We always had many animals, especially before we had kids. We once had 3 dogs, 10 fish tanks, 3 parakeets, 1 turtle and 1 Sun Conure (parrot).
When we had kids we slowed down on the aquariums and went down to two large ones only. Then our birds all passed on, so we were down to Baby, our English Bulldog, and our son Noah. We started traveling for Cable TV work in 2000. When Baby was stolen from us, we went animal free for two years. I did not think I could ever love another- she was my girl of 8 years. So after 2002 we still had a dog or two with us traveling- but when the kids and I came home in 2008 we filled the aquarium again, and now we have 5 bullies. Chip also has a pet turtle .
We have loved, lost, rehomed, and had my heart broke time and time again. I will admit that every monetary mistake I have ever made in my life concerned my obsession with animals- but they are so worth it. Some people just need animals in their life, and I am one of those people.
I think Bryce is going to have this obsession for animals too. He soooo loves the bulldogs, (he is only two). He sits in front of my computer while I am looking at EBN and each photo I look at he squeals with glee- I think it could be possible he loves bulldogs more than me!!!?