If I owned a menagerie…

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If I had a large property and all the money and time in the world, I’d want to own a menagerie of interesting animals. Here are a few of them, and my reasons for choosing them (all pics courtesy of Wikimedia Commons unless otherwise stated)…

Maine Coon Cat

I know we’re not supposed to marry people hoping to change them, but if there’s one thing I would change about my husband, it’s his allergy to cats. I think he’d want to change it too, since he adores all animals and would love nothing more than to be able to play with cute kittens without sneezing and wheezing! And if we were able to have a cat, there’s only one breed I’d want:

Maine Coon

Maine Coons would be in my menagerie because I love their wild look combined with a loving nature. These beautiful long-haired felines come in an array of colours and can weigh as much as 11 kg! I’m also hooked on grey-coloured animals, so I’d want a silver Maine Coon such as this one. Just gorgeous!

Silver Maine Coon

 German Shepherd Dog

This may not be an unusual choice, but GSDs are my favourite dog breed of all time, so they’d definitely have a place in my menagerie. I admire them for their intelligence, loyalty and beauty. It’s no surprise they’re one of the most popular breeds in the canine kingdom – although sadly that can be a problem when unscrupulous backyard breeders flood the market with poor specimens 😡

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog

Although I support animal shelters and would definitely also want to adopt one or more shelter dogs, if I owned my dream menagerie I’d probably prefer to source my GSD from a registered breeder and raise it from puppyhood to bring out the very best in my favourite breed 🙂

Shire horse

Hah! Bet you didn’t see this one coming!

Shire horse

These huuuuuuge gentle giants would have a place on my funny farm because of their impressive size and endurance. Who needs a stinky old tractor when you can get things done the old-school way with an enormous Clydesdale or similar workhorse? I love their giant feathery feet and slow-and-steady plodding manner.

Of course, this beastie wouldn’t be much fun for outrides, so I’d want to own a dapple grey horse for riding, too.

Dapple grey horse

Dapple grey horse

Ferret

Aww, ferrets. They’re like a cross between a cat and a pet rat! They also come in a variety of coat colours, although I’d go for the greyest ones I could find. I’ve heard they make clever and adorable pets for involved owners… so they’d be on my list too.

Ferret

Ferret

Miniature Lop Rabbit

Bunnies! I’ve always wanted to own bunnies! Especially tiny floppy-eared bunnies, such as mini lop rabbits:

Miniature Lop Rabbit

Miniature Lop Rabbit

Apparently these little creatures are friendly and enjoy interacting with their human family. As I love all small animals and all grey animals, a tiny grey lop rabbit (or two… or six… or ten…) would make an ideal addition to my zoo 😀

Go-away birds

The go-away bird, formerly called the grey lourie, is a common resident in our gardens here in SA. Ninja and I call them the clowns of the sky because they’re always congregating in garrulous groups and getting up to the silliest antics. You can bet that the entire flock of louries will attempt to sit together on the thinnest, floppiest branch at the top of a tree! Their funny ‘ke-waaaaay’ cry gives them their name, as it sounds as if they’re chasing you away.

Go-away birds © Zest

Go-away birds © Zest

They’re very vocal and expressive, with long fluffy crests that they can raise or lower to show their mood. They cackle and call to each other and comment on anything odd that they see. (I’ll never forget when my landlord’s garden wall fell down one day: a bunch of go-away birds perched in the tree next to the wall and were calling out perplexed ‘kwehhh?‘ sounds as they hopped around peering sideways at the broken wall!) A family of these birds would provide great entertainment to all on my property.

Ratties

Of course there would be ratties – as many of them as I could responsibly care for. Nuff said 🙂

Ratties © Zest

Ratties © Zest

White-necked raven

Another large, cheeky addition to my menagerie would be the white-necked raven. This is one of Ninja’s and my favourite birds… bigger than your average crow, intelligent, inquisitive and equipped with a sharp, powerful beak. There’s no doubt this feathered friend would end up wrecking lots of things around my property!

White-necked raven © Zest

White-necked raven © Zest

Alaskan Malamute

I love wolves, but I am strongly opposed to people breeding and owning wolves and wolf hybrids. So the closest I could get in my little zoo would be the beautiful, demanding Alaskan Malamute.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Bigger and more independent than Siberian Huskies, Malamutes are not for faint-hearted owners. This breed needs to be understood and properly cared for in order for it to live a fulfilled life with humans. These beauties are powerful, strong-willed working dogs that need to be given a job in order to make the best use of their energy and drive. I’d definitely give them a key role in my menagerie.

…oOo…

That’s just a small sample of the kinds of animals I’d love to own. Don’t ask me how I’d get them to all live together in harmony… but a girl can dream 😉

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8 responses »

  1. That would be awesome, I’ve always wanted an Alaskan Klee Kai but they’re so expensive. The first one to come to Japan was in 2012. I’d get a husky then. I like the wolf looking kinds of dogs too but also feel a real wolf should be in the wild. A horse would be fun to own, I would come visit your house just to play with all the animals.

    • Oh my goodness Klee Kais are so cute! I never knew they existed till you mentioned them! Aaaaaah… now I have serious pet envy for people who have them 😀 I also love the look of the white Japanese Spitz; such adorable little faces 🙂 Do you plan on getting any pets when you’re settled in J?

      • Ha yeah me too, I found out about them when I worked at a dog day care and someone had one 😀 I always gave him an extra treat for being so cute. Oh yes the Japanese Spitz are very cute, my grandfather had an American Eskimo when I was younger. They’re so similar. I really hope so. I want at least two cats and a dog. But it’s very hard to find apartments that allow pets 😦

      • I know what you mean; my bro also said he found relatively few Japanese people seem to keep pets? Maybe in the end you’ll have to resort to small animals… like ratties! 😉 😛 😀

  2. I want a German Shepherd too! My husband and I were looking into getting a puppy in a few months but I’ve been reading that they get jealous easy if you have kids after they’ve been used to just having you around. So that makes me nervous. If we weren’t planning on having kids I’d totally get one. They’re so pretty!

    • I’ve never heard that comment about GSDs, but honestly I think any dog of any age and breed could react like that to kids (or to other new dogs, or any other new experience). I believe that the individual animal’s energy levels and the owner’s input are far greater factors in a dog’s behaviour than the dog’s breed is. Do you know of Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer)? He has some amazing, simple, practical advice for dog owners on a number of issues, including introducing dogs to babies and kids… I encourage you to Google his stuff and don’t give up on your desire for a GSD 🙂

      • I don’t blame you! I guess there are so many things to worry about as it is when considering kids and dogs… but Cesar makes it all look so easy 🙂

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