I too have some wonderful experiences with animals! Yet for some reason I've suffered a bit due to my affinity to them for some reason, people from my society never saw it as something good, cool, positive, more than strange and not suited to a girl like me, for reasons i still fail to understand
But apart from that, I've always been the kind that attracts dogs and calms animals when agitated My godfather breeds shepherd dogs and a lot of them are pretty anti-social with strangers, guarding-oriented. Some of his dogs even bit my brother as he was just playing in the huuge backyard and he had to go to thehospital, and another one even proceeded to almost jump at my father from the back if someone wouldn't have interffered at the right moment. They even have some metallic things at the entrance in the kitchen so that they don't wander around there while there are guests.
And there I was, a 12 y old creative animal-lover kid. Of course that on top of the hill there was this shepherd tied to its cage because he had guests again and a sign saying "attention, bad dog". So the little me saw that and naturally wondered if the dog really is that bad, and i ended up playing and feeding him like we were best buddies, so i actually wondered if he had another one that was "bad". And then i came down, with the jacket covered in spots of course because the dog jumped all over, and asked "Hey, where was that bad dog again?" and when i told them what i did they looked at me as if i fed a shark or something )
Then he also had a pretty aggresive female shepherd at one point (he still has her). And naturally i tried to befriend her and after a while... she simply threw herself at the ground with her belly up and waiting for a good scratch )) my parents smiled, but my godfather thought i was making fun of him or something because they were talking about how she's kind of unapproachable...
But i trusted my instinct :D I used to play daily with the pack of dogs from my parking, feed them, observe their behaviour... it was all very interesting for me, moreso because i thought their hearts were kinder. And I have so many cool memories, like when i took care of a female and her puppies, when a very cool looking striped lost pitbull stayed in that area for a few months and knew all kind of tricks and i loved it, with the funny old alpha male that had such and amazing heart and big deep eyes and a funny way of walking, and used to follow me when i went to different places... and when he did that the other dogs came as well and people would look at me like i was crazy )) so i kind of had to shush them away which saddened me
We once walked to the market in the center of the town and 2 dogs followed us... well... me, and they were quite annoyed because they even waited us to come out of the shop!! So i had to stay in there for like half an hour or more and pretend to run away so that they returned home... which again kinda broke my heart so i still remember it.
I also remember coming from school once, it was night, and suddenly one of the dogs come whining towards me with 2 paws covered in blood and shaking all over so i couldn'thelp but wonder what could have happened; and he followed my every step not letting me to go ) . Then I looked around the corner and saw 2 dogs from the same pack, and he, well, probably picked a fight with them... then a lady from a shop "pssst"-ed me and told me to bring the dog inside (which was a pretty big dog by the way, and people actually fed them around there so they were friendly, especially as they saw how i used to play with them daily) and we bandaged him and put some solutions on his wounds... and started talking about animals. I was in the 5th grade or something.
I also once started a "campaign" at my school (4th grade i believe ) ) and actually convienced my classmates to donate only how much they want so that i can buy food for some other dogs... xD And I brought them my share of sour milk and croissants (i wonder how they're called in english :D) daily... i had a best friend for 4 years that loved animals as well... but then kinda changed her priorities and i was pretty sad for a period of time but, oh, well...
We also had a family general practitioner and her dog always hid under a piece of furniture when people came into the living room. If anyone tried to approach him he would growl, snap back... with everyone, except 2 people: me and another girl
I also had a best friend dog in another town by the countryside where i sometimes used to go along with some relatives to relax during summer weekend and do all kinds of activities. The dog came everytime.(her name translated in english mot-a-mot would be something like "she-wolfie" or something ) ) Then one day my relatives sent me to buy some thing from the market, yet it was evening and there was an aggresive pack of dogs on the road. I saw them, i think i became a little scared, they saw it and some of them started running towards me growling like i was a cat or something! I was like stunned for a second, then i started to run, and then guess who came from behind and started to fight with them to protect me.. the same dog i loved and fed and played with when i had the occasion. I was scared and run back to our house and wondered if my dog would return... and she returned without blood and such, so i was relieved
I recently (2 or 3 years) started training my hand with horses as well... and they react well to calmness too! I just can't stand seeing how many mistakes people and even trainers do when working with them, and then wonder why the horse bucks 'n stuff... ugh. That's one reason i prefer trust and subtle communication, natural horsemanship over spurs and complicated, pain inducing bridles or neck ties.
Right now I'm doing some volunteer work at the only place for abandoned horses in the country (yeah, i know, but nope, we're actually not small at all, but shush, not gonna say my position, i don't want to attract even more bad stuff to my country even though this is the reality more or less xD)
I was unfortunately only allowed to have a parrot, so this is why i analysed and liked every animal i saw. I also used to catch lizard, frogs and fishes bare handed. I would have loved to experience with wild animals as well or work with goats and such, but unfortunately where i live there are no wild animals sanctuaries or veterinary clinics for anything else other than pets and of course, none accepts volunteers that do not follow the medical/veterinary career. And that's (almost) on a national level, you won't find the things you have there in France, Germany, USA, England... and I've always been like, WHY ME... )
Apart from that i showed my classmates how i could approach stray dogs and at first they found it interesting and then started to make fun of me as if it was something strange that they shouldn't have accepted. Erm, i guess i won't go into other related details >_>
I just want to say that i would have loves to have the opportunity to work as a volunteer anywhere, from aviaries, to Zoos, Aquariums, Sanctuaries, just for the sake of interacting with animals and teaching people about the importance of having nature around.
Even now I didn't choose this field of working (studying foreign languages as i found them more useful and because even though sciences appeal to me as well, and of course, because of social setting&pressure >_> and the image i would have made if i chose to follow an underdevelopped branch, unlike this of foreign languages) aand of course the urge to act in this environmentalist direction is still there and big, so this week I'm becoming involved with WWF as someone invited me at the Day of Open Gates or dunno how it's called in english :D
Naturally, i grew up from the kid i was back then and delved into other branches as well, such as empaths, spirituality, astrology & co, as i noticed that my sensibility extended beyond animal-whispering so that i couldn't essentially escape dealing with this side of mine... i mean, i would freakin have headaches when walking in hypermarkets due to the radio waves and i would simply feel where the air was more "stressed" or not xD And I was the type that didn't want to pass my problem to other ones so i tried to solve them by myself, never telling anyone. Then I learned how to cleanse myself, how to protect myself, how to become more open, i met some very interesting people and more than everything i could function on an earthly level as well.
Yet the desire to work in the environmental are is so big i simply can't help it but try to get myself involved once and actually try to raise the awarness... which would be something i'd love to be able to do, yeah, anyways...
We also have a house in the mountains, and for some reasons we have found, over time, all kind of animals in our yard: hares, snakes eating frogs, snake skins, tortoises around the fence, moles, field mice, lizards, so many species of bugs i don't even know where to start (fireflies, horned beetles, bees, huge moths, different species of butterflies and small colorfull insects, centipedes/millipeds & co, a falcon pair nesting in some trees at a few metres near us, and outside our yard (which by the way isn't that big at all), a river full of fish, birds such as wild ducks, ospreys, herons, black storks... i have also photographed 2 species of trotoises, 3 sp of snakes (puff adder, water snake and natrix natrix), hedgehogs, wild boars coming at our altitude only during winter and deer. A lot of deer. And of course, at higher altitudes, bears and even lynxes.
And what do they do today to this area that has protected species? Mass deforestation of course, because f*ck police or moral values! You should see the garbage left (and near our gates as well) by those poor people that have no other career choices to feed themselves or their families...
I felt like i can't start talking about my experiences with animals without touching this less happy subject as well guys, sorry
updated by @kate: 04/12/17 11:14:56PM