What about your first pet? Your first dog? Your first cat? Share your memories of your first pet(s) in the comments! And if you’d like to include a link to pictures (if you have them) please do. Or, add them to our Snuzzilicious group on Flickr, and then come back here and post the link in the comments. I can’t wait to hear about your first pet!
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