More people are keeping chickens in their urban and suburban backyards, and I don't think it's just because they enjoy the fresh eggs. It would be cheaper and easier to just buy eggs at the grocery store.
Q: I have a 4-year-old male budgie parakeet. It's been a pleasure all these years until last week. I clean his cage every morning and give him fresh food, drinking water and fill a bird bathtub for him to splash in. Last week he started dumping the food and drinking water. I replace it and he does it again. Is this a game or is there something wrong? I am off to the pet store today to buy dishes that can't be spilled and some new toys that may distract him. Should I be concerned?
Gladys from Modesto wrote in about Buffy, her 9-year-old female cocker spaniel with ear problems. Buffy has had ear infections on and off for most of her life and is being treated with some type of ointment in the ears without apparent success. Buffy appears to be in pain and her activity level is way down.
Ninety-three-year-old Doris Williams in Los Osos wrote in about her two missing cats. Although we don’t typically publish letters about missing animals (that’s my disclaimer so this column doesn’t turn into the classifieds section), this one couldn’t help but melt my heart. This is what she wrote:
Cody and Angelo are waiting at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter for their forever homes. The two pooches are examples of the wide variety of dogs available for adoption at the shelter.