• Timber, Dante and Bella at home
  • Levi in snow B&W
  • Singing in the Cage
  • Not long ago, a friend contacted me and asked if I had any advice to offer regarding the care of her 17 year old dog, a sweet terrier named Maggie. Maggie was diagnosed this year with congestive heart failure and was becoming ever more frail. My friend went on...

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  • This story is dedicated to an exceptional dog. It is nearly Thanksgiving and for the last few months since Levi died, I have wanted to write about him. I love telling stories about the animals who grace this path I am on of caring for older, aging and dying...

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  • res·cue ˈreskyo͞o/ verb 1. save (someone) from a dangerous or distressing situation. noun
2. an act of saving or being saved from danger or distress. I have been thinking about rescuing lately. How often do we hear people say, “I rescued him.” Or, “She’s a rescue.” I have often wondered...

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Cover-LateSpring-2015

So … I never thought I’d keep bees.  They may be animals, but they’re insects, a word that conjures swarms of mosquitoes while trying to enjoy a walk, and invasions of ants in the kitchen.  Swarms and invasions—not words I use for my larger animal friends.

 Of course there are beneficial insects. Still, I didn’t imagine ever feeling sorry for any of them, or wanting to help. Under what circumstances would I do that? What could they possibly need from me? I appreciated bees’ livelihood as they drifted between flowers—careful to know their location as I leaned in to sniff. Otherwise, my associations were from childhood: stings from running barefoot through grass. Beekeeping. Harvesting honey. Interesting, yes, but not—yet—compelling. Even the complex world of this social insect, whose dances speak to other bees, giving them specific information about nectar flows and potential good spots for a new hive … read more

Cover artist Janet Evander’s paintings and pottery can be found at janetevander.com.

Wild Horse Rescue

Mary--column-color

So much distressing news is heard about our wild horses on the western range. This summer, though, as my friend Mona Jerome, Founder and Director of Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford, ME, went on what we’re calling our “Worldwind Wild Horse Adventure,” we found reason for hope in our visits with special folks...
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Whatever is Old is New

Whatever is Old is New

As I wheeled my old sofa to the curb, stuck the FREE sign on it, and waited for a couchless stranger to enjoy a bit of serendipity, I realized a canine ruckus was erupting at my feet. One dog was trying to ride the sofa (precariously angled on a dolly), and another was tugging...
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Solving Litterbox Mysteries

Solving Litterbox Mysteries

The most common behavior problem in pet cats is inappropriate elimination and this issue can really affect the human-animal bond because no one wants urine or feces in places other than the provided litter box. So why do cats sometimes stop using their boxes? Well – the answer to that question can be different...
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Humans, Tame Yourselves

Humans, Tame Yourselves

One of my colleagues at work used to work with tigers in Bangladesh.  He is an animal lover, but also is very respectful of the wild animal’s right to be wild.  A tiger, he says, can never be fully and permanently tamed according to what a human considers desirable–which usually translates to docile and...
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When You Take Your Leave of Me

Timber, Dante and Bella at home

Not long ago, a friend contacted me and asked if I had any advice to offer regarding the care of her 17 year old dog, a sweet terrier named Maggie. Maggie was diagnosed this year with congestive heart failure and was becoming ever more frail. My friend went on to tell me that she...
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Walking with Levi

Levi in snow B&W

This story is dedicated to an exceptional dog. It is nearly Thanksgiving and for the last few months since Levi died, I have wanted to write about him. I love telling stories about the animals who grace this path I am on of caring for older, aging and dying creatures. I delight in sharing...
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Rescues of the Heart

Singing in the Cage

res·cue ˈreskyo͞o/ verb 1. save (someone) from a dangerous or distressing situation. noun
2. an act of saving or being saved from danger or distress. I have been thinking about rescuing lately. How often do we hear people say, “I rescued him.” Or, “She’s a rescue.” I have often wondered how any of us know...
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