It seem that having seven (almost eight) children in our home was just not quite adventurous for us; now, we have a pair of cats (which are considerably quieter than a pair of... keets. *Rimshot*)
There's something... warm and fuzzy about cats, though I know they tend to be "love or hate" pets.
And so our family welcomes Beauty (the long-haired, tuxedo kitten) and Shinobi (the family let me pick the name; it was a victory for awesomeness!)
It's the first time since I was eleven that I've ever had pets--and really ducks, baby chickens and goldfish don't count. So I guess this is my first time ever really owning a pet. Wish me luck. :)