Kitty talk

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

​In 1970 I was given a seal point Siamese cat. I named him Beau Garçon, and I did not expect to like him. I had seen Lady and the Tramp, and the Siamese cats in that movie were evil. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Horseback therapy

Therapeutic Riding Academy of Knoxville photo

Through the years, research has shown the positive effects of animal-assisted therapy. Several types of animals are regularly used in schoolrooms across the nation to facilitate learning, as well as in healthcare and assisted-living facilities. more

Feb 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

Truffle dogs

Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farms

Blackberry Farms is relying on four-legged hunters to sniff out precious ingredients for the luxury resort’s culinary masters. A team of eight Lagotto Romagnolo, one of Italy’s oldest dog breeds, is the key to Blackberry Farms’ truffle harvest. more

Dec 1, 2011 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Bruce the Hound

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

I didn’t mean to adopt a hound—at least not a barrel-chested, stick-legged, long-eared, musk-smelling hound. But as I held that squishy double handful of puppy in my hands one late winter day, I was hooked. more

Oct 1, 2011 12:00 AM Blog

Farmhouse cat

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

The first time I became aware of what it meant to be “outside looking in,” I was nine years old. It was a cold, snowy day in December and my cat, Bobbie was asleep in front of the fireplace. I was reading my favorite “funny book” about Sub-mariner. more

Aug 1, 2011 12:00 AM Good Reads

Hal Herzog

Mark Haskett photo

Granted, I wasn’t always fond of snakes, and even now, picking up a non-venomous redbelly makes me flinch a little. But all in all, the snake world is one I have come to admire. But the kids’ faces are aghast. more

Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features