Pet Welfare and Pet Tails by Myra Per Lee

I love not man the less, but Animals more.  I love their willingness to  adjust to our presence in their universe. And I love that some animals are so  willing to be a part of our most un-natural of worlds, and when they are willing, we adopt them as Pets. I write about what we learn about animals, what we learn from them, and the crazy things they let us do to them.

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Posted on December 19, 2012

A team of biologists from the University of Florida, Tulane University,
and the University of Colorado have found that the persistent frog
fungus, Batrachochytrium dendobatidis, is not only killing off

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Posted on December 9, 2012

A woman watching the bears at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
in Syracuse, NY last Friday suddenly became the watched one as she went
into labor and gave birth to a baby girl right on the Zoo's main path.
What could the bears do?

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Posted on December 3, 2012

According to news reports, you had better keep any puppies, small dogs,
or those of a fragile nature out of Central Park and the upper west 90s
of New York City these days, for you are liable to encounter two

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Posted on November 2, 2012

Koshik is not the only elephant who can mimic sounds, but he's the first
elephant on record who has developed a way to actually mimic the
pronunciation of words spoken by his human trainers.  Confirmed by

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Posted on October 26, 2012

Most 'birds of a feather' flock together, but some, apparently,
go astray - like the goose who befriends a tortoise and even protects
the tortoise's nice fresh pile of veggies from the thieving intentions

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Posted on October 24, 2012

Yawning is contagious among humans, among chimps, among baboons, and
yes, even among dogs.  But have you ever noticed your dog yawning just
when you do?  Pet dogs have such strong empathy with us that they can

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Posted on October 23, 2012

If you want a real workout, and your dog could use a bit of one himself, then get thee to the nearest Thank Dog! Bootcamp or get one started yourself!

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Posted on October 19, 2012

Istanbul Turkey is rife with stray cats and dogs who've more or less
assimilated into its busy life, being fed by garbage scraps or by the
thousands of good-hearted city dwellers and restaurateurs who leave

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Posted on October 18, 2012

Your mother probably told you not to let your dog kiss you on the mouth -
so maybe you listened.  A new study on human and canine periodontal
disease is out to vindicate your mother.

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Posted on October 18, 2012

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is really on top of the dog
treats going into Target stores. Last month, Kasel Associated
Industries voluntarily pulled its Boots & Barkley American Beef

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Posted on October 15, 2012

.... Color also has an economic value when it comes to pet fish, because
people seem to choose the ones with the brightest, strongest, clearest

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Posted on October 12, 2012

A year ago, the Muncie Indiana Animal Shelter had a 40 percent euthanization rate, 33 percent below the national average of shelter euthanization, according to the ASPCA.  But that was not a low enough rate for Phil Peckinpaugh, who took over the

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Posted on October 10, 2012

Who's on parade this Halloween?  You, your kids, or your pets?  The National Retail Federation
(NRF) says nearly 72 percent of Americans will celebrate Halloween this

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Posted on October 9, 2012

Nom, nom.  Ooh, la la!  C'est magnifique!  Well, maybe not, according to the French bee farmers whose bees got into some M&M colored syrup and produced blue and green honey....

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Posted on September 28, 2012

If you're a peanut butter fan, I'm sure you've paid attention to the recent Sunland, Inc.
voluntary recalls of various brands of peanut butter manufactured by
the company due to salmonella bacteria being identified in some

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Posted on September 24, 2012

First, there was Fat Cat, who ran a valiant race against Vladimir Putin for President of Russia, despite his refusal to ride a horse bare-breasted. Then, there came Hank, boldly facing two big-shot party candidates running for U.S.

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Posted on September 14, 2012

When was the last time you had the opportunity to give open, anonymous
feedback about veterinary care?  If you're a horse owner and/or horse

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Posted on September 13, 2012

.... It may be an uphill battle to convince members of the New York City
Council to pass a law requiring a registry of convicted animal abusers,
primarily because of the cost - a reason similar animal abuse registries

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Posted on September 13, 2012

A monkey spotted tethered to a home porch rail in Opala,
Democratic Republic of Congo, back in 2007, has become a celebrity, as
he created geneticist interest in his origins. The monkey, which had

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Posted on September 10, 2012

A really cool trend started in Britain a few years ago at outdoor
concerts. It's called the 'silent disco.'  Everyone at a concert hears

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Posted on September 8, 2012

What better a way to teach children about different animal species than
to have the animals in the classroom?  Not only can kids learn about
them, their development and biology, but they can learn how to care for

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Posted on September 7, 2012

You've heard of working dogs, working horses, even working pigeons, but what about working cockroaches? 

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Posted on September 6, 2012

In another one of his dare-devil moods, no doubt, President Vladimir
Putin took flight on a hang glider yesterday to show a young flock of
Siberian white cranes how to fly.  Yup, we have photos and a video to
prove it!

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Posted on September 5, 2012

So welcome was the Akita puppy named Yume (Dream), a gift to
President Vladimir Putin this past June, a sign of thanks and friendship
from Governor Norihisa Satake of the Japanese Prefecture of Akita, that

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Posted on September 4, 2012

An enormous crowd of spectators, 30,000, more or less, flooded the streets of St.