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 January 19, 2013

How much is your pet worth to you? Most of us would say priceless.

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Posted on January 18, 2013

Tommy, a German shepherd, used to attend church services regularly with his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi. When she passed away two months ago Tommy followed the coffin to the church for the funeral service.

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Posted on January 18, 2013

This species of praying mantis is FUGLY with flair. All mantis species could fall under the FUGLY  category, but this little guy takes it to a whole new level AND looks like he's ready for some ballroom dancing.

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Posted on January 18, 2013

A civil court proceeding began Monday in Arizona over fish pedicures after a spa there was ordered by cosmetology regulatorsto stop offering the treatments.

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Posted on January 17, 2013

Ruby, a black Labrador retriever in Cumbria, England, was missing for several hours. When she finally turned up at home again she had apparently been hit by a car and dragged herself 500 yards to get back.

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Posted on January 17, 2013

The trouble began when a juvenile red-tailed hawk caught a coot for his dinner. It must have been a particularly tasty coot or perhaps the hawk had just gotten too hungry in the pursuit.

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Posted on January 17, 2013

Sam, a black Labrador retriever in Aberdeenshire, Scotland was once a normal, happy dog who couldn't wait to go for a walk -- just like any other dog.

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Posted on January 16, 2013

An American Staffordshire Terrier puppy living in Melbourne, Australia, was severely ill after licking up some anti-freeze. Stacey Zammit had received Cleo for a Christmas present.

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Posted on January 16, 2013

Last week a police volunteer was injured while trying to help rescue a stray cat that had been found wandering along a highway in Israel.

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Posted on January 15, 2013

Florida is no stranger to invasive, non-native species, especially when it comes to the Burmese python. There are an estimated 150,000 of the snakes living and hunting in the Everglades and surrounding areas.

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Posted on January 15, 2013

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of geomancy that has become increasingly popular in Western cultures. The practice is reputed to bring about increased love, fame, fortune, and health.

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Posted on January 14, 2013

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for

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Posted on January 14, 2013

This last week you had to be living under a rock not to have heard of the lion scare in Norfolk, Virginia. It happened not far from the zoo, which added to the confusion.

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Posted on January 12, 2013

The elusive and shy New Guinea singing dog has not been seen outside of captivity in more than 23 years -- until recently.

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Posted on January 11, 2013

Last Friday Ryan Smith came home to every parent's nightmare. His son Riley was missing. Earlier that afternoon his son, six-year-old Riley, had chased the new puppy he had received for Christmas into the woods behind their home and disappeared.

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Posted on January 11, 2013

On Thursday morning a large mule deer wandered onto a lake in Golden, Colorado not far from the Coors brewery.

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Posted on January 11, 2013

Some animals are so FUGLY that they don't even look like animals. The sea apple often looks more like a badly diseased potato.

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Posted on January 10, 2013

A new study suggests that the critically endangered long-beaked echidna, which was thought to be extinct in Australia since the end of the last ice age, may still be alive.

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Posted on January 10, 2013

On Monday authorities in Mexico City confirmed that wild or feral dogs running loose in a park on the edge of the city have killed four people.

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Posted on January 9, 2013

A new star has been wowing the crowds in San Francisco over the last few months.

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Posted on January 9, 2013

It was early on Sunday morning when an Australian woman was awakened by the sound of her cat hissing angrily. When she got up to investigate she found a six-foot python wrapped three-times around her two-year-old daughter's arm.

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Posted on January 9, 2013

When Toldo's owner passed away in September of 2011, Toldo followed the funeral procession from his home to the cemetery.

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Posted on January 8, 2013

It is a practice that hearkens back to a time of luxury in England, when the wealthy would saddle their favorite horse, release the fox, and unleash the hounds.

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Posted on January 8, 2013

Even though many of us find spiders scary, or at least disturbing, many cultures through the centuries have considered them to be good luck -- and not just because they love making a meal of destructive insects.

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Posted on January 7, 2013

The Javan rhinoceros once roamed throughout a sizable area of Southeast Asia and Indonesia. In 2012 it was finally confirmed that the last Javan rhino in Vietnam was killed by poachers for its horn in 2010.