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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…

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…

Bish Bish

By KrisSmith | February 13, 2017

  Mom and Dad were dining one autumn night in 1972 in Savannah, Georgia. On the way in, they spotted a tiny black and white kitten near the steps. On the way out, the kitten was still there. It was scrawny and looked scared—but not too scared to risk it all for a handout of…

Ferrets and Otters

By KrisSmith | February 3, 2017

Ferrets/ Otters Ferrets and otters, like skunks, are mustelids. This means they all exude an unrefined, musk-like odor. They also need to eat frequently (they’re prone to low blood sugar) so they’re pretty much always foraging for food.   young river otter The largest land-dwelling mustelid, the wolverine, is also called a glutton because of…

Conversation with a Young Trapper

By KrisSmith | February 3, 2017

Conversation with a Young Trapper From 1981 to 1985 I worked for the Animal Protection Institute. One of our major issues was leg hold traps—cruel, serrated, destructive “iron jaws” designed to arrest the flight of wild animals—coyotes, otters, raccoons, wolves, and other wildlife—until a trapper could stop back by his or her trap line to…