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Skippy the Mouse and Fink the Rat

By KrisSmith | May 27, 2017

Ranched-raised in Cle Elum, I wasn’t your typical “mouse/rat-averse” young’un. Creatures great and small thrilled me to my toes.   So I’m sure Mom and Dad weren’t surprised when I walked in from the barn to show them my newest prize: a very young mouse I dubbed Skippy because I kept him in a Skippy…

Never Go Critter Watching with a Bird Watcher

By KrisSmith | May 3, 2017

  On the way to a bankrupt beaver ranch to build portable cages so we could transport and release captive families of beavers into the streams of amenable ranchers, my boss/supervisor and I grabbed food at McDonald’s and headed toward the ranch.   She was driving. At one point after she had finished her meal…


By KrisSmith | May 3, 2017

By KrisSmith | May 3, 2017 | 0   One of the special perks of being an animal lover and—later in life—a paid professional animal advocate for more than a decade is that I ended up rubbing shoulders with so many of the people who made (and make) animal welfare the work of their lives.…

“Saving Simon” is Terrific

By KrisSmith | May 3, 2017

I read Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion in one day. I wasn’t able to put it down for very long.     “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”   The first few pages are intense and very hard to get through; the rescue scene is…

Pet Food Recall April 25th 2017

By KrisSmith | April 25, 2017



By KrisSmith | March 30, 2017

  Darwin—aka Doc—was one of the chimpanzees at the animal training school I attended. He was the simian star inside the space suit on Battlestar Galactica and in many other TV episodes and motion pictures. Doc took such a liking to me that he was willing to get into trouble to come see me.  …

Angel Rescue

By KrisSmith | March 30, 2017

Angel Rescue   When I lived in North Hollywood, I owned a condominium in a 256 unit complex. One day I spotted a small, filthy, severely-matted black poodle wandering around. It looked frightened half to death, and was wary of humans, so I brought her indoors.   After shaving her down—which took hours, as matted…

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,…