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Forty Years with Birds and Dogs - Care and Respect

Some Thoughts on the Anthropocene

Turkey Two
LADailyPostThe Hen House gang showed us just how verbal and aware birds and dogs can be. In light of this new awareness, what does it mean to be part of the Anthropocene?
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Sharing Diseases, Heart Attacks, Most All Our Ailments with Our Beloved Others

First Morning
Comparing Experiences with Animals of the Hen House as described in the book "ZoobiquityLADaily Post
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Love Between Animals

Lucy Goose, Ms.Ritz and Kiebler
The various birds who shared the Hen House, and the dogs that watched over them, got along quite well, at times with enough concern to call it love.

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What Do Herons Taste?

Heron Hunting
An overview of vertebrate taste buds. They are surprisingly different. So, did the heron we saw gulp down a gopher enjoy his dinner? Los Alamos Daily Post
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The Mind of Chickens

Gwendolyn and Red
As they passed by, the chickens usually sent a soft "brk brk" in greeting. What else goes on in their minds? ladailypost.com
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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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More About Horses in monthly blog.

and sharing it.
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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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