National Pet Month (Part One)

April is National Pet Month and if there’s one thing we love here at The Olive Fox, it’s cute animals. So, what better way to see National Pet Month to a close than with a glorious celebration through the pets of our very own lovely readers and writers?

Harry & Zara

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Chris and I moved to Cyprus in September 2013, being posted there with Chris’ job. When we arrived, we were told that there were a lot of stray cats and dogs on the island and, being the pet lovers we are, we knew we’d like to adopt some pets of our own. What we didn’t bargain on was just how fast we would get our first one!

Just two weeks after arriving on the island we’d popped to the local shopping mall and, on our way out, came across a tiny, grey, scruffy thing. I’d never been much of a cat lover up until this point, having had allergies to them in the past, but Zara’s meow was so sad and she was so helpless that I couldn’t just leave her. She was so small and could have easily been run over in such a busy car park. Without even thinking about it, I scooped her up and took her back to base. She was so skinny when we brought her home and was clearly very tired and hungry so we fed her and she soon had a little snooze on my chest as pictured above!
Zara settled in so quickly, we couldn’t imagine her not being part of our home and she has since become a much loved part of our family. A few weeks later we came across Harry.
Previously known as Divo, Harry had been found in a warehouse. Chained up with no food or water, a lovely lady rescued him and took him to the local pound. Unfortunately Harry was still not quite out of the woods at this point… with the pounds being full, the next option was unthinkable in my mind but it was due to happen. Harry was going to be put down.
Soon after we discovered that Harry needed a home, we instantly fell in love with him. He was so skinny and nervous when we got him home, but we soon fed him up to a healthy weight and built his confidence too. He’ll always be a sensitive soul but has a heart of gold.
As our stay in Cyprus came to a close, we flew back to the UK and of course flew Harry and Zara with us too! Both pets love the cooler climate of the UK and have settled in brilliantly. It’s been over a year since bringing them here and we’re so pleased they like it here.

Figaro

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We never meant to get Figaro, but as is becoming something of a family tradition (ask my mum how she got her old cat, Charlie), we had gone out for something else and came home with a new family member.
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Before it closed down we always bought our Christmas trees from Easterleigh Animal Shelter in Lytham St Annes, and that year was no different. In what I have no doubt was a well played move by the shelter, the trees were kept in the same area as the kennels and cattery, so when we went to pick out tree it was then that we heard him.
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I don’t know who named Figaro, whether the choice of name was random or chosen by a Mozart fan (or Freddie Mercury, depending on how high or low your brow is), but the operatic nature of his name is most appropriate. Figaro is loud. My wife headed straight over to his pen and instantly fell in love with this beautiful, sleek black cat and, after a few batted eyelashes, we decided to bring him home along with our new tree.
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Figaro is a rescue cat, he was found on the street somewhere in the north of Blackpool, malnourished and nearly furless. Easterleigh Animal Shelter nursed him back to health and we took him in. He’s a bit skittish, not one for lots of cuddles and his disdainful-cat-stare game is top level. He’s never been too fond of me but loves my wife to bits, leading us to think he might have had a bad experience with a male owner and he steers clear of the children (although if I could hide from them in clothes cupboard when they’re charging round the house I might do too). However, he’s warm and safe and fed and, I think, happy. Sometimes, probably when he thinks nobody else is looking, he’ll come over and give me the odd cuddle. We love him, and are very happy to have been able to give him a home.
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Feel free to share more of your pet stories and photographs with us via the comments below and across social media!

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