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 8, 2013

Kattenstoet is a Festival of Cats that takes place every three years on the second Sunday in May in Ypres, Belgium. The history of the festival dates back into the Middle Ages and the horror of cat torture and killing of the time.

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Posted on May 2, 2013

Manta rays and their lesser-known cousins, mobula rays, were once fished only by subsistence fishermen because the meat is cheap and they tend to damage fishing nets.

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Posted on May 1, 2013

Cats for rent -- is this a new idea whose time has come or some crazy notion by crazy people? Well, it's neither. What it IS is a movie that was released in Japan last year.

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Posted on April 30, 2013

You've heard of dizzy dog people and crazy cat ladies, but have you heard of the nutty squirrel mom?

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Posted on April 25, 2013

Dogs are smarter than a lot of people give them credit for and their observations of the humans around them can help them survive when humanity seems to have given up on them.

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Posted on April 24, 2013

There is something delightfully tranquil and relaxing about watching a goldfish swimming around its bowl. It is so. . . Zen. Ommmmm.

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Posted on April 19, 2013

Unlike the original Woodstock back in the summer of love, 1969, Woofstock is not a single event. It is a series of local events held across North America.

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Posted on April 12, 2013

Most of the cat sanctuaries in the world do not become tourist
attractions. Those that do have something unique about them, such as
being located in the ruins in Rome, or the former home of Ernest

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Posted on April 9, 2013

Everyone knows someone who is crazy about their dog and will dress them up in cute little (or strange little) outfits. Then there are the insane cat ladies.

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Posted on April 8, 2013

A lot of debris has made it across the Pacific Ocean since the tsunami in Japan back in 2011.

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Posted on April 5, 2013

If you think you don't know what de-extinction is, think Jurassic Park. The movie franchise was a series of adventures in de-extinction. When Michael Crichton penned the first novel the idea was still fairly far-fetched to most people.

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Posted on March 30, 2013

A fishmonger in China was just going about his daily business and slaughtering a squid for sale when he made a startling and potentially deadly discovery.

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Posted on March 30, 2013

On March 17, 2013 a plane crashed into the Kobalski home in South Bend, Indiana, killing the two pilots and injuring three others.

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Posted on March 28, 2013

Apparently the human race is not the only one with a lock on the rat race. It can happen even among the stars and we're not talking Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock here.

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Posted on March 26, 2013

In major cities around the world a new idea has come home to roost, er, well, come home to curl up and purr.  So many people now live in apartments where they cannot have pets and yet they still want the chance to commune with a pet.

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Posted on March 25, 2013

Getting caught in the tentacles of a giant octopus seems to be the stuff of television and old science fiction B movies, but it does happen. Just ask Drew Collins.

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Posted on March 21, 2013

Get ready to fall in love. Jesse the Jack Russell Terrier is one amazing little dog. He can help with all the house work, from dusting to taking out the trash -- he even does windows!

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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.