This is my story page. I want to give you a feel for who I am and what I’m doing, so here it goes. . . . .
My name is Brett and I’ve been a life-long Tiger enthusiast. There’s just something majestic, fierce, and yet still personable about these big cats that makes me want to learn about them and spend as much time around them as I can. I know I can’t be the only one who sees these amazing creatures this way, so I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog for others like me who want to learn more about and appreciate these beautiful animals.
I’ve researched, studied, and traveled the country, visiting zoos and tiger sanctuaries to get to know these animals in a more up close and personal kind of setting. Just reading about them and looking at photos doesn’t exactly do them justice. And yes, I do have a couple cats of my own, but they don’t quite compare to their much larger cousins.
From the time I was 6 or 7 years old, I can remember having this fascination with tigers. My Halloween costumes were usually something to do with tigers, which is cute when you’re in middle school, but probably seemed kind of weird as I got older. Luckily for my social life, I realized that and moved on to more age appropriate costumes, like a drunken baby, or human sized condom, but in the back of my mind, I still wish I could be that tiger.
Obviously Calvin and Hobbes was my favorite cartoon strip. I couldn’t get enough of that! Seriously, who among us wouldn’t love to have a best friend and pet tiger as cool as Hobbes? Calvin was a lucky kid. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t really have a pet tiger until I grew up a little bit, but even now I’m still not completely convinced that it’s not a realistic possibility.
Like I said earlier, I have traveled the country to see these amazing cats. From California, to Indiana, and down to South Carolina, I’ve seen them stretched out in the grass playing with giant cat toys, devouring raw meat, and even peeing on a crowd of kids on a school trip through a fence. They totally weren’t expecting that, and it was HILARIOUS!! Seeing these tigers treated well and enjoying their lives put my heart at ease a little, but I know it couldn’t compare to seeing them in their natural habitat, being free and wild, the way they were meant to be. That’s my dream, to travel to Asia / India to see the impressive Bengal Tiger hunting, running, and relaxing, living life to the fullest in its own homeland.
So that’s me in a nutshell. I’m a little bit weird and very enthusiastic about Tigers. They stole my heart and my imagination when I was a child and never let go. The world is a better place because they are here. Unfortunately, animal conservation and safety can be hard to enforce and doesn’t always take precedence. So I want to enjoy these beautiful creatures while they are here to be observed and respected.