I have grown up with pets because my parents believed looking after pets was a good grounding looking after children. As a child I had dogs, cats, Guinea pigs, a tortoise, pigeons and hampsters. As an adult, I have always had dogs interspersed with cats. Currently, I have a German Shepherd who is my constant companion. I have trained her to catch tennis balls and lick her lips for schmackos among other things. I live on a double house block, which gives half an acre for my dogs to run around on.