All is forgiven NOW, the day after I managed to sling at least a quart of cold vegetable soup  into the face and across the neck and withers of my magnificent Maggie.   I really should have taken pictures of the aftermath of my wayward pitch, but I was in such a hurry to make…

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If you’re enjoying these blog posts, thought you might be interested in checking out some of my books. Below are direct links to each of them. Find out more about them (read excerpts and reviews and enjoy a few TV and radio interviews) at YellowBalloonPublications.com DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal (Kindle Edition)   “As…

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Upper image: Carolyn and DeForest Kelley with Sue Keenan feeding the ducks at Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve, Acton California Lower image: De and Sue with Myrtle the Turtle in the Kelley’s back yard later the same day   (Excerpt from DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew…

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Ranched-raised in Cle Elum, I wasn’t your typical “mouse/rat-averse” young’un. Creatures great and small thrilled me to my toes.   So I’m sure Mom and Dad weren’t surprised when I walked in from the barn to show them my newest prize: a very young mouse I dubbed Skippy because I kept him in a Skippy…

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  On the way to a bankrupt beaver ranch to build portable cages so we could transport and release captive families of beavers into the streams of amenable ranchers, my boss/supervisor and I grabbed food at McDonald’s and headed toward the ranch.   She was driving. At one point after she had finished her meal…

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By KrisSmith | May 3, 2017 | 0   One of the special perks of being an animal lover and—later in life—a paid professional animal advocate for more than a decade is that I ended up rubbing shoulders with so many of the people who made (and make) animal welfare the work of their lives.…

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I read Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion in one day. I wasn’t able to put it down for very long.     “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”   The first few pages are intense and very hard to get through; the rescue scene is…

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   Darwin (aka Doc)   Darwin—aka Doc—was one of the chimpanzees at the animal training school I attended. He was the simian star inside the space suit on Battlestar Galactica and in many other TV episodes and motion pictures. Doc took such a liking to me that he was willing to get into trouble to…

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