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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”.   “As an…

Book Review: Alex and Me is a Fascinating Study

By KrisSmith | July 19, 2017

Amazon link to Alex and Me  http://amzn.to/2vC3tc7   “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” 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.  …

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…

Rawhide Chew Products Recalled

By KrisSmith | June 12, 2017

Check it out, pet lovers!   https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm562701.htm

Want to Read Some Books I’ve Written?

By KrisSmith | June 5, 2017

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…

Myrtle the Turtle Up Close and Personal

By KrisSmith | May 27, 2017

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…