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Patchin’ Up a Pigeon

By KrisSmith | September 3, 2018

I’ve been patching up a pigeon whose tail feathers were yanked out and whose wing was injured by a cat.   It (I won’t say “he” or “she” because I don’t know its gender)  is just about ready to get airborne and fly free again. It is flapping both wings, going from branch to branch…

Animal Lovers and Losers

By KrisSmith | July 4, 2018

For seventeen years, I shared my life with an African serval cat named Deaken (‘Dea’ in honor of his mother Rhodesia’s nickname, and ‘ken’ in honor of his father’s full name, Kenya). One of the  most frequently-asked questions, when people discovered I had him, was, “What do people think when you walk him around on…

Duck Darlings

By KrisSmith | May 21, 2018

Personally, I haven’t seen such extended joy in my immediate surroundings since the goats were babies. I’ve been a duck dad for less than a week and already at least 50 people have been blessed by them. When I ‘m not taking them places for older ladies and their families and friends to delight in,…

Delightful Ducklings

By KrisSmith | May 17, 2018

Three days ago I bought three ducklings. Yeah, I know: I’m a pushover for baby animals. I haven’t had a duckling since I was a teenager (a long, long time ago!), and when I had that one, I wasn’t able to observe it the way I’ve been able to watch these three because it was…

Maligning Cats Chaps My Hide

By 3Kris7Kritters3 | March 1, 2018

Nothing chaps my hide quite the way maligning cats does–or any animal, actually.   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-cats-kill-you-bigger-study-post.html   The above article went viral on social media with lots of people agreeing with the claptrap reported within it.   When I posted online saying, “Nonsense! I have been around cats large and small, domesticated and captive wild, and…

As the Weather Turns Cold, I Feel Guilty

By KrisSmith | December 11, 2017

As the weather goes from autumnal to arctic, I can spend less and less time with my outdoor friends–my goats and chickens. So I start to feel guilty.   Every time I step out the back door, the goats call out to me and the chickens flock to the fence, expecting me to do what…

Cat Claw Clipping

By KrisSmith | November 25, 2017

I have a friend with a hefty-size tabby cat. His name is Buddy. I’m guessing he weighs eighteen pounds. (So he has 5 x 18 pounds of potential  wrestler in him, as compared to human muscles.)   For several years now, ever since he was a little guy, I’ve been clipping Buddy’s claws every few weeks…

These Cat’s Pajamas are the Cat’s Meow

By KrisSmith | November 18, 2017

Look what my “beast” friend Lisa Twining Taylor got for me as an early Christmas gift, so I could wear them between now and Christmas… She got me the ChrisMoose slippers last year for Christmas   “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”   I absolutely love…

The Prime of Miss Jane Broody

By KrisSmith | November 5, 2017

Alas and alack, my broody hen’s determination to hatch a clutch of eggs has all been for nought. She sat on them religiously for more than a month…well more than a month… So the day before yesterday, I finally put the eggs in water when she went for a quick stroll to eat some hen…

T’is the Season for BOOK LOVERS

By KrisSmith | October 31, 2017

Who are the book lovers on your holiday shopping list?   If they love animals, get them: Let No Day Dawn That the Animals Cannot Share Kindle (full color inside): https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-That-Animals-Cannot-Share-eb…/…/ Paperback (black and white inside) https://www.createspace.com/5007806 Full Color PDF available ONLY at YellowBalloonPublications.com and/or Serval Son: Spots and Stripes Forever Kindle (full color inside):…