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Forty Years with Birds and Dogs - Care and Respect

The Dog Chaser and The Limits To Anthropomorphism

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
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More About Horses

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.
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Dogs at Christmas Time

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

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.
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Odd Pets and Questionable Ones

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
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Walking Sadie Sue on the San Andreas Fault

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

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Horse Mysteries

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
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Jays Respond to Signature Whistle

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

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How the Hen House Turns--Knowing Self

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

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 Link to the review.

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