I am not sure if my parents had Horses when I was young, but they ran a Horse Ranch for a while. My earliest memories don’t include Horses and I am not sure when they stopped running the ranch.
I think I covered all the animals I had growing up in the title above – Cats, Dogs, Fish, Hamsters, Gerbils, Squirrels. They were treated like family and when they died, it was like losing a family member.
The three (3) squirrels were a temporary addition, abandoned by their mother. We raised them until they could live outside and feed themselves. Dad built a huge cage with tree branches to give them room to run and get them used to living in trees. We would occasionally see them after they were released outside.
In terms of cats, we usually only had one, rarely two, at a time – calico, tabby, and other mixes. For dogs, only one at any given point, mostly German Shepherds when I was younger although Mom later went the Dachshund route. With fish, we rarely had more than one or two at a time, mostly Goldfish.
When I was real young, we did have a neighbor who today would be considered a cat lady. She was an older lady and had somewhere between 20 and 30 cats, possibly more, living with her. She was a sweet older lady whose family rarely came to visit her so we were like her “adopted” family. My maternal grandparents died before I was born and my paternal grandparents lived in Virginia, and I only saw them a few times and I considered Nita a grandmother fill-in.