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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

UntitledBaby 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.

Ethel (Effy)

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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

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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

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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.

Rue (Ruzi Q)

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In March of 2015 my parents finally gave in and let me get this little cutie I named Rue, but her nickname is Ruzi Q. She is a short haired tort Syrian hamster and she is beyond adorable! She has such a good and inquisitive temperament. Which is good when you live in a house with as many pets as I do. As usual there's a bit of a story behind me getting her and if you want to read the full story you can check it out here! I love this little lady and she is my little teddy bear.

Agron, Duro & Violet

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Agron, Duro and Violet are my Giant African Land Snails. I got them in June of 2015. I bought Violet (pictured in the middle) and was offered Duro (to the right) for free along with her. I'm so glad I jumped at the chance as he's such a social guy. A few weeks later I got Agron (to the left). I didn't expect him to be so big, though they'll all get to be even bigger than he is here. They are Achatina Fulica GALS. Violet is Jadatzi (white with yellow shell), Duro  is Rodatzi (darker body with yellow shell) and Agron is Jade (white with dark shell). They are such awesome and interesting pets and have more personality than people would imagine.

Special Mention

Gracie

UntitledIn 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 28/07/2015

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