So, while that seems a ways out yet, there is some unfortunate math we need to consider as our retirement plan includes a great deal of traveling. Hence, the need to downsize.
If you think about 10 years, in terms of how long an animal lives, you'll realize pretty quickly that a lot of things live longer than 10 years.
A quick review of some average life spans:
Duck: 8-12 years
Dog: 10-13 years
Cat (indoor): 15 years
Potbelly pig: 12-15 years
Goldfish: 5-10 years (up to 43 years!)
Turtle: 50-100 years
Human: 79 years
So where do we stand with our animals and our 10 year plan? Pretty well actually. Since we intentionally stopped acquiring new pets a few years back and have just hatched our last batch of chicks, we will likely be pared down to a small grouping a decade from now.
Is it morbid to think about the death of all of the things living around us? Yes. It is also practical and necessary. We enjoy sharing our lives with our furred, feathered and finned companions and will continue to do so for as long as they can thrive under our care. We believe that as responsible stewards, we should not pawn our animals off on others once we decide they are no longer convenient for our lifestyle. Rather, it is our lifestyle that must conform to their needs. In this way, we can all live peacefully together, knowing our family will remain intact as long as life allows.
In the meantime we'll have to consider the best way to travel with a pig and a turtle. And maybe a cat. Your ideas are welcome! :)