We have three @ 6 months, six @ 1 year and our three originals aproaching 2 yrs. The one that passed was 1 yr. The one that passed the lash egg stuff is one of the originals
. I know what you mean about the problems and frustrations though. For the most part they are
easy to keep. It's when we become attached and they become part of the family that it gets hard. I swear I fret just as much over them as I do with my kids when they get sick. We just have to put one foot in front of the other and do the best we can.