Hi there! Let me start off my introducing myself. My name is Julie and I am a Merchandising Category Manager at Valley Vet Supply. I have been employed at Valley Vet for the last 18 years, and I have pretty much done every job possible here…and yes, that does mean I have even cleaned the bathrooms at one point or another. I guess you should also know that I’m a farm kid. Farmer’s daughter actually---and I have a bit of a quirky personality, if you couldn’t tell from the bathroom comment above. I find humor in most things and truly believe that if you can’t find humor in yourself and what you do---then it’s really hard to find humor in others.
I live in the country with my husband and two boys…along with our dog, Jasper, and three farm cats. A mile and a half away from our home is where I grew up and my parents still live. At their house is where our family’s seven horses and cow/calf feeding lot are kept. As a good farmer’s daughter..cough cough..I should be able to tell you how many head total there are---but between my dad’s and brother’s cattle---I truly have no clue!!
Growing up when I was REALLY little, we ran a feedlot, had horses, raised a few foals, and had chickens for eggs, and every summer we butchered a few too. (Totally LOVED that—NOT!!) When the cattle market went nuts we started a farrowing operation, in which we farrowed 75 sows every three to four months. Let me just tell you, this teenage girl could have found better things to do with her summer afternoons then stand outside watering down sows in their crates…or crawling in their huts to work a litter of pigs---but then I guess, perhaps that has helped mold me into what I am today. When the hog market started declining, my family went back to cow/calf production and that’s where we are today. BUT—horses…aw my beautiful horses…..they have always remained. Can you tell I’m a little partial to them???
I can’t remember a time that I have not been on the back of a horse. Being a country kid and not having neighbors overly close, I rode my horse, Daisy, every day in the summer. I would saddle her up and just go. In my mind I was a rodeo queen that would sing and wave until my little heart was content. I probably had the passersby thinking I was a little disturbed……hehe….maybe I was and am??LOL!!!!
Throughout my portion of the blog, I plan to share with you times of my life both past and present and give you a little insight as to who I am, what I do for Valley Vet as well as outside of work, plus share a little of my family’s redneck humor.
Remember, life may not be as you expected…but you might as well dance and point and laugh as you go!!! Julie