Dogs and Other Animals
_I’ve always been animal crackers. I’m not just talking about fluffy animals either. Anything from spiders to snakes and from puppies to dragonflies, they all get my vote. The only creatures I’m not that keen on are daddy long legs (don’t ask me why) and cockroaches.
_As a child, there was always a dog around. I also had the usual rabbit, budgie, and a pond full of fish.
I started to keep fish as a result of working for Commercial Union back in the 1990s. My boss decided to put an aquarium in the reception area and I, as administrator / dogsbody, had to look after it. It was a very steep learning curve but it wasn’t long before I was hooked (please forgive my dreadful puns, I’ve looked, but there’s no cure). I soon went from having my own tank at home, to having several. At its peak, I had five, and was breeding corydoras catfish and other kinds of tropical fish.
_I wrote articles about my hobby for several years. Illustrated articles were easier to sell, so I taught myself how to take photos. Sadly, that was in the good old days, i.e. before we all went digital, so my photos are all on slides, of which the ones shown here are copies.
I still have hundreds of pictures with an agency – FLPA (http://www.flpa-images.co.uk) . To see them, visit the web site and type in the name Linda Lewis.
_I stopped keeping tropical fish back in 1997. Now, apart from a few fish in the pond which were here when I moved in, I don't have any pets.
For a while, I looked after other people's dogs, when they went on holiday. That was fun. So many great dogs, and so many delightful owners but I decided to give this up when I realised I was using dogs as an excuse not to meet people.
Nowadays, I prefer to paint dogs (and other animals).
It's a little less messy and leaves me free to go out, and travel whenever I want to.