Coyotes in the Midst
Coyotes in the Midst

Photo by Audrey Pavia Seen as a nuisance by many, I see coyotes as animals that bring a little excitement to the night. A lot of people don’t like coyotes; they raid trashcans and eat the family cat. Some people are afraid of coyote attacks on their kids. But not me — I love coyotes. […]

Watching Lucas
Watching Lucas

Photo by Audrey Pavia Lucas came to visit and made me laugh more than once. When my friend, Lisa, asked if she could leave her mom’s Rat Terrier, Lucas, in my spare bedroom today, I figured why not. I’d never met Lucas, but Lisa said he was a good boy, so I wasn’t worried. Lisa […]

Fighting Roosters
Fighting Roosters

Photo by Audrey Pavia Mr. Molly and Mr. Mabel had to learn how to just work it out among themselves. Last month, I blogged about my two roosters, Mr. Mabel and Mr. Molly. I was feeling grateful that they hadn’t gotten into their yearly brawl. Apparently, I jinxed myself because, the other day, the two […]

Riding Rio
Riding Rio

City Stock – Urban Farm Onlinerio, audrey pavia, horse, horseback ridingRiding RioLast Saturday, I asked my trainer, Lisa, if I could ride Rio for the first time. apaviaRiding RioAfter a year of groundwork and some time to grow, Rio was ready for light riding.By Audrey Pavia, Urban Farm ContributorMonday, June 13, 2011 Photo by Audrey […]

Bunny Love
Bunny Love

It’s wonderful being surrounded by so many animals all the time, but let’s face it: It can be hard to spend enough time with all of them when you are busy working and doing chores just to take care of them.

Cat Love
Cat Love

When I’m surrounded by horses, chickens, rabbits and the most charming Corgi in the world, it’s easy to take my cats for granted.

Bert the Camel
Bert the Camel

I’ve been obsessed with animals since I was a little kid and have spent more time at zoos and farms than I have in playgrounds and parks. So it’s not often that I see an animal that really takes my breath away. But it happened this past weekend, right here in the town where I live.

Stephanie vs. Mr. Mabel
Stephanie vs. Mr. Mabel

Photo by Audrey Pavia My friend, Stephanie, and my rooster, Mr. Mabel, have a stormy relationship. Early last week, I got an email from my old friend, Stephanie, who lives in Pittsburgh. Her planned trip to Russia fell through, and she asked if she could come stay with me this week. I was thrilled—I hadn’t […]

Dreams Do Come True—Sort Of
Dreams Do Come True—Sort Of

Photo by Audrey Pavia Rio, my Spanish Mustang, has been my dream come true. As a lifelong horse lover, I’ve always had the dream of raising my own baby horse. Well, at least since I was 9 years old. My fantasies were elaborate. I’d have a ranch up in the mountains, surrounded by pine trees. […]

Spring Fever
Spring Fever

Photo by Audrey Pavia My roosters Mr. Mabel and Mr. Molly get along great—until springtime. The flowers are all blooming on my property: huge pink and white blooms on my cactus, purple and yellow starburst on the native plants around the yard. But the most evident sign of spring for me is the behavior of […]