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 28, 2013

Eddie the sea otter is 15 years old and in otter terms that is considerably old. Vets at the Oregon Zoo found that he was suffering from arthritis in his elbows when they were checking his x-rays.

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Posted on February 28, 2013

The geoduck has nothing to do with aquatic birds. Though it looks more like it comes from another planet, it is actually a bivalve mollusk. It is a clam -- a very large, edible, saltwater clam.

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Posted on February 27, 2013

If there are two things that most girls of any age love, they are unicorns and shoes. The other girls are probably into demons and shoes.

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Posted on February 27, 2013

Small town America has long been a bastion of middle-class values and propriety. Small towns also have a reputation for being individual and a little quirky. Take the case of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky: in 2008 they elected a dog mayor for life.

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Posted on February 26, 2013

During these stressful economic times many people have faced difficulty in feeding their pets. In some cases people have made the heart-wrenching decision to give up their pets.

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Posted on February 25, 2013

Last week a boat load of whale watchers got the experience of a lifetime when a baby whale approached them repeatedly allowing them to pet it until they were finally doing what it wanted most -- massaging it gums.

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Posted on February 25, 2013

Life comes with changes. One of the biggest changes can be moving overseas with your or your spouse's job. The expatriate experience can be a great one, but is it right for Fido and Fluffy?

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Posted on February 24, 2013

Elmo had his hip broken when he was just a kitten. Now, at 7-years-old, Elmo is struggling with the long-term results of the injury. His weight rose to 24 pounds. He could barely walk. Another cat in the house took over the duty of grooming him.

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Posted on February 23, 2013

It is amazing how your entire life can change based on a seemingly small decision. For Theresa Strader it was the decision to adopt two or three dogs when she heard about a puppy mill in Missouri was auctioning off its dogs back in 2007.

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Posted on February 23, 2013

Apparently seahorses are a bit shy when it comes to sex -- at least when they are in captivity.

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Posted on February 22, 2013

If you haven't heard of Carrie, the dancing dog, then it is time you did. She has an amazing talent for dancing that would put other dancing dogs to shame. This beautiful golden retriever from Chile does not perform alone.

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Posted on February 22, 2013

Most people aren't aware that corals are animals. They remain stationary and most closely resemble plants to the human eye. In actuality they are densely-packed colonies of almost identical polyps.

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Posted on February 20, 2013

This weekend PetSmart is holding an adoption event to match dogs and cats with their perfect "forever" home. Unlike other pet retailers, PetSmart does not sell pets (other than fish and birds).

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Posted on February 20, 2013

Nora, a gray tabby cat in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was adopted as a kitten from a shelter by Betsy and Burrell in 2006.

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Posted on February 19, 2013

Last Thursday night a pick-up truck was stolen from outside a maintenance shop in Longmont, Colorado. Cheyenne, a five-month-old black Labrador retriever puppy was in the truck at the time.

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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