Updated: Jul 30, 2019
I’ve always had a love for animals from my first puppy, Tiffany my Australian Sheppard to my new baby hedgie, Polkie-Anna. As a little girl we had calves, pigs, cats and dogs. When my kids were little we had all types of animals. At one point we had chickens, two dogs, two pigmy goats, two birds, two fish, two baby squirrels, a pot-belly pig, a turtle and Sox the cat. It was during this time I was wearing a yellow sweater when my niece, Summer started calling me Auntie G-Raff, a name which I embraced.
I’ve since had a few hedgehogs, sugar-gliders, cats and dogs. I became friends with a traveling giraffe that I go see every time he is in town. His name is Twig. We go way back, Twig and I. He brings a smile to my face each time I see him and feed him the over priced bag of carrots. My love for pets moved my photography into Pet Photography which I still enjoy doing from time to time.
I think it’s the unconditional love that animals have that draws me to them. They always bring me joy. I remember one photo shoot I did with horse and a few goats. The pet owner told me the goats are scared of everything and wouldn’t get close so put on a long lens. Next thing I knew they were right beside me. One became my assistant for the day. I guess they know I love them and are drawn to me as well. This is one of the many reasons I’m happy to be referred to as a Auntie G-Raff.
Reflections – The unconditional love of a pet will get you through some of the toughest and happiest times of your life. You don’t have to be anything special for them to love you. When you are feeling low and alone, they will make you fell like a somebody and celebrate you.