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 January 21, 2014

On a cold fall night back in 2006 Shana, a wolf-German Shepherd hybrid, came to the rescue of the 81-year-old couple who were running the animal sanctuary where she lived.

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Posted on January 18, 2014

For children a stuffed animal is just as real to them as a living and breathing one. When 9-year-old Joshua Wade had to go into the hospital he wasn't about to go alone. His best friend, Wolf, had to go with him.

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Posted on January 18, 2014

It's not the sort of story you hear every day.

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Posted on January 17, 2014

When your beloved dog goes missing and you don't really have the money to offer a reward what do you do? You get creative and think laterally.

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Posted on January 15, 2014

Last year Peaches was called in to help people deal with the trauma from the Boston Marathon bombing. Pit bulls have gotten a really bad reputation over the past couple of

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Posted on January 13, 2014

Like most Americans, most of the people in the U.K. love their cats. While Queen Elizabeth has her beloved corgis and dorgis, the true halls of power are inhabited by a cat.

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Posted on January 11, 2014

When 7-year-old Kaelyn Krawczyk (KK) needed to undergo surgery last month her doctors decided that they needed some extra expert help in monitoring her condition.

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Posted on January 10, 2014

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program reported last month that there had been an increase in the number of hawks getting hit by cars in Colorado, especially in one area of Weld County near the Pawnee National Grasslands.

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Posted on January 8, 2014

It was just six hours after Lee and Elizabeth Littler brought Hercules home from the animal shelter that the dog started going crazy. He was growling and went tearing right through the screen door.

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Posted on January 4, 2014

If you have been around long enough then you can remember the popular Land Shark bit from the early days of Saturday Night Live.

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Posted on January 3, 2014

Just as Colorado becomes the first state in the union to legalize recreational marijuana, word is spreading that dolphins also have a way of getting high.

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Posted on January 2, 2014

The horse-drawn carriages of Central Park in New York City have become an iconic image for tourism. That tradition, which began in 1935, may be on the way to extinction if the Big Apple's new mayor has his way.

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Posted on December 24, 2013

Back in October an injured pit bull that was near death was rescued by Andi Davis as she was hiking on a mountain in Arizona.

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Posted on December 24, 2013

Ferrets have not been domesticated for very long. In the U.S. few people had them as pets until they exploded in popularity in the 1980s. Now they are all over the place and, just like cats and dogs, they are members of the family.

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Posted on December 23, 2013

Back in 1808, near the height of King George III's popularity, a monument to him was unveiled in Osmington, England.

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Posted on December 22, 2013

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has been telling us for years not to give pets as gifts during the holidays.

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Posted on December 21, 2013

There are people who have posited that cats are really aliens who have come to enslave our human society. Stories abound to suggest this through the mysterious activity of the felines.

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Posted on December 20, 2013

Pit bulls have gotten a really bad reputation over the past couple of
decades and it has led to numerous communities banning the breed. While
some of the dogs have shown aggressive and even violent tendencies, they

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Posted on December 18, 2013

Life can leave you so stressed out these days. One way to really relax is to go on vacation. Another way is to get a massage. Why not combine the best of both worlds and take a trip to a beach resort in Phuket, Thailand.

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Posted on December 16, 2013

Tilly was a shy and terrified cat when Celia Haddon found her at the shelter. She was also a bit odd looking with a "harlequin" face that was half black and half tortoiseshell.

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Posted on December 15, 2013

It has been an emotional couple of years for the Hart family. Once their youngest son, JJ, was diagnosed as autistic they committed themselves to doing whatever they needed to do to help him.

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Posted on December 12, 2013

Pit bulls have gotten a really bad reputation over the past couple of
decades and it has led to numerous communities banning the breed. While
some of the dogs have shown aggressive and even violent tendencies, they

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Posted on December 11, 2013

In the early years of the 20th century the Western World was becoming obsessed with the idea of air travel. Before the advent of heavier-than-air craft that led to aviation as we know it today, people traveled by airship.

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Posted on December 10, 2013

Christmas is a time when people often choose to give to charity as a part of the spirit of the holidays. One way that you can help spread hope and prosperity around the world is by giving the gift of an animal through Heifer International.

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Posted on December 9, 2013

Over the past couple of weeks much of the nation has been dealing with the grip of an icy blast coming out of the north. It has been disrupting air travel across the country -- including the bird population.