Tracy grew up on a gentleman's farm in Wisconsin. Her mom and dad raised myriad animals: horses, cows, swans, geese, donkeys, goats and more. Their animals were a constant presence in Tracy's early life.
Tracy and her sister, Robyn, and little brother, Dan, would spend hours in the horse stalls, in the pasture and in the barn. Her relationship with her animals was - is - just as important as with her family and friends.
Tracy's pet goat, Pepe, would go on road trips vacations with the family, riding in the back of the station wagon with the family dog.
Before moving to California, John and Tracy lived on 117 acres in rural Wisconsin, not too far from where Tracy grew up. Over the years, they had a menagerie of animals: a herd of 37 Jacob sheep (a rare and ancient breed), a horse named Judgment Day, geese, chickens, ducks, goats, a donkey, and of course cats and dogs.
For now, Tracy has only a dog and two cats to occupy her fascination and curiosity with animals. That said, 50 cows have recently taken residence in the pastures adjoining the Porter's home. And the horses that live across the street are always willing to submit to a nice scratch.