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.

Heterochromic Dog
Posted on July 11, 2019

When an animal or human has two different colored eyes it is called heterochromia. It is a fairly rare condition and can seem quite engaging and even hypnotizing.

Hunningbird and Bees
Posted on July 10, 2019

People tend to forget that bees need water just like the rest of us. Those in the know leave water out for bees and other pollinators to drink.

Dachshunds on Vacation
Posted on July 9, 2019

You know, it would be easier to make believe that we are Hobbits entering Mount Doom if Mom wasn't standing there taking yet another picture of us.

Cat Dirt Bath
Posted on July 8, 2019

When cats roll over like this on the sidewalk, pavement, or patch of dirt they are so cute. Experts say that this is an important part of cat grooming as they loosen old fur.

Goose Family
Posted on July 7, 2019

The city of Denver, Colorado is getting into a controversial debate over a recent proposal to deal with the over-population of geese in the city's parks. Someone has come up with the idea that they should be used as food for the poor.

Disguised Chickens
Posted on July 6, 2019

Today is Fried Chicken Day. So we have disguised ourselves as other animals for the day to escape a terrible fate.

American Bison (Buffalo)
Posted on July 5, 2019

When you look at this sweet little calf it is hard to imagine that it is going to grow up into a big hairy beast like Mom there -- or an even bigger and hairier beast like his daddy.

Independence Dog
Posted on July 4, 2019

This Fourth of July I am declaring my own independence -- that is my fashion independence. That is important to me as a fashion-forward dog it is important to me.

Patriotic Cat
Posted on July 4, 2019

I'm not to sure about this outfit. Couldn't we go with just one or the other?

Calico Cat
Posted on July 3, 2019

This is my own furry baby girl. She is just coming back from visiting the neighbor's patio. She often goes over there to nap.

Crayfish
Posted on July 2, 2019

Whether you call them crayfish, crawfish, or crawdads, It isn't everyday that you see them walking down the sidewalk in the 'hood.

Illiterate Pool Poocn
Posted on July 1, 2019

It's pool time! Geronimo! Wet dog smell here I come!

Sprinkler Dog
Posted on June 30, 2019

Skippy has always dreamed of having a pool -- especially an indoor pool. This is a luxury that just isn't in his family's budget. So he took care of things himself.

Great Dane
Posted on June 29, 2019

Goose keeps getting this strange feeling that someone is watching him. Fortunately it is just a Kokopelli mom and dad got to decorate the hearth.

Inverted Flamingo
Posted on June 28, 2019

Someone once told me to go soak my head. It turned out I liked it.

Dog and Kitten
Posted on June 27, 2019

Mom! The new kitten won't play with me! He also won't let me in to sneak some kibble. Oooops. I shouldn't have said that last one.

Leashed Ferret
Posted on June 26, 2019

When I told Mom to hold me back I meant to keep me from killing another ferret, not to tie me up every time we leave the house!

White-Faced Ibis
Posted on June 25, 2019

This is a white-faced ibis. It is a relative of the ibis that the Egyptians believed to be sacred. They represented their god Thoth with the head of an ibis.

Hydrating Cat
Posted on June 24, 2019

This is a public service reminder to keep your dogs and cats well-hydrated this summer. They need plenty of water to keep them happy and healthy. Ice optional.

Chin Lizard
Posted on June 23, 2019

Don't look at me like that. Sure it hurts, but this is the closest I'm ever going to get to having a soul patch.

Wanted Cat
Posted on June 23, 2019

Everyone with a clever sense of humor ought to be able to see a pun in this photo. That's right. This is Publix Enemy Number One.

Fashionista Dog
Posted on June 23, 2019

If your dog wants to be a true fashion star then he/she needs to suit up, get out the glad rags, or find them some cool threads. Of course they then must wear them with a certain panache.

Zen Dog
Posted on June 20, 2019

Every dog needs to chill out and find his moment of Zen now and then. According to his mom this is how Billie meditates.

Russian Turtle
Posted on June 19, 2019

"Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath,  'long about a Saturday night. A rub dub, just relaxin' in the tub, thinking everything was all right . . . "

Pool Pugs
Posted on June 18, 2019

We thought today would be a lovely day for a dip in the pool. But we got thirsty first and now the pool is dry. Where is Dad with the hose?