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.

teaser
Posted on September 11, 2013

Trakr, a German shepherd from Canada was named one of the most heroic
dogs ever by Time magazine for his efforts to help find survivors among
the rubble of the World Trade Center after the towers collapse after the

teaser
Posted on September 10, 2013

A Colorado Springs man was arrested in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday by University of Colorado police officers as he was riding his horse through the city in the area of the CU campus.

teaser
Posted on September 7, 2013

There are many creatures in the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota -- like walleye and pike -- that make them great for fishing. However, those lakes can also hold surprises.

teaser
Posted on September 6, 2013

This comes straight out of the "strange but true" files. A man living 280 miles southeast of Cairo, Egypt got suspicious of a bird near his home. It was hanging out with four other birds.

teaser
Posted on September 4, 2013

Stubbs, the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, is in rough condition after being attacked by a dog. He has a fractured sternum and a punctured lung. After undergoing three hours of surgery he is on the mend.

teaser
Posted on September 3, 2013

How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away its credit card. Okay, it's an old joke, and being charged by an elephant is no laughing matter -- at least not while it's happening.

teaser
Posted on August 31, 2013

If you are going to be traveling internationally with your cat or dog there are a lot of hoops to jump through to make sure that you have all of the necessary vaccinations and paperwork.

teaser
Posted on August 29, 2013

Colonel Meow, the popular Internet cat, was just named the World's Hairiest Cat by Guinness World Records. The two-year-old Himalayan/Persian mix has accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and maintains his own website and a YouTube Channel.

teaser
Posted on August 28, 2013

A man got the surprise of his life recently when he having a lie-in one morning and thought that his girlfriend had curled up behind him for a friendly snuggle. Unbeknownst to him she had already gone off to work.

teaser
Posted on August 27, 2013

In most cases cats and dogs just don't get along. Many people think that the two are just not compatible. Indeed, they are quite different.

teaser
Posted on August 25, 2013

Earlier this month Amanda, a German Shepherd mix, touched the hearts of firefighters in Santa Rosa de Temeco, Chile, when she repeatedly returned to a burning house to save her litter of puppies one by one.

teaser
Posted on August 23, 2013

Life for senior citizens can be isolating and lonely. Life for them is changing and not always for the better. Physical ability and mental acuity are waning.

teaser
Posted on August 15, 2013

In one of Aesop's Fables a mouse removes a thorn from a lion's paw and gains the eternal gratitude of the giant cat. Many versions of this tale have appeared periodically over the centuries.

teaser
Posted on August 13, 2013

MJ (short for Mary Jane) started life just about as unusually as she is living her life. She was born in a drawer in Rudi Saldia's apartment in Philadelphia, PA.

teaser
Posted on August 7, 2013

Back in May a small holding (little farm) in the town of Clara, in County Offaly, Ireland was home to something of a miracle. The cat took on the responsibility of three orphans in addition to her own litter of three kittens.

teaser
Posted on August 5, 2013

There are many strange creatures in the sea that seem more alien than earthly. The pyrosome is one of them. Well, actually it is many of them.

teaser
Posted on August 3, 2013

One of the first things that we teach children is the sounds that animals make -- and animals the world over make the same sounds, right? Well, yes . . . and no.

teaser
Posted on July 30, 2013

Some people really enjoy having exotic pets and there are many wild animals out there that people have made into pets with varying degrees of success.

teaser
Posted on July 26, 2013

There are many kinds of working dogs in this world. We tend to think of them as helping herd cows and sheep, sniffing out drugs along the border, or even being parachuted into Osama Bin Laden's compound.

teaser
Posted on July 25, 2013

The new Prince George isn't the only baby making a remarkable appearance in the world in the last week. Little Ippo was born on Saturday on the Aglietti family farm in Italy. He is the love child of a very different kind of affair of the heart.

teaser
Posted on July 19, 2013

For fire fighter Cory Kalanick it was just another day on the job in Fresno, California. With the rest of his team he responded to a home on fire. Once the fire was beaten back, Kalanick was ordered to check the home for anything salvageable.

teaser
Posted on July 18, 2013

Back in 2008 a Quaker parrot named Willie became a bona fide hero when he saved the life of two-year-old Hannah Kuusk. Hannah was having breakfast at the Denver home of her babysitter, Megan Howard.

teaser
Posted on July 16, 2013

Move over sheep placenta. The latest substance to be the ultimate beauty tool is snail slime. Yes, you read that right. Snail slime.

teaser
Posted on July 13, 2013

Members of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) became well-known as heroes on 9/11 when the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed. Their heroism hardly stopped there. They are heroes on a daily basis.

teaser
Posted on July 12, 2013

Comedian and actor Adam Sandler was on vacation in Africa with his family
when he nearly had what could have been a fatal encounter with a wild
cheetah -- and that's no joke. He told the tale of his wildlife