As academics and serious amateurs have noted, this blog hasn't focused on traditional pets such as cats and dogs.
Fancy rats have enjoyed keynote status, but generally for most of the child-rearin' we have not been a pet family. Much of the reason this is so is because a few of us have pet allergies.
When queried about the pet policy my stock answer has been, "When you have your own place you can have as many pets as you want."
So when I spoke to the daughter a few days ago she pointedly wanted to say the words, "I'm eighteen, have my own place, so I got a cat."
Success and happiness! Stoke!