Along with many children, I've grown up in a household with many animals. As a child, I had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Pinecone, two cats (Mickie and Minnie). Currently, I have two cats (Mr. Whiskers and Shaddow) and two small dogs: a Shih Tzu, Hope and a Malti-Poo mix, Max. Hope is a rescue from Puerto Rico with many health concerns. In the last seven years, she's been on countless medications ranging from pills to shampoos. She's a special dog who requires very special care, and I've learned a lscued, and ot from having her in my family. Max is a puppy my family recently rehe's brought a lot of life back into Hope.