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The Secret Thoughts of Pets

During Which Time We Saw Seals, Whales, and a Fox Running an Errand

October 7, 2019

We recently returned to Cape Cod for a Fall weekend. Joy, joy! The “goal,” besides eating the squeaky-fresh shellfish we’d dreamed of all year, was to see seals. Lots of seals. Hopefully whales and other marine animals, too. But not from a boat this time.  Would we get lucky by standing on the shore and…

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Oreo’s Story

March 13, 2018

I first noticed Oreo in June 2017 in the Ulster County SPCA’s sick room, quietly sitting in her cage, head down and drooling a bit. She was around 10 years old, healthy on arrival at the shelter, but over time she developed illnesses. Sweet and listless, Oreo’s appetite was poor. Her mouth, with its sores,…

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Gandalf, adopted from the UCSPCA in November 2011. Photo by Justin Schmidt

Out of the Darkness

January 28, 2018

Gandalf I adopted Gandalf in 2011 from the Ulster County SPCA. He was rescued along with 32 other cats by the shelter’s Humane Law officers and shelter staff from an abandoned house in Plattekill, southern Ulster County, with interior walls that were slick with mold and every surface clotted with filth. Those awful living conditions…

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