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.

Pooping Pooch
Posted on September 17, 2019

Even when it comes to pets and poop good grammar is essential. Otherwise some people will take it literally and take photos to prove that they follow the letter of the law.

Baby Platypus
Posted on September 16, 2019

There is proof out there that God has a sense of humor. After all, he did create the platypus. From this photo it also looks like the platypus also has a sense of humor.

Charismatic Cat
Posted on September 15, 2019

A lot of people have given lip service to the idea of cats trying to take over the world. Here, for the first time, we have photographic evidence of a cat brazenly gathering followers, albeit alpacas.

Hound Hug
Posted on September 14, 2019

Today is Hug Your Hound Day. Minnie Mouse here was more than willing to demonstrate the technique for being happily hugged.

Coca Cola Cat
Posted on September 13, 2019

We cats are experts at communication. Unfortunately our humans aren't very good at it. They make a lot of noise, but not much else. I've been sitting here forever waiting for Mom to bring me a Coke.

Hoarding Cat
Posted on September 12, 2019

This thing, whatever it is, is mine now. I put my fur on it. That means it's mine. So you can't have it. If you're nice I'll let you use it later.

End To End Dog And Cat
Posted on September 11, 2019

When the dog and cat are best friends they will even share the napping space with a view. Ada and Sam are best buddies so this one is a natural.

Snowy Egret in Flight
Posted on September 10, 2019

This beautiful snowy egret was captured in mid flight. For some reason I always thought of birds as tucking up their legs, but I suppose this creates less drag aerodynamically.

Star Trek Squirrel
Posted on September 9, 2019

Space may be the final frontier but we aren't looking for any new life forms or civilizations. We're seeking nuts to steal, cats to tease, and pants legs to run up.

Pooped Puppies
Posted on September 8, 2019

When you are a puppy it is your job to wear yourself out. When you are a puppy mom or dad it is your desire to wear them out during the day so that they don't bother you at night.

Albino Hummingbird
Posted on September 7, 2019

It is no surprise that albino ruby-throated hummingbirds are rare. What is surprising is that one turned up in the backyard of the Gutka family in Chardon Township Ohio.

Hummingbird Silhouette
Posted on September 7, 2019

One of the best things about wildlife photography is that it can capture moments for us that we would never be able to see with the eye alone. Case in point is this beautiful silhouette of a hummingbird in flight.

Bookworm Dog
Posted on September 6, 2019

Gizmo is all ready and waiting for National Read a Book Day. Now all he needs is for Mom to come and spend the day reading, cuddling, and napping with him.

Wren with Grasshopper
Posted on September 5, 2019

It's amazing to think how much importance this common little house wren plays in the ecosystem. It eats insects that could run out of control without the help of birds.


Owl Dinnertime
Posted on September 4, 2019

Mama owl doesn't bring home mushy old worms for her babies. She prefers the excellent nutrition fresh from the field. The owlets find it pretty tasty too.

Unicorn Riding Hedgehog
Posted on September 3, 2019

Summer is almost over so Sherman went out to the beach to get in one last ride, while desperately hoping that he would not puncture his steed.

Appaloosa Attitude
Posted on September 2, 2019

Cy is never shy about sharing his opinions -- especially with his mom about the quality, abundance, or taste of his food. That makes blowing raspberries is his favorite sport.

Computer Cat
Posted on September 1, 2019

Cheeky Charlie is making sure that he is the center of attention, even when it is at the computer. For him AFK means attempting to fur keyboard.

Pekingese Dogs
Posted on August 31, 2019

I think if these dogs were starring in a movie it would be called "The Way We Fur." Or perhaps "The Fast and the Furriest." Maybe "Ben Fur?"

Dish-Washing Cat
Posted on August 30, 2019

Apparently old cats do learn new tricks. At 16  Rookie has taken up pre-washing dishes for his mom. Something tells me that he really isn't a rookie at doing this.

Bandit Dog
Posted on August 29, 2019

I don't know why I was named for a type of criminal. I'm really a very sweet dog.

Bra Dog
Posted on August 28, 2019

When you get out of the shower and find your dog frolicking about the bedroom it does make you pause to think. Has he trying it on? Or is he trying to tell you something about his gender identity.

Police Cat
Posted on August 27, 2019

I don't know. I'm thinking that I should have been more clear when I filled out my application.

Cute Dog
Posted on August 26, 2019

This has got to be the most frustrating day ever. Mom, I'm sorry, I can't find the stick you threw anywhere. Can't you spring for a nice, brightly colored tennis ball?

Prairie Dogs
Posted on August 25, 2019

Prairie dogs live over much of the Western and parts of the Mid-Western United States. Black-tailed prairie dogs, like these, are common in my area of Colorado.