I have been a Democrat all my life (except when I was 9 and thought Nixon was a better candidate than Kennedy, mea culpa). My start as a Democrat was in Minnesota where even the Republicans were pretty middle of the road. I've lived in Maryland, land of Democrats, and Virginia which has since turned Democrat. (I regret that I wasn't there to vote against the current GOP governor. Thank goodness, he can only serve for one term.)
I have a dog, but too late to get into the running.