Even my earliest memories of my childhood, I had this need to be with and around animals. Loved all kinds of animals whether they be tame or wild, they fascinated me. Sick or injured animals were taken home with me. It did not matter that they did not belong to me, they needed my help. I still remember my parents giving me the nickname Eli May, derived from the popular TV series Beverly Hillbillies. She too was critter-crazy. I assure you I am still critter-crazy, but I no longer take other peoples pets home with me.
As a child growing up in a rural township, our home always had a family dog. As one of five children, we shared the care and responsibility for the dog. This was a constant throughout my childhood and continued until my adulthood. When the time came to move away to attend nursing school, I realized just how much I missed the family dog. It was during this period of my life, I understood how important a dog was to me. I never wanted to experience the empty feeling again. It was as if I had lost my best friend. I made a promise to myself. As soon as it was possible, I would have a dog of my very own.
Having shared my childhood years with you, this will help you better understand the rest of this journey. There was much to learn and so many decisions to make.