Tag Archives: Animals

Orcas vs. Horses?

Orcas, or killer whales, have been kept in captivity since 1961, and there have been books and movies made about them and how cruel it is to use them for our entertainment. As I read Death at SeaWorld (and watched Blackfish), … Continue reading

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ASITs, attention! ASITs, begin! Watch the children, watch the children!

During my first session as an ASIT, which was two weeks long, the Juniors from Tennessee fell in love with me. Or rather, with my tail. They were aged six to seven and were very, very tiny. I’m rather small … Continue reading

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ASITs, attention! ASITs, begin! Cry a lot, cry a lot!

A 14-hour workday is not easy for anybody, especially not for teenagers aged 15 to 17. You have to, have to, follow the rules, or risk either being asked to leave camp or be demoted back to being a camper, … Continue reading

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The Bear

We were hiking across the Yukon on what was only a five-day trip. When I got lost and separated from the group, it was already day three. While searching for them I heard things splashing in the river – it … Continue reading

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ASITs, attention! ASITs, begin! Put ‘cho shoes on, put ‘cho shoes on!

A full day of being an ASIT starts at 7:15am and goes to, on a bad day, 9:30pm. Which is nearly 14 hours of work and “work.” Morning rounds are the first thing we do every day, even before eating … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Seen, An ASIT Company

This summer, I spent a grand total of eight weeks at summer camp. Yes, the same summer camp, but this time I was not a lowly camper. I was an ASIT.  An ASIT. Animal Specialist in Training. We, 11-25 of … Continue reading

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Accidents

That time you found me on the ground, reaching for my inhaler, you picked me up and tossed me into the car. We drove to the hospital and arrived at 3am, but had to wait until 7am until we could … Continue reading

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