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Brooding Hen/Chicks

By KrisSmith | March 10, 2017

  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

By KrisSmith | March 10, 2017

  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

By KrisSmith | March 4, 2017

  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

By KrisSmith | March 4, 2017

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

By KrisSmith | February 27, 2017

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

By KrisSmith | February 27, 2017

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,…

Pet-Related Recalls Site

By KrisSmith | February 27, 2017

At least for now, until Tiny Hands and his minions gut or delete it, The Food and Drug Administration offers a website where you can find the latest pet food recalls. Here’s the link. Let me know if it ever disappears so I can delete it when it does.https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm   Keep your pets safe from…

Ants I Have Known

By KrisSmith | February 19, 2017

Seriously?! You may be thinking… “A blog about ants at Kris and Kritters? OMG.. is she scraping the bottom of the barrel, or what?” I have a long, long way to go before I even find the bottom of my kritter barrel, so the answer to that is “no.” As a kid in Spanaway, I…

About Scooping Poop

By KrisSmith | February 19, 2017

Perhaps among the least favorite  chores that accompany animal ownership is mucking barns, cleaning litter boxes, and scooping dog poop out of back yards. How much easier it would be if our critters could use to use a commode and then flush afterward. (Yeah, good luck with that.)   But really–what’s the big deal about…

1986 Olivehurst Flooding In Memory of Rick Hendrickson

By KrisSmith | February 13, 2017

My friend Rick Hendrickson passed away about fifteen years ago. In just a few minutes from now, you will love him and cherish his memory as much as I do. But first…a little introduction. My first impression of Richard Hendrickson was “eternal hippie”. He didn’t look or dress the part of a professional animal welfare…