When Eric asked me to write about my passion I said sure. But when I actually sat down to write about it, I really had to give it some thought. There are things that I enjoy and love: reading, fountain pens, writing in my journal, art, kayaking. But what am I really passionate about?
My animals! We currently have two dogs. Kota, 9, and Jewlz, 7. They are Akitas and are our second pair. We do not breed them, just love them. Most people don’t realize that I was a cat person before entering the Akita era.
My cat, Little Girl, lived about 2 years into the Akita era before cancer took her at the age of sixteen. I was 17 when she was born and she moved with me through college and three states. She was my best friend. She is one of the reasons why, when George decided that he wanted a dog, I said, “Sure, but I pick the breed.”
Akitas are very catlike in many respects. They are self cleaning and independent, but they are dogs. Kota is my best friend, after George, and he and Jewlz are always happy to see me when I get home. No matter how bad my day, they always make me smile.
Anyway, I am a lifelong animal advocate and proponent of spay/neuter programs. I also believe that little things like brushing teeth and better food can save lots of money on vet bills, long term.
Want to get me talking? Ask me about my fur babies.
Julie Bynum, aka O-kami, lives in Parrish, Florida, with her partner of 23 years, George, and their two Akitas, Kota and Jewlz. By day, Julie is a Certified Public Accountant. At other times, she is Treasurer of Pen Collectors of America, a Fountain Pen Geek, an avid kayaker and an animal advocate. You can read more from Julie at her blog: O-kami Whatever