In my entire life, there's never once been a period where a pet has been absent. I've had dogs, cats, rats (the good kind!), birds, rabbits, and a ton of fish! Currently, I live in an average size house, with a big backyard for your dogs to run around in. I have a 7 year old lab/chow chow (who gets walked daily) & 8 year old cat, both who get along emmensly with other pets!