Travels with Charlize-45 Elephant Seals and Amazing Scenery

Charlize and I stopped at yet another vista, this one full of cars, trucks, campers, RVs and a lot of folks. The signs for the place identified it as Elephant Seal Beach and the attraction was a lot of Elephant seals sunning themselves on the sand and a few frolicking in the water just off …

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Travels with Charlize-19 The Mohave Desert

For two days Charlize and I drove through the Mohave Desert. It’s different, different than the Sonoran Desert of my youth. I grew up in that desert, hiking and camping and loving the harsh environment that required skill and knowledge to survive. From Indio to Lake Havasu and from there to the Zion National Park …

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Travels with Charlize-17 Preparing for leg two of the odyssey

Charlize and I are back in San Diego, Carlsbad, CA actually. Frog’s refrigerator was no longer functioning. For reasons unknown when I changed LP gas tanks the refrigerator still ran on the battery or direct electrical hook up, but not on gas. So I took her to a guy who repairs appliances on RVs. We’re …

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Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

The Start I was holding her close, cradling her head in my arms when she died. As I write this, it was thirty days, three hours and thirty-six minutes ago. April 23rd we would have celebrated fifty-three years of marriage. I’m coping, sort of. “Well,” she said, pulling the nasal tube flowing oxygen out of …

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Plants poisonous to dogs, cats and horses, last in the series

To recap, in the previous five columns we have listed many plants that contain toxins that could be injurious to your dog, cat or horse. Because of their size and propensity to chew almost anything kittens and puppies are at higher risk. Now I want to cover plants not previously classified. The Umbrella Leaf also …

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Plants Poisonous to Dogs, Cats and Horses, fourth in the series

Plants that contain glycosides can be very harmful to pets. If your pet ingests any of the plants mentioned in these columns and is showing signs of illness, get him/her to your veterinarian post haste. The most well known and classic of the cardiac glycoside plants is foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. We have known about the …

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