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I’m a Canadian expat in France who graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a double major in English Literature and French Linguistics. When I’m not writing or taking gratuitous photos of my pets, I enjoy travelling with my French husband, reading books on dog psychology, and drinking wine in cafés.
I couldn’t imagine my life without pets, and the older I get, the more I want to dedicate my life to caring for them, writing about them, photographing them, and volunteering to help those in need.
Full Name (Including Embarrassing Second Names): Crystal Gibson (Gibson is my maiden name, but I also have a secret French married name)
Location: Small town in the French Alps via Paris via the north of France via Ontario, Canada
What I Do for a Living: Currently, I am a stay-at-home pet mom of 4, but before that, I was a business English trainer in France and have worked in tourism
What I Do for Fun: I like to travel as much as I can, hike, walk my dog and volunteer with animal associations
The Furry Members of My Household Are: In descending order by weight: Noé, a pleasantly plump ginger tabby; Pinch, a Doxie-Pin and the center of my universe; The Nudists -- my Sphynx cats, Skinny Mini & Fly
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: My pets and my expat life in France
My Pet Peeves Are: Misuse of your/you’re … I have unfriended people on Facebook for that
My Guilty Pleasures Are: Reality TV, French pastries, correcting people’s grammar, hiding snacks from my husband so he won’t find them and eat them all
How I Deal with Cat/Dog Hair: I sweep up the tumbleweeds every day, but I think I’m going to start collecting Noé’s fur to knit sweaters with it for my sphynx cats
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Taller
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