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Posted March 23, 2017 by Ron Callari

Recently, I was deeply moved by a human interest story posted in The National, titled "Can we establish a cancer hospital for our animals" reported by columnist Rym Ghazai from the United Arab Emirates.  It was a touching feature about a seven-year-old girl named Noura and detailed how her bout with cancer put her in contact with a tabby kitten called Tuna.

Posted March 21, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

We all remember the excitement of leaving a newly lost tooth under the pillow for the tooth fairy in exchange for a bit of cash. In some cultures it is not a fairy collecting teeth but a mouse. In Spain, Mexico, and other countries in Latin America it is a mouse named Ratoncito Peréz, or El Raton de los Dientes. In France the mouse is named La Petite Souris.

Posted March 19, 2017 by Ron Callari

Animals personified have taken over the game of Monopoly. Seems the thimble, the boot and the wheelbarrow have seen their better days, now that an extinct dinosaur, an aquatic flightless bird and a toddler’s bathtub toy have moved onto the board.

Posted March 17, 2017 by Ron Callari

Babies and puppies in the home are similar in one respect. They are both learning as they go and can be taught preferred behavior at an early age. But when the puppy enters the household in advance of the baby, it can be a daunting experience, particularly when the pooch feels neglected or it has lost some influence with its masters. No longer being the center of attention can be traumatic. On top of that, a pup now has to also adjust to a variety of new sounds, sights and smells — all of which — can be stressful in a dog’s or cat's early life.

Posted March 16, 2017 by Ron Callari

What’s labeled ‘faux’ should be just that. The origin of this word is French and it's translated to mean “imitation.” Used as an adjective, it most often precedes a noun as a descriptor for an object, event or character that is ‘not the real deal.’ In the case of ‘faux fur,’ a garment can range from every-day wear to haute couture. However, it should not come from a fur-covered animal and if it does, it should never be marketed as ‘faux fur.’ Unfortunately in the case of ‘raccoon dogs’ that is not the case, and definitely a practice that should be banned.

Posted March 16, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Once upon a time . . . okay, it was back in 2013 . . . a squirrel became involved in an attempted murder when a wife attacked her husband. Once the police arrived on the scene the rodent was entered into evidence because, believe it or not, the squirrel had been the wife's weapon of choice. The rest is internet hysteria, er, um, history.

Posted March 14, 2017 by Creature Features

Meet the Emoji Snake, a Lavender Albino Piebald Ball Python selectively bred by Georgia reptile breeder Justin Kobylka that sports a pattern of golden emoji faces along its scaly white body.

Posted March 14, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Male cats are not known for their parenting skills. Many people believe that father cats should be kept away from their offspring because he might kill them. This is not the case. Males will kill kittens sired by another male to keep his bloodline dominant in his territory, but his own kids are generally another matter. Check out this amazing papa cat just after his misses gives birth.