The Catio Is Not Just For Cats

Ahhhh, Summer. Here in Colorado, unlike lots of other places, we don’t have much of what I would call Spring (having experienced plenty when I was a wee one in Wisconsin). This year, though, we had several weeks of Spring-like weather. It was glorious! Cool days, storms, both snow and rain, it reminded me aContinue reading “The Catio Is Not Just For Cats”

Not All Fallen Heroes Have Two Legs

Today is Memorial Day. This day was set aside to honor all those who have fallen while fighting for the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. My family of origin was lucky. My dad, my uncles and an aunt all served our country during World War II, and they all came home. So many familiesContinue reading “Not All Fallen Heroes Have Two Legs”

Summer’s Coming! Cool It

At last, we’re having warmer weather here in Colorado. We finally turned off the heaters in the horses’ water tanks – this is a Big Deal, the harbinger of S-U-M-M-E-R!! I grew up in Wisconsin, and my memory of that is long, cool-into-warmer days; wildflowers in the woods (which we would pick and take toContinue reading “Summer’s Coming! Cool It”

What Are You Afraid Of? (Regarding Animals)

This may seem like an odd topic – after all, if you’re reading this blog, you are probably an animal lover. So what’s to be afraid of? You tell me. For the longest time, I was afraid of my animals dying. I think that may started with a kitten I had when I was aroundContinue reading “What Are You Afraid Of? (Regarding Animals)”

Power Animals

We talk mostly about domestic pets in this column, but what about our Power Animals? Our what? In many Native traditions, all of the animals of the earth have certain powers, or abilities that, when we come in contact with them, are messages to us. There’s that listening thing again! For example, when Deer crossesContinue reading “Power Animals”

Can I Talk With My Animals?

Well, the quick answer to this question is – “of course!” However, getting there is sometimes a challenge. And why? Because we don’t believe in a) ourselves and b) that it’s possible. And we think it’s some kind of mumbo jumbo. Not necessarily together, or in that order. Let’s think about this for a minute.Continue reading “Can I Talk With My Animals?”

National Therapy Animal Day

Friday, April 30 is National Therapy Animal Day. Have you ever thought of your animal as your therapist? Well, you should. When you have a bad day at work, or life throws you a curve ball, who is there for you? Who meets you at the door, no judgement, just joy? I’ll bet it’s yourContinue reading “National Therapy Animal Day”

A Different Point of View

Let’s look at situation – you have a dog, and a reasonably big piece of property, say, an acre or two or five. You think that’s plenty of room for your dog to roam, and you really don’t like it when Fido disappears for no apparent reason. When that happens, you have to go findContinue reading “A Different Point of View”