I like most animals (not mice or rats, of course) and would love to have a pet of my own. I especially like cats and miss Monica, the best cat ever, who died two years before I moved to Japan. Unfortunately the apartments I have lived in here have not allowed pets. On top of that, pets are very expensive here and I probably couldn't afford to keep one anyway. I talk to the cute cats who live next door to me, but I think they must not understand my Japanese.
Some of my students have pets and I enjoy hearing about them. It was several weeks into classes before I figured out that when one student talked about doing things with his "family" he was talking about his wife and two dogs, not two children. It's funny how our pets become family. One student and his wife have a girl dog named Milk. Milk wears a dress and goes to the dog cafe, where her people eat lunch and she gets to see her dog friends. She eats breakfast and dinner, but not lunch, and she doesn't like fireworks. Another student took his dog to the dog pool. (I didn't even know there were pools just for dogs!) His dog was afraid of the water, and maybe the other dogs, so they didn't go again. One student has a pet turtle and has shown me video of the turtle on his phone. Before seeing the video, I didn't think turtles could be so cute. This turtle is about 20 years old and is big. She weighs about 3 kilograms. In the warm weather she lives in a pool with a sunning deck in the yard. When the weather turns cool, she lives in a smaller pool in the house with a heater. She doesn't make any sound, but she does come to the side of the pool when her person comes to the pool. If I could have a pet, I think I would have a cat rather than a dog or a turtle.