Life in the cemetery (fall foliage pictures)

Mt. Hope Cemetery is a wildlife sanctuary. I spent a bit of time with this critter. Someone called him a whistle pig and said if I whistled he would have stood up for me. I was pretty close; I preferred him in his critter hole.

I spend a lot of time walking in the cemetery. One of our dogs, Bailey, is dog reactive so it's difficult to find places where we can walk and not feed her excitement. It's been two years of training and practice and lots and lots of patience.The more new experiences she has, the less reactive she gets. But it's difficult to find places where we can walk and not run into off leash dogs. (See my discussion about the leash law.) So we walk in the local memorial park and small historic cemetery … [Read more...]

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

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It happened today at 7:20 AM on Gobbler's Knob, PA. Punxatawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog, crawled from his burrow and made his annual prediction and the verdict is: six more weeks of winter.Where I live, in Western NY, we haven't even had six weeks of winter yet. So I hope that we're not going to get it all packed into the next month and a half!This was Phil's 126th prediction - well, Phil or one of his family members. Although the folks in Punxsutawney insist there has o … [Read more...]

Kristen Bell has a meltdown about a sloth on The Ellen Show (videos)

Actress Kristen Bell shared the exciting (and emotional!) story of how her boyfriend Dax introduced her to a sloth for her birthday.To Bell is obsessed with sloths is an understatement. She says she's  been in love with them her whole life! Maybe she needs to meet Lucy Cooke, the documentary filmmaker who traveled to Costa Rica to visit the world’s only sloth orphanage. Cooke's film, "Slothville", appeared on the Animal Planet channel last year. If Bell had a panic attack over meeting one … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #5 – Learn something new about animals

Dog Tips from Dogtown is a fantastic book that will introduce you to the basics of positive-based dog training. Easy to read, lots of example and pictures, and lots of reasons why a positive approach is the best way to relate to your dog.

To say that I read a lot would be an understatement; I try to average a book a week, and my topics range from pop fiction to indepth nonfiction on a variety of subjects. But one this is for sure: on my reading list every year are books about animals. All kinds of animals.This year, for example, I stumbled upon a book called "Red Tails In Love" at the used bookstore, about the birds in Central Park, specifically the red tailed hawks that made headlines when they nested on a posh building. … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #2 – Adopt a pet

Wally is a Brown Agouti/White/American Shorthair guinea pig looking for a home. You can learn more at the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue in Washington, DC.

As we get ready for the new year, here's another New Year's resolution for animal lovers: Adopt a pet!Before Christmas, we had lots of discussion about pet shop dogs and animal rescue:Pet sales banned at malls nationwide; rescue stores begin to replace pet shops Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPSBut did you know that you can also adopt ferrets and bunnies and birds and guinea pigs and every other kind of pet?Before you head to the pet … [Read more...]


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