Rascal, by Sterling North

A good book to read!

If you have ever thought about having a wild animal for a pet, you might like to read this novel about an 11 year old boy who had a pet raccoon. The story takes place in Wisconsin during World War I. The boy in the story is the author, Sterling North, and he really did have a pet raccoon and a canoe he built in his living room.

We used to leave cat food on our front porch, and when we were reading this book, we saw raccoons eating there at night. We don’t leave cat food out overnight anymore, since our neighbor said she saw a mountain lion on our porch in the middle of the night.

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Editor note:

Sterling North went on to enjoy wildlife and wrote “Raccoons are the Smartest People,” with photos of raccoons who visited his backyard patio. “Rascal” takes place on the Brule River, and we lived near there and Mr. Bushy canoed down the Brule. 

Mrs Bushy, Happy Camp News Editor

Sabrina, the Lost Cat

Our cat, Sabrina, is missing.
Have you seen her lately?
Please let us know if you have!
She was wearing a red collar.
We miss her terribly!

This picture was taken of her being examined at the spay/neuter clinic the same day she disappeared.

Sabrina at the spay-neuter clinic

Update: The Lost Cat Has Been Found

Sabrina in a tree

Our cat, Sabrina, has returned!

She came back on Monday, September 3 in the evening after having been missing for 24 days. She was found emitting unusually loud meowing sounds on the front porch and we were all overjoyed to see her.

Sabrina had lost a lot of weight, and came back to us emaciated and starving. She was delighted to wolf down an entire can of cat food in our kitchen, and then slept for most of the next two days.

She couldn’t tell us where she had been, but she was able to tell us how happy she was to see us again. Her tolerance for affection from humans has increased noticeably.

Our thanks to all who supported us during our time of missing her, and to those who helped look for her.

Happy Camp Children’s Fair, 2001

A fair for children was held at River Park in Happy Camp on July 14, 2001.

Children enjoyed fun activities like face painting, drawing Bigfoot pictures, and ring toss.

One of the attractions was a petting zoo with llamas and miniature horses from Little Dreams Ranch.

A girl with a miniature horse
A girl waits patiently as the hungry miniature horse enjoys the fresh, green lawn.
Nearby, a crowd gathers to see llamas at the Children’s Fair petting zoo in River Park.