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.

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Posted on March 16, 2013

Back on March 8, 2013 May, a strawberry blonde sled dog, got separated from
her team during the 1,000 mile Iditarod race after they got tangled with another team. The dog had been on

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Posted on March 15, 2013

For dog lovers the idea of starting your own dog walking business might
seem like a very attractive proposition.  Before you quit your job and
dive in head first, take some time to consider how suited you are to the

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Posted on March 12, 2013

Dogs have been trained to assist people in many ways. One way that you may not have heard of before is as a courthouse dog. These dogs are chosen for their low reactivity and ability to share this sense of calm with victims and witnesses.

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Posted on March 8, 2013

Barney the chocolate Labrador retriever loves to go for long walks on the beach in Chessington, Surrey, England with his mom and dad, Kim and Andrew Woolland.

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Posted on March 7, 2013

Folks in Reading, Berkshire in England have been in a bit of a kerfuffle lately over reported sightings of a crocodile or alligator in the Thames River.

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Posted on March 6, 2013

One of the many side effects of the obesity epidemic in the United States is the increasing number of people dealing with Type II diabetes. Type I diabetics tend not to be obese, their bodies just stop producing insulin.

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Posted on March 6, 2013

The camels we are familiar with today are well known as denizens of the desert. That makes it all the more surprising that 3.5 million years ago giant camels roamed the high arctic.

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Posted on March 5, 2013

Last month a young English bulldog puppy named Chesty was moved into his new home at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. He is just the most recent dog in the line of the few, the proud, the Marine mascots. He'll be doing more before 9 a.m.

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Posted on March 4, 2013

A swarm of locusts of biblical proportions has descended on Giza, Egypt, an agricultural area just south of Cairo.

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Posted on March 4, 2013

Most of us, at one time or another, have wanted to start our own business. For pet lovers a pet business seems to be a natural way to go, but is it really?

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Posted on March 4, 2013

A few weeks ago stunning video was posted to You Tube of the sky over Santo Antonio de Platina, Brazil filled with spiders. While it almost appeared to be raining spiders, it was actually thousands of spiders caught in their communal web.

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Posted on March 2, 2013

One of the oddest mammals on Earth is the easy-going, slow moving sloth.

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Posted on March 1, 2013

The eastern emerald elysia looks a great deal like a leaf even though is  a sea slug found along the Atlantic coast of North America. The strangely beautiful creature hangs out in shallow pools feeding on algae.

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Posted on March 1, 2013

Tsar is a German shorthaired pointer who is apparently being trained to become a bartender -- or at least a waiter. In doing so he employs his skills as a trained hunting dog to retrieve his target.

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Posted on March 1, 2013

We all know our dogs are smart but, just like people, they can be smart in different ways.

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Posted on February 28, 2013

Eddie the sea otter is 15 years old and in otter terms that is considerably old. Vets at the Oregon Zoo found that he was suffering from arthritis in his elbows when they were checking his x-rays.

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Posted on February 28, 2013

The geoduck has nothing to do with aquatic birds. Though it looks more like it comes from another planet, it is actually a bivalve mollusk. It is a clam -- a very large, edible, saltwater clam.

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Posted on February 27, 2013

If there are two things that most girls of any age love, they are unicorns and shoes. The other girls are probably into demons and shoes.

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Posted on February 27, 2013

Small town America has long been a bastion of middle-class values and propriety. Small towns also have a reputation for being individual and a little quirky. Take the case of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky: in 2008 they elected a dog mayor for life.

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Posted on February 26, 2013

During these stressful economic times many people have faced difficulty in feeding their pets. In some cases people have made the heart-wrenching decision to give up their pets.

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Posted on February 25, 2013

Last week a boat load of whale watchers got the experience of a lifetime when a baby whale approached them repeatedly allowing them to pet it until they were finally doing what it wanted most -- massaging it gums.

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Posted on February 25, 2013

Life comes with changes. One of the biggest changes can be moving overseas with your or your spouse's job. The expatriate experience can be a great one, but is it right for Fido and Fluffy?

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Posted on February 24, 2013

Elmo had his hip broken when he was just a kitten. Now, at 7-years-old, Elmo is struggling with the long-term results of the injury. His weight rose to 24 pounds. He could barely walk. Another cat in the house took over the duty of grooming him.

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Posted on February 23, 2013

It is amazing how your entire life can change based on a seemingly small decision. For Theresa Strader it was the decision to adopt two or three dogs when she heard about a puppy mill in Missouri was auctioning off its dogs back in 2007.

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Posted on February 23, 2013

Apparently seahorses are a bit shy when it comes to sex -- at least when they are in captivity.