animals

The Hook Hurts!

by Judy McFadden


When my Dad took me fishing for the first time as I was a little girl, it upset me to see the fish twisting and jerking wildly at the end of the fishing pole. I asked my Dad if the hook was hurting the fish’s mouth. He assured me that fish don’t feel the hook. He said that fish don’t have feelings in their mouths. Still, it bothered me because the fish didn’t seem to know that judging from its reaction.

Parrots Prove Deadly: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir By Clea Simon: Book Review/Pet Post/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow
& Clea Simon


Almost licensed animal behaviorist Pru Marlowe has mostly adjusted to her ability of being able to sense animals' emotions. Although she fled the big city life of Manhattan and all of its noisy voices for Massachusetts, she has since become able to view her gift as an asset to her profession of training and modifying pet behavior (even if their persons are usually the actual culprits). Her latest client has hired her to retrain Randolph Jones, a foul-mouthed parrot whose owner just passed away in the LiveWell retirement complex.

“Dumb” Animals

by Judy McFadden


I once heard a Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show announcer say, as the Scotties pranced proudly into the show ring, “The Scottish terrier is the only breed of dog that knows he is smarter than his master.” I found out why. My Scottish terrier therapy dog, McDuff, proved it time after time with his off-the-chart intelligence and you-won’t- believe stubbornness that outsmarted and frustrated me to tears.

A Tail Waggin’ Tutor Named Aero

by Terrance V. Mc Arthur




You wouldn’t expect to see a dog in a library, but Aero, a perky little Papillion, is a regular visitor at the Reedley and Orange Cove branches of the Fresno County Public Library, he isn’t a seeing-eye dog with a harness; he wears a jaunty bandana and tags that identify him as a therapy dog, trained as a reading tutor.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review

by Summer Lane


It’s tough keeping your herd together. Just ask Manny, the 11-ton woolly mammoth who we all know and love. When the world starts breaking into pieces as the result of a continental drift, Manny gets separated from his family, Ellie and Peaches, and it’s up to him and his loyal friends, Diego and Sid, to get home safely. There’s just one problem: pirates.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall




Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is the third movie about a lion named Alex (Ben Stiller) and his friends who in the previous movies broke out of the zoo and went to Africa. It starts out with Alex having a bad dream about all of them becoming old in Africa, which spurs him on to get back home to New York City to the Central Park Zoo which he finds himself homesick for.

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