Joined Sep 8 2011
I am German and met my Australian husband in Spain - as you do. Seven years ago I followed him to Australia and took up duck breeding.
Friends gave me my first dog as a wedding present - Max, the gentle giant. My husband Glenn found Misty, his Border Collie and the two dogs got on like a house on fire.
One and a half years ago a friend of mine sent me a picture of four tiny kittens that were about to be destroyed if they didn't find a home within the next 24 hours. I was not looking for a cat - having dogs and Bantam ducks but just wanted to safe a life. Within minutes I was a the vet surgery to pick up my "Tiger" and went home with "Tilda" as well.
And that was it, now we are totally under our cat's paws. Our cats and dogs love each other and even hunt rats and mice together in the duck yard leaving the ducks alone.
We also have rescued nearly 8 year old "Uncle Toby" that was on display in our pet shop and about to go back to the shelter the next day. Toby had spent about 6 months in shelters, cages, pet shops and we just fell in love with each other through the cage wire. Again, I was not looking for a cat but I just couldn't let that Oldie go back to the shelter. Toby had met our dogs in the pet shop and was fine with them so I took him home. Our cats gave him hell on earth for about 2 months but we persisted and Toby is now the happiest, luckiest pusscat ever and our girls really like him now. Toby is one very special cat and I will be forever grateful to have him in my life.
Toby is a free spirit and living in cages or indoors is just not his thing so it took a long time for Toby to get over his shelter experience.
Since there are so many unlucky cats without a loving home I have decided to become a foster carer for a cat rescue organization so that at least a few cats do not have to live in cages.
Well, and then three months ago I actually went looking for a rescue cat to adopt into our loving home since we have a lot of space on our property as well as in our hearts.
I found the right cat in yet another rescue organization and we call her lovingly "The Squirrel" since she looks like the cross between a Possum and a Squirrel but has just the most wonderful temperament.
And then there is our Benny who is our only cat that did not need rescue but came from an excellent breeder. Benny is so easy going and friendly and he simply adores his "Uncle Toby".
And last but not least there is my German Shepherd Puppy Lani. Since my older boy Max has such a lovely temperament I fell in love with this incredible breed that I have decided to breed a litter of German Shepherds that come from working stock like my girl.
I take Lani to sheep herding lessons and she also helps me rounding up the ducks at night to keep them safe in their pens.
Max is a Therapy dog and I take him to a nursing home to bring some joy to the elderly.
And as you can see, animals are my life!