Friday, January 27, 2006

I'm Famous...

Not really, but my AOL Journal was picked by the guest editor over there this week as one of the 6 journals she gets to feature. Pretty Cool, huh? Well, since I'm expecting a little extra traffic over there this week I thought I would put up an entry that tells a little about me.... And, I thought maybe I would mirror it over here... well, just because ;p So, Here it is:

I'm Famous....

Well at least sort of <g>


Seems that Kim over at I Shaved My Legs for This? is the Guest editor this week... And guess who she picked to share the honor with? Yep, ME! Well, me and some other people <LOL> Be sure to pop over to her place or the Journals Main Page and check out all of her picks.


Since I'm probably going to be getting some extra visitors here in the next few days, I thought I would do a little 'about me' entry.


Although this Journal was never meant to be a 'showcase' for animals, it often becomes one because... well they are and always have been a big part of my life. I was born into a family that loved animals, and I can't remember a time in my childhood when there wasn't at the very least a dog and a cat in my home... and often assorted other creatures... Add to this the dogs/cats owned by my Grandparents and Aunt/Uncles, and I was exposed to pets from the time I was 3 days old.


My first home was with my Grandparents... in Kentucky... You know, "Land of Beautiful Horses and Fast Women" <eg>. My grandfather's favorite story was always about how I threw such a fit at the age of 6 months that they had to go and get a neighbor to come back and let me have a ride on his horse so I would quit crying. Now, I don't remember this, but I wouldn't doubt it. My Grandfather always claimed that my love of horses began at that moment.


I managed to own a horse by the time I was 20, and by 24 was living in Florida and actually making my living caring for horses!! From there, it was just luck that led me from place to place. The people I originally worked for in Florida owned Arabian Horses. Seeing that the market for them was falling, the owner took the horses he still owned and added a few different breeds to them and started a dinner theatre in Orlando. I was lucky enough to return to work for them in the early 80's just as this was taking off.


Working at the dinner theatre, I was exposed to many different types of riding, all kinds of horses, and a lot of really cool people... some of which had been or were still circus performers. One day one of them recommended me to a trainer who had just arrived from Europe and would be training an act for the circus that would include Friesians, Arabians and..... zebras! I was quickly sold on the idea of not only working with 2 breeds of horses that I admired, but Zebras! The chance seemed to be to wonderful to pass up, and my boss allowed me to take a leave of absence to go work with this trainer for 6 months and help get the act ready to go on the road.


By the time the Fall rolled around, it was obvious that, although the act was well on it's way, it was nowhere near ready to just be handled by anyone, and the trainer convinced me to go with him on the road and travel with the circus for 6 months and finish their training..... And I never looked back.


During the 6 years I spent working for the circus, I was an assistant trainer for this first act, then Head tiger groom for another set of animals, and finally a Senior Animal Handler... which meant I helped out where needed. It was a wonderful experience and I crossed the entire continent twice, was in New York City at Madison Square Gardens three times, went once to Mexico City, and even visited Canada, and along the way had many adventures. Most importantly, I met the man I currently share my life with.


A little over a year and a half ago, G (my significant other) was offered a wonderful opportunity to work in a zoo. This was a dream of his since he was a child, so how could I say no?? We came off the road, and while he went to work for the zoo, I found a job that I could do while I look for the 'right' job for me. Luckily for me, since G and several of our friends still work with exotic animals, I still get the opportunity to be around the animals I adore... Still, I look forward to finding the right spot for me to continue to do what I love.


While waiting for -my- dream job, I have several 'furkids' who keep me quite busy. We Previewhave Morgan (the Pembroke Welsh Corgi) who is the darling of my eye. She is almost 3now, and I've had her since she was just six weeks old. D.K. (short for Devil Kitty) is a 'tuxedo' cat and 11 years old. I've had her since she was a 5 week old kitten. And finally, but by no means last, is Boo, my horse. He is a black bay Arabian who I actually helped be born. On Jan 1 (all horses have their 'official' Previewbirthday on Jan 1!) he was 16 years old.... but, he will get his birthday celebration in the spring anyway <g>


So, that's the short form...... The newer pictures you find here in my Journal are from our local zoo or aquarium... although I do on occasion get to a little more exotic locals. The older ones... well, they can be from anywhere <g>


Hope you enjoy your visit... And Thanks for stopping by!

11 comments:

jennifer said...

I love those photos of the babies! Walter says hubba to Morgan. Congrats on being featured this week!! It's always fun to have new visitors.

Patrick said...

Great pics! Congrats on the honor, and more importantly, congrats on developing such a love of animals. I wish more people could see value in our four-legged friends!

Laura said...

omg your babies are adorable!
can I have your autograph?

DesLily said...

Congrats on being one of the featured journals.. no big surpise to me! lol..

It's always good to be around animals be it domestic or not.. they've always had some part in my life. My time at Shambala Preserve is among my favorite memories..they can effect your life as much as any person can.

V said...

Congrats!!
V

Jod{i} said...

Lol...You've been famous for a time now! Hee hee awesome pics!

Jodi

Coy said...

Hey there's lot's of hearts in here:-)


Don't here from many of my old J-Land friends anymore. With everyone so spread out, I guess it's not as easy as it used to be to stay connected.

Miss you and love the photos as usual.
*** Coy ***

Globetrotter said...

JJ!

What an incredibly eclectic life you've led (giggle, giggle)!

I had no idea you had a horse and were so involved with the circus!

Animals are so very cool and I'll never forget how I took my oldest son to a nightclub for his first Holy Communion present (Yeah, you heard me right). He wanted to see the tigers leaping through flaming hoops and just yards away from the audience.

Well the hubby drank too much that night and tripped down the steps and became his own circus act that night, but I digress here.

The Sarasota Circus is in town! And did you have any idea that the circus bridge in Venice is named after the famous Ringling Circus? Wow, the trapeze still flaps in the breeze as you cross over the bridge but in Florida you see all sorts of weird things, right?

Anyhoo, congrats on being named by Kimberleigh as a blog of the week! I can't believe I missed it, but I miss a lot of things these days:(

Your horse is gorgeous but then again the cat and dog are to die for, too.

I miss watching the horses graze. There was a horse farm right behind my home in Chester Springs that boarded race horces.I loved watching them from my kitchen window.

Congrats again!

Maryanne

BoiseLadie said...

Your furbabies are beautiful! What an interesting life you've had, something others just dream of doing. I love your photos.

Stacy said...

I never have heard this "whole" story from you! Thanks for telling it again! you are on my "one of my most intersting friends list!" (not too mention smart!:)

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