I am a graduating Senior, non-traditional student and artist at the University of New Mexico, primarily studying art history. I worked for 13 years in public libraries in Virginia, but my love of literacy and libraries compelled me to return to my home state to study at UNM. The desire to have my voice heard and have a leading role in shaping th...
I am a graduating Senior, non-traditional student and artist at the University of New Mexico, primarily studying art history. I worked for 13 years in public libraries in Virginia, but my love of literacy and libraries compelled me to return to my home state to study at UNM. The desire to have my voice heard and have a leading role in shaping the future of libraries is what drives me to continue studying. My goal is to empower and encourage scholars from diverse backgrounds. I will be studying special collections, digitization, archival studies, and academic librarianship when I go to Library School, Fall of 2018.
On a more personal note, I am a mother of two grown daughters, who are both mothers - which makes me a lucky Grandmother of three! I love my children and grandchildren with my whole heart. I also love animals, and have been a "mom" to three wonderful dogs during my adulthood: two Dalmatians, Wrigley and Zooey, and one Greyhound Rescue, Ike. I really miss having a dog, so I babysit whenever I can. Now I'm lucky to be a "mom" to the sweetest grey tabby cat ever, Zack, who is the opposite of a "fraidy cat" - he goes to the door to greet whoever may ring the doorbell :) He likes making new friends as much as I do! Luckily, my sister and I live together, and she and her cat love Zack almost as much as I do, so he will be in good hands when I am pet-sitting.
I have been lucky enough in my life to have many different kinds of pets. As a child, my sister and I had a pair of parakeet budgies, Jack and Helen, named after our teachers. We also had a small box turtle, a fish aquarium, two cats, and our beloved half German Shepherd, the other half unknown rescue dog, Winnie. We rescued her, and in return, she rescued us, often protecting us from anyone she saw as a threat. She was little, but she was fierce!
As I said earlier, I have had only three dogs in my adult life. They all lived long and healthy lives. Ike passed away last year, and lived a long life for a Greyhound. We had him for 14 years, which is a long life for a greyhound, but I wasn't ready for him to go. When I'm ready to get another dog, I would like to consider rescuing another Greyhound. He was an exceptional companion, who always wore a smile, and I loved him so much. I'm including a picture of him from his youth, when he was young and sassy :-) I'm also including a picture of Archie, my sister's dog, who was rescued from a puppy mill. His mistreatment at the hands of breeders meant that his life was short, but my sister took wonderful care of him. Whenever she was out of town, Archie's care would fall on me. He required medications and lots of TLC. He appreciated the TLC, minus the medications, but I got pretty good at getting him to take them (hint: "pill pockets" work most of the time).
I have done a good amount of pet sitting, and enjoy it a lot! It helps me remember the good times with Ike, and gives me a good "puppy fix", to hold me over until I get another one of my own. I've also done "cat sitting" quite a bit, and love how many different personalities I've seen them exhibit. From aloof and regal, to lovey dovey and klutzy, and everything in between, I have met very few who didn't like me. Only a few feral kitties at the local cat rescue, and I still believe that I could have changed even their minds, if only we'd had more time together. LOL, my boyfriend calls me the "pet whisperer", because people's pets always seem to gravitate to me, and we bond pretty quickly. I chalk it up to being empathic, plus I am good about giving out treats! ;-) As long as their owners approve. I have taken care of bearded dragons, too.