It was the late 70’s —probably around 1978. By this time one thing about me was clear: I loved animals. At the time we had three cats, a dog and we leased a horse. I loved horseback riding above all else in the world and I absolutely lived for time spent riding, taking lessons and even competing. Our kitchen table was the meeting place for my family. We had so many great conversations there and my parents always encouraged me to participate in the discussions they had.