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 [...]

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: 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: 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 [...]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding [...]