Oh how I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I spent hours holding our cats. I read every story I could where people took care of animals. I snuck to the horse barns during the summers I was at camp because I was certain I understood the horses.
So it was a bit of a shock when I became allergic to cats at about 13 years old. The rest is history. I spent less time with animals and became more familiar with children and the teaching of them.
But when online billing companies ask me to add security questions, I always add that I wanted to be a Vet when I grew up.
I recently read all three of Kate Messner's books about Marty McGuire and fell in love all over again. Marty's love for animals and what a cool girl she is brought me right back to who I wanted to be when I was 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 years old. Kate intelligently writes about very real female characters who love animals, digging in dirt, and protecting their ideals. I highly recommend these books to kids in grades 1-5. My 2nd graders are dying to make a worm farm and find out how they can adopt a chimpanzee.