Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meet The Tans

This is my first time starting a blog and I thought now would be a perfect opportunity to document the life of my little family.

Let me start off by introducing my family!

This is me, Courtney! I am 24 years old with a love for animals and all things Disney. I graduated with a degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Psychology. I love children and was a lead teacher at a preschool for 2-3 year olds. Although it was such a wonderful experience, I have decided to take a short break to focus on our family.

This is my husband, Calvin. He is 25 years old and is my best friend. He graduated with a degree in business management and is currently a general manager for multiple restaurants in the airport.

We have three fur babies: two cats and one dog. I have a huge love for Disney and named each pet after a Disney character. The funny thing is that although I named each pet before I truly got to experience their personalities, their personalities match that of the character they were named after. 

This is our oldest Meeko. She is a calico that we adopted from the animal shelter. My husband was intent on adopting a kitten. We picked three cats to visit with to see if we matched up with them. The first was a kitten that my husband picked to see and although he was precious, he was afraid of humans and desperately wanted to run back into its cage. I found that very odd and didn't feel a connection with him. Next we saw another male cat who was about a year old. He was beautiful with gorgeous colored fur and fluffy. When we sat down to interact with him, he kept trying to attack us. The volunteer at the shelter who was helping us kept assuring us that he was playing. Let's just say we ended our session with this little fellow covered in a few scratches. Lastly was my darling Meeko. As soon as they brought her out, I felt this connection. She was an absolute sweetheart. The first thing she did was walk over to Calvin and I, rubbed up against us, and then sat inbetween us just like a human. She was sitting on her bottom, leaning against us. At that exact moment, I knew this was my baby. 

I initially chose the name Meeko because her tail reminded me of a raccoon. Meeko is a raccoon who is Pocahontas' sidekick. After a few days of getting to know her, we realized how well her name matched her. She was like a little scavenger. She loves socks and loves to find them in open drawers and bring them to us. She is an indoor cat and luckily has not brought us any dead animals she has captured. But she loves to find things around the house and brings them to us. She can be mischievous, but is such a sweetheart. My favorite thing about her is wherever I am in the house, if I call her name she will be show up in a matter of seconds. Plus she LOVES to cuddle. 

Next we have Nemo, who is a Maine Coone. We got Nemo shortly after we had Meeko. At the time, we were living in a house with two roommates. One of which is Calvin's best friend. He knew someone who had kittens and was giving them away. He had brought one home for himself and mentioned that there was more. Calvin and I talked it over and I convinced him to get another kitten! So his best friend came home one day with a box and gave it to me. Inside was my precious Nemo. He was a little ball of grey and white fur. I like to call him my gentle giant. In comparison to his birth sister Melo, Calvin's best friend's cat, he was so much bigger. We let them play together and Nemo would just sit there as Melo would keep trying to pounce on him and play. Every time she would pounce on him, he would fall over and look so clueless. When we introduced him to Meeko, she was a little afraid but soon warmed up to him. She would take care of him by cleaning him and cuddling with him. It was very precious to watch.

My mom was actually the one to name him. She knew that I wanted a Disney name for him and she picked Nemo. His name fit him perfectly. Because he was a gentle giant and very quiet, it was always so hard to find him. We were constantly looking for him to make sure he was good. We were always "Finding Nemo"!

Lastly we have our baby boy Gus Gus who we believe is a Chihuahua and Corgi mix. Calvin's sister had generously given him to us as a Christmas gift. I have ALWAYS wanted to have a dog. When I was growing up, we lived in an apartment and had cats. My family has had a total of five cats, so you can say my family loves animals. We never got a dog because there was just not enough space for a dog in our apartment. So you can imagine how excited I was to finally have my own puppy! 

When we first got him, Calvin's sister Kimberly was told that Gus Gus was a teacup Chihuahua. When we first saw him, he reminded us of a baby German Shepard. As he began to grow, his ears started to stick up and were big, his body began to get longer, and his legs barely grew. He looked nothing like a teacup Chihuahua. By looking at him, we put it together that he must be a Chihuahua and Corgi mix. He is such a cutie! 

We named him Gus Gus and soon realized how similar he was. Gus Gus is the mouse from Cinderella. He is clumsy and not very bright, but loves to eat. That is my Gus Gus in a nutshell. He LOVES to eat everything and anything he can get his paws on. We love him so much. 

Well that is a long introduction of our little family. Next we will talk about how Calvin and I met, how we got engaged, and our dream Disney Chic Wedding!