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Pets 'n' Stuff

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
Anatole France

My pets are my life. I literally wouldn't be the person I am without them, nor would I be as happy and as positive. Here I list them in the order I got them.


Baby is my chocolate Labrador. I got her a month after my 17th birthday as a belated birthday present to myself back in 2007. She is the sweetest and most good natured dog you'll ever meet. Typical labrador really. Even at her age she acts like a big puppy. Although she's mine, she thinks she belongs to my dad and he loves her just as much. In October of 2017, Baby was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in her back leg. Which led her her having the leg amputated. Thankfully she made a full recovery and is doing well! (Read her a cancer story here!)

Ethel (Effy)

Effy is the oldest of my cats, I got her back in 2009 when my ex got a kitten and I got broody. As you can see she is a tortie. This means she comes with a giant dose of tortitude. You never quite know what you're going to get with her. Though she isn't feisty like a lot of other torties, she's more of the flight variety than the fight. Her favourite place is curled up in the pace behind me in my wheelchair.

Findlay Wilder Reid

Findlay is obviously the youngest of my cats, but I only got him a year after Effy in 2010. He is basically her polar opposite and is the most laid back and attention seeking cat ever, unlike Effy who hides from strangers. Findlay isn't even scared of dogs he doesn't know. The only time he isn't laid back to a fault is when you try and brush him! Which is problematic considering he's so darn fluffy.


Edwin is my newest baby. He is a Chihuahua and I got him in June of 2014. You can read about the day I got home here. I can't remember what life was like without him. Boring I should imagine! He is the stereotypical Chihuahua. Full of mischief, with a touch of little man syndrome. Not to mention a bit possessive over me, but I'm working on that. He's been great company for me and I don't know what I'd have done without him during a very dark period in which we had to say goodbye to our oldest dog we'd had sixteen years.

Agron, Lugo, Mira and Saxa

Agron, Lugo, Mira and Saxa are my Giant African Land Snails. I got Agron in June of 2015 and Lugo, Mira and Saxa were the product of accidentally letting some eggs hatch the following April. I ended up with seventeen snails! Although I'm still unsure why, I had many losses over the next couple of years and now I only have the four. They are such awesome and interesting pets and have more personality than people would imagine.

Special Mention


In August 2014 we had to say goodbye to one of the most important members of our family, our sixteen year old Shih Tzu, Gracie. I wrote about her and her passing in this post. It's difficult for me to put into words how important she was and still is in our lives. I just can't do her justice. She was such a character. It's still weird for me when I tell people about my pets that I don't tell them about her. It feels wrong. I've had many other pets, and I miss them every day too... but with Gracie it's different. She was my constant.

In a weird way it still feels like she's here. Like she's going to wander in from another room. I hope it always feels like that.

Updated 07/11/2018

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