In my childhood, we couldn't have pets as we were away at work and school, etc all day. At some point my father agreed to a gold fish (7 actually), but that was as far as it went. Luckily, my grandmother had lots of dogs and I would make sure to make friends at school with schoolmates who had pets, so I could still play with cats and dogs regularly.
Now, (finally!) I have 2 cats, Fatso and Bustan, who think they're royalty.
In the clinic I am responsible for imports; helping our clients bring their pets with them when they move to Oman. I love being able to help keep families and their pets together!