...but that was before the rest joined in...
Somewhere around here is a pretty good-sized pack of hunting hounds. So far, they've managed to get excited about once an evening. They sound a fair piece away; I can't imagine what it's like to be in the same yard. You've gotta really love dogs, I reckon.
Me? I'm already missing my cat. As chatty and intrusive as she is, she's downright laid-back and quiet compared to even one dog, let alone four. There's something to be said for a pet that is capable of quietly amusing itself for however long is necessary.
Marko used to joke that having pets was like having toddlers that never grow up. You spend ten years and more yelling "Get out of there! Put that down! Don't put that in your mouth!"