By Pete StormarePeter Horton, aka Peter Horton and Peter Harvey, is a retired New Zealand chef who has adopted a variety of pets including a dog, a cat, a pig and a rabbit.
Peter said that when he was a child he had the “unbelievable feeling” that his parents were the most loving people in the world, and he has been lucky to have had the opportunity to raise his children in such loving surroundings.
“I have always been lucky enough to have a wonderful home and it is with that home that I have always wanted to be able to bring my dog to his first birthday, Peter Horton’s birthday and a number of other special occasions.”
It has been a long road to getting here and I can’t wait to see how far I have come.
I was lucky enough that my parents gave me the opportunity of adopting a dog in 2006, and since then I have had a wonderful life.
“Peter Horton is a fantastic person, and I am so thankful for his unconditional love.”
We will never forget the first time we met and we were very much looking forward to meeting him.
“Peter said that he had been adopted by his parents at a young age and that he knew the family would be delighted to see him get a new home.
Peter said he felt that the people at PetSmart were the ideal people to make a home for his dog.”
As a parent, you are so worried about what the other parents think, but as an adopter, you know what your own needs are and what you are able to do to make it happen,” he said.”
You have the opportunity, if you are open minded, to be flexible and open to suggestions.
“Peter also had a great sense of humour and said he enjoyed being around dogs.”
My pet has always been a wonderful companion and I have enjoyed every minute of my time with him,” he added.”
This is not a career I have ever looked for.
“But I feel like he has given me the chance to really learn to love and appreciate other people.”
Peter has a special bond with his four-year-old daughter, Sophie, who he has met through the adoption process.
“The bond between the two of them is incredible and we have been very lucky to get to know each other through adoption,” he explained.
“There are so many people in our community who have been through the process of adoption and it has given them so much more of an insight into what it means to be a family.”
Peter added that he would be willing to consider adopting Sophie in the future if he could make the trip to Auckland to meet Sophie’s father, the former New Zealand rugby captain.
Peter has been known to spend days at a time in the garden and he said that this experience had been one of the most rewarding parts of the process.
Peter added: “I am very thankful for PetSmart because they have been so open with me and they have given me so much of an opportunity to grow as a person.”
They have given us the chance of a life that is much more fulfilling than a career.
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