Pet Welfare and Pet Tails by Myra Per Lee

I love not man the less, but Animals more.  I love their willingness to  adjust to our presence in their universe. And I love that some animals are so  willing to be a part of our most un-natural of worlds, and when they are willing, we adopt them as Pets. I write about what we learn about animals, what we learn from them, and the crazy things they let us do to them.

A Nile tilapia photographed at the Snake Park in central Nairobi by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Wikipedia
Posted on February 19, 2020

"Tilapia skin has non-infectious microbiota, high amounts of type I collagen, and similar morphological structure to human skin..."

2020 Great Backyard Bird Count
Posted on February 14, 2020

You are needed to take part in the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count. Here's how you can do it, no matter where you are!

Lovey Dovey Diamond Dove House
Posted on February 12, 2020

As natural food sources become more and more scarce for birds, so too are safe places for birds to nest....

Man dancing with dog (screen shot)
Posted on February 11, 2020

Having an iguana as a pet finally pays off in free services. Spotify will create tunes for him, as well as your dogs, cats, hamsters, and birds!

The hysterics by Manoj-Shah, photographer
Posted on February 6, 2020

Who wouldn't love to capture the brilliance of wildlife on camera?  Well, you are all invited - everyone! - to enter the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Submit your funniest wildlife images. 

ThimbleWorks Sherbert Chicken Tutu
Posted on February 5, 2020

It's a thing. Chickens are becoming popular pets. And they are wearing tutus.

Panda Trio, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Posted on January 31, 2020

Now that young Panda bears are being released from captivity into the wild, it's important to know how they are going to survive....

Behavioral experiment by Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology at Loro Parque © Comparative Cognition Group
Posted on January 13, 2020

Now, I don't know how it works between an African Grey parrot and a human, but between two African Greys, "What's mine is yours. Period."

Blue Wilderness Dog Food
Posted on January 8, 2020

Grey wolves, from whom domestic dogs evolved, don't eat carbohydrates. They never did. They are carnivores. But the suggestion that wolves might have eaten peas, no less 'pea protein' and potatoes....

Gunner Kennels
Posted on December 30, 2019

Though many consider that a travel crate is a safe place to keep your dog while in the car, there is only one brand of travel crate to date that has passed the CPS crash tests!

Sleepypod crash test
Posted on December 30, 2019

Regardless of a manufacturer's intention to make car-safe products, pet carriers may not stand up to the tough CPS standards, which have the same criteria as child safety seats.

Sleepypod Harness Crash Test
Posted on December 30, 2019

Just because a manufacturer states their products are safety tested, doesn't mean that they passed whatever test they took!

Pet Food Taster Is Actually A Real Job
Posted on December 20, 2019

If you're in high school, college, or otherwise looking for a career path to follow, have you considered becoming a pet food taster? It pays pretty well, and you'll be doing a great service for pets....

Rescued "Subaru"
Posted on November 27, 2019

If a dog's going to drive a car and bring along his entire family, what make of car will he drive? A Subaru, of course! But what about an abandoned cat?

Vulturine guineafowl
Posted on November 19, 2019

Vulturine guineafowl move in packs like other birds of a feather, but a recent study has discovered that these birds are pretty picky about the packs they move in.

Stella & Chewy's celebrates adopt a senior dog month
Posted on November 6, 2019

November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. For those of us who have adopted 'senior' pets, it's a reminder of how special they are and how grateful we are to have them in our lives.

Rat car, University of Richmond
Posted on October 24, 2019

Lab rats at the University of Richmond were trained to drive 'rat cars' to obtain treats and, as the treats got more difficult to obtain, the rats upped their skill levels to get them.

National Make A Dog's Day
Posted on October 17, 2019

That dog-loving Subaru car company wants you to adopt a shelter dog or two on October 22, a day Subaru established as National Make a Dog's Day!

Homeless dogs
Posted on October 15, 2019

No one knows for sure how many dogs and cats roam the streets of our neighbors to the south in Mexico, but there are estimates in the hundreds of thousands.

Sick dog
Posted on October 4, 2019

Soon you won't have to pill your pets for 5 to 10 days after they get a bacterial infection. One injection at the vet's office will take care of it!

Tesla's "Dog Mode"
Posted on September 26, 2019

To follow up on an earlier story about Tesla's "Dog Mode," I want to share the news that the Dog Mode recently prevailed in a suit against an Irish dog owner who left his dog alone in his Tesla.

Cerulean Warbler
Posted on September 19, 2019

The news that there are severe declines in certain bird populations in North America is both scary and shocking. But there are things that individuals can do to help these declines....

Black soldier fly (hermetia illucens) on a rose: photo by Didier Descouens
Posted on September 18, 2019

Most of us in the U.S. would prefer it if our proteins came from meat or fish and not from bugs, but suppose you learned they were preferable proteins for your pet's food?

October Big Day, October 19, 2019
Posted on September 17, 2019

On October 19, 2019, Cornell University's Ornithology Lab and its vast eBird data base is here to help everyone, from the novice to the practiced, count and identify the birds they see that day.

Posted on September 11, 2019

A whopping 40 hilarious wildlife photos have been selected as finalists of the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, now in its fifth year. And you get to vote for your favorite!