February 19, 2012
One day last winter the Balunsats carried home a gangly baby goat. They named the fuzzy thing Snowbird, cradled her while she slurped a bottle and allowed her inside to snuggle under a heat lamp. With Chesapeake City grass, hay and the occasional potato chip, Snowbird filled out into a handsome animal with a thick white coat, ridged horns that curl between her ears and lips that seem ever-pursed in an ironic smile. When she bleats "Meh, meh, meh," Lisa Balunsat - who will tell anyone she raised that goat as a child - hears, "Ma, Ma, Ma. " Cecil County officials mainly hear a zoning violation.
January 14, 2012
Is anyone in Anne Arundel County -- or anywhere -- missing a goat? A female in very poor condition that's being called Tuscany was found wandering near Linthicum on Thursday and county officials are trying to find out who she belongs to and how she got there. Animal Control responded to a call on Friday after an 11-year-old found Tuscany on River Road in northern Linthicum. The goat had a chain weighing more than 23 pounds hanging from her neck. Though the chain wasn't tight, it was so heavy that it had become embedded in the goat's neck.
August 30, 2011
Stop. Unplug. Go outside. A welcome escape from our increasingly digital world is just that easy. Reconnecting with nature could mean sinking your fingers into the soil, going “off the grid” deep in the forest or galaxy-gazing. All this and more is right in your backyard in Howard County - from the parks and lakes to working farms and nature-oriented clubs - making it easy to see just what's so great about the great outdoors. 1. Robinson Nature Center The newest environmental attraction in Howard County is the Robinson Nature Center.
August 14, 2011
The nice young man at Bowman's Butchers in Aberdeen brought out a wire basket, wide and deep, piled high with vacuum-sealed plastic packages. The other customers were agog. I knew what was coming, and it still looked like mountain of meat to me. It all adds up to a single lamb, though, minus head and organs. That lamb, like its fellows that have found their way into our freezer, led a happy and pampered life, coddled by a member of the 4-H Club, lovingly bathed, groomed and shown at the Harford County Fair, and ultimately sold to the highest bidder.
July 29, 2011
When Elizabeth Zinser, 30, of White Hall, first joined the 4-H club at 8 years old, her family only had a few dogs as pets. But that quickly changed. The Zinser family had recently packed up and moved to Pylesville from Baltimore County and Zinser's mother, Rosemary Amos, wanted her daughters to become involved with the club. "I thought it was a well - rounded thing for kids to do," Amos, 59, of Delta, Pa., said. "She was in the second grade when we moved to Harford County, and I wanted to get [she and her sister]
February 22, 2011
As an animal activist, I was thrilled that Baltimore City chose to try the case against two teenagers accused of setting fire to a dog, and the fact that the public was so up-in-arms about what happened to poor Phoenix ("Strong response to dog's burning," Feb. 20). Phoenix was heinously tortured and suffered in a way no living creature — human or animal — should have to. Luckily, there are laws against such crimes, and it seems those laws will be getting tougher.