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 July 29, 2012

People who want to be able to take their pets wherever they go are turning to the purchase of fake service dog vests. Disability rights groups are claiming fraud is being perpetrated by the companies who sell the vests to just anybody.

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Posted on July 29, 2012

As hard as it is for animal lovers to believe, there are serious animal-hating crazy people out there who will actually aim at an animal in the road when they are driving. A recent study has shown that six percent of drivers will go for the kill.

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Posted on July 28, 2012

One in five dogs will develop some type of osteoarthritis in their
lifetime. Large breed dogs are affected more than smaller breeds. The
heavier the dog is, the more likely it is to experience symptoms. It is a problem

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Posted on July 28, 2012

Seven-year-old Lorcan Dillon of Manchester, England, suffers from selective mutism, a psychiatric disorder that makes him unable to speak in certain situations, including school, and expressing his feelings toward his family.

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Posted on July 27, 2012

It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that sharks have really strong teeth. Researchers have been looking into exactly how strong and what makes them that strong and cavity-resistant.

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Posted on July 27, 2012

When fishermen working off the south coast of England, in a strait known as the Solent, between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, brought in their nets they found that one of their oysters wasn't quite what they were fishing for.

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Posted on July 26, 2012

E.T., the singing walrus, celebrated his 30th birthday this week at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

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Posted on July 26, 2012

It is the stuff of science fiction -- or at least it used to be. Scientists from Harvard and Caltech have bioengineered a jellyfish out of muscle from a rat's heart and silicon.

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Posted on July 25, 2012

This subject is disturbing to Westerners, but to the Chinese it is just another day. Culturallyt our belief in animal rights and theirs are as different as our languages are.

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Posted on July 25, 2012

The sight of pigs in paradise is a strange one, but on one island in the Bahamas the pigs have the place all to themselves.

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Posted on July 24, 2012

It is a story as nearly as old as time, and surely proof that this is the reason that dog is man's best friend.

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Posted on July 24, 2012

Sam, the cat, is the only one who knows what he went through last week to survive a car crash, the destruction of his carrier around him, and two days alone in the Everglades.

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Posted on July 23, 2012

In the interior of British Columbia, Canada, moose populations have dropped by as much as 70 percent as aggressive salvage logging of beetle-kill trees without restriction or concerns over the environmental impact has gone on for years.

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Posted on July 23, 2012

When you think of places where the buffalo roam you think of South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, or maybe Montana. In June the news came in from Litchfield County in Connecticut of the birth of a rare white buffalo, or bison.

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Posted on July 22, 2012

For many years scientists have gone back and forth on whether or not animals are capable of the same emotions as humans. Most animal lovers and pet owners insist that they are.

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Posted on July 22, 2012

One of India's strongest cultural icons has always been the snake charmers with their flutes and basket containing their dancing snake, usually a cobra.

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Posted on July 21, 2012

Wilson Riddle in Detroit, Michigan, called police after seeing two alligators on
the loose in his apartment building a few days ago. The police were
able to apprehend one of the two foot long fugitives and

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Posted on July 21, 2012

When 13-year-old Rebecca Robinson was woken up in the middle of the night earlier this week, she felt something wasn't quite right. There was movement, like she was being dragged, even though she wasn't moving.

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Posted on July 20, 2012

The sight of cows in a green pasture with a bell tied around their necks is an iconic image of rural Europe, accompanied by that special sound that can only come from a cowbell.

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Posted on July 20, 2012

The last of Mongolia's Przewalski's wild horses was seen on the steppes
there in 1969. Since then they have existed only in captivity. A
breeding program in the Czech Republic is striving to return the animal

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Posted on July 19, 2012

The Japanese have been letting their special cattle belly up to
the bar for decades to produce their famed Kobe beef. After some
studies in Canada and Spain, the French have now begun to let their cows imbibe in a

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Posted on July 19, 2012

Earlier this month a Bassett hound named Molly was reunited with her family after 3 years and a journey of 1,000 miles. The dog, from Ft. Hood, Texas, was apprehended running loose by police officers in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

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Posted on July 18, 2012

They have invaded the beaches around Honolulu be the millions and baffling scientists. They speculate that the pea-sized, crab-like creatures may be the larval stage of the spotted reef crab.

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Posted on July 18, 2012

Residents in the mountainous Teller County in Colorado are being advised to keep an eye on their children and pets when they venture outside these days.

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Posted on July 17, 2012

A couple of weeks ago police in Glasgow, Scotland, were called out on a noise complaint about someone swearing loudly.