A local of Oakdale, PA, Retz accepted a job in Florida, a state she had by no means seen, over the telephone. She moved to Miami the next weekend with not far more than a bikini and a bottle of suntan lotion. Hurricane David teased the Florida shoreline the subsequent Saturday. Undeterred, Retz pursued her funding profession in the course of the day and studied microbiology and enterprise at night time. After virtually a decade of no sleep, Retz lastly graduated from Florida Worldwide College, after which she obtained her MBA from Nova Southeastern College, married Randy Reeves and began adopting stray animals-or the animals adopted them.
When she’s not traipsing all over the world on the lookout for investments for Hansberger International Buyers, Retz enjoys working and dwelling in South Florida and the Florida Keys with Randy, a few of their critters launched in “Adopted Paws.” and some extra who strayed into their lives.
Tyler: Welcome, Retz. I am glad you would be a part of me immediately. I perceive “Adopted Paws” is about the way you and your husband have adopted a number of animals through the years, and this animal adoption all resulted from whenever you first met your husband, Randy, and his chow chow, Bo Jo. Will you inform us somewhat bit about that assembly?
Retz: First off, let me say thanks, Tyler for inviting me to debate “Adopted Paws.”
Truly, I met Randy earlier than I met his chow chow-meeting Bo Jo, nevertheless, did work to cement our relationship. Randy I met whereas learning on the pool on the complicated the place we found we have been virtually neighbors. Because it turned out, he had seen me preventing pillows whereas crossing the parking zone as I used to be shifting in. After our first assembly, the place he discovered what a “Retz” was, we bumped into one another regularly and commenced courting.
Most individuals meet their vital others’ relatives-to discover out if their respective households are suitable or ought to be stored aside in any respect costs-early within the relationship. In Randy’s case, it was extra essential for him that I meet his canine.
The primary assembly, I used to be overwhelmed together with his two Dobermans that jumped throughout me. However Bo-Jo, the chow, was as an enormous shifting pile of hair with an extended purple tongue that one way or the other stood out from the opposite canine. Randy handed me the leash and Bo, who I did not know was not used to being walked anyway, plodded down the road with me whereas the opposite canine and Randy explored elsewhere. He was lovable and I fell in love with him that day and was glad when Randy moved into his home that Bo was capable of go together with him.
Tyler: Retz, have been you an animal lover previous to assembly your husband?
Retz: Tyler, as I lived up the hill from my grandmother’s farm, I discovered to understand animals at an early age. I keep in mind capturing a basketball on the hoop on the barn, and my grandmother’s cow sticking her head by means of the fence watching. My father’s household and my brother Michael stored searching dogs-in reality, considered one of them, Bonnie, I launched within the ebook. In fact, these have been animals stored for sensible functions, however I nonetheless keep in mind them with affection.
My mom beloved animals and had a number of small canine. I adopted kittens both from my grandmother’s farm or from associates who not had room for them of their houses. Nonetheless, typically there have been extra kittens out there than there have been houses, which in fact led to some unhappy moments.
Tyler: I perceive you and your husband have adopted extra animals because you married. What number of animals do you now have and would you inform us just a little about them?
Retz: Since we have been married, we adopted Pete the poodle and Samantha a really huge lovable, however abused, combined breed. We additionally adopted the cat Molly, from the telephone yard the place Randy labored, and her son Fortunate and daughter Cali. These animals have been all launched in “Adopted Paws.” Of this group, we nonetheless have Samantha, Fortunate and Cali.
Since “Adopted Paws,” we’ve additionally adopted different canine and cats so in complete we’ve two canine and three cats, and earlier than I overlook, a bunch of finches. Maybe I ought to save extra particulars about this group for the sequel.
Tyler: If you inform individuals you might have so many pets, what reactions do you get?
Retz: Nicely, the reactions range. Some individuals assume we’re slightly loopy and amazed that we will stability taking good care of animals with dwelling a traditional life. Others say “How fantastic!” and start telling tales about their very own current or previous animals. Lastly, some individuals are a bit envious-they want that they had a canine or cat, however due to the place they stay or due to their way of life, they’re unable to.
Tyler: Do you ever get annoyed by the animals, over issues like cat hair or not being potty-trained? Do you’ve got any humorous tales about taking good care of the animals?
Retz: Humorous or irritating tales concerning the animals? Do you have got a few days? On a daily foundation, there are all the time challenges that you simply study to stay and snicker at with this many animals. For one, there’s cat and canine hair. It is in all places. I discover it on the couch, on the mattress, on my suitcases once I journey and maddeningly in my espresso. My husband likes to chuckle at me once I prepare to go away the home as a result of sometimes he finds a mat of hair overlaying the again of my rigorously put collectively enterprise outfit.
Making an attempt to get sleep with this many animals can also be not straightforward. Cats bounce from the mattress to the windowsill to see outdoors after which again once more. The canine are spoiled and need to sleep within the mattress. Samantha will pummel my again when she has operating goals. Each the cats and the canine snore and someday even ear plugs cannot block out the sound.
A number of the funniest and most touching moments are when the canine and cats work together with one another. It all the time makes me smile to see Fortunate and Samantha mendacity subsequent to one another on the mattress, completely unaware they’re two totally different species. Gizmo, the Chihuahua, likes to act as peacemaker-he jumps in between the cats, Fortunate and Cali, if he’s afraid they will get right into a struggle.
Tyler: I perceive your cat, Molly, is the heroine of the story, and that she has feline AIDS. Will you inform us extra about Molly’s wrestle? Is feline AIDS widespread?
Retz: Sadly, feline AIDS is widespread in stray cats-it may be transmitted from cat to cat by means of blood or fluids by intercourse or biting. It can’t be unfold from cats to different animal species or people.
We did not know that Molly had AIDS till after we adopted her and she or he started behaving unusually. When she was recognized, we had a tough time deciding whether or not to maintain her or put her down. Randy determined it was greatest to maintain her as comfortable and cozy as we might, which we did with nice love, which she repaid. She had a number of bouts with sicknesses, particularly ear infections. Fortunately, after the final an infection, the top got here comparatively shortly, though we have been nonetheless shocked and saddened by her passing. We have been very relieved although to seek out out that her son and daughter, Fortunate and Cali, weren’t contaminated.
Tyler: Retz, after a number of difficulties, you and your husband and pets moved to a canal on the Florida Keys. What made this location fascinating for you and your pets?
Retz: Randy and I had all the time dreamed of dwelling nearer to the water. Randy grew up within the Keys in order that was our first selection. It was lucky that we found not solely a wonderful surroundings, the place we will fish on the weekends, but in addition nice neighbors that love animals. We steadily have additional canine staying the night time when their house owners exit of city. Randy spends most of his time within the Keys now. I nonetheless work in Fort Lauderdale through the week and journey often within the US and overseas for enterprise. However I really like coming again to the Keys on weekends to benefit from the water and the fish, birds, iguanas and squirrels which might be endemic to the world.
Tyler: What do you see as a few of the difficulties of being an animal lover and having so many pets?
Retz: Identical to individuals, pets have their very own personalities and a few of them get alongside higher with one another than others. Gizmo, a Chihuahua, and considered one of our newer adoptions, would fly throughout the sofa to assault Samantha, who outweighs Gizzie by about ten to at least one, once we first obtained him. Now they’re greatest buddies-Gizmo will stick his head into Samantha’s mouth. Oddly, Fortunate the cat will get alongside higher with the canine than the opposite cats-we assume he’s a “Dat” or a “Cog.” Protecting the entire brood pleased is the most important problem.
Tyler: What about animals appeals to you and to your husband?
Retz: Animals give love with out worry or reserve. They’re much extra trustworthy than most individuals. They usually convey individuals collectively. It is onerous to not like somebody who likes animals.
Tyler: Retz, I discussed above that you’ve a profession in investments and also you journey so much. What difficulties or joys do the animals deliver to you in relation to your profession?
Retz: Most individuals get homesick once they journey lots. I do, too. However I actually miss the animals once I journey. In contrast to, my husband, the animals do not know why I’m going away for days at a time after which seem once more out of nowhere. However it’s one of many biggest emotions on the earth to return again house and have the canine and cats welcome you.
The animals are also nice stress relievers after a visit. It is exhausting to not really feel higher when Samantha rolls over and waits for me to rub her abdomen or once I pet Fortunate and listen to him purr.
Tyler: What made you determine to put in writing “Adopted Paws” about your experiences?
Retz: In addition to an enormous ego? Critically, it appeared as if the animals wrote the story, and I took dictation. I’ve so many buddies with whom I’ve laughed and cried over tales of their and our cats and canine and that is why I assumed it will be worthwhile to share our tales with others. Judging by the reactions I’ve gotten from individuals from everywhere-Europe, Japan, India, Korea – individuals deeply care about animals.
Writing “Adopted Paws” was additionally therapeutic. Particularly, through the time Molly was sick with AIDS and after her demise.
Tyler: Will you inform us what a few of these readers have stated?
Retz: Most readers inform me they laughed they usually cried whereas studying “Adopted Paws.” They take pleasure in studying the antics of our animals, however extra importantly, “Adopted Paws” appears to resonate with anybody who has beloved and misplaced a favourite pet.
As a result of on the finish of “Adopted Paws,” I wrote about adopting Cali and talked about there have been extra critters after her that might disturb the stability of cats and canine within the family, many readers are interested in what else we’ve got adopted.
Tyler: Will you be writing a sequel? We’ve not learn something but about these finches you talked about above.
Retz: Proper now I’m ending a draft of a ebook concerning the challenges ladies face whereas traveling-especially overseas. However since Cali, we’ve got adopted two extra canine and one other cat and people pesky finches, so I’ll haven’t any selection however to put in writing a sequel. Or truly the animals will compose the story, I’ll simply take dictation.
Tyler: Thanks for becoming a member of me at present, Retz. Earlier than we go, would you inform us a bit bit about your web site and the way our readers can buy copies of “Adopted Paws”?
Retz: Thanks, Tyler. A number of readers talked about to me that they have been disenchanted that there have been no footage of the animals within the e-book. So I purchased a guide on constructing an internet site, created http://www.adoptedpaws.com and posted pictures of the “stars” from Adopted Paws. Then I added galleries containing footage of our present animals, neighbors’ animals and a few Keys Critters. I additionally began linking to my favourite South Florida and Keys Artists, Musicians and Authors whose work I consider my readers would take pleasure in.
“Adopted Paws” could be bought at on-line web sites corresponding to publishamerica.com and amazon.com and at “Hooked on Books” in Islamorada within the Florida Keys.
Tyler: Thanks, Retz. Better of luck to you and your pets in writing your subsequent e-book.