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An Aunting Expedition to SeaWorld (I TOUCHED a PENGUIN!)

Olivia, having not yet attained whatever age and height one must be to ride shotgun, had been relegated to the backseat. As we passed the first sign for SeaWorld, I heard a little gasp, and saw

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Happy Horses

I took a sip of my drink and tried not to make a face. A splash of whiskey swimming in a deep pond of mint liqueur and ginger ale was not what I expected when I

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Tigers and Tigers and Tigers!

I got a sneak peek of the new Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and it is indeed epic. Its official name is Tull Family Tiger Trail, after Thomas and Alba Tull, who donated $9 million

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Squirrelik the Red

Dad thought I was kidding when I warned him that I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself if he lured that squirrel any closer. “David says I have a Snow White complex, but he doesn’t know

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Turtle Voice

With one step, the air changed from fresh morning cool to middle-of-the-rainforest hot. The atmosphere inside the Reptile House was so thick, I thought if I opened my mouth I’d have to chew in order to

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Carnitas the Mini Pig

My friends Sara and Hanis have a pet pig named Carnitas. After they fell in love with the little porker, they even opened a (very popular and awesome) restaurant in his name,  Carnitas’ Snack Shack. The

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Horses and Humans

San Diego has not one, but two Cirque-esque equine-centric shows in town (right on the heels of Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion). This town has never seen so many aerialists and acrobats and big-tops all at once.

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One Year Later

It had been a long while — almost a year — since I’d last seen the pig. “Is he still drinking?” I asked Sara. “Not really,” she said. “Not like he used to.” “Good,” I said.

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Betty and the Pets

The invitation read, “black-tie optional.” David opted for black everything — a black silk tie with this black shirt and black suit. “Look, even the dogs are wearing tuxedos,” I said. “Will you hold this for

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Veterinarian

What IS the difference between dog people and cat people? Barbarella asks this of Banfield Pet Hospital’s Area Chief of Staff, Veterinarian Ashley Redmond. Also, how do vets handle it when a customer would rather kill

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