What a fun Multiple Pet Mania month it has been leading up to this day! We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting this month along with our friends the Cascadian Nomads and MyGBGVLife. I know everyone has been waiting, so first of all we’d like to share the winning photos from the #MultiPetDay photo contest. I just want to say that every single one of the photo entries we received was wonderful, and I enjoyed seeing them so much! It was very difficult to choose the winners…..thank you to everyone that entered.
Kenji and Kyoko playing tuggie while Ran looked on. #MultiPetDay #PlayfulPaws A photo posted by Linda Szymoniak (@urdchan87) on
Congratulations to all of you!
We also want to thank everyone who filled out our Life with Multiple Pets Survey. This was not a very scientific survey, it was all for fun (my interpretation of the results is definitely not scientific either). It was interesting to see the huge variety of pets that the respondents have, and how they see life with them. It was not a surprise to see that the majority of you who filled out our survey have dogs, with cats not far behind. Next up was horses, then fish, rodents, reptiles, birds, and rabbits. There was even 3 sheep and a goat included!
In our survey results, the most common number of dogs to have is 2, then 3. The highest number anyone had was 6. The most common number of cats to have is 1. That surprised me because we have almost always had multiple cats, though we do only have 1 now and plan to stick to that for a while. Also, 14% of our respondents had more than 10 pets (the highest number was 21!), but 41% have 3 or less. Multiple sometimes means many, but not always.
How long have you lived with multiple pets? Most people answered “as long as I can remember”. Apparently once you start having multiples, you can’t stop!
I think every multiple pet family can agree that it’s not always easy. The most difficult aspects for most respondents were expenses and finding pet care for vacations. Vacations are a subject I don’t think I touched on this month – we don’t take many. When we do we are lucky to have a sister and a friend that will come stay at our house with the pets; or my hubby and I take separate vacations! The truth is though, I just don’t like being away from the pets. Next most difficult aspects after those two was housekeeping. What I concluded from the comments on my post and others on that subject is that most of us just don’t worry that much about it. We do the best we can and live with not having pristine houses.
I was surprised more people didn’t find time management to be highly difficult – that has always been one of my biggest issues. I never seem to have enough time to exercise, groom, and give equal attention to everyone. Grooming tends to fall behind more. Mostly I just need more time to let the dogs in and out of the house….we do A LOT of that around here! Another challenge for me that didn’t make the list is taking photos (maybe that’s more important to us bloggers). The only time I can easily get all 4 pets into one photo is at supper time. In the photo below for our #52Snapshots of Life “Father” theme, I wanted all of the animals to be looking at the Dadz. Not easy….it took 7 shots to get one I was happy with.
What’s the best part of life with multiple pets? Most people answered “A Full Heart”. I love that. The pets’ relationship with me and with each other were close behind (but most people agreed “all of the above”). I actually think the main reason we went from one dog to multiple dogs was to give them each other’s company. But I’ve also learned it doesn’t matter how many you have to keep each other company, they are still just as happy when their humans get home! Cats are another story, as we all know how independent they can be. Ours have always enjoyed each others’ company greatly, until Samantha came along….she is a loner and enjoys dogs more than other cats. She is more laid back in her greetings, but I know she’s happy to see us too.
We hope you enjoyed the results of the survey, and the whole month of sharing about our lives with multiple pets. We want to thank every blogger that participated in the blog hop and every reader that followed along and left comments on our posts, along with the photo contest entries and survey participants. We also need to thank our sponsors one more time: Merrick Pet Care, The Umbilical Belt, and K9Bytes Gifts. Remember, this is the first annual Multiple Pet Day, we’ll be doing it again next year!
One thing came through to me loud and clear from everyone who participated in any way this month: those of us who have multiple pets wouldn’t have it any other way!