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.

The Meowna Lisa
Posted on January 31, 2017

Today is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. What better inspiration for art that a cute cat?

Classroom Cats
Posted on January 30, 2017

Today would have been my mother's birthday. To that end I am once again posting a photo from an old children's book that we both loved.

Fritos Dog
Posted on January 29, 2017

I thought I would celebrate National Corn Chip Day is style, but things went horribly wrong.

Rattlesnake
Posted on January 28, 2017

See this tail? See this rattle on it? When I've got it turned on it means "back off, buddy!"

Wigged-Out Pug
Posted on January 27, 2017

I thought I'd try out a new shade of blonde and it has me totally wigged-out.

American Beaver
Posted on January 26, 2017

Beavers are the most amazing creatures. Most people don't realize that these industrious animals are actually rodents. In fact they are the second-largest rodent in the world, right behind the capybara of South America.

Prairie Dog Couple
Posted on January 26, 2017

Today is National Spouses Day. It is a good day to remember your spouse with a a big wet smooch, regardless of your species.

Precocious Raccoon
Posted on January 25, 2017

Can I get an ETA on when you are finally going to take down the Christmas lights?

Dog on Soccer Field
Posted on January 24, 2017

Animals ending up on the field during a soccer match is not an unusual thing. However it is unusual for more than one kind of animal to show up on the field in a single game.

Cute Kitten
Posted on January 24, 2017

Have I ever told you how well you open a can of cat food? Well, you are awesome at it!

Pie Pig
Posted on January 23, 2017

Yay! I won the pie eating contest for National Pie Day! I'm as happy as a pig in . . . well . . . pie.

Bull Elk in Store
Posted on January 22, 2017

Estes Park, Colorado, is a small tourist town just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a great place to stop and window shop and browse through the stores.

Lion Disbelief
Posted on January 22, 2017

I know I asked how humans take a bath, but REALLY? You sit in a tub of water?

Squirrel Chess Game
Posted on January 21, 2017

You can't have a full house! We're playing chess, doofus.

DJ Dog
Posted on January 20, 2017

Woof! I am finally getting to live my dream at being the next Wolfman Jack! I am playing rock and roll to the masses!

Asian Lady Beetle Infestation in Dog's Mouth
Posted on January 19, 2017

Images of what appear to be ladybugs infesting dogs' mouths have been circulating around the internet for a couple of years now. The truth is that they are not ladybugs but an invasive beetle known as Asian Lady Beetle, among other names.

Popcorn Cockatiel
Posted on January 19, 2017

Ooooo, popcorn! My favorite food! I've hit the mother lode. I'm fabulously well off!

Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin
Posted on January 18, 2017

Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day. It commemorates the most popular fictional bear ever. Here he is hanging out with his human friend, Christopher Robin, the child of the author.

Popeye Cat
Posted on January 17, 2017

You can dress me like Popeye but that doesn't mean that I will eat canned spinach. Yuck! Let me out in the garden and I will graze for myself.

Baby Chinese Water Dragon
Posted on January 16, 2017

It's time to give dragons some love today since it is Appreciate Your Dragon Day. Here is a baby Chinese water dragon to get you started.

Grumpy Pope
Posted on January 15, 2017

I am now all powerful. People will worship me. Forget that, I need a nap.

Tidy Cat
Posted on January 14, 2017

My New Year's Resolution to get my home organized would go a lot faster if my cat was this willing to help out in the kitchen. As it is she wouldn't even put on an apron.

Pig and Rubber Ducky
Posted on January 13, 2017

Rubber duckies make time in the wallow awfully fun!  This is Donna Mallard, my favorite rubber ducky.

Cat and Mouse Kiss
Posted on January 12, 2017

Every orange tabby cat knows that there is something magical about being a redhead, or a "ginger." Today is International Kiss a Ginger Day.

Cats Drinking Milk
Posted on January 11, 2017

Here we see historical evidence of why barn cats now hate milking machines. There was a time when they got a little extra on the side from the farmer -- and direct from the cow.