In search of ponies: Chickens on wheels merit research

Sharna Johnson Why didn’t the rooster cross the road? I don’t know the answer, but when the call went out over the police scanner this week, you can bet your bottom dollar I grabbed a camera and hurried for the scene. The call that went out came from a sheriff’s deputy who asked dispatch to […]

In Search of Ponies: The name game

I don’t know about anyone else, but after years of having pets it can get a little challenging to come up with original names for them. In fact, I think the names must have started running out when I was a kid. Aside from the brown dog named Brownie, we had a succession of shepherd-type […]

In search of ponies: Dogs have habit of running away

Sharna Johnson Why do they do it? I mean, come on. We’re nice to them, we give them treats, food, a warm spot to sleep and affection. So what is it that compels a dog to charge out the door like the devil’s after him? I found myself pondering this on the heels of learning […]

In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

In search of ponies: Good to be in the middle of the penguin pack

Sharna Johnson “Did you know penguins push one of their own into the water to see if it’s safe?” I asked a teen. We were discussing social angst among teenagers and the evolutions he has been through in recent years. “No,” he answered, a smile forming on his face as if he knew where I […]

In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint […]

In search of ponies: Bin full of not-so-useful pet gadgets

Sharna Johnson There’s a plastic bin on the shelf over my washer and dryer that mocks me like some kind of impulse cemetery. Inside the bin is a mess of “What was I thinking?” pet accessories. A couple weeks ago I was hunting for the shock collar for a dog vs. horse issue and was […]

In Search of Ponies: Transferable protective disorder

I expected barking when I knocked. And I wasn’t surprised to see his nose help push the door open. What did catch me a little off guard was when the snarling continued, even after he saw it was me. “Hey Rusty,” I said, thinking perhaps he needed to hear my voice, but his lip still […]

In Search of Ponies: Allergies call for compromise

Sharna Johnson Sneezing, wheezing, struggling for air with itching and puffy red eyes, my son’s friend sat in the living room on the ottoman, his shoulders hunched, his physique conveying sheer misery. Not knowing what to do, I asked if he needed some Benadryl. “No,” he said, trying to tough it out. “Should I call […]