Pet Love ~ Then & Now

“A house is not a home without a pet”

The weekend just passed saw me searching for photos to add to our photo wall. I found that so many of my favourite images had our various pets in them both today and in childhood. I have always been an animal lover. Then and now, pets are such an important part of my life.

Then  I grew up around animals. We always had cats, dogs, ponies & horses. At various times we also had rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, calves, goats and lambs!

As a baby, we had Blacky, a part Labrador (part something else!) dog, who funnily enough was black in colour. We adopted the kittens from our grandparent’s cat on more than one occasion. Ginger, Matthew and Smokey were just some of their names.

I went horse riding on my ponies Tammy, Bonny, Briar Rose or Glenn with my mum every weekend.  Her horse, I still think was fabulously named Magic. Although, she’s getting on now, she’s still kicking her heels up in the paddocks of my childhood home.

I ran and bike rode with our dog Cocoa. I had our cat Smokey on my knee while I studied for my high school exams. All of those animals were a constant part of my childhood and teenage years.

Now  I am a still very much a crazy pet person. I am often telling Sam that I’m lucky he married me because (among other reasons!) that stops me being known as a crazy pet person. You know the old stereotype of the spinster and all her cats? That could well have been me if not for Sam!

As a couple, our first furkids were our cats Kali and Kimba. They provided the best company for the months that Sam was away and I was living all by myself in Sydney. They meant that I never came home to an empty house. They gave me someone to talk to when I got home from work! They also provided constant amusement – chasing and pouncing on one another, walking along the balcony railing some 4 floors up to visit the neighbours, pulling open a bean bag and spreading the little beans throughout the whole house.

Since then we have adopted the a-dog-able Keiko and the wolf whistling Cockatiel Kasey came to live with us. Our house is a home to us because of the pets we have there.

Kerry Martin

Kerry is 'Top Dog' here at Puppy Tales. With her own adored dogs, she completely gets that your four legged furry buddy is absolutely part of the family. That they sleep on the bed, that you want to take them everywhere, that you plan holidays so they’re included & that their presence makes your life incredible.