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I have always loved animals. Growing up in Washington, my friends and I would find orphaned litters of bunnies. We would each take one home, intent on keeping them alive until we could release it into the wild. I get my love of animals from my mom, who one day came home with a Dachshund named Lady. Lady lived a long and happy life with us. We adopted many more "mutts" over the years; all have a special place in my heart. Years later as a single mom, my daughter and I talked our landlord into letting us have a hamster. Then I met my future husband who had quite a zoo of animals (2 legged and 4); a Golden retriever, 2 cats, a bird, rats, a rabbit, and a Chinese Box Turtle named Flash. Today we share our home with a young Golden named "Ruby" who made a "career change" from Guide Dogs for the Blind and "Flash", the box turtle. My hobbies include spending time with my family, cooking, and going to the movies.