Writing Challenge Day 16: Something I Miss From My Childhood

Animals… Animals… And more animals…

Growing up we had so many pets that our friends and extended family joked that our house was actually an upscale zoo! 🙂

It was such a known thing that ours was a house of animal-lovers that people would bring, sick, injured, and/or abused animals to our house because they knew we would never turn them away.

Growing up Nigeria, there were no such things as pet shelters or animal control but now I know that our home served that purpose.

So… What animals did we have?

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Birds, including…
    • African grey parrots
    • Parakeets
    • Love birds
    • Miscellaneous brown birds
  • Monkeys
  • Turtles
  • Rabbits
  • Turkeys
  • Chickens

You can probably imagine that ours was a household that was never quiet, what with all those animals around… Not to mention all the children in the household (my siblings and cousins) who all lived there.

Now… Were I to attempt to recreate this type of “animal sanctuary” here in the States, I have no doubt that my neighbors would waste no time in reporting us to some type of authority body, be it animal control, the HOA, or whomever…

I miss always having an animal companion to match my mood of the day…

  • Some days are dog-companion mood days
  • Some days are cat-companion mood days
  • Some days were parrot-companion mood days, and so on…

You’ll never know how different moods evoke different needs and how different animals can in their own unique ways just fill those needs… And I miss having all that.

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Catch up on my previous posts for this challenge:

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To see the complete list of writing prompts, go here.

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