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The Protester’s last hurrah

With spring blossoming in Utah, the birds, like the rest of nature, are busy with the business of procreation. For our backyard flock, that means the ganders crush our lone goose w …

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Learning Things the Hard Way

Spring’s arrival has brought big changes and weighty revelations to our backyard poultry ranch, not least of which is the snow melting. Bigger yet, though is this news: our goose i …

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Animalia: March 2013

How to become a citizen lobbyist.—by Carol Koleman In the 1939 Frank Capra movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, James Stewart stars as a naive junior senator who goes to Washington …

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Do peepers have emotions?

The other day, as I walked to the peeper pen to fill up the waterfowl’s drinking and washing bucket with fresh water, the geese and ducks were out and about, and as I passed by the …

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Animalia: Letting Go of Grace

When we say “Good-Bye.”by Carol Koleman   The old girl came to us late in her life. She was found wandering the streets, mostly deaf, blind, arthritic and a bit senile. The an …

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Water, Water Everywhere…

Ever since this cold snap settled in a couple weeks ago, we’ve been struggling to find a reliable and relatively convenient way to provide the geese and ducks, and the chickens, wi …

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Culinary Sport: Ice Fishing

Perhaps you’ve seen them: Lone, bundled-up figures, miniature fishing rods in hand, they stand out on the stark white fields of lakes frozen over and glazed with snow. Those h …

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Comings & Goings: January 2013

What’s new around town.—by Carol Koleman Community classes begin at Granite Peaks Lifelong LearningSign up now for the winter semester of Granite School Lifelong Learning classes s …

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Animalia: January 2013

Pigs are people too!—by Carol Koleman Factory farms use a common method for containing pregnant pigs: keeping them in enclosures called “gestational crates” (also known as sow stal …

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Goose meets her maker

Goose as a li’l goslingOne of our geese — the youngest; we called her “Goose” — had an untimely and yet strangely timely date with her maker yesterday. Allow me to explain. We pl …

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Animalia: December 2012

Animal advocacy is a year round challenge but right now is the perfect time to start thinking how you may support our animal community.—by Carol Koleman Adopt, foster, volunteer, d …

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Animalia: November 2012

Gifts for the household critters.by Carol Koleman   The following gifts have gone through years of testing by our resident animals here at CATALYST—everything from what makes …

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Comings & Goings: November 2012

What’s new around town.by Carol Koleman   Grand opening for new outdoor and sport consignment shop, Fun & Frolic. I love the whole concept of this store: Not only do they …

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Animalia: October 2012

Ideas, profiles, products & news for all things animal.—by Carol Koleman How about those eyes? A few months ago, I took Joe in to the vet and was informed that he had an eye co …

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Friday Morning Eggsurprise!

This morning, when I went out to tend to and mingle with the flock, I happened to see one of our old hens, Groucho, a lovable black sex-link, hanging out in the Big House, a wing o …

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