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Brooding Hen/Chicks

  This fall (2016) my sis and I had a brooding hen who would not abandon her (infertile) eggs. So when a new shipment of chicks came in at Wilco, I did a little research and discovered that some hens will adopt chicks.   Thinking I had the perfect candidate, we bought six chicks of…

Resurrected Nero

  When we lived in Cle Elum, my cat Bursties had five kittens, all males. I named them after famous usurpers: Mousie Tongue (Mao Tse Tung), Alexander, Genghis Cat, Napoleon BoneyParts, and Nero.   Of the five, Nero was the only long-haired, grey, Persian mix-looking one.  The others were black or black and white.  …

Goatally Devoted

  My first extended encounter with a goat was while I was in training at a wild animal training school. I was assigned a pygmy goat to teach behaviors to—which was a cinch because they are natural climbers and they respond to food rewards like nobody’s business.   Forty years later I bought two goats,…

Sea Creature Encounters

While I lived in California (two different times) I visited some of the marine parks that were nearby. As an animal lover, I wanted to get up close and personal with as many whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters, sea lions and walruses as I could.     There was a dolphin petting pool at one…

Deaken and Popcorn

Kris, Popcorn and Deaken July 4, 1991 Photo courtesy of Christine Link   Black and white kitten Popcorn (later called Poppy for short) came into our lives when Deaken was about twelve years old. To Deaken, kittens were precious, and he was their Papa. He was hopelessly enamored of every kitten I ever introduced to…

Cross-species Communication

If you’ve ever shared your life with two or more species of pets who ended up “adopting” each other as siblings, no doubt you, too, have noticed how far some of them will go to speak the other’s language, no matter how difficult the transition.   As mentioned in an earlier post, my serval son,…

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Bobcat Kitten and Kris

There has been one constant in my life:

Critters.

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