Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Pet?

Cat and DogThere's a saying that goes "A house is not a home without a pet." Many people grow up with a household pet, whether it is a dog or a cat, or a less common animal, such as a bird, snake or rabbit.

Share your memories of you first pet and feel free to share a photo of that special animal in today's Hopkins Happenings' Throwback Thursday.

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Rose Richardson October 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

My first pet was the family pet which was a full bred German Shepherd named Chiquita, after the banana lady on the commercial. That's when dogs lived in the backyard in a dog house and not in the house with the family.


Lori October 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

Sweet liitle beagle named Ginger....


Bonnie C October 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

Rags (mostly border Collie) and Ronnie (the runt of the litter) were the family dogs when I was young. They accompanied my father on his hunting & fishing trips, chased the mice & rats from the root cellar, and slept by the foot of which ever bed they were "protecting" that night.


Cy Governs October 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Not sure Boris the beagle would have considered himself mine. Nor would have Chester the basset-pointer (whom I, personally, chose at the shelter upon discovering the Humane Society accidentally gave the dog my parents had selected to another family). Audrey and Rusty are definitely mine!


Rashard Catten October 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

My first pet was a Pekingese named Tina that I had in Germany when I was two.


Delores October 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

My first pet was a cat named Mittens he was bilingual english and spanish
Mittens was very protective of our household I think he thought he was a dog
since he was raised by a dog, You see when Mittens was born he was abandoned by his mother
and a dog who had just given birth to four pups just took Mittens as one of her babies
Mittens was a wonderfull pet he lived untill most of his tooth fell out.


Gigi Pierce October 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Two mutts, Pete & Luke!


Kris Lindstrom October 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

My first pet was a black and white cat found cowering under the porch of my uncle's house and rescued by my mother. Named Mittens for her white paws, she was the first of 6 cats that we rescued over the years of my childhood. My parents willingness to share our home with animals ingrained in me a love of animals.
As an adult, over the past 40 years, I have rescued over 30 cats, 5 dogs, and 3 rabbits. The first dog that I rescued, I found shivering, filthy and almost dead in the stairway of the old Broadway garage here at Hopkins. A great, loving and loyal companion, she lived with us for almost 12 years before she died.
Currently, my husband, daughter and I are priviledged to share our home with 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 rabbits.


Catherine October 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

My first pet was a pair of black gerbils (1982-1987). My parents first guided my brother and I to the library to read up on all aspects of gerbils and their care and later administered a test to see if we knew enough to be responsible stewards. We passed the test and loved our gerbils for the next five years until they died from old age. Thirty + years later, I still love rodents though now keep mice, cats and a tarantula. I see the wisdom of my parents requiring prior knowledge about animal care and expectations before any animal is ever acquired. It's all about the welfare of the pet.


Terri October 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Our family's first dog was a female spaniel, named Pupsie. One of our cousin's showed up at our Uncle Charlie's and said their dog had puppies and were going to be drowned if they could not find homes. (of course this was just a ruse to find good homes). My siblings and I ran like maniacs thru cornfields to our nearby home and begged to get one of the puppies..... My mom was never fond of animals in the house full-time, so we managed to bring her in from her dog house occasionally. After getting married, we owned 4 dogs - Kilo, Bo, Hunter and Tug. We are now on dog #5 - Smitty. ALL THESE DOGS WERE HOUSE DOGS!!!!!!


AJ October 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

My first pet was a collie puppy who had the best puppy breath. Her name was Duchess and I remember her very sharp teeth (not realizing as a 4 year old they were her milk teeth). She was beautiful and went everywhere with me.


Fran October 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

Our first pet was a little black dog who wondered into our lives. Where ever I was so was she.
My dad was a very fierce person and I would be hit. After such episodes I would pick up Mitzy
and go down the basement and read a book to her. She was always a good listener with a gentle Healing Touch. Since that wonderful angel I have ahd many other good listeners with gentle touches. Last summer while I was receiving Chemo, my dogs and cats were my nurses.
I practice Healing Touch for Animals so that I can give back a little of what was given to me as
a survivor of abuse and Chemo.


Catherine October 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm


Keep up your great work. Animals have that amazing ability to transcend all barriers to open people up and bring happiness to their lives, even if only transiently sometimes. Temple Grandon said "Nature is cruel but we don't have to be". Ironically, we are often cruel where animals are kind and non-judgmental.


Yvette October 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

Actually I had several "first pets". Though I grew up in a tenement in New York, I had two rabbits, a bird which flew around the apartment at will I think and twin beagles called "LBJ" and "Lady Bird". My first pet that I was actually responsible for though was a grey I named "Bouvier" in honor of our then First Lady whose maiden name was Bouvier. And she was a lady too. She always "gifted" me with her kills by leaving them in my shoe--not a pleasant reality the first time it happened and I went to put on my shoe and realized that she had left a freshly killed mouse there. I looked in my shoes every time after that to check for any mice before putting them on!!


Judy October 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

My first pet is a dog named Andy. My daughter decided she wanted to go back to school to get her Masters, and needed someone to keep him until she finished. I resisted this idea because I never cared for dogs and quite frankly was always afraid of them. When I went to New York to get Andy I could not believe I was doing this. But here it is 4 years later, he has been such a bright spot in my life. My daughter finished school and came to Baltimore to get him and I cried so much and I felt he didn't want to go either.... it was so bad, that my daughter said I could keep him. I felt so bad because she wanted him back, but I just couldn't give him up. So now he spends time in New York and Baltimore and my daughter has even gotten herself another pet, a CAT!


LINDA October 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

The first pet I ever had was my brother....LOL. He has been part of our life ever since he showed up in our family.


Ailea Barnett October 2, 2014 at 8:37 am

I had so many pets as a child, so im not sure of my first but i do remember my two cats (goldie & whites) and my dog name breezy


Renee Moore October 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

My first official pet, Ginger was a mutt dog that my family adopted from the SPCA. I also took care of our class rabbit doing a summer of elementary school. Although I don't rememeber its name, I do remember it ate my sister's Junior Orioles baseball tickets.


Rachel McCrae-Mathurin October 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

My first pet was a cat (Sheba), she was abandoned by her mother. We found her in our garage not knowing what to do we took her to Manhattan to a friend (Katherine) of which we thought she would keep it but she gave us a beautiful blue cloth, a small teddy bear told us to get a baby bottle, formula and welcome to parenthood. My husband and I were dumbstruck. We did as told even got a small box for her to sleep in. Future every box that came in the house no matter how small or big she had to get in it. Sheba was a blessing that lived (4) four wonderful years.


JoAnn October 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

When I was a kid (going back many years) we were poor, and I wanted a pet. Mom and Dad told me we couldn't afford to feed another mouth but Dad always wanted to keep his kids happy if he could, so he caught a field mouse and put it in a milk bottle (the ones with the cardboard top) I would take the top off and give him bread or a save him some of my supper and give it to him. One night I decided to put him on a shelf and lay the bottle sideways, and he escaped by chewing through the cardboard top, and I guess he jumped off the shelf, I told Dad what I had done and I never asked for another pet because I felt he didn't like being caged up that's why he ran away. When things got a little better, my Dad found a stray cat at work, and we had her for years. I used to dress her up in doll clothes and swing on the swing with her for hours. Her name was Miss Kitty, and every cat that I had since was and will be named Miss Kitty because she was my first and most memorable pet.


Marie Schanke October 2, 2014 at 7:13 am

My first pet was a 15 inch lizard names Tagu. He was pretty but not very cuddly. 🙂


Elizabeth Rodriguez October 2, 2014 at 7:13 am

The first pet I remember was a dog, a cocker spaniel named Farina


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