Tina, my friend and the owner of Aloha Dog Grooming in Ventura, lives in double-wide trailer on the ranch where she rode horses as a child. Last weekend I visited her ranch. Tina’s, and her boyfriend RJ’s, animal family consists of many dogs, cats, kittens, miniature ponies, chickens, goats, lambs, sheep, bunnies, ducks, a horse, and a parrot (I may be forgetting some).
Even petting zoos, when I was a child, did not elicit the feelings that arose at Tina’s home. I felt young, innocent, and thrilled to be able to be on my knees hugging, kissing, and petting all the animals with not once ounce of fear of being bitten. To my amazement, my love was returned with soft furry faces rubbing against my cheek and little mouths nibbling playfully on my clothing, jewelry, and shoelaces. What astounded me the most, though, was how well everyone got along. Chicks slept on lambs, the parrot rode the sheep, kittens played among the legs of an exuberant, hyperactive lab, and the sheep and lambs followed Tina wherever she went. They even knocked on the door of her home until she let them in.
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