In Search of Ponies: Java the gender-bending cat

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In hindsight, there were clues. But that’s hindsight. I pondered them as it sunk in, as I listened to my wide-eyed friend relay what the vet was saying on the other end of the call. “She said the procedure is done,” my friend said, “and asked if you want […]

In search of ponies: Finding pet all about compatibility

“I’m learning a lot about women from having a cat,” he said one morning earlier this week. “Explain,” I said, stunned, not knowing whether to laugh or hang up. Turns out my brother’s cat is teaching him to be more intuitive and to adapt his approach or retreat based on clues to her mood among […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

Sharna Johnson At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against […]

In search of ponies: Vegetarianism not a crusade

Sharna Johnson No turkey for me. No green beans with chunks of ham. No brown gravy. No bacon-garnished this or that. But I’m fine with your fridge full of leftover bird. Really. And I don’t begrudge you the leftover ham sandwiches you’ll be eating next week either. Now before you glance at the bacon on […]

In Search of Ponies: Raven not much for conversation

Sharna Johnson Poor Poe verbally shook and twisted his 1800’s version of a Magic 8-Ball, only getting one word in return, regardless of the question. Not this raven. With Joe, it’s anyone’s guess what will spring from his unpredictable beak. You see, there’s a battle of the words being waged and Joe’s in the middle, […]

In search of ponies: Easy living comes at cost

Sharna Johnson He wanted to be with us. It was one of those bizarre instances that feeds theories — perhaps he sought refuge with us because of hunting season, or maybe he was a lost pet — but the answer was never known. He flew into the yard a short distance away then waddled to […]

In Search of Ponies: Unorthodox relationship good for both parties

Sharna Johnson Ah, Moses and Jael, now theirs was a love like none other. It was an arranged relationship, born of necessity and convenience. It didn’t start with a spark or a glance across the room that stirred butterflies into action. In all reality, the dainty, leggy blond suffering from depression and the small dark […]

In search of ponies: Readers share pet stories

Sharna Johnson It’s been three months since my column started, and it got me thinking. At first I saw the column as another of those cursed assignments that only a boss can think up, and quite frankly, I was terrified to write in the first person and open myself up to readers. However I have […]

In search of ponies: Sometimes dreams come true

Sharna Johnson I still remember the day I learned dreams can come true. I must have been 7 or 8 and my dad, little brother and I drove to a surprise destination on my birthday. We arrived at the stockyard and my new horse was led out. It was the best day of my life. […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

In search of ponies: Some choices worth risk

Sharna Johnson My life wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have my Sancha. She was the first I saw when I began my search, and no matter what, I always went back to her. As a matter of fact, the night after I met her, I couldn’t sleep. I paced and fretted, telling myself […]

In search of ponies: Primal instincts should not shock us

Sharna Johnson Poor JoJo. It wasn’t his fault. “I feel bad about it, but I can’t help that I’m just upset with him,” my mother told me. My mother and step-father had chased and hunted the bird, until finally, thinking they had flushed it out of the house, settled in to relax — until JoJo […]

In search of ponies: Frog dilemma

Sharna Johnson It would appear my garage door has become the gateway to hell. Frog hell that is. They hop in, but they don’t hop out. Problem is, I don’t want their little souls. Yet daily, I must kick three or four back to the driveway from which they came. Their eyes stare at me […]

Let those ponies run

The Roosevelt County community of Pep will host a pony express run on July 5.

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Read any good blogs lately? Sharna Johnson tells animal tales: In search of ponies • • • Everybody has a snake story. Country-living columnist Glenda Price has two. Her stories are featured each Friday in the online Opinion section.