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Posted December 25, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Everyone has long thought that Santa's journey begins on Christmas Eve.
Truth be told it starts a couple of days before as he travels around the
world visiting the fish in aquariums and coastal areas. This week he
has been busy visiting the fish in places like National Aquarium in
Baltimore, Maryland, the Florida Keys, Paris, and England. That ho-ho-ho
sounds a whole lot different coming through scuba gear.

Posted December 24, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Rush hour is hard enough to get through without having to deal with an ostrich in the way. An ostrich? Yes, indeed. This week drivers in Zhejiang Province in China were faced with this distraction while navigating a multi-lane highway. It was often going against traffic and was even knocked down in a collision with a motorcycle, but the hearty bird just hopped up and kept on going.

Posted December 23, 2014 by Ron Callari

The official breed name is Caucasian Ovcharka, commonly known as the Caucasian Shepard Dog. Originating from the Caucasus Mountains
in Russia, these sizable dogs are members of the Molosser breed and
historically have been used for centuries to protect properties, guard
livestock — and yes, hunt bears!

Posted December 23, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

It is surprising to realize that not all Christmas stories are warm and fuzzy with flying reindeer, cute dogs, and cuddly kittens. One ancient tale from Iceland of the Yule Cat is rather terrifying. It's nowhere near as innocent as telling kids that if they aren't good then Santa Claus will leave nothing but coal in their stockings. This cat is a giant monster that will devour you.

Posted December 19, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

I is soooo cute! In a moment I wills go crazy and climb this here tree. I will become a weapon of Christmas destruction!

Posted December 15, 2014 by Ron Callari

With the holidays fast approaching, folks are in the midst of planning to visit family and friends. In many instances,
those travel arrangements can become logistically frustrating,
particularly when there are pets involved. Do we take our pooch with us,
or does that become too much of an imposition for those you we will be
visiting?

Posted December 12, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

Even horses can get into the spirit of Christmas -- especially when they get to step out in their holiday finest in a Christmas parade. Tomorrow the small town of Lisbon, Maryland, will be knee-deep in, well, horse stuff, when hundreds of equines (including ponies, mules, and donkeys) descend upon them for their annual Christmas Horse Parade.

Posted December 11, 2014 by Laurie Kay Olson

There is no doubt that 81-year-old Patricia Delaney loves animals of all kinds. She loves all animals from the top of the food chain on down. She is especially into horses, but she can't ride anymore thanks to her Parkinson's Disease. Being confined in a nursing home has severely limited her chances of getting to interact with animals -- until her social worker came up with the idea of bringing a zoo to her.