We share a love of animals, and though my 7 siblings and I had numerous such pets while growing up (we were infamous in our neighborhood for our menagerie, some of whom lived in our bedroom-sized tree house Dad built in our backyard huge avocado tree). But just can‘t compete with all those lovely exotic animals you have experienced. My husband and I also share that love of elephants (they anchor a very special energy here on Mother Earth) and have a couple of kids similar to yours: a purebred Australian Cattle Dog, and a 50/50 mix of same and Border Collie. They are so smart and entertaining and the most lovely of companions. Thanks for sharing your animal adventures and love.