Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! This day was essentially created in an effort to combat the bad PR black cats have endured (they have the lowest adoption rate and the highest rate of euthanasia at shelters). ...more

Dear Pet Sitter: I Apologize in Advance for What I Am About to Ask You to Do

Dear "Pet Sitter": I apologize in advance for what you are about to have to do. Sorry, sorry, sorry! But you said “yes,” and now you’ll have to suffer Public Domain Image via Pixabay The dogs need to go outside around 7 a.m. GO OUTSIDE WITH THEM AND KEEP YELLING AT GERTIE THAT YOU KNOW WHAT SHE’S UP TO or she WILL jump the fence! So will Ragano, but he’ll come back when you call him. ...more
WOW that is ALOT of work, and I thought taking care of 3 pugs and 1 water dog was alot of work ...more

What to Do If Your Male Cat Needs Perineal Urethostomy (PU) Surgery

Well, a year and a half after I wrote Help, My Cat Can't Pee on BlogHer, my sweet little black cat, Kizzy, almost died again from a total urinary blockage. Thankfully, before he blocked completely, we'd already decided to take the rather dramatic step of perineal urethrostomy surgery....more

How to Love Horses Forever.

 We were born this way....more

Hay . . . Whatever Floats Your Goat

Once upon a time, in a story so complicated and convoluted I can’t possibly get into it here (and I promised I would never tell!) a tiny little goat saved our farm from a very bad person who would have closed it down and sold it for development. Literally saved it! She was our hero, and when we finally lost her to old age a few months ago, we were deeply saddened, and buried her in an honored spot on the hill in our yard. In the evenings, as we take a few minutes to rest in our old, plastic, lawn chairs, we still talk to her ...more

How Adopting a Dog Changed Our Life

I’ve been around dogs my whole life. My dad races sled dogs, so we had 15-20 dogs or more for most of my childhood, but they weren’t pets. Family and friends had dogs, so I certainly wasn’t a stranger to them. But until two years ago, I had never had a pet dog of my own. Then, in July 2013, Dave and decided to adopt a dog. We had recently graduated college, gotten engaged, and moved into a new apartment. Dave had a new job, but I hadn’t found one yet....more

Saying Good-Bye To My Furry Kid, pt 2

 Today, at 10:45am PST, I took LiL Kitty to the Pinole Vet Hospital (Pinole, CA) to have her put down so she will be at peace. The doctor who was to perform the procedure was very kind and recently had to put her 16 year old cat down for kidney and heart disease her cat was experiencing.The process was a smooth and humane one, as it as with Toy (my 19 year old cat that was put down a few years back)....more

Saying Good-Bye To My Furry Kid, pt 1

 This is Face. Here real name is LiL Kitty or Girlie, but I call her Face or Facers because of that mug of hers....more

A Happy Ending for Some Lucky Goats

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It’s About Greeks and Romans. Even Today.

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wishes and horses...

Meet Oliver, the tall, dark, and duskily handsome horse of my three-year-old dreams. For me, it was love at first ride. Don't let my grumpy expression fool you. That frown was all about Dad's refusal to hand over the reins and let me gallop....more

Missing Her Already

I'm sitting here this morning with Snickers, one of our four or five* cats and one of my favorites (but don't tell the others, you know how cats can be)....more

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! This day was essentially created in an effort to combat the bad PR black cats have endured (they have the lowest adoption rate and the highest rate of euthanasia at shelters). ...more