So what is this all about?
Well, as the name suggests, ANIMALIA is a podcast for the people...who love animals! There are so many great people in Trinidad and Tobago who are doing the thankless work of ensuring that animals - dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, livestock and wildlife - are cared for and protected. I wanted to use my skill and experience with over 20 years in radio to bring their stories to you...and to share the joys and rewards that come from a life with animals.
Another motivation for this podcast is my own experience. I have three cats now - Coco Chanel, Pierre and Thierry - but in May 2020, another cat I had, Toro, was tragically killed by dogs that strayed from their home. Bear with me as I explain how Toro came to live with us.
In 2011, I rescued him from the stadium! I was attending an event there at the VIP Lounge and he was this tiny little thing, sitting in the planters outside the room, looking all sweet and talking to me. So when I went out into the covered stands, he followed me. He posed and I took a picture. That was it! From that moment, I knew I had to take him home with me. The connection was instant between us and although I already had another cat at the time (a tomcat named Missy...long story lol). I was worried at first that Missy wouldn't accept him but it turned out to be the best love story I've ever witnessed! Missy became Toro's playmate, surrogate parent, liming partner and partner in crime. I can't explain how or why their relationship blossomed like that but I can only surmise that Toro needed a loving home and that's what he got with us! I tell that story to say that it's that kinda love that I want to bring to the podcast. Those are the stories I want to share.
But we will also talk about the hard things...about the cruelty and neglect and evil that we witness, about what the authorities should be doing, and how we should be educating the public about animal welfare. I will be sharing my own frustrations, not just about Toro's death but about animal welfare in general in Trinidad and Tobago. It's my fervent wish that ANIMALIA becomes the glue, or the pod (in whale terms) that brings all animal lovers together!
*UPDATE* We lost one of the kittens, Pierre to poisoning in February 2021. We think it may have been a lizard he bit into that was toxic, since there was no other toxic substance in the yard. Unfortunately my vet wasn't able to test the content in his stomach to determine exactly what happened. We all miss him terribly, especially his brother Thierry, who celebrated his first birthday on 31 May. So we're down to two cats, and hoping they will both be with us for many years to come.