Since I was a child, I've had this inner pull toward animals - helping them, being around them, trying to learn from them. They, oddly enough, have sought me out as well. It's very common for me to go for a walk and suddenly find birds, rabbits, cats and dogs following me. It's quite a scene!
Animals enjoy greeting me. They seem to know, before we talk, that I can hear them. I can communicate with them in a way they understand (energy based intuitively level).
A few days ago, a friend was showing off her new puppy. As she set him on the ground she made the announcement "he's very shy". He ran and leapt into my lap at first sight. She laughed and said "well, with everyone but Terri!" Animals have never been shy around me. Amazes those present. At this point, I'm used to it. Makes me laugh at the human response.
When I was in college I assisted my vet with low cost vaccine clinics. It was very enjoyable getting to help so many animals. However, I've always been interested in a more natural approach to medicine, whenever possible.
I use to find it curious that lost and/or hurt animals (both domestic and wild) would find me, one way or the other. I mend them, with whatever means is necessary, and send them home. Or simply find their home. I've gotten over the curiosity aspect. I now recognize that I'm a beacon for them, a safe harbor. I don't mind a bit. I think they have been pulling me to this work my whole life. I thank them for that gentle, and sometimes not so gentle, nudge.
I enjoy all animals. However, horses have a special place in my heart. During my youth, I even ran barrels (or as some say "chased cans"). More recently, I participated in a couple of week long natural horsemanship clinics. If you're not familiar with the term "natural horsemanship", think "horse whisperer". I enthusiastically encourage all horse lovers to take at least one of these clinics. It will exponentially expand your view of what's possible, your horse relationships and your horsemanship skills.
I truly love my time spent with animals, both domestic and wild, mine and others. I especially love getting a chance to help them, in whatever form it takes. I believe this love shines through me. The animals tell me they enjoy spending time with me too. Guess that's why my family and friends often refer to me as Ms. Doolittle.