By Michelle Mantor as published in Houston Pet Talk, March 2019, Photography By Prudence Is this little fuzzy girl not the cutest thing?You may agree or you might say “ick, how could you hold that critter? Depending on your “animal gene” as I like to call it, you may fall anywhere on the spectrum from seeing the value in ALL animals and their relevance in the ecosystem to having no respect for animals at all.
Then, in 2003, I got my break from the life of desks, spreadsheets, quotas, meetings and mega-egos when the opportunity to publish Pet Talk manifested. It was a huge learning curve but I took the leap and never looked back.
For all of the gratefulness I have in finding this path, I decided to start a column in 2019 about my love of all creatures and to share the unique qualities of many species with you, in hopes that you too will celebrate the value of animals that make our world so interesting, sustainable and beautiful.
Exemplifying a robust curiosity of all things is probably best represented by my little friend here, LUNA, a cute and funny member of the scientific family, Mustelidae.
I have done only two photoshoots with a ferret and I have to compliment the photographers for photographing a “constantly moving” target.
I’ve always been fascinated by people, their culture, what makes a person unique and with something as simple as an internet connection, you have the whole world to explore. Feel free to leave a comment or share something of yourself.
More isn’t always better but when it comes to ideas and expanding your mind, it often is.In the digital world, it’s easy to share, collaborate, learn and even grow with people you have never met before.I love that idea…that I can connect with someone around the corner or across the globe.I can’t really explain the reason why and I’m satisfied not to – I’m ok with just embracing the fact that God gave me a passion and I’m fortunate to have found it after years of searching.Some of my earliest childhood memories were of my dogs and cats and the feeling that I needed to help them and somehow protect them from the many harms that could (and did) come their way.Each column focuses on a different species, their value to our environment and what makes them unique in hopes that their future’s are preserved.Photo by Photography By Prudence What I love about animals is how they instill WONDER in me.Their curious nature combined with their slim build makes them perfect for such a hunting role.They have been used in various places around the world to control overpopulation of rabbits including by Caesar Augustus.With that goal in mind, this month I chose to feature a ferret.One of the many reasons I LOVE ANIMALS is because they possess an inherent CURIOSITY that never wanes, yet they know when to inhibit curious tendencies for self preservation.