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Posted September 30, 2016 by Ron Callari

Yes, we’re talking radio station, not television! Many pet owners believe they can communicate with their pets in a way that makes them feel special. My pet grey-cheeked conure for instance, not only seems elated when I start a dialogue with him, he gets just as excited when someone new approaches his cage and starts up a conversation. But that’s because he can also see those he’s communicating with. With radio, it’s just a voice, with no accompanying visual cues.

Posted September 29, 2016 by Laurie Kay Olson

Last November Paris was rocked by a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that claimed 130 lives. In turn the news of these attacks rocked the entire world. There was one more life lost that not everyone knew about -- a police dog named Diesel. In a display of solidarity Russia sent France a new puppy to replace their loss -- a German Shepherd named Dobrynya.

Posted September 29, 2016 by M Dee Dubroff

A rescued Chihuahua named Sassy lived up to her name when her incessant barking warned passersby that her owner, 92-year-old,  Marie Alexander, was in trouble and needed some serious human intervention.

Posted September 28, 2016 by Laurie Kay Olson

Italians love cats. Most of the stories out there about this have to do with all of the stray and feral cats in Rome. But on the western coast on the island of Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy, there is another colony of cats. They live at Su Pallosu, as small village with only a few residents. As the story goes this colony of kitties has been there for almost 100 years. Now this peaceful little backwater of life has become a hot tourist destination.

Posted September 28, 2016 by Creature Features

A shaggy resident of a Polish zoo who dug up and played with a World War II grenade might be smarter than the average bear... luckily, it didn't make any boo-boos nor cause any boom-booms.

Posted September 28, 2016 by Ron Callari

Zoos have been under intense scrutiny in the U.S., as more and more animal advocacy groups protest against the inhumane treatment of animals held in captivity. In my recent blog titled, “Are Zoos & Animal Captivity Outdated Paradigms,” I referenced the killing of the 450-pound gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in addition to the derelict treatment of orca whales at Sea World, and the retirement of dolphins from the National Aquarium.

Posted September 27, 2016 by Laurie Kay Olson

It was early this summer that a security video of a little boy sneaking into a neighbor’s garage to steal was uploaded onto Facebook. Quickly the video began to go viral. It really struck a chord with people all over the world. The boy was stealing something that we pet lovers could all identify with. He was trespassing to stealing hugs from the neighbor’s black Labrador retriever, Duchess.

Posted September 27, 2016 by Creature Features

If you're annoyed by fellow passengers always hogging the armrest, things could be worse: one traveler on a Japanese Bullet Train unknowingly shared his seat with a foot-long snake.