I love animals.
I love rescuing animals.
From the time my husband and I were dating (2003) until now, we have had over seventy pets.
Twelve of those were fish.
We have rescued and re-homed so many wonderful animals.
Currently, our zoo is the smallest it's ever been.
It's also the most cohesive and happy it's ever been.
Today I played with my new toy.
(My Canon EOS 60D. We may have to starve for the next few weeks since we purchased it, but my photog skills are improving. Just kidding. Kind of.)
Since I never tell you my family's names, I think I'm finally ready to introduce you to a few family members:
This is Bella.
I found her in a Jack in the Box parking lot when The Girl was 17 months old (2005).
Bella was about 4 weeks old, and sounded like a crying baby in the bushes.
I was so relieved to find her.
Hubby wasn't as happy as I was... he wasn't a fan of cats back then.
She is the only pet that has lived in all five houses that we've lived in.
This is Minnie.
Hubby's aunt found her at a park when she was about 6 months old.
We kept her and put signs up everywhere; looking for her owners.
After about a week, I was done with puppy potty training and would get furious when Minnie would run out the front door and down the street constantly.
I had Hubby drive her back to his aunt across town.
She wasn't home.
Minnie is now almost 6 years old, and my very best friend.
When The Boy was just over a year old (2008), I was searching Craigslist for chihuahuas.
Instead, I came across a listing for German Shepherds.
Totally the same breed, right?
He completes our family in the most loyal, loving way.
This is Easter.
She was being sold in an alley in Los Angeles when she was 3 weeks old.
I spent the $20 to buy her just so I could attempt to save at least one of those poor baby bunnies.
I bottle fed her around the clock for weeks.
She is now just over 8 months old.
I had no idea that rabbits were cuddly.
She's camera shy, but insanely affectionate.
This is a Russian Tortoise.
She is approximately five years old and has no name.
A few months ago, I heard a car slam on their breaks in front of my house.
A minute later, a man rang my doorbell and said, "I almost ran over your turtle!"
I said, "Oh, um, I don't have a turtle."
He said, "TAKE the turtle."
He was elderly and I could tell that a turtle was the last thing he wanted to deal with.
I brought the turtle inside and fed him an entire head of lettuce, which he ate in about thirty seconds flat.
We took her to a vet after no one responded to the "Found" signs we put up; and we found out her species, age, and gender.
We like her.
Maybe one day I'll introduce you to the rest of my family.
It's amazing how terrifying some things are for me when it comes to blogging.
Now what you've all been waiting for...
The winner of the Project Hope raffle!
*drum roll please*
Were you the winner?!
I am so thankful for everyone who participated!
Without these amazing shops and blogs, I could have never raised that much money!
I couldn't imagine a better birthday present.
Be sure to contact Laura if you would like to donate or contribute in any way to Project Hope.