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A Soft Spot For Strays

If there's anything that I will be quick to admit to, the fact that I have a soft spot for stray animals will be the one that I will admit to first. That's just the way I am. I can't help it.There's not many stray dogs in the neighborhood, but there's always a stray cat or two that comes ...

80 Fun Facts About Farm Animals

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/FooTToo Twenty things you ought to know about cowsCows love each other . . . at least some do.Cows babysit for each other.Cows nurse grudges.Cows invent games.Cows take umbrage.Cows can communicate with people.Cows can solve problems.Cows make friends for ...

Spring

Spring is here, finally. After what seemed like forever, Mother Nature has finally loosened her grip on winter. The snow is gone and the temperature is finally warmed up. At last, I can enjoy the outdoors. I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to shake loose from the cabin fever that I ...

Buddy: The Pet Rooster Who Changed a Family

Author Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry, when the greiving pet owner fell in love with Pam, Harry's veterinarian. Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor—a home in suburbia, two young ...

A Christmas Home: From the Author of ‘A Dog Named Christmas’

In the middle of economic hard times and an exodus of young folk, the rural community of Crossing Trails has seen better days. The McCray family feels the town’s worry on the horizon, and son Todd sees an increase in the number of dogs taken to the local animal shelter. Todd must face some ...

One-Block Feast: Spring Garden Plan

Based on the James-Beard-Award-winning One-Block Diet, The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011) is the ultimate guide to eating local. Complete with seasonal garden plans, menus, 100 recipes and 15 food projects, this guide explains how to raise and produce everything needed for totally ...

My Trip to the Zoo

My husband took the rest of the July 4th week off for vacation. We decided to go to the zoo to see the much advertised Penguin exhibit. I was so disappointed. It was 91 degrees at 10 in the morning, but the Penguin exhibit would be cold, right? It wasn’t. Penguins live on snow and ice, ...

Healthy Dog, Happy Family

Any pet owner will tell you dogs are not just four-legged friends. They are members of the family. Whether they are accompanying you on a walk in the park, warming your feet as you read your morning paper, or the first to greet you when you arrive home from a long day of work, dogs aren’t ...

Railroad Stories: Lived Next to Old Railroad Tracks

When I was growing up, we lived in a little house by the old railroad tracks on the Arkansas River. Boxcars filled with chickens, pigs and cattle would park on the tracks and stay there for the night. In the summer, we would sit in our yard and listen to the animals.Sometimes we would walk to ...

Splenda study finds negative affects

A recent study of the artificial sweetener Splenda showed that, in animals, the sugar alternative reduced the amount of helpful bacteria in intestines by 50 percent, contributed to increases in body weight, and affected the body in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could later be ...

Animals Use a Clever Trick or Two to Survive in the Wild

Animals in the wild kingdom are crafty - they have to be. Without knowing a few tricks, they would soon perish. The peculiar skills some animals employ to ensure their own survival are quite unique.The partridge is a bird that acts as well as any actress to protect its young. When a person or ...

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