Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Tiger Lessons. One: Love at First Sight

  I don’t know what I expected, but I did not expect Sam’s eyes. I’d seen tigers before, in zoos, in countless nature documentaries.  Only months before this moment–the day I met Sam–I had burned up picture after picture of … Continue reading

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Don’t Punch the Monkey. Or the Gypsies. Part Two: Not Punching the Monkey or the Gypsies

The monkey’s name is Em Dee, which is long for “M.D.” as in medical doctor.  Jim, her current owner, which, in monkey terms, means her butler-slave, altered the spelling to give it a more feminine look.  Her first owner, which, … Continue reading

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Don’t Punch the Monkey. Or the Gypsies. Part one: Ewok

Ewok is dying. On my first trip to see Jim and the animals at his homemade and heartfelt backyard animal sanctuary, Felids and Friends, I met this cat.   It was September 30, 2012, the eve of my 39th birthday, … Continue reading

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