This photo from about 1925 is of my grandfather, Howard Tess. I don't remember my grandparents ever having pets (Grandma thought they were dirty), but there are several pictures of Howard with animals, mostly dogs. I also have pictures of him with a cat, with calves, and with the pony he bought for me and my younger sister.
This photo from 1932 is of my father, Ralph Pierce. Dad always loved animals. Many of the early pictures of him show a farm dog, but I know he loved cats just as well. When we were little he also sometimes caught wild pets, especially raccoons and crows. Sometimes when he was mowing hay a cat or wild animal would be injured, and he had real trouble hiding his sorrow when he had to put them out of their suffering.
Here I am about 1952 with my preferred pet. Many of my childhood photos show me with farm cats. This was Mom's cat, Snookums. Ever since I have had a place to call my own I have had a kitty, and luckily my husband is a cat lover as well. Our current cat, Bucky, is a great lap cat.
In 1963 one of our favorite furry pets was Smoky, the bunny. Here my youngest sister, Mary, looks just a little worried.