Spotlight on Snafu

Spotlight on Snafu

I was looking through my massive archive of photos of our corvid overlords and noted a dearth of pictures of Snafu. Our favorite blue jay is camera shy. Anytime I show up with a camera (phone or regular), he goes into turbo-flit mode. The result is a series of...
Mystery Noise

Mystery Noise

I hate the end of daylight savings time for many reasons, but I’ve just added loss of training time to the very long list. I can only spend time with Snafu and Zen before I go to work, which is not nearly enough. Snafu has been regressing in his training,...
Philosophical Question

Philosophical Question

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around, does it make a sound? I don’t know; not my department. More to the point, if Zen takes food from a 12 inch long pair of tweezers that I am holding, has she taken food from me? A question worth pondering. Yes, we...
Waiting for Zen

Waiting for Zen

Round I I’m sitting here waiting for Zen to come down and get the yummiest chicken wing tip she has ever seen. Fresh out of the oven, still warm and crunchy. Um, good. The only problem is that it is on a table in her enclosure, which means she has to come down...
Zen and the Art of Building Trust

Zen and the Art of Building Trust

My trips to Maymont have a purpose other than to make Super Daughter insanely jealous because I got to help train an otter: I’m getting expert guidance on how to work with Zen. Training her based on negative reinforcement—do what I want and I’ll go...