Cary Neeper

Writer, Blogger, and Painter -- esteeming life wherever and whatever it might be.

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COMPLEXITY
Exploration of complexity, its indicators, embedded chaos, and value in human organizations.

Forty Years with Birds and Dogs
Care and Respect

The Dog Chaser and The Limits To Anthropomorphism

February 24, 2017

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

The book about Chaser by her trainer Dr. John Pilley is a must-read for any student of animal behavior--still a question of limits and detail. Anthropomorphism? LA Daily Post

Review of the book Chaser

More About Horses

February 6, 2017

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

Gizmo with student rider
More About Horses
The importance of respecting horses' herding needs is expanded to include their personality types, which suggests how they will react to training styles.

Dogs at Christmas Time

December 31, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

Scooter and DeeDee
Dogs know it's a special time--at least that there will be something good to gnaw, something wrapped up in paper under the tree. LosAlamosdailypost

The Problem with Cats--Oscar Wasn't SoBad?!

December 4, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

Oscar and pal Boots, circa 1952
The Atlantic magazine ran an article (by Brett Peterson, Dec.2016 p.40) about feral and free-running cats and the damage they can do, including killing lots of birds and spreading toxoplasmosis.
It's a hard call, for nearly a third of us humans rely on cats for companionship.
Latest Hen House story

Odd Pets and Questionable Ones

November 17, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

Baby Turkey Two
Los Alamos had a famous house goat, and we had a loving skunk for t least eight years, but turkeys---now they are a questionable pet, unless bonded to us at a very young age. Here's why...

LADailyPost-How the Hen House Turns

Walking Sadie Sue on the San Andreas Fault

November 1, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

Sadie Sue likes to sniff where she wants to sniff. Her message is quite clear--a stiff pull at her leash. When we need to Not go that way, I pull back and explain. Thirty seconds later, the little Cuban Havanese gives up and trots on ahead in the direction I am pulling. LAdailypost

Horse Mysteries

October 13, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

A must-read for anyone raising or training horses. Details about how to avoid making basket-cases out of these prey-sensitive, herd-social animals that need to eat slowly many hours per day. Review on the Hen House blog in the
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jays Respond to Signature Whistle

September 24, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

It took only three times for the scrub jay to get it. I whistles three times then set out unsalted peanut behind the rock that we had used before the squirrels took over the bird feeder, emptying it at every visit. Now the jays get their treasures to bury on demand. Stories about animal interactions and smarts continues in the
LA Daily Post

How the Hen House Turns--Knowing Self

August 27, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Ms. Khaki
Ms Kahaki knew were I left the trowel, knew that I couldn't refuse her gentle quacking request, knew where the wet mud full of worms was.LADailyPost

A Review of H Is For Hawk and Soul of An Octopus

August 7, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

My Painting from a photo (unknown origin)
The data keep rolling in--animals are conscious beings, more like us than we have admitted. So how do we adjust our behavior to account for their sentience, their emotions, even their rights? Is falconry too demanding. I find it amazing that aquarium octopuses were not thought to be interested in interacting as persons with us humans until the year 2000. Both books are easy, fascinating reads.

LADailyPost (more…)

How the Hen House Turns-Theory of Mind

July 12, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Lucygoose, Ms.Ritz,&Kiebler (miniature mallards)
Are animals conscious of their own existence? Do they realize that other living beings have their own point of view (This is called Theory of Mind.)? The new science of ethology is awaking us to a new awareness of animal sentience and consciousness. For the latest article click here. ladailypost.com

Is Cat Psychology Like Human Psychology?

July 8, 2016

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Boots and pal Oscar circa 1952
Following 40 years with birds and dogs and how our human id is challenged by the other life.ladailypost blog How the Hen House turns

How the Hen House Turns-Living Peacefully With Squirrels

June 17, 2016

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Squirrels Are Not Dumb
This month I'm looking at a squirrel problem again. Last month, watching a gray mother squirrel study our bird feeder was a real eye-popper. End of story: Squirrel wins hands down. ladailypost.com

Hen House stories continue below--40 years with dogs and domestic birds

What Does Wild Mean?

February 26, 2016

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Dealing with domestic birds and seeing them as individuals---like the wild ones.
ladailypost.com

Sentient Beings All Around Us

November 21, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Here is the link to the latest Hen House blog at
The Daily Post
Search on "Hen House" for the latest articles. They appear bi-monthly.

Raising Turkey Chicks Can Be Tragic

July 28, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

The link below is the second article telling about our experience raising turkeys. Search "Hen House" on the Los Alamos Daily Post for the previous story.

That search will also list all the articles that summarize our 46 years in New Mexico with dogs and birds in a beautiful Pondersa forest on Walnut Canyon.
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 9/11 story showcasing the best in human nature.

April 24, 2015

Tags: Human Self Image

EXTRAORDINARY, Good News stories that never seem to get told, but SHOULD BE! A story from Jean Johnston
It is 13 years since 9/11 and here is a wonderful story about that terrible day.

Delta Flight 15... (true story) Here is an amazing story from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that "All Business" look on their faces. (more…)

Peeper's Grasshopper

April 12, 2015

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

Shawne holding Peeper-- Below-Peeper with step-hatchlings
Peeper was an only-chick, Peeky's one son of eight eggs I should have candeled. As a result he was a model rooster, a joy to his human caretaker and the hens he courted with delicious grasshoppers, just like his mother had broken up for him. Here's the link to the article in the Los Alamos Daily Post

Early Years Make A Difference

March 11, 2015

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image, AnimalCare

The data is confused. Is violence in movies and the media causing some serious problems with our youth or not? Is violence addictive? Is that why the movies keep ramping it up?
http://www.ladailypost.com/content/how-hen-house-turns-early-years-make-difference

Chickens, Dogs and Retirement

February 11, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Chickens Ami and Gwen imprinted on the author during a cold spring when I had to raise them in the house.
Taking a chicken to a retirement community requires a bit of thought.
http://www.ladailypost.com/content/how-hen-house-turns-chickens-dogs-and-retirement

Remembering Susie the Pekinese

February 11, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Susie was my grandmother's Pekinese, a delightful memory, which made me remember the PBS special about breeding foxes in Russia, selecting only for tameness and finding that it changed their facial shapes and fur coloring. It will be interesting to see how this gene package is unraveled as the similar package in dogs is studied.

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/how-hen-house-turns%E2%80%94remembering-susie

The Chicken in Winter

January 7, 2015

Tags: AnimalCare, Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Gwendolyn Americauna
Latest article for the Los Alamos Daily Post reviews the sensitivity of domestic birds to severe weather and recommendations for their care
http://www.ladailypost.com/content/how-hen-house-turns-chicken-winter

Dogs Running Free--Unthinkable Now

November 23, 2014

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Skates and Indra
Long ago we didn't imagine that we would have to keep dogs on a leash, especially in farm country.
By Cary Neeper for the LADP week Nov. 21, 2014

Skates, our blond border collie, was missing. I must have gone downstairs and called, then whistled. No Skates. I walked down the front stairs, up the driveway to the backyard and called and whistled again. Still no Skates.

What is remarkable, now that I think of it, is that I felt no angst, just a little irritation: “Oh dear. Skates and Sammy are probably off somewhere on campus.”

Those were our graduate school years 1959-1963 in Madison, Wisconsin. Sammy was a small dog who lived somewhere nearby and often came to visit Skates. I had no idea who owned Sammy.

He was friendly to us humans and a playful, unassuming companion for our much larger golden girl. When Skates was outside, he would often show up, and they would peruse the neighborhood doing what dogs do—mostly sniffing every bush to see who or what had been around lately.

Some years earlier on Pa’s Hayward California victory farm, a similar friendship had blossomed between our first pup Boots and Browny, a dark brown German shepherd whose territory included our entire forty acres and old man Madeiros’s acres across the gravel road.

The road ran down the hill of fruit trees, including fig trees with their smooth horizontal branches for hanging by one’s knees.

The dogs hunted gophers and moles, and I think Mr. Madeiros fed Browny occasionally, but no one ever claimed to “own” the dog. Browny belonged to no one. He simply occupied the neighborhood. No one worried about it. Now, in most US communities, such acceptance—an attitude of laissez faire toward “strays” is unthinkable—for good reasons like rabies and pack behavior.

Later, in Madison Wisconsin, I had no thought of not letting a dog run free. Now, allowing such freedom to one’s pet is unthinkable. It’s analogous to the idea of letting your five-year-old walk across the neighborhood to kindergarten. (more…)

WWII Victory Farm Stories Begin

November 13, 2014

Tags: Animal Consciousness, Human Self Image

Boots and friend Oscar
As a shy young girl I found myself mothering a young dog. The Los Alamos Daily Post
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