Yes we had both cats and dogs. As an adult I once had a dog named 'Lady'. It was a mix between coyote and German Shepherd or that is what I was told. Great pup and very loyal. In those days I could leave the backdoor open when going to work and she could go inside or outside at will.
We felt comfortable with letting her do her own thing. What was unique was when people jumped our fence to cut through the backyard she would just very quietly walk up to the person trying to climb the other side. She very, very seldom would ever bark and really never growled. If the person saw her they usually were real quick getting over the fence. It was humorous at times. I wondered about when I was not home to see those kind of adventures for her.
Today, I have a hummingbird & butterfly garden. Those hummingbirds are the pets I know now. The males are territorial and will defend their food source allowing some visitors. With that knowledge I am pretty sure I see the same hummingbird (An Anna Hummingbird).
Five or six times a week a Raven visits one of the two bird baths outside. It looks about and recognizes me when I am sitting in the garden. Apparently I am not threatening as it will spend minutes at the birdbath looking about. It chased a feral cat away a couple of times. Oddly or maybe without oddity it does not chase a black kitten away that will be in the garden at the same time. But, that tom gray feral it will chase away real fast. Interesting.
The same black kitten with two white paws will visit me around 4AM when I go outside to smoke. Sometimes it is brave and will come up the steps to the porch and sit behind the chair across from me. It does meow, but we have not had any contact yet. Maybe one day we will. Interesting. I am pondering a name as well as if it is a neighbor's or not. I think not on that.