Meet Breezi


Breezi makes herself at home in my office chair meant for comfy thoughts.


A new rescue and a new beginning — Breezi and me

We don’t forget our pets when they pass. (Cee-Cee died October 19, 2017.)

We must be aware when we take on the pets we choose that we will likely outlive them, and that losing them is part of loving them and establishing a family-like relationship with them.

And we must never forget that losing a pet doesn’t mean we shouldn’t adopt again.

Seeking a new relationship, not trying to return to an old one, is the point of rescue. We never forget the lost; they are part of our makeup, our memories, our lives.

But to rescue again means our hearts are rescued again, also, by a new personality and a new experience, which, in the end, we will cherish just as much as those we’ve previously lost.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Kitten of the Mountain

Playful kittens attempt the game “King of the Mountain” on a pile of siding boards:

Golden (left) and Cale begin the warfare.


Golden goes on offense, then quickly deserts Cale to begin his climb.


GOLDEN: “Oh, Cale. What’s holding you back?”


CALE: “Golden, c’mon. Give your li’l sis another chance… C’mon… That was too fast.”


GOLDEN: “Hmm… Well, it is kinda lonely up here…”

Back down Golden goes, and Cale dances around him.


Then, Cale deftly gives Golden her best move: fake flop and cry;


fierce and startling spit; and


the over-your-head leap upward;


and to the top!


CALE: “Haha! Now who is ‘Kitten of the Mountain’?”


GOLDEN: “Okay, Cale. That was clever. Draw?”


CALE: “Sure, Golden. You’re my bestie!”

Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
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Sticky Squirrel

Roland is a hyper-active young Squirrel. Like all youngsters, he likes to investigate his new world. Let’s pick up the action with Roland:


ROLAND: “Hmmm… Wonder what this thing is… ”


ROLAND: “I can pick it up, but what does it do? Can I eat it?”


ROLAND: “Okay, cool. I can roll with it!”


ROLAND: “Weeeee… !”


ROLAND: “Hahaha! I’m all over you, Thing!”


ROLAND: “Oh! Ah! Thing poked me in the eye!”


ROLAND: “Ah! Get away, Thing! You’re dangerous!”

STICK “THING”: “You know it, Bushy Tail! Go find a nut, like a normal Squirrel… ”


ROLAND: “Okay. Yeah. Scary Thing was right. This nut is better!”

Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg


Where Have All the Kids Gone…

At the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio, Jay and his cohorts, Marylou and Mart, had another break in their work day, which they discussed thusly:


JAY (foreground pony): “Anyone coming aboard back there, MaryLou? Mart?”

MARYLOU (in white): “Nary a child, Jay.”

MART (blond mane): “There are less and less riders this week.”

JAY: “Where in the world are they? Gets very boring just standing here.”

MARYLOU: “It’s the computers taking over the world.”

MART: “What are you babbling about now, girl?”

MARYLOU: “It’s the modern thing.”

JAY: “What is?”

MARYLOU: “Remember our grandparents telling us they didn’t know what the new generation was coming to? Then our parents said the same thing?”

MART: “Well, yes, but what are you getting at?”

JAY: “Yes. What, Marylou?”

MARYLOU: “It’s another change in the technology of the universe. Kids used to play baseball all Summer. Then they turned to clubs and gangs. Now…”

Jay: “Yes?”

MART: “What!?”

MARYLOU: “This generation is inside, home, or at their friends’ houses, playing computer games. Or walking around using only their thumbs to think — texting. The majority of them won’t be coming to the fair any more.”

JAY: “You really think so, Marylou?”

MART: “Wow! The world does keep changing, doesn’t it? It’s just like Grandpa and Dad said!”

Story and Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Rocking the Hop


Great White Egret: “Hmmm… Wonder what this rock hopping is like…


Well, let’s see…Up and away! Wheee…


Oh, what a landing! I like rock hopping!


But I see a bigger fish for the taking at the next stop. Off we go…”


Great Blue Heron: “Hey, Whitey Egret! Look at me! I’m rocking the log hop!”


Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg






The Rock Hop

Gladiator sizing up the hop to the rock…


and…take off !


and landing on the rock in a (fly)hop!


Gladiator: “Ah, good stuff, this rock hop fishing…”

But he quickly decides to relocate because there’s a camera person over there on the bridge!


Gladiator: “Safe retreat! And another lush fishing outlet. Camera person won’t bother me here…”



Story and Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg




Rock and Wind Fishing

Hopping from rock to rock to follow and catch fish is a favorite game of the Great Blue Heron.

Read Harvey’s story (BELOW):


Harvey: “Sorry, Teddy and Eddy White Egret; move back. This is my fishing rock.”


Harvey: “And I see ya, fish…


and I gotcha!


Yum! But, it is a bit windy…


today…Ooooop! A little help from my wings…


should…Oooops!…do…!…Where’s the — (oooohhhhh…that’s cold!) — rock?”

Story and Ph0tos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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