I have always had a passion for animals and my parents had me organised from an early age to phone the vet to make appointments for my pets. Initially terrifying, I soon developed a good relationship with our local vet and spent many a holiday helping out. I have owned everything from mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, dogs and cats and was an avid horse rider for many years. Fortunately my husband has set a limit of 4 pets or I may well have started an animal farm by now!
I love spending my afternoons with my daughter Jess, my evenings sharing a wine with my husband Rob or out for dinner with my mates. In summer I love nothing better than heading out into one of the north shore bays for a peaceful paddle on my sea kayak.
It’s always a bit nerve wracking to ask what people think of you – the common consensus this time around seemed to be thoughtful, loyal and passionate. I’m happy with that.
As a kid I always wanted a chimpanzee with a nappy … obviously I got older and wiser but not before begging my parents for years on end! These days it would probably be a donkey. While I was at uni I lived on a section with a few vet students and instead of a gardening service, our landlord gave us 5 donkeys. They were the most wonderful companions with their quirky noises at feed time and always happy for a pat. I have wanted some of my own ever since … still working on my husband and his 4 pet limit!