Latest Animal and Pet News - Laurie Kay Olson

I write on the latest animal news and most interesting animal stories. I come to PetsLady with a background in print journalism for the Colorado Daily newspaper. Some of my favorite assignments there included theraputic horseback riding and Canine Companions for Independence, so this is a natural fit. Living in Boulder, Colorado, where wildlife abounds, I am frequently dealing with deer, fox, skunks, squirrels, rabbits, snakes, birds, and mice. My cat, Naomi, helps round out the menagerie around me.

Pumpkin Dog
Posted on October 22, 2019

I had no idea Jack-O-Lanterns were so darn comfortable and cuddly. I'll have to go out to the pumpkin patch more often.

Black Cats
Posted on October 22, 2019

Here we have a photo of the inside of a witch's home. All of her familiars have gotten together to plan their scare strategy for Halloween.

Pumpkin Patch Pooch
Posted on October 21, 2019

You're right. It is getting hot running around out here, but we can't leave yet. Some sneaky black cat scared me and I still have to find it.

Crested Gecko
Posted on October 21, 2019

I don't care who you think I am, I'm not here to sell you any insurance.

Pumpkin Cat
Posted on October 20, 2019

Non-cat people have no idea what vivid imaginations cats have. Here we see Ginger pretending to be a pumpkin after chasing a spider in among the iconic squashes.

Witchy Chihuahua
Posted on October 19, 2019

This cute little dog is la chihuahua bruja. That is the witch chihuahua in Spanish. It is perfect for a dog who can't decide whether to celebrate Halloween or El Día de los Muertos..

Smart Deer
Posted on October 18, 2019

Jeez! And they call us animals dumb! This guy shouldn't be allowed to carry a tune let alone a gun.

Ramen-Raiding Cockatiel
Posted on October 17, 2019

This noodle stuff tastes so good that I am seriously considering converting to Pastafarianism.

Pumpkin Pup
Posted on October 16, 2019

Hey, Mom, these pumpkins you picked out look nice and fresh and perfect. I just have one question.

Pumpkin-Snuffling Guinea Pig
Posted on October 15, 2019

The cool thing about pumpkins is that once you eat the seeds out of one then you can use it as a hideout.

Autumn Pig
Posted on October 14, 2019

Autumn is a great time to just hang out in a basket, or to go snuffling through the leaves for good sniffs.

Halloween Otter
Posted on October 13, 2019

Take my advice -- when it comes to Halloween you always otter give your Jack-O-Lantern a test drive.

Pumpkin Squirrel
Posted on October 12, 2019

I started to carve my Halloween pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern but then I got hungry. So I thought I have a little snack.

Posted on October 11, 2019

Apparently phoebe's are not the easiest bird in the world to photograph, but a great deal of patience and persistence you can.

Kitty Cutie
Posted on October 10, 2019

Don't mind me. I'm just doing my cuteness exercises. We do them frequently to keep up our "cutability." It's how we keep you under our control.

Jet Teddy Bear
Posted on October 9, 2019

Today is Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day. It is the perfect occasion to take your principal plush pal to the office, or wherever, so that you have a little extra emotional support. I just hope you don't embarrass easily.


Viking Turtle
Posted on October 9, 2019

Turtles are not the sort of pet that most people think of as wearing clothing or costumes. This has been changing over the past decade as crafty turtle owners have figured out how to crochet turtle sweaters.

Seal Supper
Posted on October 8, 2019

This seal has caught one of his favorite meals. Talk about food that will really stick to your ribs.

German Shepherd
Posted on October 7, 2019

Ludi is a lot of help when Dad is raking the leaves each fall. Dad rakes them into a pile and Ludi happily spreads them out again.

Composting Cat
Posted on October 6, 2019

Leia is diligently and happily supervising the collecting of fall composting. Fortunately it also makes a great place to nap.

Corgi in the Leaves
Posted on October 5, 2019

I got it! I got it! I am laying waste to this dreadful foliage siege.Now I know what ruffled that stupid little chicken's feathers.

St. Francis and the Cardinal
Posted on October 4, 2019

This is one of the most unusual sightings in the world -- Saint Francis of Assisi meeting with a cardinal.


Autumn Kitten
Posted on October 3, 2019

Oooo! Those leaves are about to come down here to play with me. Maybe I can help them along.

Autumn Teacup Pig
Posted on October 2, 2019

I'm so small that I'm a little afraid of falling leaves. If a twig falls I'm a mess.

Field Trip Cat
Posted on October 1, 2019

 I went out with Mom today on her field trip to catalog the local plants around here. I don't get it. She didn't stop for catnip once.