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 May 17, 2012

The Colorado Rockies baseball game againt the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday was rudely interrupted during the fifth inning. You won't bee-lieve what happened.

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Posted on May 17, 2012

William, an Arabian show horse, got spooked Tuesday night during a photo shoot on a Califonia beach, causing him to charge into the water for a mile swim.

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Posted on May 16, 2012

Three dogs have been abandoned in a cemetery in Rhode Island. One a month ago, and two more just ten days ago. A fourth dog was abandoned in a cemetery in Michigan.

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Posted on May 16, 2012

The Illinois state legislature is considering a measure that would allow miniature horses trained as service animals to accompany people with disabilities in public places.

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Posted on May 15, 2012

The surviving exotic animals from last year's shocking massacre in Ohio following their owner's suicide are now in danger again -- this time from eviction.

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Posted on May 14, 2012

A 19-year-old PetSmart employee, William Joseph Riddick, was arrested for, and admitted to, stealing as many as 50 hamsters.

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Posted on May 14, 2012

Scientists working in the fields of genetic engineering and synthetic biology have been looking for a way to mass produce the proteins that make up spider webs. With the spider goat hybrid they think they have found the answer.

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Posted on May 12, 2012

An owl is an unusual pet, but Florence Nightingale kept one that she had rescued from the Parthenon in Athens. She travelled with it in her pocket.

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Posted on May 11, 2012

Despite costing as much as several thousand dollars a pound, the demand for swiftlet nests to make the traditional Chinese bird's nest soup is taking its toll on swiftlet populations and habitat.

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Posted on May 9, 2012

When wildfire threatened his home in 2010 and he was forced to evacuate Roger Mordhorst had to leave his beloved parrot, Buster, behind. Do you know what to do with your pets if an emergency situation is threatening your home?

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Posted on May 7, 2012

Bee populations are rapidly declining throughout the world. What can you do? Adopt a bee to help support these essential pollinators.

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Posted on May 4, 2012

The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation doesn't take
on your average house cat or family dog. When it comes to teeth they are
in for the big game. Dr. Peter Emily works on the likes of lions and

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Posted on May 3, 2012

A few weeks ago employees at a Home Depot in Morrison, Colorado discovered a surprise in a bag of peat moss -- a litter of baby bunnies abandoned by their mother.

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Posted on May 1, 2012

Astrologers are helping pets owners understand and relate more easily with their cats and dogs by creating charts for their animals.

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Posted on April 28, 2012

The websites Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com, created in 2008, have been feeding homeless cats and dogs. To date, they have provided more than seven million meals for these animals.

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Posted on April 27, 2012

Animals creating paintings to make money for the upkeep of animals at zoos and aquariums. These animals prove that you don't have to be human to be a temperamental artist.

 

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Posted on April 25, 2012

In more and more programs worldwide, cats with socialization issues are ending up in prison to get the help they need.

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Posted on April 23, 2012

Many Jewish people who really consider their dog one of the family have begun to celebrate their loved one with a Bark Mitzvah.

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Posted on April 22, 2012

From air buds to couch spuds: Dogs can now kick back, put their paws up, and veg for a few hours watching television.

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Posted on April 17, 2012

While raccoons often seem to want to make themselves at home in your house, they are still wild animals and should remain wild.

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Posted on April 16, 2012

The controversy over gay rights and gay marriage aren't the only gender-based issues brewing out there. There is also the case of trangendered or hermaphrodite chickens. Some say yes, some say no, some say sort of. The proof is in the chicks.

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Posted on April 12, 2012

As the centennial of of the Titanic sinking is recognized, few people know of the canine passengers who travelled with their first class owners. Of the twelve dogs known to be on board, only three survived.