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Surviving A Multi-Pet Household: Meet My Pets

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Django, just one of our 16 pets

I’ve always had pets. Ever since I can remember we had a dog and a few cats so it makes sense that in my adulthood, my husband and I have never been without at least one pet.

Our first pet was Jason, a temperamental, fluffy orange tabby who was so constantly miffed that he would jump up and attack us. He calmed down over the years, especially after we introduced two new kittens into his perfect world. But having a few animals of the same type is slightly different than having a few different types of pets.

While it started out with just one cat, we now have 16 pets. Rest assured, we’re not animal hoarders (7 of these guys are goldfish!)

All of our furry children were adopted and/or rescued, and had difficult lives.

Here’s our ‘other children’:

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Surviving A Multi-Pet Household: Meet My Pets


Django came to us from North Shore Animal League. She is a lab mix who is thought to have been born in the south and rescued from a puppy mill. When I first saw her, she was a quiet, mushy, black lab that stared at us with those “take me home” eyes. She is the absolute sweetest pup in the whole wide world. No joke. Read the full story of Django's adoption here.

Image: A. Sullivan

Follow Danielle on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest (where she maintains an ‘Adorable Pups’ board), or find her at her blog, Just Write Mom and Babble’s Strollerderby.


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Danielle Sullivan

Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Surviving A Multi-Pet Household: Meet My Pets

  1. bwsf says:

    Cute! We have two kitties, and we used to have a beagle before learning that my husband and son are very allergic to dogs. But, he’s with my in-laws so we still get to see him. The older kitty is about to be 19, and I have had him all of his 19 years, 11 of those with my husband. He was definitely our first “baby”. We love our animals to bits.

  2. Andi says:

    Aw! We have a 3 year old pekeineise we got from a pet store and and ten month old beagle the runt of an already sold littler he was practically being given away ! He’s an awesome pup for my two little ones they r zeppelin and wickette. We also have a lion head rabbit named leone.

  3. Mariane says:

    I have a multi-pet household. At one time we were up to 9 dogs. Can’t have cats, I am allergic; I digress, I have kept a few rescues in the basement. Most of the rescues come from people we know that “can’t keep the dog anymore”, and I know to surrender it to an animal shelter is almost always a death sentence. Anyways, the breed I seem to rescue the most is Pits, nobody wants to adopt them, and the shelters are teeming with pits and pit mixes.
    I love my animals more than life itself. They have full run of the house, and my greatest joy in life comes from watching them ruff and tumble. I am down to to 5 dogs now, and they all pair off it seems to diff spots so it rarely feels overcrowded, unless they all jump on the bed with us lol …. already our 2 small ones sleep there with us …. life would seem so lonely and empty without my furry companions. “unless one has been loved by a dog, one’s soul remains unawakened”

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