Our Original Babies

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.

George Eliot

Back before I met Derek I found my first baby… shes been with me for 6 years now. My furry baby… Rizzo (formerly Roxy). This tortoiseshell bombshell came into my life after being put to the rehoming centre because her original family had got a new puppy. Funnily enough she didnt take kindly to her home being invaded by a boisterous dog and had a pop resulting in her being ejected tout suite. It was ok though it was just me and her now and she could have all the couch to herself if she wanted and cuddles on demand.

Rizzo: my original baby

Back before he met me Derek was living in Glasgow with his furry child. Poppy. A tornado with a tail that could take you out with one swipe. She’s a whippet x GSD. She doesnt like other dogs, men other than Derek and loves the sound of her own voice.

Poppy the pooper

Poppy loves me. Rizzo loved me til I moved Derek and the dog into our little haven. She had loved Derek when he first started visiting but now she was not a fan of either of us.

Needles to say we were cautious especially after Rizzo was rehomed because of a dog and Poppy had never been around cats and has a high prey drive (that’s the whippet in her!). So we took it slow… all in Rizzos time. There were a few close calls and times we were worried we’d never be able to leave them alone together.

Slowly though she came round. Realising the dog was a bit daft and she could be in charge she came round. And Poppy realised she wasnt interested in her food so let her wander round without worry. They even shared the dogs bed at times.

Now Rizzo is a total daddy’s girl… as i write shes rolling about in his dirty work jumper. She’ll curl up beside him. I dont get a look in when hes here. She will still come greet me after work if the dog hasnt taken her out on the way to the door. Poppy just loves everyone.

The venture of combining our furry children has meant we have added to the menagerie. Currently alongside Rizzo and Poppy we have two bunnies (Rickman and Bowie) and a guinea pig (Beverley). There will always be animals around Isaac growing up. They are as much family as he is. Hes even learning table manners from them….

Who needs cutlery?!

It’s difficult to understand why people don’t realize that pets are gifts to mankind.
– Linda Blair

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