At this moment, though, our animal collection is limited to 2 cats, 3 kittens, 2 dogs, 3 puppies, 4 ducks and 3 turtles. That's limited. A month ago we had 11 puppies and a giant iguana, too.
I like "free-range" animals best. Have you ever gone to a zoo and come home depressed at how miserable the animals looked? I never wanted my critters to have that sad, dejected look. I think I watched Charlotte's Web too many times as a child. We raised goats for some time when we lived in Oregon. Our first "family goat" was a black pygmy goat named Lucky. He was so funny! We just let him roam around loose and eat blackberry bushes.
There is one issue with free range animals: Poop.
I walked out the front door one morning a couple of weeks ago and this is what I saw...
Yes, the 4 ducks, 3 puppies and all 5 cats are eating from the same dishes. Those critters just have a way of making a mess, so I grabbed the hose and started taking care of what needed to be taken care of.
I heard a noise and turned around...
That one is not mine. The neighbor's pony had stopped by to say hello.
OK, horse. I am NOT cleaning up after you, too!!!
I think animals can just sense when someone is a pushover, don't you?