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.

Hanukkah Dog
Posted on December 28, 2019

It's the last night of Hanukkah and it's my turn to say the traditional prayer. Here goes "Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu Melech ha'olam . . . "

Hanukkah Dog
Posted on December 27, 2019

I've gotten quite a lot for Hanukkah this year, but there's too much snow outside for me to get to try out my Star of David tennis balls. Darn!

Kwanzaa Hamster
Posted on December 26, 2019

Today Kwanzaa begins today and runs for seven days. It gives mu human family a chance to connect with their African roots.

Boxed Up Cat
Posted on December 26, 2019

Hai! Someone told me that today is called Boxing Day. So I decided to celebrate the best way I know how.

Christmas Pekingese
Posted on December 25, 2019

Look at this. We got an awesome haul this year. Mom and Dad love us so much!

Christmas Cat
Posted on December 25, 2019

Why isn't any human up yet? I want to get going on my new catnip stocking and new furry mice.

Christmas Dog
Posted on December 24, 2019

Plate full of mom-made cookies -- check. Mug of steaming hot cocoa -- check. Yep. I'm all ready for Santa to arrive.

Christmas Eve Pets
Posted on December 24, 2019

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, no human was stirring, no kids, woman, or spouse . . .

Hanukkah Sphinx Cat
Posted on December 23, 2019

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay, er, um, plastic. When somebody spins it, dreidel I will play.

Christmas Kitties
Posted on December 23, 2019

Don't look so smug. I've been telling you for ages that Mom liked you best, but noooooooo, you keep denying it.

Hanukkah Hound
Posted on December 22, 2019

I can't believe it's finally here! Hanukkah begins tonight. It's just the best time of year. Eight nights of family, friends, and extra good food.

Christmas Present Cat Nap
Posted on December 22, 2019

I don't know what is in this present, but is nice and comfy even while still wrapped.

Candy Cane Canine
Posted on December 21, 2019

Darn! This isn't a real candy cane and it's totally hooked to the tree. Ew! It tastes like plastic.

Live Owl in Christmas Tree
Posted on December 21, 2019

Christmas is a time for surprises and, surprises being what they are, they are not always what you might think is even possible. For one family in Georgia this holiday season brought a guest they had never dreamed of.

Bah Humbug Bulldaog
Posted on December 21, 2019

Christmas. Bah! Humbug! “If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."

Country Christmas Dog
Posted on December 20, 2019

I can't believe that Dad thought of decorating the woods for Christmas. I mean, if he just waits until spring it will decorate itself.

Christmas Draft Horses
Posted on December 20, 2019

We are here doing the most important delivery of the holiday season short of Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Mouse Trap
Posted on December 19, 2019

Ah! What better way to catch a mouse than to pretend to be Santa delivering an early Christmas present. Hee, hee, hee!

Squirrel Porch Pirate
Posted on December 19, 2019

At this time of year holiday cheer is often destroyed by what has become to be known as "porch pirates." These brazen humans walk up to houses and steal packages that have been delivered to their homes.

Nativity Cat
Posted on December 19, 2019

I don't know why anyone is surprised by this. Cats expect to be worshiped and adored, even if they were once thought of as minions of the devil.

Christmas Caroling Canine
Posted on December 18, 2019

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, I want to chew on your branches.

Praying Mantis
Posted on December 18, 2019

The praying mantis does look like an alien from another planet but it is strictly an earthling (as far as we know). So how do you connect these bugs with Christmas?

Christmas Rein-Bunny
Posted on December 18, 2019

This is all so nice, warm, and cozy, but shouldn't that red thing be on my nose instead of the top of my head?

Christmas Tree Cat
Posted on December 17, 2019

Christmas always makes me a little crazy. The ornaments, the stockings, the mistletoe . . .

Christmas Pony
Posted on December 17, 2019

These reindeer tryouts are taking forever. I'm starting to fall asleep standing up. It's a good thing I'm used to that.