I am the parent of two kids, a 22 year-old daughter and a 17 year-old son. My daughter is in school in Pennsylvania and is only home a few months out of the year. My son lives with me full-time but can see his dad whenever he wants.
I have two cats who are getting up there in age. I had a Sheltie who lived to be 17 years old, although he's been gone for a number of years. Not sure if I'll get another cat or dog when the two kitties I have are gone. I know so many people with allergies and then there is the challenge of making sure they're cared for if I'm away. I guess I can decide that when the time comes.