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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):…

Cover Sheds with Repurposed Vinyl Banners

By KrisSmith | October 22, 2017

Need to cover your critters’ sheds, or hay, or your own outdoor equipment? Get repurposed VINYL BANNERS! Forget about tarps that fall apart every year. Been there, done that! In Colorado there’s a great place called (and yes, I’m typing this just as they have it) repurposedMATERIALS. They have water-resistant, weather-resistant obsolete vinyl signs with…

Broody Hen is Sitting on Eggs Again

By KrisSmith | October 15, 2017

One of my Wyandotte hens has gone broody AGAIN! None of the other hens are laying right now… But she has at least a dozen eggs underneath her. I’m buying eggs from the store while I allow her to honor her maternal instincts. I think she has been on them for at least three weeks…

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

By KrisSmith | August 30, 2017

Book Review: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina I read (this is a conservative estimate) at least forty full-length books a year…probably closer to a book (or more) per week.   Whenever I’m not writing for clients, writing blog posts, riding my bike, hanging with my goats or cats, or doing…

Leapin’ Leopards and Flying Tigers–The Adventure Continues!

By KrisSmith | August 13, 2017

I love my brain–especially when I’m asleep!   My dreams about big cats (last night it was leopards and tigers) are continuing, even as my daytime brain is observing and abhors the current crises facing our nation and the world thanks to our C.I.C. (Charlatan In Chief) and his racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, (and the…

Cougars in the Car-Pet! And One Other Dream

By KrisSmith | August 11, 2017

Cougars invading cars and dogs in plays visited me in my dreams last night.   I’ve had  critters on the brain, day and night, recently. With the air quality here in the Pacific Northwest for the past two weeks at “hazardous” levels because of fires in BC Canada and elsewhere, we’ve been advised to stay…