Creature Thoughts May/June 2022: “AL-VIN!”

Chipmunks, it appears, have amazing spatial perception. One little fellow was helping himself to my birdseed (most likely a descendant of the critter in the photo), and completely ignoring the dog…until the dog spotted him.

The games began. Kira ran to the full length of the leash, which brought her to about eight feet from the trees. That striped varmint eyed the exact distance, knew right away that the dog’s reach was limited, and ran.

Right toward Kira.

Creature Thoughts Feb ’22: Cuddle Time

It has long been known (with numerous studies backing up the fact) that pet ownership improves our health and our mental well-being. Oh, it’s not that pet ownership isn’t without its own share of stress. Our pets experience anxiety, have behavioral issues, and suffer illness just like we do. However, just the blessing of sharing our lives with these wonderful beings can bring us a sense of security even when the world around us is going to he…ck in a handbasket.

Creature Thoughts: October 2021

I’m one of those annoying people who would be happy if the holiday season lasted all year long. For me, Halloween starts off a two month long stretch of crocheting, knitting, shopping, and (at least in my heart) celebrating.

Creature Thoughts August 2021: The Tiny Enemy

When I was a child, growing up in northern Westchester County, we would romp through the woods, lay in the high grasses, roll down the hills, and wander through the brush all day long, and never see a single tick. Today, you can barely walk from the house to the mailbox without finding one or two clinging to your clothing. Searching the dogs after every walk has become a routine that everyone performs by habit now. It’s a routine, of course, which is pretty much fruitless, as a Black-legged Tick nymph is so small it’s almost impossible to spot on a dog … or a human.

Creature Thoughts, April 2021

Have you had pets who could sense where you were hurting? I’m sure I’m not the only one whose pets have been such a comfort. Please feel free to let me know in the comments on the website, or on Facebook, all about your special animal healers.

Creature Thoughts: January 2021

I hope, however, that you can still listen for the birdsong. Stand in the crisp, clear, cold, with your eyes closed, for just a moment, and open your heart. Hear the distant trill, the chirrup, and the warble, and know from the depths of your soul that you are hearing the promise of spring.