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Salamander Migration!

2012-03-13 [BUMP -- Last night, 3/12/12, was the year's first warm night rain, about 60F. Yeah, as everyone knows, it's been a low-snow season (but we made the best of it! right?). So I got Henry and neighbor Ben revved up on the possibility and we went out to see what we could see at 9:30pm…

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Internet Adoption: a New Dog for Us!

2011-01-08 So, well before Xmas Martha and I decided it was the time of life that the kids would really appreciate having a new dog. So I started prospecting. What breed? How to get one? Pup or dog? We need portability so we decided on a terrier of some kind…

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What's the Deal with Dog Food?

2010-12-21 I went to the pet store today. I'm not going to spill the beans about the reason why just yet. I saw there were 100 kinds of dog food. I didn't notice so many the last time we had a dog, which was, heck, just a few months ago…

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Frog-Stylin' Swimmin'

2010-08-09 I wish I had a photo for this one, but I don't. I could, since we now have a waterproof cam, but anyway... After our final and biggest art fair yesterday, Henry and I walked the few feet from the empty booth space to the beach for a swim, masks on head…

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Team OYB Road Trip 3: the Herpetarium at the St. Louis Zoo!

2010-05-27 On our St. Louis road trip this spring we stopped to visit the world famous STL Zoo, a free admission zoo located in the huge and lovely Forest Park. Man, STL has some dandy neighborhoods! Seems like a great southern-style town to live in, one which still has cold spells and 4-sason color and gives easy access to northern climes…

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Daisy was a Good Dog

2010-05-03 It was a sad day for us, but something interesting happened, so I'll tell you about it. Daisy, our German Wirehaired Pointer, was 15 and ailing, yet still stalwart and affable, as ever. Today was her last day…

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Jim McGrath: Super Local Nature Guy!

2010-03-28 [Bump up from 4/06] Jim McGrath and his family of super naturalists live near here. They travel around the state daily, teaching kids about snakes and frogs. OK, it seems like his whole family is part of the show but it's probably mostly him…

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Gulf Specimen Lab Needs Help!

2010-02-25 Marine labs and aquariums are usually big places, funded by universities and vast enterprises. The Gulf Specimen Lab is the only independent lab on the Gulf Coast. It's run by Jack Rudloe, the guy who started the conservation movement down there---the only reason why that whole stretch isn't Disney already…

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Bike Joring: Mtbikes and dogs on the trail!

2010-01-28 I've posted about Skijoring here a couple times before (our friend David Spieser ROCKETS on skis with his *two* GSP's up north). And I've also posted about a bike joring rig for sale at a website. But I'm not sure I've linked to this nifty video yet, so here ya go…

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Daisy says Merry Xmas!

2009-12-14 She's 15 years old and on her last legs but she still has spark. About a month ago she finally recovered from (fairly simple) surgery to remove a large growth that was impeding her ability to walk…

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