Picture of Karen D with her cat

Karen

Resident Pets

I have three cats; Mary, Martha and Lazarus. They are rescue kitties. They were born under a bush outside the business complex where I worked. There were four little kittens, but one was adopted by another person. I knew I could not adopt just one or two because that would leave one alone, so I decided to take all three. I have two females and one male, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. We have been a family for seven years this month.

What is the funniest or most memorable experience you’ve have with an animal?

When I was young my family had a duck named Flapper. We lived in a small town and everyone knew their neighbor’s pet. Flapper loved to take a several walks during the day and visit the different neighbors. She was not shy and often crossed the local streets. Our dog, Butch, kept a close watch on her and if she wandered to far or decided she should take a rest in the middle of the street, Butch would gentle take her by the wing and bring her home. Flapper would quack and fuss but Buch ignored her protest. Once they were safely in the yard, Butch would go back to his faithful watching to make sure Flapper did not get injured. Flapper lived to be fifteen years old.

Why do you love working with animals?

What I love the most about animals is that they are genuine. If they want to be touched, petted, cuddled, etc. they will let you know this and they will not accept no for an answer. They in turn know when we need comfort and are forth coming in with their attention.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

I am living the goal of my life. My two sons are grown with beautiful families of their own and successful in their chosen pathways. I can spend my time serving those most in need. This work I support by caring for one of my great loves, animals.