In search of ponies: Mother hen not needed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For the record, I wasn’t serious when I said I was contemplating chicken ownership. Yet somehow, a couple months later, I am the proud owner of two hens. “Somehow” may not be the most appropriate word, because I know how it happened. They were in jeopardy of being homeless […]

In search of ponies: The vain pain

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Oh he’s a pretty boy, a real stud. Well, actually he’s a stud-no-more since the Doc got a hold of him a couple years ago, but he is a gorgeous hunk of flesh nonetheless. And he knows it. He looks like royalty prancing around with his head high and […]

In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am […]

In search of ponies: Shock value

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson is taking time off. The following is a a column she wrote in November 2007.

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

In search of ponies: Passengers ride at own peril

Sharna Johnson Only the strong of heart ride with me nowadays. Even still, those brave enough get the disclaimers: • He could run up your leg, if so I’m sorry in advance • Close your purse tight — not that I would mind if he hitched a ride home with you • I can’t guarantee […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he just saw the attributes for himself — after all, who can deny the tranquility of the rolling greens, the shade of wind wisped trees and duck filled ponds. But even in the beauty of the place, he stands […]

In search of ponies: A lot to chirp about

Sharna Johnson While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused […]

In search of ponies: Ooooh, that smell

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer I’ll admit, I was scared Tuesday morning when I saw the black fury mass clinging to a high branch in the tree along my fence-line. You might wonder why I would be afraid of a cornered animal hanging on for dear life in a tree above my antagonist and […]

In search of ponies: Pets natural de-stressors

“My dog saves me a fortune in therapy bills,” a man told me last week. He went on to explain his pup Genesis has heard enough of his problems to more than earn his keep in the year or more since they adopted him. And I have to say it’s got to be working, because […]