By Vicki Hearne
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She had never been asked to jump. Indeed, she didn’t know the basic gaits—walk, trot, and canter—and she weaved and “squirreled,” as horsemen say, seeking any avenue of escape, until she found that I was firm and that there was no escape. So she jumped the tires. Simply folded up her knees like she was praying and jumped, demonstrating textbook form. There I was, with a mare I knew I could do anything with—but the owners! Mary Pat had never even seen a jumping saddle. Her father had no conception of what goes into the making of a show jumper.
Napoleon died with his conversational boots on. He was buried on Mount Rubidoux, and is commemorated in tiles on the second floor of the Mission Inn, outside the room called El Loro. Napoleon’s story makes me suspect that human resentment of parrots, especially all the talk about their having devils in them and so on, springs not from their startling ability to utter human phrases but from their aggravating refusal to let you choose the topic. You know how it is. ” Then the parrot looks at you in a really interested, expectant way, to see if you’re going to keep your end up.
Fallon had just been given one of those stuffed dogs that bark and run around when you clap your hands, and then stop barking and stand still when you clap again. To the Morris family and their friends, the dog was a delightful toy, but to Ellie it was just more nuisance barking. ” when she hears nuisance barking, because she knows that dogs who are ignorant enough to do nuisance barking can end up in the pound. She learned to turn the toy dog off by barking at it. Ellie’s hobby is therapy. She’s one of a team of therapy dogs, some of whom work at hospitals and convalescent homes full-time.
Animal Happiness: A Moving Exploration of Animals and Their Emotions by Vicki Hearne