She's my soul and heart, the most beautiful cat and the neediest too.
I adopted Karma in 2014 when she was 9 months old - her previous owners couldn't look after her due to medical issues and I was happy to welcome this confident, curious and sweet kitty into my life.
Little fun facts: Karma is very confident, but at first she will be shy with new people, new places, etc. She likes to go outside in the garden when I take the dogs as well, the only issue is that she would rather jump into bushes, climb trees, be rebellious and sadly I can't trust the busy roads around the house.
This naughty cat also loves to jump inside plant pots, follows me everywhere asking for pets and treats, absolutely adores to step on my keyboard, throws papers when I'm packing orders if I don't give her attention, but most of all she just loves to be next to me while I'm working and I treasure her company.
I will never be able to describe how much I love Sparkle and how sweet, amazing and incredible she is.
I adopted Sparkle in 2016, when she was barely 1 year old - her previous family took good care of her and loved her, but Sparkle was hit by a car when she was 6 months old and her front leg had to be amputated. With small children and another baby on the way, the family couldn't walk Sparkle often or give her the attention she deserved.
At first, it was a big adjustment for Sparkle. Our house had stairs and the bedroom was in the upper floor, the bed was also slightly high above the floor - The dog park was thankfully only 5 minutes away, but it took a while until Sparkle had all the strength to do everything without slipping or tumbling quite a few times.
Thanks to her incredible will, happy personality and confidence, Sparkle was able to overcome all obstacles. Her favourite thing was to spend hours in the park chasing and playing with all the dogs, running after the ball and even swimming at the riverside.
She's almost 5 years old now, things move a little slower and she no longer wants to spend hours in the park or chase other dogs. I think Sparkle now prefers shorter but fun walks, still running after the ball (it's her favourite) and long naps.
Little fun fact: I could write a book on these, but let me just share that when I forget dinner time or take just a tiny bit longer, Sparkle will deeply stare at me until I realise what I forgot - time to feed the beast! When she's hungry she becomes a different dog *laughs nervously*.
This goofy boy has so much love to give, I never, never, ever had a dog in my life as special as Blue.
All of my pets are adopted, it was a choice and the best choice. There are so many animals out there looking for a new chance and Blue definitely deserved another.
My mother saw an ad for two dogs online, one was slightly aggressive and needed space, the other was very shy and anxious. They were brothers, but very different from each other - if I could I would've taken both home, but I ended up picking the 1 year old, shy dog.
I went to meet Blue and his previous owner in late 2016, a few months after I had adopted Sparkle. I noticed how anxious he was that day, I took him for a short walk with Sparkle along and I saw how he wanted to go back to his owner. I was already so in love that I didn't notice the red flags.
He came home with us. I just knew he was perfect, but his owner was definitely sad to see him go and Blue was very, very anxious when he saw his owner stay behind. The car journey was a bit of a struggle, but in the end we reached home safely.
It took me a full week to decide whether I could keep Blue or not, sadly I hadn't noticed how far his anxiety could go. He would pace around the house all day, wouldn't rest for a minute, he didn't appreciate Sparkle begging for his attention (she loved him instantly) and he was scared...of everything.
He was scared of anything in the house, noises, people, other dogs, etc. I couldn't have a nice walk to the park if there was a lot of people around and some dogs acted very confidently around him, which would push the progress way back.
After one week, I decided that if Blue was going to get a chance at a good, happy life and if he was to recover - then I had to give him that chance.
I had no experience with dogs with such low confidence or mental issues, so this was a big challenge for me. It took time off my personal life, work, rest and even my other dog. In the end it was so worth it.
Blue is now 4 years old, still very anxious because that is part of his life now (he suffered some sort of abuse while growing up) and has his ups and downs, but he has improved so much that I can't even describe it.
We go on such happy walks now, noises don't bother him like before and he doesn't have to hide or run away. Me leaving the house/him alone is the biggest challenge, but we're working on that too.
He loves Sparkle so much, they're inseparable and although they're not related, you could almost guess they were. Blue and Karma also love each other, but that's more on her terms.
Little fun facts: Blue "growls" at you in the morning, but that's him saying good morning - then he wags his tail so much I worry it might break. He loves kisses, he will lick your face, legs, arms so much and so often, just so you don't forget he loves you. Blue cries when Karma doesn't want to play with him, so I have to tell him it's okay and give him pets or belly rubs. There's so many more, he's extremely goofy, but so loving!