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TAG : January/February 2016

Pet Stories: Remembering Favorite Four-Legged Friends

Four-legged companions are pretty common to life in the country. Whether calling the barnyard home or living alongside their human counterparts in the house, animals add much in the way of shaping rural life. We recently asked readers to share their favorite pet stories from life out where the ...

Rescued Golden Retriever Becomes Trusted Friend

Millie, my beloved Golden Retriever, has been my constant companion for almost 11 years. Today I say “Goodbye,” and it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.In past years, I had volunteered in several rescue groups for Goldens. One day, I received a call that there was a puppy ...

Cocker Spaniel as Loyal as They Come

My uncle Morris decided I needed a companion. He chose a black cocker spaniel puppy. Because my favorite television show was “Lassie”, I named her the same. It didn’t matter to me that she was a cocker spaniel and not a collie. As a pup, she was a handful. My mother was constantly ...

Playful, Magical Healing Horse

In 1990, at age 30, I went through a major life-changing event when my nine-year marriage ended. I returned to my childhood home and began to piece things together. My sister owned a small farm outside of town, where she raised Appaloosas. We had grown up together on horseback, ranging the ...

How a Beagle Helps a Human

Sun-warmed wood on my hands is rough and weather worn. My dog’s deep brown eyes dart back and forth between the forest and the hiking trail. There is a stream that winds along the path’s sides. The swirls of green water sweep tired black branches, once jutting inward from the bank, into ...

Our Dog Critter

It would come as no surprise for Critter to be in another publication. After all, he already had two books written about him (copyrighted but no publisher yet).Critter became ours, one nice day, about 13 years ago. We came home and he was sitting on our porch. For all of us, it was love at ...

My Best Friends Were Farm Animals

I am an only child. I grew up here on the family homestead in the 1960s/70s. We are a community of ‘Old Families’ several generations down on our lands and the farms are a bit spread out.During summer vacation there was no one to play with. There was no such things as ‘play dates’, no ...

Bond the Border Collie

My husband and I are developing a sustainable, organic gardens/farm, Oasis Gardens Learning Center, in Northeastern Utah. Our intent is to support lower impact small farming techniques, raising heritage livestock breeds, and growing heirloom vegetables and medicinal herbs. As we had just ...

Favorite Country Cats

It's tricky trying to decide which pets I've had which I've considered 'beloved.' I think most pets are endearing and quickly earn a special place in our lives. But, if I had to narrow down my choices of 'most beloved pets,' two favorite cats come to mind; well, maybe three.I was about 4 or 5 ...

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