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.

Halloween Crested Gecko
Posted on October 21, 2016

Here is one dude (or dudette) that is so into Halloween that he (or she) is always dressed for it. This is a Halloween Crested Gecko. At least this one isn't selling insurance!

Baby Sloth
Posted on October 20, 2016

What better way to celebrate International Sloth Day that looking at an absolutely adorable picture of a baby sloth?

Bat Tree
Posted on October 20, 2016

"Deck the halls with bats and spiders, boo, boo, boo, boo, boo, boo, boo, boo, BOO!" It's time to trim your Halloween tree.

Witchy Dog
Posted on October 19, 2016

Grrrr. Grrrr. Boo-Woof!! I have now put a spell on you! You love me fur-ever!

Pumpkin Pug
Posted on October 18, 2016

This is probably the saddest face I've ever seen in connection with Halloween! That will probably change once the Halloween dog treats come out.

Miss Piggy
Posted on October 17, 2016

Miss Piggy would make the perfect spokes-pig for Wear Something Gaudy Day. She wears something gaudy almost every day. Her main piece of fashion advice to the world is "When in doubt, overdo!"

Gaudy Miss Piggy
Posted on October 17, 2016

Miss Piggy would make the perfect spokes-pig for Wear Something Gaudy Day. She wears something gaudy almost every day. Her main piece of fashion advice to the world is "When in doubt, overdo!"

Halloween Chimpanzees
Posted on October 16, 2016

Humans do the weirdest things with their food! They sliced up this pumpkin to look scary instead of eating it. Wooooo! Look at me! I'm the scary human!

Samhain Cat
Posted on October 15, 2016

My mom is a bit of a witch. Well, really she is a pagan. So she loves to go all out for Halloween, but she calls it Samhain. She has even begun putting my trout almondine pate in a jack-o-lantern cup.

Sphinx Cat
Posted on October 14, 2016

My dad and his buddies are all into Star Wars and I really get tired of them saying "May the furs be with you!" Being bald is a beautiful thing -- even for a cat.

African Penguins
Posted on October 13, 2016

Here we have a pair of African Penguins. Every October we celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day. This year it was on October 8th. These penguins are also known as black-footed penguins or jackass penguins.

Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Posted on October 12, 2016

Perhaps the most famous teddy bear in the history of bears is Winnie ther Pooh. Yes, I mean "ther." If you go back and read the original book. That is what Christopher Robin insists is the bear's actual name.

Norwegian Forest Cat in Autumn
Posted on October 11, 2016

Here we see a calico Norwegian Forest Cat in autumn. Notice how well she blends in with the surrounding foliage. An accident of genetics.

Black Cat and Pumpkin
Posted on October 10, 2016

It is nearly that time of year when I get to play into the stereotype of my clan. I am going to be extra cute and cuddly for the next week or two so that I can be extra scary for Halloween!

Rats Playing Chess
Posted on October 9, 2016

"Hey! What happened to your horsey piece?" "My knight? I sent him out for cheese." "Cheese AND chess? How cool is this game!"

Viking Bloodhound
Posted on October 9, 2016

Today, in spite of my historically inaccurate costume, I am channeling my inner Viking for Leif Erickson. He made it to North America before Columbus so Erickson's day comes before Columbus's.

Dolphin in Flight?
Posted on October 8, 2016

Don’t believe everything you see on line. A website, People of Lancaster, published an article on October 7 that showed pictures of dolphins being blown around by the winds of Hurricane Matthew in Florida.

Posted on October 8, 2016

One, two, cha, cha, cha! Three, four, cha, cha, cha. Most people mistakenly call this dance the Cha-Cha. It is actually the Cha-Cha-Cha. Step and turn, cha-cha-cha.

Pumpkin Kitten
Posted on October 7, 2016

Lookee here! They make these pumpkin thingys in my size. I know it is early for Halloween, but can we still get it?

German Shepherd Riding a Horse
Posted on October 6, 2016

This is what it looks like when a German decides to visit the American West. Okay, maybe not all Germans. Okay, maybe just German Shepherds.

Tiger Lounging on Buddha Head
Posted on October 5, 2016

Yesterday we had a Pick of the Day of a house cate hugging a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi. So today I thought I'd kick it up a notch with a tiger resting on the head of a Buddha statue because yesterday was also World Animal Day.

Cat with Saint Francis
Posted on October 4, 2016

Today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. I don't much about saints other than Santa Claus. Well, I do know that Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals. This kitty seems to know it too.

Butterfly and Hummingbird
Posted on October 3, 2016

There are few people out there who don't like butterflies and hummingbirds. They fascinate us with their beauty and flight. While bees get all the press for pollinating, these two also help pollinate the plant world for us.

Donkey and Pigs
Posted on October 2, 2016

Hello, donkey, welcome to the farm. Why can I only say "donkey" with a Scottish accent? Oh, yeah. I watched Shrek too many times!

Posted on October 1, 2016

No! My name is not Oscar! Do I look green to you? Does this look like Sesame Street? Sheesh!