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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more