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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…

Much Appreciated!

By KrisSmith | August 10, 2017

Thank you to my awesome webmaster, Lisa Twining Taylor of Dancing Goat Web Design, for appending a “$3 hot chocolate” button.   Every click of the button at the side of each blog post will help bolster my anemic post-retirement income and offer further encouragement to me to keep writing these blogs for fellow animal…

In Memory of Animal Advocate and My Writing Mentor Ted Crail

By KrisSmith | July 29, 2017

Reprinted from YellowBalloonPublications.com   I just learned today that my friend and professional writing mentor Ted Crail passed away in April, 2014.   I tried to find him several times the past few years–including writing to his last-known email address and snail mail address in Kalispell MT. No response from him or his wife. That…

Book Review: The Girl with No Name … Raised By Monkeys

By KrisSmith | July 23, 2017

Once in a while I spot a title that raises a big red flag. It leaves me saying, right out loud, even when nobody else is around to hear it, “Seriously?!?”   That’s what happened when I saw “The Girl with No Name: The Incredible Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys”.   I was…

Book Review: Alex and Me is a Fascinating Study

By KrisSmith | July 19, 2017

Amazon link to Alex and Me  http://amzn.to/2vC3tc7 For anyone fascinated with human-animal communication, chimps and gorillas named Washoe, Koko, and Michael and an African Grey Parrot named Alex need no introduction. Nor do their human compatriots Roger Fouts, Francine “Penny” Patterson, and Irene Pepperberg.   I still own a Time magazine from the early 90’s…

What My Cat-Sized Cat Thinks About My Babysitting a Rat-Sized Dog

By KrisSmith | July 8, 2017

My sister is off on a cruise with her family this week, so I’m babysitting her dog, Kiki, on my end of the house. (We share a  “duplex” of sorts–we have completely separate living spaces but we’re connected by a door in between her kitchen and mine.)   Kiki, bless her heart, doesn’t weigh two…

Soup-er Duper Mistake–Face Palm–Oopsie!

By KrisSmith | July 6, 2017

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…