I grew up in Yorba Linda, California, in an idyllic era. Rural and unspoiled, even for populous Orange County, everyone had numerous pets and livestock. We were never without multiple dogs and Princess, pictured above, was rescued when I was three months old. More than once I was given chicks and ducklings as birthday presents giving my L.A.P.D. Dad the opportunity to built coops and teach us how to take care of “the girls.” Add to that cats, turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, pigeons, and a horse with the unsettling moniker of “Spooky” because he frequently bolted for no apparent reason, and that was life in Yorba Linda in the 60’s and 70’s.
Tuolumne County has been my home for 35 years. I hold a B.A. in Liberal Studies from C.S.U. Chico with an Education/Creative Writing emphasis. I am the mother of five indoor rescue cats, Nana to five grandchildren, and Auntie Jan to my extended family’s and friends’ dogs, cats, and chickens (and a few human children too). I will treat your fur children the same love and care I lavish on mine.