A Little About Me (and my pets)
I knew I wanted to be surrounded by animals from a really young age, and I’m pretty much living the dream. I work full-time at Rest Well Pet Memorials and Dermestidarium, LLC, located on our little piece of farm heaven in Dallas, Oregon. My wife and I share our house with our rescued pets, two dogs (Dash and Lark) and three cats (Helix, Stella and Holly). We laughingly refer to our house as the “Island of Misfit Pets,” because they all have a backstory and baggage.
Dash started his days as a feral puppy, was rescued and placed in a home, and was returned to the rescue less than a year later underweight, dirty, and with fresh wounds. We’ll never know what happened during that time, but he ended up with severe anxiety, fear and aggression toward people. Honestly, we didn’t know quite what we were getting into with him, but despite his mistrust of people he chose to come home with us. We’ve worked diligently on his behavior issues and, while he still doesn’t want to be around anyone but us, he has improved immeasurably. We’ve learned so much from him and have a special place in our hearts for dogs with behavior issues caused by abuse.
Two of our pets – Lark and Stella, were “adopted” through no fault of our own after they were abandoned on our property. Stella was found as a four week old kitten near our trash can, and Lark was inexplicably found inside one of our cars on a hot July morning. Helix is missing most of his tail and is the only cat we intentionally adopted, and Holly is missing about half of hers. She was given to us through a barn cat program as an “aggressive” feral young cat, but hours after she was delivered to our barn she moved into our home to stay.