So as you all know, I love animals. I maybe even hoard them a little.
Though it’s not just animals. It’s most creatures. Mammals, Avies, Reptiles, Insects and amphibians. Bring it to me and I’d tell you its the most adorable thing ever.
This isn’t new. Just ask my mother and a few others who’ve help raise me. For as long as I can remember. Even conjuring up some of my earliest memories they are of me running around the desert chasing lizards. Catching lady bugs, Rolliepollies and anything that moved. I tried saving baby birds that fell out of their nests. I wanted to rescue every damn dog and cat I came across. When my parents allowed it. I did.
One of my first rescues was my first cat named Thomas. Just a random feral kitten. I found in the lot behind my house. It had looked like the mother sat on or slaughtered the whole litter, All but one. No trace of the mother. She clearly was reflecting on Joan Crawford of Mommie Dearest… So I picked him up and took him home. My dad at the time. Told me no. Put him back outside… I refused. But out went the kitten. So as soon as I had the opportunity I snuck outside in search of my motherless kitten. Smuggled him into my bedroom and emptied out a dresser drawer and made him a home.. It was fortunate/unfortunate my parents were going through a split. So I think that life event was on my side. My mother came home later that day and told me I could keep the kitten. We had Thomas for many years after..
Flash forward many years later. Now obviously married, and we have a THREEnanger. I am contemplating. STILL. Almost 30 years old trying to figure out what the fuck I am doing with my self.. I came across this volunteer program at the Los Angeles Zoo. I have been an annual pass holder for several years now. (Because, Well Obviously Blake takes after me in that department. Loves animals. Currently begging for a damn hamster.) The LA Zoo possesses a Docent program. It is volunteer. Completely non paying, BUT it is so much more than that. If accepted into the program, You train with former docents who share all their zoo knowledge and volunteer knowledge.
Side Note: Can I just repeat my mentioning me turning thirty.. ugh. But I’ll repeat to myself.. THIRTY FLIRTY AND THRIVING!
So Docents are basically volunteer teachers and zoo guides that share their knowledge and educate visitors. You have to commit a 23-week training program in conjunction with UCLA Extension Class of Zoology. That there alone I knew I needed to pursue this. I had my first class this past Saturday and I really enjoyed it. The teachers are mostly retirees who worked at the zoos or multiple zoos their whole lives. So it was very enlightening and admiring hearing their stories about what animals they have encountered and what zoos they have foreseen.
I registered with UCLA to obtain and keep the college credit if I go forward to endeavor a Bachelors Degree in Zoology. Maybe this is what I was meant to do. I have worked in vet offices half of my working years. But because it is confined in one small space, And with mostly only cats and dogs. It just didnt stick with me. I felt too imprisoned, There was too much routine. Witnessing animal abuse. Observing immeasurable amount of ignorant pet owners. Though I can’t blame them completely, Seeing they’ve brought their pets into see a vet. But most of the cats and dogs had shitty attitudes and training like their owners. Because of that I turned from it.
Currently I have my two Boston Terriers, Two cats. I have a hairless guinea pig and a pigmy hedgehog. A desert tortoise. Two Beta Fish and recently someone left a bearded dragon on my drive way. My husband was about to strangle me with our growing zoo. I did forget to mention my hissing cockroach. Who recently passed. RIP Rick. A couple of death feigning beetles. Chinese Mantis. Also RIP Matilda. Two ghost mantis nymphs. Meanwhile vowing not to bring anymore animals home, This last week my husband brought home a cockatiel. In his defense he found it. Roaming around the Kardashians neighborhood. Unclaimed and malnourished. Naming it Kayne because it was fitting. We later took HER to the vet and Zach renamed her LadyBird. A week in I’ve grown attached and I am waiting for her new enclosure to arrive via Amazon Prime tomorrow..
Seriously though NO MORE ANIMALS. Unless someone wants to buy me a Bull Terrier puppy. No hesitations there. Zoo Life is just for me. Fitting. Only took nearly 30 years to figure it out. So I will be documenting the process. I graduate from my Docent Class March 2019. Crossing my fingers it will be the continued journey to my Zoo career! WISH ME LUCK!