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Animal Tales

Animal Tales represents animals in the community, focusing at times on advocacy and adoption and the work of the humane society, but also the concerns of pet owners, the strange and unusual types of animals present here, etc.

Captain Cruz


We first met Captain Cruz as a small pup when we wrote a story about his mom Jen Gilanfarr, a professional wakeskater. She had plans to make her then 4-month-old Swizz mountain dog mix a companion both on and off the water. Read more to see how Cruz is doing now.

Gearing Up

For the Dogs: Tahoe Dog Gear’s locally handcrafted dog accessories are something to feel good about. Read how these popular collars and leashes rooted from a good cause.

Snakes Are The New Cats


"Reptiles are super chill, and when properly domesticated, are nothing to be afraid of." —Ernie Dambach

Life Lessons from an Unlikely Animal


Rennie McMains’ five pet rats teach Truckee/Tahoe kids about everything from science to compassion.

The Art of Falconry


Lovina Robison is proud of the fact she will never in her life have to hunt with a gun; instead, she has spent the last couple of years out in the field hunting small game with her Harris's hawk, Zen.

Dude (Looks Like a Lady)


What do one of rock’s greatest lead singers and a 28 year old macaw have in common? We can assure you it’s much more than people wanting to take their picture.

Breaking the Stereotype: Bruce the Adventure Cat


Not all cats fall into the “adventure cat” grouping, but some legends say Bruce pioneered this category.

Meet Estrella

With local shelters bursting at the seams, Estrella is one of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s longest-tenured residents longing to finally find her loving furever home.

Goodbye, Old Friend

The grief we feel from losing a pet is real. The author recounts her story of recently losing her canine soulmate, and talks to experts about how to get through the pain.