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 February 19, 2013

Corgis may not be the most popular breed of dogs in the world, but they certainly have one of the most powerful supporters in the world, Queen Elizabeth II. She received Susan, her first corgi, as a gift for her 18th birthday.

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Posted on February 18, 2013

As most dog owners know, some dogs just need their space -- whether it is because they are shy or afraid, or because they are recovering from illness or injury.

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Posted on February 18, 2013

In the days of late winter or early spring it has long been a custom in Germany and some other areas of Europe a straw bear was brought out in celebration processions. The bear was thought to drive winter away.

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Posted on February 16, 2013

This weekend in Denver the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show is taking Place at the National Western Complex. The event is being put on by the Colorado Kennel Club and the Plum Creek Kennel Club.

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Posted on February 15, 2013

Almost everyone gets a case of the "Awwwwwwws" when they see members of mismatched animal species become attached to one another.

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Posted on February 15, 2013

There is fugly and then there is really fugly. This bird is in serious need of a makeover. Aside from looking like he bought the cheapest toupee off the rack, he needs to call his plastic surgeon.

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Posted on February 14, 2013

Blue-fronted Amazon parrots are well known for their intelligence and being quite the chatterboxes. For Rocket, a parrot in England, linguistic skills seem to be a particular talent.

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Posted on February 14, 2013

As everyone knows, cows produce milk, calves, and copious
quantities of methane gas -- and apparently also a great deal of humidity. It is a fact that really came home to the

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Posted on February 14, 2013

Researchers at Italy's University of Padua have found that guppies find true value in hanging out with ugly friends. It is all part of a natural selection process that the fish use to ensure procreation and the survival of the species.

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Posted on February 13, 2013

Workers at the Toba Aquarium in the Mie Prefecture in Japan are baffled

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Posted on February 12, 2013

Norman, a three-year-old Briand, is one talented dog as he rides bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. He's been wowing crowds as he performs at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Posted on February 12, 2013

Scientists have been digging in the old Koskobilo quarry in northern Spain and have found two previously unknown species of spider crabs to enter into the fossil record.

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Posted on February 12, 2013

Documentary film makers placed cameras inside 50 animatronic penguins and then set them out in three colonies of the real birds to get closer than ever before.

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Posted on February 12, 2013

A breed of goats known as Fainting Goats suffer from "fainting" spells where they just
suddenly fall over and lie motionless. While the action is a result of
panic, it is not actually fainting since the animal does not lose

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Posted on February 11, 2013

When animals defecate good things happen. We've been spreading cow and horse manure in our fields and gardens for several millennia.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

Flipper, a nine-month-old kitten in Aspen Park, Colorado, was born with a twisted spine. Her top half goes one direction while the bottom tries to go another. This means that she ends up dragging her bottom end around, unable to walk.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

When the National Anthem is played at the beginning of a sports event it is supposed to be a solemn moment of patriotic reverence.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on February 10, 2013

There is a big fight brewing in little Montrose, Colorado. At stake is the fate of a dog named Dutch, an American Allaunt, accused of attacking a woman back in November.

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Posted on February 10, 2013

Just over a week ago a section of Interstate 40 that runs through Oklahoma was in chaos when a miniature mare and her colt turned up for the morning commute. The sight of the diminutive pair went beyond just causing a bit of curiosity slowing.

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Posted on February 9, 2013

Kapotwe, the shoebill, was just a "tiny" chick when she was captured by poachers and held inside a grass hut in a small fishing village.

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Posted on February 8, 2013

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia has been in decline for some time. A disease called white syndrome is killing the coral and causing the coral tissues to slough off, leaving the coral skeleton bleached white.

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Posted on February 8, 2013

This creature is sooooooo freaking FUGLY you may want to gag a bit. It kind of resembles a fuzzy potholder that the dog decided to shred and then threw in the compost heap. The fact that it is alive and moves makes it all the fuglier.

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Duma is one cute Jack Russell terrier -- and smart, too. Not only can
the seven-year-old pooch wakeboard behind a speedboat driven by her
owner, Cliff Bode, when she climbs back onto the boat, she takes the

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Even the smallest of creatures deserve love and compassion and Ada, a disabled goldfish, has been the recipient of just such devotion.