Who is the Fauna Philosopher?
It all started with a chicken.
His name (or possibly her name, come to think of it) was Ingham. Ingham the chicken.*
And Ingham, for the first few years of my life, was my bestest friend in the entire world. I cuddled him, he pecked me. I kissed him, he pecked me. I told him my deepest, most profound thoughts and secrets, he pecked me. I took him everywhere and he, yep, pecked me.
It was a special time for me. For him too, I like to imagine.
He also encouraged me, in that zen, chicken way of his, to expand my horizons and explore relationships with other animals. Ingham the chicken was pretty open-minded like that.
Which is how I ended up becoming the most dangerous crazy out there: the crazy animal lady.
And thankfully, this crazy, wild love for animals has managed to linger like poop on a sheep’s bum. But, you know, in a decidedly more appealing way.
“It’s just digested grass, Cassandra! Stop being so precious.”
“That doesn’t look like grass, mum. It looks like poo!”
And there’s not much that excites me more than hanging out with animals. Besides chocolate cake, which is still an ardent passion of mine, the only thing that even comes close is writing.
So from my years in rural NSW and my escapades saving kittens from the tip (Aussie rubbish dump) and convincing farmers that their pigs, cattle and sheep were waaay better served as pets – rather than alongside a spoonful of potato mash – through to my life as a corporate girl/fur mama/animal devotee in Sydney, animals have been a blissful constant in my life.
These days, my apartment’s strata doesn’t take too fondly to chicken ownership, so I spend my time with two full-of-personality ragdoll cats. Tank, who is six, and Bear who is three, along with my partner, Brian, make up our pint-sized family.
My dream is to move into a proper ‘grown-up’ home and expand our little family – while testing Brian’s patience in the process – to two cats and two dogs in the near future.
…. But, can I tell you a secret? In my wildest, most heart-on-fire moments, I envision owning an animal sanctuary devoted to caring for abandoned and in-need animals. From horses and cows through to cats, dogs and guinea pigs, I want to offer these beautiful creatures a home to live out their days in peace, health and happiness.
But before I get there, there’s some stuff I need to do. Like accumulate quibillions to support these little – and big – critters. And also, more importantly, educate myself so that I can offer them the care they deserve.
Which is how this special online space began; as a tool to support my adventures and explorations into animal psychology, pet health and animal wellbeing.
My plan is to chronicle my journey to becoming an animal ‘expert’ (even though my intuition tells me that I’ll forever be learning about the wonderful creatures that share our planet with us) and share some of my discoveries with you along the way.
So why not grab a cup of tea, a yummy biccie and your pet of choice and curl up to adventure into the world of animal wellness with me. I’ll bring the chocolate cake!
Light, love and abundance of giggle snorts,
*Ingham the chicken was a pet. A well-loved, but decidedly un-eaten, pet. My dad just had/has a morbid sense of humour.
Why the Fauna Philosopher?
This is an easy one!
Fauna = animal life.
And as for philosopher, well, I’m a Sagittarius (yesss, I’m one of those people. Don’t hold it against me). Which, in case you weren’t aware, is a star sign renown for their philosophical ways. It also sums up my personality to a T: always questioning, always learning and never without something to read and ponder over.
Wanna know what else I get up to?
In addition to infusing my signature sense of curiosity and sass into the Fauna Philosopher page, I’m also the blissful founder, creator and Editor-in-Chief of Happiness + Wellbeing Magazine.
H+W is a high-vibing monthly online publication for dream chasers, happiness seekers and wellness warriors and is available on the Apple App Store and on our website at www.happywellmag.com. You can check us out on Facebook and Instagram.
But wait, that’s not all I do. I’m also the founder and Chief Word Alchemist at Wild Spirit Co., a creative copywriting (which is just fancy word for ‘writing’) agency devoted to helping soulful small businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers find their voice and communicate their brand with confidence.
And finally, in my spare time (and when I’m not studying all things animal), I write creatively and am currently elbow-deep in crafting a hopefully blood-pumping, heart-tugging, can’t-stop-reading young adult series.
Connect with me on social media (which is about as social as I get) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org