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Weird Weekend – Between Lives

This weekend, I am thrilled to have a guest post on SJ Driscoll's blog, Come Sit By My Fire.  She's hosting a series on life changes called Being Between. I've written about one of the biggest transitions in my life, leaving the job I loved at the San Diego Zoo to move to Seattle and… Continue reading Weird Weekend – Between Lives

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Wild Wednesday – Name That Mammal!

"Look!  A seal!"  A little boy points excitedly.  Mom, walking nearby peers in the direction her child is pointing.  A sausage-shaped creature lolling just above the surf line blinks back at her. "Is it a seal, Mommy?" Is it? I know this has been a burning question for so many of you.  It's even tripped… Continue reading Wild Wednesday – Name That Mammal!

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Wild Wednesday – Is That A Mouse In Your Pocket?

I had dreams of writing, even when I worked at the Zoo.  Then, I used to think I’d write my memoirs.  I figured by the time I’d put in 20 or 30 years I’d have enough memories cached away to make some interesting stories.  I even had a title for my autobiography:  Dead Mice In… Continue reading Wild Wednesday – Is That A Mouse In Your Pocket?

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Wild Wednesdays – Taming Down, But Just For A Few Short Weeks

Wild Wednesdays will return!  However, I'm putting them on hold for a few weeks.  Extra days and longer hours at work are keeping me from getting my weekday posts up, but Weird Weekends will continue. Thank you for reading, and I promise, there's more animal training, zoo tales, and garden adventures in the works.   By… Continue reading Wild Wednesdays – Taming Down, But Just For A Few Short Weeks

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Wild Wednesday – Look! Zoo Animals!

A long, busy day, but I am determined to keep up my Wild Wednesday posts.  Today I made chicken dinner, a whole lot of chicken dinners, actually.  When I started the day, I had 15 of these: Now I have this: And this: But nobody really wants the details on that, and I'm too tired… Continue reading Wild Wednesday – Look! Zoo Animals!

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Wild Wednesday – How To Raise Chickens In The City

What You Need To Raise Chickens     At work, I am affectionately (I think!) known as the Crazy Chicken Lady.  Not many people raise their own meat and egg-producers, and as someone pointed out, “You know, they sell eggs and chicken at the grocery store, you don’t need to go to all this work.” … Continue reading Wild Wednesday – How To Raise Chickens In The City

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Welcome To Wild Wednesday

Usually on Wednesday I post dog-training articles.  Lately though I’ve been including posts on my growing chickens and spring gardening and I’ve been considering including some of my animal training stories from my zoo days. The dog-training themed Wednesday posts needed some expansion, and thus the inspiration for Wild Wednesday.  If it’s about animals, animal… Continue reading Welcome To Wild Wednesday

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Should You Train Your Dog Like A Dolphin?

Yes.  And no. I have been out of the world of dog competition for several years.  There was a time when I used to spend a lot of time at dog shows.  I would always see clickers for sale, and occasionally discussions would crop up on different training styles.  Some were adamant that all dogs… Continue reading Should You Train Your Dog Like A Dolphin?

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For Love of Little Chickens

Wednesday is usually dog-training day, but I’m expanding the topic to include raising backyard chickens.  Eventually I’ll add in some of my zoo animal stories as well.  Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of dog-training tips and advice coming! Monday I ordered my new crop of chickens!  I’m so excited!  Before, I’ve always tacked my chicken… Continue reading For Love of Little Chickens

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I Will Not Train Your Dog

I've been working on a new information flyer.  What do you think?  Does this make you want to hire me? I WILL NOT TRAIN YOUR DOG BUT I WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO HAVE THE DOG THAT YOU WANT     Do you have a new puppy and no idea what to do with her?… Continue reading I Will Not Train Your Dog