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There's an exhibit at the PPOW in New York now through April 14, 2012 that I
would not miss were I nearby. Even on the computer screen, George
Boorujy's paintings of animals in their current un-natural environments flood one
with awe for the master painter, affinity for the animals he portrays,
and sadness, even guilt, that Boorujy's subjects have not been left alone by nature or man.
With Americans now spending over $41 billion per year on their pets; 39%
of US households owning at least one dog and 33% with one cat, is it
any wonder that the company PAWS Pet Company has chosen to build the world's largest pet database?
How to fly with any of 10 dog breeds banned from United Airlines flights? United has adopted Continental's PetSafe
program from Continental Airlines, which was fully taken over last
month. While PetSafe has set some wise rules for canine travel, it also
restricts certain dogs from flying based solely on their breeds.
Weird? Well, there are weirder things in politics these days. But this
is true: Hank the cat is running for U.S. Senate in Virgina. Born and
bred in Fairfax, VA, Hank believes he understands the workings of
nearby Washington, DC at least as well as his opponents, both former
governors of Virgina, George Allen and Tim Kaine.
.... Though torturing and killing animals, whether directly or through the
training of animals to kill each other, may lead to crimes against
humans, most leaders and supporters of animal abuse registries are
concerned about the present victims, the animal victims, who suffer at
the hands of abusers.
The current law provides that shelters keep lost pets for at least 6
days before euthanization. The bill up for a vote would not only reduce
the waiting time to 3 days, but limit that protection to dogs and cats
only. In other words, a found pet of any other species could be
Who knows what Little Red Riding Hood would have said had she been
eyeball to eyeball with a giant squid instead of a fox. Staring into a
10-inch eyeball might have just caused her immediate demise. But not so
an international group of biologists who stared into the laboratory's
giant squid eyes to find out just why the squid's eye was so darned big.
The same lab that invented InCaSe, the blood test to screen for cancer in dogs, has a new test to determine gastrointestinal cancer in cats. Unlike InCaSe, VDI-TK
is not a screening test and it cannot detect all cancers; what it can
do is quickly differentiate between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and
intestinal lymphomas, both relatively common diseases in cats.