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Into the Woods With Bears

By KrisSmith | January 31, 2017

Into the Woods With Bears While we lived in Cle Elum, Washington, our home and property pretty much butted up against a National Forest, so we were well aware of the wildlife that surrounded us. I was never particularly afraid of the furry neighbors who lived in the forest. I love animals of all shapes…

Fawn in the Canal

By KrisSmith | January 31, 2017

Fawn in the Canal & Gabriel Raccoon Just a heads up: Both of these stories end sadly because of teenage boys with grownup toys…but they’re worth telling anyway. Fawn in the Canal Huge, racing irrigation canals crisscross the arid half of Washington State. These canals, at least twenty feet deep and sixty feet wide, direct…

“Beekeeping” Gone Bad

By KrisSmith | January 31, 2017

“Beekeeping” Gone Bad Lest you begin to believe that I was an infallible savant when it came to animal behavior as a youngster, here’s a telling anecdote that will quickly dispel that notion… I was walking home from a friend’s house one day when I spotted yellow jackets (meat-eating wasps) coming out of a hole…

Savvy Steeds at Your Service

By KrisSmith | January 31, 2017

Savvy Steeds at Your Service The most fascinating thing about getting new horses is the fact that you don’t know what kind of training they arrive with, in most cases. Our first family horses, Sugar Babe and Stormy, came to us without proper introductions. Larry Kirkwood, a family friend who knew horses as few others…

The Art and Science of Bathing a Cat

By KrisSmith | January 31, 2017

The Art and Science of Bathing a Cat Disclaimer: This method has worked well for me for decades with scores of different cats, but not with every cat. If you try this method after reading this, you are doing so at your own risk. As a rule, domestic cats—in fact, most species of cats except…