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Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Landscape of Superlatives – A First Look at Yosemite

October 11, 2017

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by Joan Larsen Only a morning’s drive from San Francisco lies one of the world’s truly great wilderness areas – a place of plunging waterfalls, snow-capped lakes, stark stone cliffs of stunning beauty, and a natural cathedral of ancient Sequoia trees that are among the largest on Earth. Its name: Yosemite National Park, its beauty […]

Joan Larsen Introduces Friar Moustache: The Stray Dog Adopted as the Newest Friar in a Bolivian Monastery

May 17, 2017

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From Joan Larsen, a story to delight you ! Meet Friar Bigotón (Friar Moustache), the stray schnauzer, who just became a member of the St. Francis Monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The saint, after which the Franciscan order was established, is known as the patron saint of animals there.  So it is only natural that the […]

Joan Larsen’s Special Places: A Floating World – Breathtaking Images of Antarctica’s Summer

November 9, 2016

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By Joan Larsen I believe I speak for all of us on this planet when I say that – for far too long – we have been stirred daily with a world in turmoil.  .  . a situation not likely to end anytime soon.  We are not the carefree people we once were.  .  . […]

Lucky Horses, Part Two: Mr. Crazy Pants

December 7, 2015

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Remember when we wrote about our neighbor’s three lucky horses a couple of years ago? Their luck continues… and that is perhaps Lila’s luck, now, too. The oldest two horses are now 32 and 28, respectively, and will probably never wear a saddle again. They have crossed that boundary into old age, but they continue […]

Lucky Horses Revisited

August 10, 2015

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I love my neighbor.  When we first moved here a few years back, she asked if I ride horses.  Well, I’ve done a little casual riding from time to time, but… let’s just say I have never owned a pair of jodhpurs.  Fortunately for me, my neighbor is not part of the hoity-toity, rarified horse […]

Joan Larsen Presents: To Melt the Heart – First Photos of the Most Loveable Brown Bears Ever Filmed

July 22, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Dedicated to my long-time friends and fellow explorers, Arthur and Mary Clark.  Arthur is a retired Air Force general, an aviator, and a veteran of World War II.  He has traveled extensively, much of it in Alaska, Siberia and the Arctic.     May I introduce you to Maria, the very becomingly […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Floating World – Breathtaking Images of Antarctica’s Summer

March 18, 2015

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By Joan Larsen The waves of the world’s Southern Ocean had turned into a rare mirror-like calm as our ship glided into Antarctic waters. The passengers, strangers still, were out on the decks or bridge, watching the first icebergs stand tall on the horizon – looking like city skyscrapers that had mysteriously lost their way. […]

So Dogs Have Bad Short-Term Memory? It’s Better Than Yours.

March 9, 2015

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A Swedish study making the rounds in the news this week allegedly notes that many animals have “terrible short-term memories.” Guess what? It’s better than ours. Somehow, the media picked up a University of Stockholm study and concluded that animals are dolts who never remember much of anything. The public is deluged with such moronic […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Tender Gifts From Birds – The Girl Who Gets Gifts From Crows

March 4, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Many thanks to Katy Sewall for alerting us to this wonderful story! Gabriella – a 4-year-old child living in Seattle, Washington – was prone to dropping food – when she was getting out of the family car or just munching in her yard. So very typical of children that age. But, the […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Landscape of Superlatives – A First Look at Yosemite

February 25, 2015

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by Joan Larsen Only a morning’s drive from San Francisco lies one of the world’s truly great wilderness areas – a place of plunging waterfalls, snow-capped lakes, stark stone cliffs of stunning beauty, and a natural cathedral of ancient Sequoia trees that are among the largest on Earth. Its name: Yosemite National Park, its beauty […]

Animal Altruism is Real, and So is Their Appreciation

February 6, 2015

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Anyone who doubts that animals can have sympathetic, altruistic emotions need look no farther than these videos. In the news last month, I ran across a video from the Taipei Zoo, showing a tortoise very deliberately and methodically bumping an upside-down, stranded tortoise until the stranded one is back on his feet. Yay! Smiles and […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Felines in Residence – the Secret World Beneath Russia’s Hermitage

January 7, 2015

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by Joan Larsen St. Petersburg. . . Russia’s most wonderful city has drawn me back more than once. Home of the world-famous Hermitage Museum — just named the best museum in all of Europe (!) — is praise enough to have art lovers making a bee-line north. But – hidden far beneath the museum — […]

First Steps to Recognizing the Personhood of Other Species

March 17, 2014

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Last year, India officially recognized cetaceans as “non-human persons who have rights that must be respected,” reports Deutsche Welle.  Sea World-like parks across India will now be shut down.  India is following the lead of Chile, Costa Rica, and Hungary, who have already banned the capture and use of cetaceans for entertainment; and now California […]

Mike Firesmith on Animal Welfare: The Tortured Dog

September 23, 2013

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By Mike Firesmith Back in the 80’s my friend Eli stopped a man from beating a dog. Eli took the bat away from the man and from all accounts nearly killed him. Eli then took the dog and that dog died ten years later, still afraid of most people, but still loved to the end. […]

Lucky Horses

August 30, 2013

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I love my neighbor.  When we first moved here a few years back, she asked if I ride horses.  Well, I’ve done a little casual riding from time to time, but… let’s just say I have never owned a pair of jodhpurs.  Fortunately for me, my neighbor is not part of the hoity-toity, rarified horse […]

A Tale of Two Cockatoos: A Love Story

April 29, 2013

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I can’t take credit for this story, which starts in Queensland, Australia somewhere around 1998.  All the credit for the story and images goes to photographer Julius Bergh.  The story really resonated with me, though, because a friend has a pet cockatoo, and let me tell you, that bird is smart. Mr. Bergh’s story started […]

… Like the Birdies Sing

April 19, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly Do Birds Recognize Humans – And Know When To Come Around? I recently read that birds recognize humans and that they will come around if they think you might feed them or even if they just enjoy being near you for some reason. I have a feeling this is actually a fact […]

Mike Firesmith: Dogs Not Mine

December 11, 2012

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By Mike Firesmith Snowball was the first dog I remember who wasn’t my dog who was my dog. No, wait, before Snowball, there was Dan, the big burly bird dog who belonged to my next door neighbors. Dan died in our utility room one night and I found him there the next morning. This happened […]

New York Yankees Honor Rex the War Dog

May 24, 2012

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Here’s a happy story as we head into the Memorial Day Weekend:  the New York Yankees took the time and effort to honor a former Marine, Cpl. Megan Leavey, and her now-retired military working dog Rex.  Both were injured in Iraq, but now live peacefully in Rockland County, New York.  Check out the story at […]