Tag Archives: Pets

Cats vs. Dogs: A poem by T. S. Eliot

Cats vs. Dogs: A Poem by T. S. Eliot, with Stunning Vintage Illustrations by Dame Eileen Mayo by Maria Popova “You now have learned enough to see That Cats are much like you and me And other people whom we … Continue reading

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Maxi Finds a Way – Homing Instincts of Dogs

One of the misfortunes of moving at the beginning of June was the loss of Maxi the dog.  In the turmoil of getting all items – including pets – out of the compound he went missing and we couldn’t find … Continue reading

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Kitties in Africa, Past and Present

With the new year upon us, I look back at the animals I brought here from Kenya.  That included: 3 cats, 2 dogs, my 2 horses, and a van-load of Alpine and Boer breeding goats for our restocking and herd upgrading … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Black Mamba in the Bathroom

We don’t know.  A group of villagers came over and searched everywhere in the house, but snakes are so clever at finding small places to hide… On the other hand, one of the folks pointed out that snakes are pretty good at … Continue reading

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Three Generations of Lunatic Cats: Galton’s Take on Feline Eugenics

Source: V. Stilwell-Banfield ..she had wild fits, tearing round and round the room, ‘swearing’ horribly, and fighting with teeth and claws anyone who tried to pick her up… Source: Francis Galton. Francis Galton, the Victorian founder of eugenics, thought that … Continue reading

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Cat Culture in the Tropics

[First posted 19 October 2009,  Revised 6 December 2011] Several weeks ago  my cat Binty died.  She was nearly 14, which is an exceptionally good age to reach here in the tropics, where diseases and climates take heavy tolls on … Continue reading

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