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Thursday, April 11, 2013

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There are cat people and there are dog people. Although I’m not quite sure this is accurate; I’m sure there are many people that are both. Over-generalizations and stereotypes aside, I am totally a cat person. I have only ever lived with cats and…well, I get them. My current animal is a 14 year old orange Tabby named Cheeto. I adopted her when she was eight weeks old and she has traveled from state to state with me and now puts up with my two small children. She is everything to me, honestly.

Niki Crowe takes everything amazing about our love for our pets and turns it into modern, chic, and functional art in Bumperpet.  This isn’t your run of the mill, pet-centric paraphernalia shop. Rather, there are gloriously graphic tees, whimsical prints, and fantastic dry erase wall decals to choose from. (By the way, I am absolutely getting myself a Dachsund pillow since that is the only was I can get my man to agree to a Dachsund.) Crowe’s genuine passion for our pets and her compelling design aesthetic pushes Bumperpet to the head of the pack. (See what I did there?)

Bumperpet is giving away three $25 gift certificates to three lucky winners (one each!) To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, April 18th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Bumperpet and tell us: Who was your first pet and what was his/her personality?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, April 22nd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    rachel says:

    My first pet was Sam the cat. He was mellow and sweet. A great family pet!

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    Kate B says:

    My first pet was a guinea pig named Angel. My parents used to say they only way we would get a pet is if it dropped out of heaven, but when my aunt and uncle talked my parents into letting them get us a guinea pig from a breeder friend of theirs, they relented and we kids figured Pennsylvania was close enough to heaven. Angel was a very affectionate guinea pig who came with a surprise: a few months after we got her, she gave birth to an entire litter (my parents were CERTAINLY not counting on that!). My sisters and I had the best time making tasty veggie-scrap-filled toilet paper tubes for Angel to chew on and snuggling her. We have a special bond with the aunt and uncle who stood up for us and helped us have our first animal responsibility experience as kids.

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    deborah foster says:

    my first pet was a doxie named queenie. she was loyal, brave and funny. i was only a child, but I still get misty eyed when I think about her..

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    Syd says:

    The first animal that entered my life was one that had her claws in my back…literally. Cubs was a great first pet for my parents, starting off their marriage with the responsibility of a cat before bringing a baby into the world. But then I came…and all Hell broke loose. Cubs decided a wonderful welcome-to-our-family gift would be a giant hug, claws and teeth included. Let’s just say we were not friends after that lovely moment.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my first pet of my own was a cat i named Riley. she was awesome–the sweetest, craziest, funniest cat. after she passed, my husband and i adopted two kittens, and i swear Riley sent them to us, because one of them is as playful as she was, and the other is a love bug like she was. 

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    ren says:

    my first pet was a dachshund named adolph von strudel the red baron (he was a pure bred and we didn’t name him) and he was with me from the time i was born until i went to college. he was my pal, and a good dog who got progressively grumpier as he got older, which was fine because so did i.

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    Tiffany says:

    Growing up we had several pets. We lived on what I call a “mini farm”. We had chickens, ducks, a goat, rabbits, turkey’s… But the first pet that I claimed as my own was Ace. Ace was a very large orange tabby cat with a crooked tail. He started out as my moms cat, she adopted him out of a box someone had set up in front of the grocery store. He was the typical farm cat. He would disappear for hours during the day and return home with a small, dead, furry gift. He came and went as he pleased. At some point Ace decided that HIS bed was in fact my bed. I felt as if I had been “chosen” by him and declared to the rest of the family that he was MY CAT. The rest of the family could not deny the love that Ace and I had for one another and let us be. We eventually moved from that house, and Ace stayed put tending to the farm for the new owners. And even though he had new owners I knew that no one would have the same relationship as he and I did.

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    Melinda KE says:

    Our family cat, Whiskers, was adopted into our family as a kitten when I was a baby. We had 14 great years together!  He was very relaxed, considering he grew up with 4 kids terrorizing him.  He used to set in the window and make bird noises which always made us laugh, and I can recall several times my brother had to climb a tree in our front yard to get him down! Ha!

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    Rachel S says:

    We always had fish growing up, but my first pet with an actual personality was a sweet puppy we rescued from a local shelter.  Dudley is part chihuahua, part jack russel, part dappled dachshund and absolutely the biggest sunggler on the planet.  He is a constant source of entertainment and love; we can’t imagine life without him.

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    Jac says:

    My first pet was a turtle named Stacey, an ode to my BFF at the time. She was obviously a free spirit as she managed to escape her aquarium twice. The first time I caught her crawling across the backyard. When I picked her up she promptly pooped on me making sure I knew she was not pleased about her thwarted plans. The second time she successfully escaped. Twenty years later I still don’t know how she did it.

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    Courtney J says:

    My first pet was two hermit crabs my parents bought for my brother and I at a local county fair. A year later we got a dog, but since we got the crabs first, they’re officially the “first pet”.

    One was larger and a male, so his personality was aggressive but shy (when you held him, he always pinched our fingers). The smaller one was female, and she was independent. She never interacted with the larger male, even though they shared the same container.

    We didn’t know anything about hermit crabs, so I don’t know if these personalities were average for them. But as an 8 year old, that’s what I could decipher.

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    Jennifer says:

    I only recently got my first dog, and she has changed my life. Lola is a rescue, although she was born at the rescue and has only known love. She’s a Cattle Dog, so she likes to have a job and is very responsible. Now that I have a second dog (a weiner dog named Dixie (also a rescue)), I let Lola ‘dog-sit’ her. Lola makes sure Dixie stays where she belongs and doesn’t get into any trouble. For a puppy, she is so mature and nurturing. I adore her and hope to one day be worthy of her devotion

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    Jenni says:

    My very first pet was a rascally dog named Buster. It was a bit of a love/hate relationship because his favorite afternoon activity was to run up to me and pull my diaper down so I looked like the little girl on the sunscreen bottle. He was my favorite little guy though and we enjoyed many great snuggles in between the rambunctious moments. 🙂

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    EB says:

    Her name was Toast. She was such a clumsy kitty that we thought she would never make it, i.e. that she was “toast.” She was a true cat: stealthy, kind, a huntress, and patient with me mauling her every day.

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    Melelina says:

    My first pet was “poupoune”, a turtle. She was calm and friendly!

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    Rachael says:

    My first real pet that was all my own was a rat named “Kitty” (because my dad would say “here kitty kitty” like he was going to feed her to the cat). I was 12-ish when I got her. She liked to curl onto my shoulder at night-I’d leave her cage open on the nightstand next to my bed and she’d come sleep with me 🙂 (she only went to the bathroom in the cage-I never found any stains or droppings on my sheets)  She was super-friendly and if I had her locked in her cage she would come try and visit; my sister’s rat was not friendly at all, he just wanted to be left alone, I was lucky I got the rat I did.

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    Michelle M. says:

    My first pet was a cat named Judy.
    She was a stray that we convinced my mom to take in when we were really young. At first she was really mellow and a little lazy, but a few days later she had 6 kittens! It was more than my mom bargained for (after already having me and my 5 siblings, all under the age of 9 at the time).
    Thankfully my mom believes in giving pets ‘forever homes’. We loved all those cats. Judy remained mellow, but her spunk picked back up after the babies.

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    Noma says:

    My first pets were twin brother german shepards named Blacky and Fluffy. They were raised to be gaurd dogs, and were excellent at it, much to my disappointment. The reason I say this is they were not always very eager to play with a 7 year old girl, but preferred, rather, to rip anything in sight to shreds. What I do recall, though, is what BEAUTIFUL creatures they were. Blacky had jet black shiny fur, and Fluffy had black thick curly locks all along his back. How something could be so beautiful but so evil, I just do not know :p

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    Tiffany A. says:

    My first pet was our family dog, a schnauzer named tuxedo! We had him for 14 years and he was such a good dog! My dad took me to pick out a dog when I was 4, he told to pick a puppy to surprise my mom! Tux was such a sweet boy and loved to run around our apartment and chase me!

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    Wehaf says:

    My first pet was a white rat named Igor, who was friendly and calm.

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    Susan F says:

    His name was Beau-Beau and he was the smartest, sweetest and most loving cock-a-poo ever.  We used to hide a couple of treats all over the house and he would go sniff them out and he also knew the names of every toy in his toy bin. He has been gone many years, but  I  still miss him 🙁

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    Regan says:

    My first pet, as far as I can remember, was a tortie named Scooter. She was a wonderfully patient cat, a bit atypical for a tortie. She was a thin lady that loved being petted.

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    Brittany K says:

    Demidog – a dalmatian. she was a flighty dog who never really knew what was going on (maybe that’s where I get it from) but she loved me and i loved her!

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    cindy says:

    My first pet was a dog we named “Moonshine”. All of the other dogs in his family had the word moon in their names so that had to be part of it. As a 5 year old, I thought it was the perfect name because he had just a bright personality. I’m sure my parent had other thoughts 😉

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    Jackeline says:

    I had no pets growing up so I had my first  pet in my late 20’s. It was a black cat named Mephisto who sometimes would act like a dog. He loved chasing after a small ball and would bring it back to me so that we could continue playing catch.

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