I am the parent of two kids, a 21 year-old daughter and a 16 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. They are very loving but I've made the decision that once they are gone I'm not likely to be getting any more pets. I am looking forward to the freedom of not having to worry about friends with allergies or what to do with the kitties when I'm away.