Life of Laura: Cinderella

“Laura, you love animals more than people. Why do you love animals so much?”                     Me: You’ve met people,right?

I love animals. I do. I’m yet to find one that I couldn’t bond with…except snakes. Uh uh, nope.  I’ve had fish that that’d swim to the glass to greet me…ok, so they thought I was coming to feed them. That’s ok though, we can bond over food, I’m cool with that. The thing is, I don’t really know how to deal with the different creatures that I end up either come across or end up with.  I didn’t know a thing about any of them so I just went with what I did know, dogs.  I treat all of them like I do my dogs…which is like children. Lol

I met my husband online. In my profile, I stated that if I ever found myself in a position where I had to kill for my food, I’d be a vegetarian trying to convince my dogs to eat the darn berries!

Now that he’s retired and we’ve left the ranch for lake life, Clays bought a boat and has taken up fishing.  He seriously said he needs to buy me a fishing pole. I laughed. Whatever for? So you can be my fishing buddy,  he says. Fishing buddy? Oh no! I’m your fishing companion, I reply.  We take off on the lake, find a cove, he throws a line. I open a book. 

Bless his heart, he got so excited when he caught his first fish.                                          Clay:   Look! Look! I caught one!                        Me:   Awwww….he has sad eyes.  You should throw him back.”                                                      Clay: 



Horses, they’re amazing! They don’t just warm up to anyone like puppies. A horse is a huge, powerful, scaredy cat. I’ve seen one flip out over a plastic Walmart bag that blew across the yard! No, a horse has to trust you. It’ll never lower its head around you much less lay down near you without absolute trust.  I could and have spooned this horse. Our dominate mare would come when I called her ” Momma!”, just like a puppy, and lead all the other horses with her.  This was exceptionally handy when we faced a wildfire. 


I have been deathly allergic to cats my whole life,  yet they’d meow after me everywhere I went! I chalked that one up to cats being cats. They’re kinda dicks.  They snub you when you want to pet them then annoy you when you don’t.

After buying a ranch, we needed barn cats. That should be fine as they’d live in the barn and I’d have little if any contact. We found 2 “fixed” cats on Craigslist.  They loved me and right away mated! (Craigslist wankers!)  First the male disappeared. He was a Tom so may have wandered or, it is the country and therefore coyotes.  The “fixed” female had 5 kittens then disappeared as well leaving me with ophaned kittens.  All the cats had the same names…baby baby,  tigar tiger.  They came when I called just like dogs.

Funny that these and all the kittens born there after, never bothered my allergies! They crawled on me constantly with no ill effects! I though to myself how funny to find myself at 50 and suddenly mo longer allergic to cats.


While purchasing one of our mares, I fell in love with the owner mini donkey, Tiny Tim. He was barely taller than my knees! He nannied their horses and was a fierce protector having killed 8 coyotes! Now owning a ranch in the country, horses and there were coyotes…we bought 2 mini donkeys.  I named them Kevin and Greg.


Being new to the area, we found a little country church just around the corner. We’d been attending more than a year before someone finally realized that the Kevin and Greg they’d heard so much about were NOT our sons! Lol

Being 2 males, they needed separating as they grew old. Greg went to nanny a nearby mini horse.  Kevin stayed home. Kevin too would come like a puppy when you called him. Wherever he was in the pasture, he’d kick his tiny legs into high gear at the sound of me yelling ” Baby Kevin!”  Kev loved brushings, being sang to and playing fetch with a Jolly ball. 

For my 50th birthday, my husband took me to the Grand Canyon. We rose early, packed lunches took off to hike down the canyon.Once we’d reached the area of decent, I busied myself filling bottles from the fountain. When I turned around, I was greeted with this sight….


Sweet Jesus, what is happening! A…pparently, there were some French gentlemen, in spandex leggings, stretching out before taking off down the canyon and Goob here, thought it was a good idea. Not sure we’re pulling off their level of cool though.   This guy kills me! Keeps me laughing til the end of time!          

Reaching a low point, we settled on a flat rock to eat lunch. Dozens of gray squirrels scurried about the rocks. I pitched a Frito toward one who greedily took it then came straight to me for another. Before I knew it, I had squirrels eating Fritos from my hands.     Who knew? Squirrels love me too! Or at least fritos.    


We’d decided we’d better start the journey back up as we were a few hours down and it takes longer climbing up. I don’t think either of us had considered that the return would be all uphill!  I’m going to recommend right now that if you’re thinking of taking on this adventure that you start training for it now!                           Thought I WAS GOING TO DIE! I must’ve looked like it too. I was so devastatingly frightful that elderly hikers, and I mean white headed, were stopping to feed me snacks and drinks!                

We once took the kids tent camping for a week on a lake. A huge beaver  would swim up to our campsite each morning, crawl up on bank and curl up in the grass and nap the day away.  In the afternoon, he’d slip into the lake again and disappear until morning. Our then teenage daughter dubbed him, Justin Beaver.

Dogs, of course their’s my dogs….



Moving onto a laje in the mountain, I discovered new creatures. I have already wooed a pair of ducks that came to me at our boat dock.  There’s a red fox that has ventured onto our deck and a large groundhog that lives in my yard. I will make them love me! Also, chipmunks are everywhere! I suspect that I’m alread on my way with them.  Interesting fact about chipmunks, they aren’t exactly herbivores as proven by a fallen piece of raw chicken.


 UPDATE: Yes! The dicks are now my ducks! They love me!

P.S. my niece has inherited my Cinderella gene.



  1. I also had cats all my life and pregnant with my 2nd child I became severly allergic, still had cats, my own didnt bother me unless I got really close, others just had to look my way. By accident 20 years later my daughter brought home a kitten and I realized Im no longer allergic, we even have adopted a 8 wk old kitten atm and I am loving all the kitty snuggles. We have 3 cats 3 dogs and fish!
    I agree with your quote about why you like animals over people lol

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  2. That picture of the squirrel is fantastic!!! And the article is great….some people just have a “way” about them, and that’s not a bad thing.


  3. Great post and my youngest child is so much like you! Has a shirt that says. “I can’t go out tonight, I have plans with my ferrets. ” And a hat that says something like, ” I love animals, people…not so much.” 🙂
    LOL at your response to your husband when he caught a fish. Love your horses and donkey’s and kittens, so cute. Hey maybe my husband will grow out of his allergies to cats!
    We went to the Grand Canyon for our 10th anniversary, its so beautiful!! Love the picture of the squirrel that you captured and Kudos to you for making the hike!!


    • Awww…thank you so much! Caution for hubby snatching up random cats tho….only ones you love! Lol I HAVETO GET A HAT LIKE THAT! Oh the canyon was stunning!!!! Hike made in the absence of good common sense, I think. Haha


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