Category Archives: Critters

Humans are more important than birds. Bring back DDT!

It’s spring in Maine, and my Facebook news feed is full of people reporting about the number of ticks they are already finding this year. Turkey hunters, pet owners, people doing yard work, and people just our for a stroll in the woods or overgrown areas are finding ticks on themselves, and their pets. People […]

Fooling a turkey is EASY!

Since it is turkey hunting season here in Maine, I seized an opportuity to show up the turkey hunters when I saw a turkey eating last year’s corn across the street from my house. I wanted to prove just how stupid these birds really are by calling it into shooting range from my front yard. Now […]

Watch out for turtles in the road!

We were driving down Rt7 in East Newport heading for the highway onramp when I noticed a couple of dark objects on the shoulder. I hit the brakes and made a turn to go back…Sure enough. Two snapping turtles were trying to cross the road. As I pulled the van over onto the shoulder and […]

The invasion of red-winged blackbirds

I was out in the yard enjoying a brief moment of sunshine during the April showers. My front yard has almost full southern exposure even though I have a lot of trees around me because I am in a little gully. The trees and shrubs thoughtfully planted by previous residents are the types that never […]

Catnip. Are we sending our children mixed messages?

Our cat Shoo Shoo was lying on the floor minding his own business. I took a tub of catnip and sprinkled some of it on his scratching post. He looked up at me and continued minding his own business. So I sprinkled some catnip on his forehead. Eventually, he took his front paw and rubbed […]

Home invaders

It was 2:am and I was sleeping soundly. A noise from the kitchen startled me. I sat up and listened, and heard items falling on the floor. What the heck is going on? My wife says it is probably just one of the cats. I run through the list of things in the kitchen that […]

Getting up close and personal with your food

I believe that everybody should get up close and personal with their food at least once. It is something I have always tried to teach my son. We have grown food in a garden and collected eggs from our hens, and we have caught fish.               Most recently, my son […]

Gooey blob in the middle of the road identified as Stetson man who melted (Humor)

Doug Alley

Stetson authorities called in scientists from around the world to help them identify a large gooey puddle that was found in the middle of the road early Wednesday morning. A local resident was walking along, seeking a “Cleary” that had popped up on his “Pokémon Go” app when he slipped in something in the street. […]

Lost a dog? Found one? Contact Maine Lost Dog Recovery

If you own a dog, it is going to run off. It happens. And with particular breeds, it can happen often! Thankfully, you have an entire network of searchers at your fingertips, as well as a template for “LOST DOG” flyers, and a wealth of information on ways to help bring your canine family members […]

Lawrence Farm Equine Shelter. Giving horses a second chance.

Due to a recent incident involving an alleged drunk driver on my property, I was forced to find a new home for three of my beloved goats. Kramer, Billy, and Smeck were the stars of several of my most popular blogs. Their silly antics drove me crazy, made me laugh, frustrated me to no end, […]