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Now You Can Search the Site!

Because I consider this site first and foremost an educational one, there’s a lot of text on it. And because of this, I’ve wanted to add a search engine to it for quite a while. Clients and others who visit the site also have assured me that this would be a welcomed addition. After some research, Google’s search engine fulfilled my needs the best. The only drawback is that it comes with ads, something I’ve tried to avoid for multiple reasons since I started the site. Aside from noting that their presence in no way signals my endorsement of

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Prairie Dog Vacation

I’m writing this from Colorado, the home of some of the country’s most breath-taking mountain vistas. But while I’ll never forget the time we spent enjoying those views, I’ve fallen head over hills in love with a relatively flat open space about a 5-minute walk from my son’s home.   Looks pretty nondescript doesn’t it? It’s not, though. It’s filled with wildflowers and birds, some familiar but many others unknown to me. But more than that, it has a prairie dog town beside one section of the path that rings the area. What can I say? I’m sucker for

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The Curious Case of the Missing Ornaments

There’s no podcast this week, but I wanted to share an animal-related mystery that I investigated at my son, Dan’s, townhouse when I went there with Frica and Ollie to celebrate Christmas. It’s not that this mystery is anything spectacular. It probably isn’t or wouldn’t be even if we managed to solve it. In the meantime, it’s a good example of the kinds of things animals do to which we would probably assign all kinds of higher brain function were a human to do them. But when a dog or cat does them, well, then it’s a mystery The

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More Worm Tales

I got an email from my friend Pam telling me she had about 15,000 worms doing their magic at her house. I knew Pam was a multi-talented person—singer, drummer, great raconteur, and co-owner with her husband of the Sea Solar Store in Dover, New Hampshire. But I had no idea that worms were eating her garbage too. Pam also sent me a picture of the Can-O-Worms, a round version of my worm hotel,  and told me it was one of several systems now available. I had no idea. Up until I got the hotel years ago, all the systems

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Eating My Words: Redefining the human-companion animal bond—again

One nice thing about not being a commercial success is that I can change my mind about things as I gain more knowledge and experience. I can say “Whoa, was I wrong about that! This makes ever so much more sense!” without losing sponsors or watching the value of my empire plummet. Nor do I have to worry about offending my groupies because a) I don’t have any and b) those independent thinkers who do follow my work know I often put a different spin on bond and behavior topics. For better or worse—depending on your view—that spin may

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Thank You

This is an electronic but nonetheless heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent support and sympathy in many different forms following BeeBee’s death. During that difficult time, I had two advantages that sustained me. One was the rock-solid belief that I made the right decision, and the other was having such wonderful and caring friends.

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BeeBee: The Day After

I didn’t manage the tear-control I’d hoped for when I participated in BeeBee’s euthanasia yesterday, but I survived.

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Digging BeeBee’s Grave

I was thinking about my dad when I was digging BeeBee’s grave. He was a great nature lover, but he was the last person you’d want around if you found a chipmunk mangled by a cat or a bird with a broken wing. He’d get so overwhelmed by emotion that the animal would pass from critical condition to beyond hope before the objective part of his brain started to work again. Because the two of us were so much alike in many ways, I had to practice long and hard as a veterinary student not to let my emotions

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Call of the Wild, Boonie Style

Last night I woke up to what sounded like a howl-off between a coyote sitting in my front yard and one in the distance. Either that or the one in the yard was howling for the sheer joy of listening to his/her echo from across the valley below the house.This morning when I looked into the front yard from the office, I saw the most gorgeous doe who bounded away before I got anything but this fleeting picture of her.   To say that both made my day is putting it mildly.

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Another Ray of Sunshine

The nice folks at Veterinary Technicians Schools On-line recently published an article, Top 100 Websites for Pet Ownership Advice, that included my podcasts on the list. Because my approach to all things animal tends to be so different from that offered by other sources, such recognition always brightens my day.

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