9 comments / Posted by Catherine Hickland

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets." -Nora Ephron

As some of you know, I live on a ranch. I have seen this vision for myself since I was a little girl. How it came to be, as my longest time friend Dawn Morris says, "Is sort of a Highway to Heaven through Hollywood." And as my dear friend Stephanie Loyd says, "a blessing will chase you down."

Even though I have always lived in big cities, I have raised many animals, even in Manhattan, where we had 3 dogs and 5 cats in an apartment. My dream of living on a ranch may have had to wait until later in my life when I met my husband Todd, but I’m glad it waited until I was ready for it.

God’s timing is impeccable.

Now that I live on a ranch, animals who need help seem to find me. I found my goose Buddy Boo as a hatchling on the side of the road, and he has grown up to be a magnificent bird with a family of his own and who has never left us.

Four weeks ago, one of my chickens was attacked by a pair of dogs and nearly died if not for the wonderful surgeon who put her back together with  stainless surgical steel rods, screws and stitches. She is now my bionic chicken, and has crossed over four states in a motorhome with us this Summer, and next we will go on my tour, me and my little chick-a-dee. Her favorite place is in my arms and truth be told, she is quite a good kisser.

Unfortunately, airlines will not allow my chick and me to fly, so I now will drive across the country so she can be with me. She makes me feel happy, she and I have become attached to each other.

I know she can never go back to the chicken coop, she is too much like a person, but that’s okay because I am committed to her for her life, and she is an easy pet. I never knew chickens were so smart or affectionate. They are easier than a cat or dog as far as feeding (they eat what we do) and as a bonus, you get a fresh egg every day. Now if I could just teach her to cook it, I’d really be set.

And what is it that makes me so happy? Why, it’s simple.


She loves me, and I love her.

Love is love. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man, woman, child, or chicken. When we commit ourselves to love, the world becomes a magical place. The lens through which we look at life is more gentle and beautiful.

Whether we fall in love with another being or ourselves, love is everything.

So if you’re lonely, get a chicken.

Have a Happy Fourth, and remember, I love you!

Cat… and Chicken,


  • Posted On August 03, 2013 by Joanne Long

    Hi Cat,
    I was so happy for you when I read in Debbie Reynolds new book that you had married her
    son Todd. My Mom and I were one of the lucky ones who went to her show at her
    casino and we were so happy to take a picture with her. What a wonderful family to be a part of!
    Congratulations Cat and Todd! Cat, you are an inspiration to me
    take care,

    PS I hope you come to Austin someday

  • Posted On July 11, 2013 by Craig Wacker

    Cat, I grew up on a farm. I fed the chickens and gathered the eggs every morning. I had forgotten, that one of my favorite times, on the farm, was when dad would set up the brooders, and we would head to town, and bring back a load of baby chicks. They were so cute and such fun.

  • Posted On July 11, 2013 by Marge

    Catherine: Your love just flows through your page and although I have never met you in person I feel like you are one of my closest friends. My dog was wondering the streets and so messed up when we found her and I love her so much. She is so loving.

    I look at your page every day hoping to find your videos and stories about your animals. When I am down it really cheers me up.

    Everyone calls me your groupie, as I have told you………..and I love the title.

    Thanks for making us part of your family. Love you

  • Posted On July 11, 2013 by Cat

    Big Kat! How can I reach you? I MUST talk to you and have no contact info anymore. Thank you for posting! I remember it all!

  • Posted On July 11, 2013 by Lida Sharp

    Cat is Beautifully AWESOME. at the New Jersey Freedom Festival..So great to see you in NJ!
    Amazing what you can do! The Show is amazing!! So fun!! NJ Freedom Fest thru this Sun July 14,,don’t miss the show!

    If anyone reading this has the opportunity to see Catherine perform her Hypnosis show, it’s wonderful to laugh, relax, and learn to use the tools we have with us everyday!

    Love you Cat!……Thanks for sharing your passions!

    Jersey Girl for Shore ..walking for a cure Lida XO

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