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“A Simple Gift from Nova”

It was a restless night, in-part due to one of the cats yowling in the greenhouse all night.  This morning the yowling picked up again.  It was Nova, and her incessant calling is a classic indication that she made kill.  This sweet little cat loves to “feed” me.  Once Upon A Time she used to hunt fruit for me form the orchard.  She’d bring apples and apricots into the house, yowling and calling for me,…

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“Mr. Icecream, A.K.A ‘Scarface'”

Icecream was a purebred California rabbit. A breeding buck. He was a neat rabbit, big and incredibly laid back. When I first brought him home, I already had a breeding buck, Hazel. So Icecream lived
in a large open-air pen that shared a side with the rabbit pen in which Hazel and the ladies lived. The fence that contained Icecream was nothing special; 2×4 inch welded wire fencing about 6 feet tall, with 1 inch chicken…

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“Sometimes Roadkill’s a Drag”

One fine summer morning I took a drive to the post office.  It was a beautiful day and I felt fantastic.  As usual, I kept my eyes peeled for roadkill deer along the way- however as I turned onto the highway and began my journey, I realized I had no blade in the car with me.  I laughed to myself- “Watch me find one of the biggest deer I’ve ever seen and have no way…

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“Elk X-ing: a short animated comic”

I made this little comic because this particular story is a funny, expressive tale I enjoy telling, but it just doesn’t quite fit into text.  Text alone can’t capture the emotions of the event.  To some the humor in this story may seem a bit morbid, but it all depends on your perspective.  We take it lightheartedly- thus is life living in an area loaded with wildlife.  And no, we didn’t go back to look,…

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“Xena the Warrior Princess”

This is the tale of how we met  Xena, the Warrior Princess. One day I visited a friend’s farm.  As evening approached, it began pouring rain, so I helped her wrap up farm chores by going out to the back of the property to look for chicken and duck eggs.  Mili the Dog was with me, as usual.  I’m rushing through a literal forest of yellow dock taller than I am, pulling back massive basal…

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“That Wasn’t a Squirrel”

One day Mili the Dog was out barking up a storm.  I assumed she was after a squirrel.  Then the barking changed tone- she had something cornered or trapped.  Curious, I look out the window.  She was running from end to end on a ten-foot length of six inch irrigation pipe, barking excitedly. “Ah ha!  She’s got a squirrel in the pipe!” Hunting rodents is her life passion, I’m not opposed to indulging her hunting…

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“When Pigs Fly”

  Andy: “Jen, Bill’s stuck.” Me: “What?” Him: “I went to see why ravens were gathering in the pasture.  I thought he was dead, but he’s just stuck.” Me: “How is he… stuck?” Him: “Come check it out.” We go investigate Bill the boar.  Bill the 1,000lb Hampshire boar.  Indeed, Bill was accustomed to sleeping on the steep dusty hillside.  He normally laid down with his feet facing downhill, making it easy to roll over…

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