An estimated 63% of American households have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
These pets can be anything from dogs, cats and ferrets to fish and reptiles.
I'm sure many of us here on AP have pets even though not everyone lives in the US, so this thread is so that you can tell us about them! Post pictures of them, stories, how you ended up getting them, and what their personalities and quirks are.
I have a pure breed fox terrier who's 7 years old but still looks like a puppy. This breed tends to be over energetic and very bouncy, but I guess mine is defective or something. She's usually very calm and mellow, and has a very nice temperament - she can stand being poked, petted and held for ages without even moving.
! Whenever she's given a treat she grabs it in the slowest and most ridiculously tender fashion that it really surprises people who are used to dogs immediately snatching food out of people's hands. The first time we took her to the vet when we moved the assistants were so amused by this that they ended up giving her extra treats, so maybe she's just clever.
She's also had this strange habit ever since I could remember. She CONSTANTLY makes this weird.. strained moan kind of sound. And I mean constantly, like 24/7. When asking for the door to be opened, food, attention, in the car, looking out the window at birds, and even while sleeping.
I also have a 55 gallon fish-only saltwater tank in my room. (That is to say no corals/anemonies in it, they're pretty but way too much of a hassle)
! I'm currently having a macro algae and green coralline explosion at the moment, so it doesnt look as nice as usual. Damn my luck of getting the only ugly kind of coralline in my tank and not the awesome purple type.
That plastic tube on the right is for a future moray eel.
! This guy is the boss of the tank. He doesnt have an anemone to host, so he's taken residence in a large conch. He's always near it, sleeping and crapping all over it. It's dirty because he gets annoyed at the hermit crabs (Who are supposed to clean his mess) when they try to crawl inside it. In fact he gets annoyed at all the other fish when they come anywhere near it and chases them away.
In summary he's an asshole.
! Tiny and super cute. His 'area' is behind the Clownfish's conch, and he actually sleeps in a hole in it on the back. He has an escape plan where he'll go through the spirals and pop out of the conch on the opening where the clownfish is, but he's smart enough to not do that very often. If you're looking around his area he'll come out and stare right into your eyes until you leave.
Most wimpy and peaceful fish in the tank, he gets pushed around by the clownfish all the time.
Ironically he's actually the bravest of them all, when I put my hand or the clips in the tank he's the only one who doesnt dive for cover and sometimes even eats out of my hand.
! "Oh my god look at me I'm so pretty and insanely fast and I eat fucking EVERYTHING."
..He sleeps in the sand. I have absolutely no idea how he breathes and survives in there.
! I swear, this thing is a ninja, it felt like I was playing freaking pokemon snap when trying to get his picture. When he sees a piece of food he'll dive bomb it at the speed of light and then immediately hide, repeating this over and over until he's full. When he's not eating he's always swimming between the live rocks so he's pretty stealthy.