I’m Mary Nielsen, and I live in San Rafael, California with my husband Jim and our two adult-ish daughters, our African Grey parrot, my beloved Newfoundland, our increasingly forgetful 15-year-old Beagle mix, and Angelina, The House Rabbit Who Must Be Obeyed.
We built our first “pond” in 2003, and two rebuilds and a house move later, found a talented pond builder in our area who built our current 5000 gallon pond in 2008. In those early years, I really caught the Koi bug, but due to lack of quarantine, was forced to learn how to treat sick and injured Koi. Needless to say, I learned the value of a quarantine tank. And water changes. And paying attention to Koi behavior.
After a hose incident while I was out of town wiped out almost all my Koi in the summer of 2015, I vowed in my best Scarlett O’Hara manner that I would learn everything I could to prevent another disaster from ever happening again. I completed the CKK program in March 2016, and found the K.O.I. people to be such a congenial group that I wanted to donate some time to helping out, and here I am. I’m afraid I have crossed over the line into Koi geekdom, though: recently, while sitting with some old and new friends at a Koi show, I realized that we had been discussing fluke treatments for twenty minutes, and that I had enjoyed it way too much.
I’m on the Boards of both the WWKC and the Northern California chapter of ZNA, and in my non-Koi life enjoy gardening, knitting, fast cars and talking politics with Syd Mitchell.