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Chapter 1: Animal Lovers

It always amazes me when people say that they can’t remember much about their childhood. Memories of my youth are still as fresh in my mind as the events of yesterday. My hopes and dreams are still the same and so is my greatest joy – animals!

My earliest recollections are of a love for all creatures. It did not matter that they were not there in physical form, they were in my heart. They came to me through my toys and they danced on the pages of my books. They were wonderful creatures – so full of compassion, so wise and so beautiful, that I knew in their company I would be blessed and eternally happy.

Many years later, I still feel the same. My friends now have physical bodies but my adoration has not ceased and in their company I feel great peace.

As you may suspect, I am an animal lover. I have been for as long as I can remember. I think about animals, I love to be around them and I care deeply for their welfare.

And while I have always been aware that there are other people like me, it is only in the last ten or fifteen years that I have begun to understand the magnitude of this group. I now realise that there are literally millions of people in this world, all with the same consuming passion for animals. We share this passion despite differences in age, race, wealth, sex, society, religious beliefs and education.

Although it is comforting to realise that I am not alone, it does intrigue me as to why all of these people, many of whom have nothing else in common, love animals, and why do we love them with such consuming passion?

Is it as simple as an ‘animal loving’ gene that has been passed down through the millenniums, occurring in varying levels of intensity in each individual (or in some cases – none at all)? Or is it a characteristic which is developed after birth through our contact with animals and other humans? This is of course is the old ‘nature versus nurture’ debate which continues to rage in scientific circles about many aspects of our personality.

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  1. Debbie Clare said on 22/04/2011 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Di,
    Deb here. Just to let you know that I think you have done a wonderful job on your new website and that I think you will attract many animal lovers just as it has attracted me. I’m really happy that Duke has “bounced” back and is looking wonderful. Well Done! I will visit often to keep up with the latest. Your book is amazing! It is true to it’s word and has come straight from the heart of a true animal lover. Being an animal lover myself, as you know we are the proud owners of 11 cheeky and loving ferrets, 2 cats and a dog. Animals, although they cannot speak a single word, manage to let us know exactly what they want and when they want it. All they ask for is a warm bed, a full tummy and lots of love. In return, they give us their own special love and loyalty. It is amazing how they trust us. Again, I say Well Done. You have really done a wonderful job and I’m sure you will have many more visitors. A gallery of all types of pets would be great. Everyone can show off their wonderful pets.

  2. Diana said on 22/04/2011 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Deb,
    Great to hear from you! So glad we can keep in touch easily now.
    To give everyone a little background, Deb was driving past my house a few weeks ago and noticed Greg in the paddock with Duke who was suffering from Colic. Although we had never met before, she called in and worked with Duke for 45 minutes until the vet arrived (she is a spiritual healer) and the improvement in him was amazing. I am so grateful to her and so is Duke.
    Thanks for your comments Deb, I am so looking forward to continuing our friendship on and offline and hope that you can meet many more friends here at

  3. cevon said on 20/07/2011 at 2:31 pm

    I never thought of it that way, well put!

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