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Bits and pieces of our lives.
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Jim's darling, the Egyptian Arabian mare
"Klu's Exotic One," called "Cynnamon,"
a granddaughter of the legendary Kemosabi.
(She couldn't care less about her blueblood
and is happiest rolling in the mud with her
pasture buddies.)

Nicole takes a break from her perpetual
housecleaning to give Winnie a bellyrub.

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Jim practicing "falconry"
with the turkey "Priscilla."

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Some of Jim's pen & ink drawings of historic sites.
He also does animal art in a variety of media
(but isn't accepting any new commissions until 2002).

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"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains
unawakened." - Anatole France

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"Danny" is a purebred wirehaired Dachshund
who wasn't born wirehaired; he's from a long
line of champion hunting dogs and refused to
hunt. He crawled under our fence into our garden
and after we traced his owners they presented him
to us.

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It took five years of love and labor to turn
nearly barren land into a natural garden.

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Our chocolate spotted tabby
Oriental Shorthair, "Tawny."

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"Flash" (left) and "Sadie (middle) try
to incriminate "Winnie" for digging in a flowerbed.

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Jim's beloved "Dudley," who he called
the most expensive dog in Germany. Adopted
from a German animal shelter at about the age of 6,
and because of all his medical problems the vet
predicted he'd make it "another year." Nobody told
Dudley, and he lived to 16.

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"Amadeus" and "Pongo" (our deaf,
epileptic Dalmatian) on "cat patrol" in the garden.

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Playhouse for the cats, built around
a pear tree that grows through the roof.
(Designed by Jim, whose carpenters cursed him.)

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Jim, his beautiful god-daughter Catie,
and her mom, Mary.

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"Tiggy," the first orphaned hedgehog we raised
and returned to the wild. We needed a lot of
education from "Saint Tiggywinkle's Hedgehog Hospital"
in England, and soon had a whole nursery full of
wild babies.

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The Peking ducklings "Scarlett, Rhett & Ashley"
taking a swim.

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Jim inspecting for slugs and snails. (Isn't that what
hedgehogs are supposed to do?)

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"Kinky," a Maine Coon cat. Her previous owners wouldn't pay to ship her to their new home and were going to put her to sleep!

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"Sarah Smile" the Boxer cuddles with "Gallagher." She was dumped out of a car with a severe ear infection and hematomas, and pyometra. She's now adored by her new owner and a Boxer brother. "Gallagher" has dominance/aggression issues and is making good progress.

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"Coco" (Great Pyrenees) and "Winnie" help
Nicole in the garden.

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"Hannelore" the wild Moorland sheep was a
wedding present to us. She turned a silver
color as an adult. Her first trick was jumping
the five foot fence into the neighbor's garden.

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"Artique," a young timberwolf, romps in the snow.

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Call of the Wild - Our alpha female "Shania" stands protectively over "Apollo." We credit her in large part to helping him overcome the abuse he must has suffered as a pup.

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"Duncan" the senior Collie was abandoned on a country road on a day the windchill was 20 below zero. His coat was matted to the skin. He spent more than a year with us, and is now the companion of a blind Collie on a hobby farm in Ohio. We still miss this gentle beauty.