banner
 
Larger Animals  
   

Rabbits

When I was in Elementary school I got a baby white rabbit. The people at the pet store told us that it was a "dwarf" rabbit, so it wouldn't get very big. Well, they were wrong. Snowflake grew to about a foot and a half long, and weighed a good 10 pounds; this is why I have placed rabbits in the "Larger" category. Rabbits make very good pets, beside the fact that they require a large cage which needs to be cleaned often. If you don't clean at least once every two weeks, their cage smells horrible. Other than that, rabbits make great companions. I used to let my rabbit run around our kitchen, and he loved to lick my face. Snowflake lived to be 8, but we had to put him down due to health issues. Normally, rabbits live 10 to 12 years.

     
           
               
         

Cats

Now, I've never actually owned a cat. My dad is completely against owning any sort of cat, monkey, ferret, etc. So, when I talk about cats, it's not from the viewpoint of owning them myself. I'm not the biggest fan of cats. Their litter boxes have a distinct smell, they sleep all day, and sometimes want nothing to do with you. Yes, you can play with them, but it's not the same as having a dog. I like the fact that cats will curl up on your lap and sleep; it's difficult to do that with some dogs. Overall, I'm on the fence when it comes to cats; I neither hate nor love them.

 
         
           
   

Dogs

Well, I've saved the best pet for last: the dog. Playful, loving, companionable, and fun, dogs represent the type of pet each person should want and have. I haven't gone longer than a year without a dog in my life. We've always had boxers, a larger breed of dog that is hyper and over-loving. Though they may drive you crazy at times, you cannot resist loving them back. I've had experience breeding boxers as well, which is both challenging and enriching. Dogs can be a bit more expensive than all the other animals I have mentioned, but this does not outweigh the benefits of having them. Depending on what kind of dog you own, their life span varies. Smaller dogs generally live longer than larger dogs, but they tend to "yap" rather than bark.