A few things:I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida. I live at home with my parents and my younger sister who is also a massage therapist. My first job was working for my father as a landscaper (which I occasionally still do when he asks) and so have been working for him on and off for about nine years. My favourite job was being the kennel supervisor at a local animal shelter. I volunteer doing construction work- roofing after hurricane Charlie and the rest that year but currently on a HVAC crew. Yeah, I'm an attic rat.
Being a consummate animal lover (seemingly since birth) is not always an easy thing- which I believe many here can attest to. Not everyone really cares as much or wants to talk about such things. Internet communities like this one help me tap into that side and make me feel more normal. XD So thank you for being here and helping make places like this thrive.
The birds. I am most often found in the bird world at http://www.indianringneck.com/forum and am the user Melika there. I have a beautiful IRN named Hane (pronounced as Hah-nay) meaning 'feather' or 'plume' in Japanese. Here are some pics of my bird and his brother, Tsume. Tsume was two days older than Hane (Tsume mysteriously passed away in April 2011).We live in Florida, and my father has developed a fondness for bamboo.
More bird pictures here.
The dogs. I am, at heart, a dog person first. This is Amadeus, my current doggie. Our family has four altogether but this one is MINE!
It is nearly impossible to get a picture of him awake and standing still. He was adopted from the SPCA at nine months of age. Purebred aussie shep (stop backyard breeding! Nearly half the dogs taken to the shelter are owner turn-ins, not strays! Roughly 40% of the dogs I saw go through our shelter were purebred or very near to it- purebred does NOT mean that puppy is getting a good home! Three of our dogs are purebred and ALL rescues. Mini-dachshund and two aussies -oh right... steps off soapbox-).
This was Geronimo. I had him for nearly twelve years. I miss my babe.
Geronimo was also adopted from the SPCA at the age of one.
More on our other pets here.
Extra. Just for the sake of extra cuteness, these are three chicks from the clutch a year later than the one Hane and Tsume came from. The owners asked me to hand-feed these three. They wanted pet IRNs that were as nice as Hane and Tsume. ^_~
We called them Porthos, Athos, and Aramis while they were with us. This was the first day they all perched.