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.

Whale Shark

This amazing aquatic creature is a whale shark. It is the largest fish in existence in the oceans today.

Bear with his Head in a Jar

Those large jars of puffy cheese balls you see in the stores can be sooooo tempting. They are not on your diet. You know they aren't good for you, but . . . well . . . sometimes you've just gotta.

Turtle Burger

Some people will do just about anything to take their pets on the plane with them. While cats and dogs are welcomed by most airlines, other pets are not so welcome.

"Bird" Dog

I don't think this is quite what Pa meant when he said we were goin' duck hunting.

Inverted Cat

What are you looking at? Cats aren't always the graceful dancers people make us out to be.

Prairie Dog

There is nothing like a quick trip to Mickey D's for a burger and fries. It's a good thing I was near there when I had a Big Mac attack!

Toilet Paper Dog

Hi! I am celebrating the holidays. No, not Christmas and New Year's. Today is both National Dog Day AND National Toilet Paper Day!

Penguin Riding a Dolphin

This is what happens when penguins decide to drink and surf!

Mountain Lion

This story definitely falls under the category "don't try this at home." Not that you would ever be likely to meet a mountain lion at your home, but you get the idea.

Beach-Buried Dog

I have just one bark of advice for you this summer -- never fall asleep on the beach. If you do someone might decide that it is funny to bury you!

Dog Wearing Sunglasses

Man, this is one hot day! This lemonade is good, but I think I need to go get a drink out of the toilet too. Whew!

Shep, the Turnpike Dog

It seems that most places have memories and tales of an animal that stands out in the hearts and minds of the locals. In England it was Olly, a cat that lived at the Manchester Airport.

Extra Lucky Ladybug

"I'm walking over a four-leaf clover that I've overlooked before!" I bet you didn't know that ladybugs can sing!

Cell Phone Monkey

Hey! You dropped your pho . . . never mind. I think I just found Squirtle! This Pokemon Go app is incredible! Wait a minute . . . wait a minute . . .

Stray Cat

I am a stray cat. I attribute this state of living to my serious 'nip habit. Whenever I had a snoot full I would attack the dog. The family cut me off and I had to go cold turkey.

Baby Orangutan

You don't need to hang in there any longer -- Friday is HERE!

Tabby Cat

There once was a sweet little tabby . . . Who chased all the mice in the abbey.

Black Cat Appreciation Day

What? I saw a mouse. It was enormous. I swear!

Boat Dogs

"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tail, a tail of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship . . ."

Sushi Cat

I'll have the sushi platter. Heavy on the tuna and easy on the rice.

Bar Buddies

We have our own holidays too. Today is Act Like People Day! 

Swinging Cats

"Didn't we come to the beach to relax?" "Yep. But Dad thought this would be fun for us."

Baby Elephant

Hi. My name is Moses. I am here with my human mom and my kitty. This mom took me in when my elephant mom died. She's such a nice lady!

Wet Dog

This is my mom. I call her Whine Bark Woof. Today I am trying to teach her to dog paddle but she keeps using a funny looking stick instead.

Summertime Dog

Most dogs run for the leash when they want to go out. Me? I go for my beach stuff.