I grew up as the son of a Naval Aviator, always moving from state to state, incl Hawaii and Japan, precluded me from ever owning a pet (except a parakeet)
and after the Naval Academy, continued my own military career/moving....wasn't until i was an adult, with 3 young kiddos that I got two cats and my very 1st dog(my wife thought it was for our 2 boys, lol)
My place is happy, awash with color and art, a peaceful meandering canal teaming with live ducks and 3 huge white swans bordered by our private golf-course on either side...stunning view! Also features a HUGE Rec Park for running/playing/softball, etc. in addition to a brand new grassy, hilly, fun Dog Park approx 100 yards from the Clubhouse & golf Pro shop.
My interior furnishings are very forgiving "Mission-style" thus, the pets pretty much have full reign to do what they wish, short of chewing and nibbling. I'm a very neat & orderly person, but with a healthy balance....definately a laid-back, "water-on-a-duck's-back" kind of sole.
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