Life with 13 pets
Weird but wonderful...
I’ve always been an animal person ever since I can remember. My parents use to buy me the weekly animal magazine from my local store and I was desperate to be a vet one day. It was only until later years I discovered my fear for ‘blood’ – even typing the word makes me feel pretty weak.
A Vet who hates blood is like a someone who is afraid of heights becoming a sky diving instructor it was just never going to work. – Especially after my fainting situation after seeing a calf been born at my secondary school – (That’s a story for another day.)
If I couldn’t be a vet I settled for the next best thing, become a mummy and carer to lots of pets. I’m very lucky to live in the stunning Yorkshire Dales where I am surrounded by hills, dry stone walls and beautiful natural landscape which makes it quite easy for me to have so many furry friends.
My parents own a house with land so it’s ideal to keep my four ponies behind the house, we are also very lucky to have 4 stables to keep them nice and cosy during the winter months.
As well as 4 horses I have 2 rabbits, a Lion head and a lop eared. Four guinea pigs which run me ragged they are so cheeky and full of personality. A robo hamster called twinkle that is just adorable and 2 dogs who are just the best.
If I’m not working I’m usually with my animals they all have individual characters and certainly keep me on my toes, but I couldn’t imagine my life any other way and I certainly couldn’t imagine my life without them. I’ve always said that my pets are my family and I think if any of you own pets you’ll understand that statement, your pets are the ones who are always there for you no matter what, they see you at your worst and your best and most of all they fill you heart with memories, laughter and a lot of love.
‘Most’ of my animals get along with each other which makes things so much easier! Although from time to time they can get a little bit jealous of one another but I really can’t blame them. I should probably introduce you to them all – although I do warn you we might be here quite some time…
Sasha and Maggie, my Cocker spaniel are really close. Maggie barks a lot but she is adorable, luckily she is only small so when she barks it’s not to dramatic, she loves telling us a right story on a daily basis and is always making some sort of noise. I remember going to pick Maggie up, she was the ‘runt’ of the litter. She was so tiny. On the drive home we pulled in to McDonalds and Maggie woke up with the smell of chips! Me and my brother John kept sneakily feeding her the odd one and she has always been a little partial to them ever since…
Maggie is now 12 years old which is pretty hard to believe, she’s unfortunately lost her vision over the years but luckily Sasha our family German Shepard looks after her. Sasha is gorgeous we’ve always had German Shepard’s they are a lovely breed. Sasha always tries to sit on your lap even though she is massive which is hilarious but sometimes she jumps up at the most awkward times for example eating your breakfast you can guarantee she is there. Sasha loves Alfie they are great friends but sometimes they both get a little bit too excited so I have to watch them.
Saying that Sasha is a huge softie and she is brilliant around my guinea pigs and rabbits. I have male and female rabbits and guinea pigs but there all kept separate for obvious reasons. I have a male lop eared rabbit called ‘Malibu’ he is so sweet, he’s huge and eats a lot of food but he is a gentle giant. He is best friends with ‘Hamish’ who is a male guinea pig – A lot of people tell you not to mix rabbits and guinea pigs together but my two are inseparable they sleep next to each, they eat together and they play together so on that note they stay together!
Going on to the girls I have ‘Muffles’ a white lion head rabbit who has one blue eye and one brown eye, she is very pretty and I love her eyes. Muffles lives with ‘Holly’ who is ‘Hamish’s’ sister actually! Again people say not to put rabbits and guinea pigs together but Holly has a habit of ‘grooming’ muffles and well ‘Muffles’ loves been ‘motherly’ together Holly so they are together!
Then I have ‘Candy’ and ‘Floss’ my oldest two guinea pigs who live in my office with me, they are brilliant company and squeak at me every morning. I couldn’t imagine them not in my office, I always ask them for opinions when I’m typing up new manuscripts and there a brilliant help.
Twinkle, my Robo dwarf hamster lives on his own, although he does have quite the elaborate bed it’s like a mini hotel! He’s always really intrigued by any new toys we get for him. Robos are incredible they are so intelligent. I love hiding sunflower seeds for twinkle and watching him find them – I some times think he’s a secret spy…
Last but not least I have my four horses. Badger, Paddy, Pepper and of course Little Alf. If you follow Little Alf’s blog you will know a little bit about these four.
Badger was my first pony, I’ve had him for as long as I can remember, he is now over 30 years old and enjoying retired life. Paddy was a rescue, he’s always creating mischief and doesn’t know how big he is, in fact I always think me and Paddy are quite alike where both clumsy in a good way! I clicker train paddy and he loves learning new things.
Pepper and Alfie are never found far apart my two mini shetlands, they are both very cheeky and always up to no good. There the best of friends and enjoy long days in the fields playing together and there is nothing I love more than summer nights and watching the ponies in the paddocks they always look so happy.
So there it is my life with 13 pets, they keep me busy. They’re my best friends. I think when you have pets you feel such a responsibility towards, I see my animals as my friends. I really do. I think some people may or may not find that odd but I spend more time with them than I do with my actual friends and some of my family even! If I’m ever bothered about something or I have a problem I’ll spend a few hours with my animals and I always feel better.
If your willing to open up your heart and doors to any pet than you should they are a fab form of therapy. There is so many rescue pets out there crying out for homes so if you are thinking of getting a pet this 2018 than have a look at one which needs a good loving home…
You can Find our more about Hannah and her life in the Yorkshire Dales with her 13 pets in her latest book – ‘Little Alf the true story of the pint sized pony who found his forever home.’