Animals are very important to me, whether that is the dogs I grew up with, the cats my wife and I got together, the loving Labrador or Siberian Husky we have, or even the animals I see at the Zoo when nobody else seems to want to be there.

Our cats are siblings (brother and sister), the male has Cerebellar Hypoplasia; He walks funny, tends to pee and poop right next to the litter box rather than inside it, and can't jump or scratch furniture.

We have a Black Labrador and a Red/White (mostly white) Siberian Husky. They have slept curled up together every night since both joined our family, and because I work from home, are very attached to their human.

I do have to leave the Lab behind on walks during the cold Winter here in Illinois, while the Husky has a strong coat, the Lab would freeze. This was my primary motivation in having a Siberian Husky, and I've not been disappointed by his energy or companionship in the colder months.

Visiting a Winter wonderland with my Husky:


Winter at the Zoo

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I love visiting Zoos during the Winter-time. There are less people, the animals seem less stressed and some animals are way more active than at any other time during the year. Last year I got some really nice photos of the Wolves and Buffalo, this year my main focus was the big cats…

Lion walking over to see me at the window.

Lion surveying his land, covered in snow.

Lion profile. He seemed quite comfortable in the cold.

Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopards play-fighting. This is the only good 'action' shot I got.

Like last year, the Wolves were out again. THIS is why I love the Winter…

The Wolves were howling as they have been separated for the breeding season (they are siblings).

Wolf alerted to a noise...

Buffalo were completely at-home in the chilling wind.


Polar Bear didn't seem to like the cold!


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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.