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post #31 of 41
I have no idea.

My mom was allergic to animals so we couldn't have a pet.

Apparently we had a dog when I was really small, but I don't remember her because I was just a toddler and couldn't even walk then.

We did have a large dog cut he stayed mostly outside so my Mom wasn't around him all that much.

I do know that ever since I can remember I was bringing home stray dogs and cats..usually pregnant ones. When I was 12 my mom allowed me to have a bird so long as I kept it in my room. She later discovered that she wasn't allergic to birds and my bird became more my her bird than mine!!!

I don't really think you suddenly develope a love for animals. You either love them and have compassion for them from the start, or you don't. Some people look at an animal as disposable while others see them as living creatures that deserve to be loved and protected because they don't have a voice of their own to speak up with.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I have no idea.

My mom was allergic to animals so we couldn't have a pet.

Apparently we had a dog when I was really small, but I don't remember her because I was just a toddler and couldn't even walk then.

We did have a large dog cut he stayed mostly outside so my Mom wasn't around him all that much.

I do know that ever since I can remember I was bringing home stray dogs and cats..usually pregnant ones. When I was 12 my mom allowed me to have a bird so long as I kept it in my room. She later discovered that she wasn't allergic to birds and my bird became more my her bird than mine!!!

I don't really think you suddenly develope a love for animals. You either love them and have compassion for them from the start, or you don't. Some people look at an animal as disposable while others see them as living creatures that deserve to be loved and protected because they don't have a voice of their own to speak up with.
Completely agree with the first part, though they with out a doubt have a voice of their own, it is the ones who listen that don't even question the connection.
post #33 of 41
We always had a cat. My parents adopted a kitten when they first were married, so I grew up with that cat.
post #34 of 41
I inherited my love of animals from my grandmothers. My mom grew up with animals. She always had several dogs. My dad grew up with my grandmother feeding the ferals. But when they got married, Dad laid down the law...no animals. He is afraid of dogs having been bitten 5 or 6 times as a child.

When I was young, my uncle brought over a kitten. Unfortunately, being feral, it was sick...I don't remember what...and my parents had the kitten PTS. When I was in high school, my sister came home with our second kitten. My dad gave us 4 days to rehome it. She died in my arms 15 yrs later.

My brother showed up with a puppy one day. He was planning to take Cookie when he moved into his apartment, but she ended up being my dad's dog! Every night they would take a long walk while Dad talked out his day with her.
post #35 of 41
I grew up with a German Shepard as my older brother (he was 3 yrs older than me). My parents adopted me when I was 5 months old, and they were worried about Sabre scaring me. They said the first time they brought me home, Sabre came running up barking and I started to laugh. Here, it turns out the foster family that took care of me had 2 big dogs so I was used to them! Sabre became my best friend and protector (saved me from a few spankings!)

My family was never much into animals, but I was. I brought home so many baby birds that fell out of the nest we had a permenant box set up in the kitchen some springs. I remember when I was in grade school, I was over an hour late for school because I stopped to pet a cat and I was fascinated by her purring!

I never really liked cats until I adopted one that my old boss found at his marina. He had crawled into the engine block of his first mate's truck and actually survived the ride! His name was Jasper, and he is the one that taught me that cats really have personalities. Before, I thought all they did was eat and sleep (and purr on occasion).

So, where did it come from? I'm not really sure. Guess I was just born with it.
post #36 of 41
I have always lived with animals ever since I was born. There was never a time in my life, when we didn't have a pet, mainly cats. I received my love for animals from my mom, more than my dad. Not that my father didn't like them, but I don't think he had any as a child and his parents never had any. My mom always had cats, dogs and she grew up on a farm. For my exotic interest, I have always loved the big cats. Every time we went to the zoo when I was a kid, I had to see the cats first. I never forget the day however, when I was about 8 years old and me and my family were driving somewhere, that we saw a guy driving down the road with a cougar in the back seat of his car!! (not the best thing do do however and should never be done)But, I will never forget how I felt when my eyes met the cougar's. He looked at me as if to say, you will understand one day. I still can see that cougar when I close my eyes and think about that day
post #37 of 41
I've had pets since I was a toddler. My dad kept tropical fish and finches! I then got my own pet (a hamster) and kept hamsters for around 12 years! From there, I had birds and rats. I could never have a cat or dog when I lived at home as my sister has asthma and allergies.

Now I have gillan, I want another cat and a dog!

My Mum isn't mad about animals, I rekon I get my love of animals from my great grandfather - who kept horses. Now my wee cousin is showing the same signs as me where animals are concerned! I just know when she is older she will have a house full of animals!
post #38 of 41
I have no clue - only know that my entire life that I remember, there was always some kind of pet - dog, cat, bird, rabbit, turtles, fish, hamsters, quail, snake/lizards, and horse.

(think I got them all)
post #39 of 41
I swear I am adopted. LOL. Well not really.. my family does love animals.... but not to the extent I that I do.
My mum has always had animals..
My grandma too... but for her it was more of a profit on a farm sorta deal.
But her dad was a butcher, and killed animals for a living.... lol.
post #40 of 41
Id have to say i was honestly born with it! I have always loved animals through the good and bad! I've been bitten and mangled but my love still remains (scars to prove it)! I've loved and lost pets and still love them all the same! If i could have it my way Id save all the un-owned and un-loved needy animals in the world! How can you not love animals is my question?
post #41 of 41
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Thanks for all the answers everyone I really like hearing how other ppl came to love animals. It seems like for the most part it has a lot to do with people's parents and how they grew up, with a few exceptions. I think that's pretty interesting - it means that if kids are exposed to animals at a young age and taught about conservation - be it from their parents or at school - there's a good chance you can get them interested in doing something to help animals.

keep the answers coming
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