My love of animals started at a very young age when my parents surprised me with a tiny calico kitten named Patches. I can still remember the day I got her. I was so excited! Apparently I loved to tote her around and pose for photos because I found this in an old photo album a while back.
I had Patches until I was in college and we had to put her down. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. My love of animals didn't end there, though. David got the cutest little kitten named Jasper while we were in
college. Jasper is still with us today and a very important part of our
After we were married, we decided to get another cat. That's when the crazy Fitz entered our lives! (David is an animal lover, too.)
Up until a few years ago, I didn't realize how my love of animals would extend to include so many different species! After the cats, there were the chickens. Aster B was my chicken soul mate. We lost her last summer and it was such a hard time, I couldn't even talk about her to anyone. But now I can remember the good times and be happy she was in my life.
We got Duchess after moving to our homestead, and I learned how to love a neglected, shy dog and earn her trust and love in return.
Last year, we hatched out our first ever eggs from our guineas and I fell in love with the tiny keets.
We haven't had the pleasure of raising any other livestock just yet, but I have met a sweet little lamb and an adorable cow and was totally smitten with them.
I even got to play with a mini horse once!
While David played with the normal-sized horses (they kind of scare me!).
Once my grandma told me "You could make a pet out of anything!" and I believe it's true. It's hard to explain to someone who's not as crazy about animals as I am, but I definitely could not live without them. They add so much joy and richness to my life and make me a better person.
"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way." - John Muir
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