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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.

Breaking the Stereotype: Bruce the Adventure Cat

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

The Yaks of Sierra Valley

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Breaking: Yaks invade the High Sierra.

Dude (Looks Like a Lady)

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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.

One Eyed Willy

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From feral to family: The story of how One Eyed Willy found himself a home in Kings Beach.

Life Lessons from an Unlikely Animal

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

Captain Cruz

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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.

Mushin’ Martin

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Alyssa Martin worked hard for two years to adopt her first Siberian husky at the age of 13. Today she owns 14 dogs, 11 of which are Siberian huskies.

The Art of Falconry

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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.

Say Hello to My Little Friend … Boscoe the Mini Horse

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Companionship is a blessing humans often take for granted, and when it comes to our animals, we sometimes forget is equally important for their well-being.

Snakes Are The New Cats

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