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.

Drawer Cat
Posted on August 21, 2019

Cat lovers know that they leave drawers open at their own risk. These openings are cat magnets. Cats will immediately show up to snoop, dig, and/or nest. Oh, and shed. All over your clean clothes.

Damselfly Riding a Goosefeather
Posted on August 20, 2019

Now here is something you don't see every day -- or any day -- a damselfly using a goose feather as a raft to go sailing. If he'd start up his wings he'd even have an outboard motor.

American Eagle
Posted on August 19, 2019

Today is World Photography Day and so we celebrate with the amazing photo of an American Eagle preening his feathers while keeping a sharp eye on the photographer.

Napping Cat
Posted on August 18, 2019

Cats have the amazing ability to nap just about anywhere. This photo is proof of that.

Beautiful Black Cat
Posted on August 17, 2019

Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day and this sweet kitty is here to celebrate. You will notice from this photo that black cats are not completely black, but also have dark brown fur. That's why my family's black cat was named Mahogany.

Busy Bees
Posted on August 16, 2019

Bees are incredibly busy creatures and they have been cited as being the most important animal on the planet.

Posted on August 15, 2019

It isn't often that we get to see a draft horse like a Clydesdale enjoying the beach at full gallop. She's literally flying over the water.

Dog Love
Posted on August 14, 2019

This is the very face of love with those soulful brown eyes, perky ears, and that hint of "got food?" in her countenance.

Dining Peacock
Posted on August 13, 2019

There is nothing quite like dining poolside during the summer months -- even if you do drag your fabulous tail feathers in the water.

Elephant Love
Posted on August 12, 2019

Elephants are amazing creatures that have had a huge impact on human civilization -- right from the dawn of the human need to build and farm.

Fetching Dog
Posted on August 11, 2019

Okay, Mom, go ahead and throw the stick. G'head. G'head. Can I get you anything else while I'm out?

Guard Dog
Posted on August 10, 2019

Is it a bird? Is it a squirrel? No. It's Supercat -- that insipid pest from next door. I don't care if she can leap tall fences in a single bound, she drives me nuts!

Western Tanager
Posted on August 9, 2019

This bright and beautiful boy is fairly common in the Western United States. I saw a number of them in my yard around the time this photo was taken.

Guilt-Producing Dog
Posted on August 8, 2019

For those who believe that mothers are the best at producing feelings of guilt in a person obviously never owned a dog (or a cat).

Posted on August 7, 2019

Sometimes you just have to march to the beat of your own drum and leave the grass behind and become a dandelion-hopper.

Snowy Egret
Posted on August 6, 2019

Peacocks may get all the press for showing off, but other birds can do pretty well at holding their own at showing off. This snowy egret has got it going on.

Quaffing Quail
Posted on August 5, 2019

When I was a kid my parents took us out for root beer or ice cream to cool off in the summer. I guess you could say that this is the quail version. Belly up to the bar kids!

Frightebed Fido
Posted on August 4, 2019

Summer is the time for thunderstorms and frightened pets. Some of them try to come up with some pretty creative places to hide.

Pine-Fresh Cat
Posted on August 3, 2019

Cats like to find nice, quiet places to hide out and relax. Sometimes they multi-task with doing a little freshening at the same time.

Posted on August 2, 2019

Turtles are reptiles and therefore cold-blooded. Therefore a chance to warm up in the sun is way more important than trying to get a tan. Who'd want to change those beautiful colors anyway?

Popsicle Pup
Posted on August 1, 2019

A Popsicle is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day, but you can make dogs their own special frozen treats that are far more healthy for them.

Trash Panda
Posted on July 31, 2019

Raccoons are so common to urban life that they are right up there with birds and squirrels at being common in the neighborhood. Their most notable talent is dumpster diving.

Patient Cat
Posted on July 30, 2019

For a mom there is nothing so nice as coming home to your two babies and find them getting along so well. How many cats would really put up with this kind of hug?

Urban Rabbit
Posted on July 29, 2019

Believe it or don't, this cute little bunny was found living the urban life in, of all places, Washington, D.C.

Begging Cat
Posted on July 28, 2019

Oh, please give me something to eat! You haven't fed me since you adopted me! Okay. Would you believe last week? Yesterday?