The Dogs Of The Mayflower

In September of 1620, when the pilgrims set out for the New World, the only animals that were known to have made the journey were two dogs. These dogs belonged to 25-year-old passenger John Goodman. Little is known about these animals, but some information about them has survived. Here is the story.

Animals From The First Thanksgiving

The pilgrims had to seriously rely on wildlife to survive back in the day. It just wasn't possible to bring a whole host of livestock with them when they came to the New World. In fact, the only animals that came along on the journey for certain were a couple of dogs -- an English mastiff and an English spaniel. So meat had to come in the form of game, and some of what they ate may surprise you.

Nazi Cows? Strange But True

The determination of Hitler and his Nazis to take the Aryan myth and make it real knew few bounds. For this race of super Europeans he wanted to have animals just as super. To that end he and Hermann Goering came up with an idea to bring back the aurochs, an extinct species of giant wild oxen that once ranged over much of Europe and Asia. The results of these genetic experiments still exist today.

PetsLady's Pick: Remembering Animal Veterans Of The Day

None were so brave as those who served without choice.

The Black Dog Takes A Bite Out Of Halloween

While black cats, bats, and spiders are the creatures of which much of Halloween is made, there are also legends of a ghostly black dog out there. This bit of folklore comes mainly from the British Isles, though some are also found in other parts of Europe. The supernatural dog is said to be huge and shaggy with glowing red eyes and bared teeth.

How Scary Is A Troll Cat?

Most of us have never heard of a Troll Cat. So what is it? Well, it is a creature common in old Scandinavian folklore. The cat was reputed to have been created by witches from human hair, nails, wood shavings, and other such items. Once brought to life the cat would suck milk from the teats of cows and steal cream from neighboring households only to bring it back and spit it back out in the witch's milk pail.

Parachuting Beavers? What Else Don't We Know About The 1950s?

Just when you think you’ve heard it all comes the story of parachuting beavers over the skies of Idaho. If you live there currently, don’t bother running outside to see if it’s raining the furry, flat-tailed and buck-toothed creatures right now.