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Why do it

  In the latest litter we fostered there was a clear runt, a tiny watchful Yoda old soul, all head and twitchy ears. Even though she was considerably smaller she could run and jump and wrestle with the others. She … Continue reading

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Fowl haiku

My boy palms the chick Heat-lamp sleepy, slow blinks of sunflower seed eyes

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Cottage courage

Last week, we moved across town to a house on the edge of a wood. This week, we found this abandoned gem in the forest not 300 yards from our back door. Inside is a rotting old couch, a 1950s … Continue reading

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Front seat privileges

      When you weigh more than four of the seven humans, you get front seat privileges.

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Baby Pool: Kitten edition

Yesterday I got an email through the Animal Rescue League foster group that a pregnant young cat had come in. She needed a foster home, stat, for the delivery and early weeks. We’ve fostered 3 rounds of kittens, starting at … Continue reading

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The Rabbit In The Soccer Net

  The other day my six-year-old ran in the house screaming: “A RABBIT IS STUCK IN THE SOCCER NET!” When I went outside the poor thing was writhing frantic, the webbing wrapped double around its neck. The line was so … Continue reading

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Loosen the Leash

(http://beyondthemargins NULL.com/btm/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BTMDogIsMyCopilot1 NULL.jpg)By Nichole Bernier (http://beyondthemargins NULL.com/author/nicholebernier/) As I’ve mentioned here a few times, we have a young Bernese Mountain Dog. We got her last summer at 8 weeks old and named her Cricket because she was the least graceful … Continue reading

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Paddling Blind

Last week the yoga class I take from time to time decided to meet on the water. “We’ll visit the swans,” said the instructor Erin as she directed three of us into kayaks. She climbed into her own — well, … Continue reading

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Daring to Care: What fostering animals taught me about parenting

The kids were clamoring for a new pet. A year earlier we’d said goodbye to our dog, and before that, the cat. In between was an unsuccessful series of hermit crabs. When each one crossed that proverbial rainbow bridge in … Continue reading

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