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From the moment my wife, Robin, and I bought our house back in June 2000, there's almost always been at least one pet living there with us.
And once there were five.
The day we moved in, Robin brought along her brown house rabbit Vicky.
And not too much time passed before we'd made a trip to the local animal shelter and adopted our first dog, border collie Sterling (named for my all-time-favorite racer, Sterling Marlin).
After Vicky passed away, we ended up adopting four house rabbits - actually two "bonded pairs": Mickey and Velvet and Gus and Daisy.
Sterling lived to be nearly 16, and the four "bunny buddies" that came after Vicky each lived past 10 - long lives, even for house rabbits.
Our pets live so long for a couple of reasons.
First, we're careful about what we feed them. Robin goes out shopping just for the rabbits - and buys fresh organic produce. (Truth be told, sometimes I think the rabbits eat better than I do.)
Second, when we even suspect that a pet might be getting sick, we immediately get them help - cost be damned.
Thanks to that second proclivity, we've got a lot more in common with most American pet owners than I previously thought.
Let me share a story about one of our "pet emergencies." Then I'll tell you why my huge vet bill helped me zero in on a stock that you'll be wanting to add to your portfolio - as soon as you finish reading this.
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