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Lots of animals mean lots of hard work

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2001

Hi! I'm Angeleah. I've been in 4-H for four years now. I'm writing about animals.

I own 47 to be exact: six llamas, four horses, 10 goats, 20 chickens, four cats, two dogs and one bird.

Some kids, when they see a baby animal, go "Oh, mom and dad, can I have it, please? I'll take care of it, I promise." Then, when they grow up, they're so much work.

Sometimes you have to spend 24/7 every week to take care of them. You normally have to clean their pens (especially market livestock) two to three times a week. It's fun sometimes, but it's always hard work.

You have to shovel manure, but if it's a house pet you have to pick up poop or change a litter box or clean a cage. You have to feed, water and love them. You always have to exercise them, and you also have to take them to the vet.

People need to take into consideration how expensive it can be, with all the collars, shots and all the kinds of feed. It all adds up.

It's actually worth all the work to have all these animals. Me and my family love them!

Angeleah Wood is 10 years old and a fourth-grader at Sterling Elementary School. She is a member of 4-H.



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