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Forty Years with Birds and Dogs 

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 in monthly blog.

and sharing it.
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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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