Meeting Quinna
Meeting Quinna

Photo by Audrey Pavia Me and Quinna, Milagro’s mother. Most horse owners aren’t lucky enough to know much about their horse’s history. They have to research breed registration records or hire animal communicators to learn about a horse’s past. I’m fortunate in that my main man, Milagro, came from a breeder who is a friend […]

To Chick or Not to Chick
To Chick or Not to Chick

I am constantly tempted by the adorable baby chicks for sale in feed stores at this time of year. It’s that time again — time when I walk into the feed stores in town and see heated holding pens filled with oodles of adorable baby chicks. There they are: little yellow balls of fluff. And […]

Urban Wildlife
Urban Wildlife

Photo by Audrey Pavia A goldfinch outside my office window proves the beauty of urban wildlife. When I hear people who live in rural areas talk about their wildlife sightings, I feel pangs of envy. They have deer grazing in their backyards. They have a family of raccoons that visit the back porch every night. […]

Bank-Shot Bodhi
Bank-Shot Bodhi

Photo by Audrey Pavia Bodhi is surprisingly athletic. If I were a rural farmer instead of an urban one, I’d have several barn cats that would spend their days stalking mice and chasing butterflies. But I have an urban farm, which means I not only have to worry about coyotes eating a barn cat, but […]

Horse Talk
Horse Talk

Photo by Audrey Pavia Milagro and Rio tell me they love me. I’ve been in love with horses since I was a little girl. This unending passion started at around age 9 and never quit. For most of my horse-loving childhood, I rode rental horses at stables near my house. I’d fall in love with […]

Pets or Producers?
Pets or Producers?

Audrey Pavia’s blog – Pets or Producers? – Urban Farm Online Audrey Pavia Keeping farm animals in the city can be a real hoot. Follow freelance writer Audrey Pavia’s adventures in Southern California with a yard full of urban livestock, including horses, chickens, a Corgi and an urban barn cat. She somehow manages all these silly critters […]

Jellybean Bandit
Jellybean Bandit

Photo by Audrey Pavia Bandit, my roommate’s Corgi, proved his herding instinct this week. Having one Corgi in the house is a blast, so having two should be double the fun, right? Well, usually it is. But Jellybean Bandit, my roommate’s Pembroke, seems to always be in trouble. Bandit loves people. When you pet him, […]

Eggless
Eggless

Photo by Audrey Pavia My hens aren’t laying right now, but when they do, they get serious about it. I wanted chickens my whole life, and when I finally got them, I was so excited about having fresh eggs. I remembered the time one of my young hens laid her first. I picked it up, […]

Rio Lives On
Rio Lives On

Audrey Pavia’s blog – Rio Lives On – Urban Farm OnlineAudrey Pavia, Rio, thrushKeeping horses on a small urban lot has its challenges. One of those is keeping their feet free of infection.I had him tied to the hitching post, and I cleaned out his feet and sprayed something called Thrush Buster on the undersides […]

Looking for Burros
Looking for Burros

No matter how hard I tried, I could not see any of these amazing wild burros on my recent trip to Death Valley. About 20 years ago, I saw a group of wild burros in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas, Nev. It was a huge thrill for me to see descendants […]