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 September 1, 2012

Just two weeks after the big video cat shindig in St. Petersburg, Russia, the U.S. hosted its own Cat Video Film Festival at the Walker Art Center
in Minneapolis on August 30, 2012.  An estimated 10,000 people attended

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Posted on August 30, 2012

From now through September 5, 2012, JetBlue Airlines is offering an 'All
Your Pet Can Jet
' pass for flights between almost all JetBlue cities
from September 7 through December 31, 2012... and there are no blackout

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Posted on August 29, 2012

Two animal figurines, each approximately 6 inches long, have been found by archaeologists in Tel Moza, a large excavation area near Jerusalem.
The pieces, one a ram and the other a type of wild bovine, date back

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Posted on August 29, 2012

Aaron Starkman
was almost 'one of those awful people you read about' whose dog died as
he waited for his owner in an overheated parked car.  Any time Starkman sees a

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Posted on August 28, 2012

The headlines are all about the three Hollywood male superstars who are making the film: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy. 

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Posted on August 26, 2012

I've not met a pet yet who wants to go to the vets office.  You can even
bring in a novice, a pet that's never been to a veterinarian's office

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Posted on August 23, 2012

Cat lovers will adore the photos and videos of this endangered wild cat -
the Sand Cat.  But these cats are not pets, and conservationists are
trying to save this species so that some day the Sand Cat can thrive in

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Posted on August 22, 2012

Like many of us, Director Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Nightmare Before Christmas...)
cherishes memories of his childhood dog.  Burton's poor bull terrier,

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Posted on August 22, 2012

A dog owner reported finding several 'brad' nails in his dog's food bowl
and in the bag of Merrick dog food from which it came. The bag was
bought from a Petco in Philadelphia, PA. The owners shared their August

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Posted on August 21, 2012

A newborn Jaguar in Szeged, Hungary has had to be removed from his
mother after two days because his mother is not capable of taking care
of him.  She was also born in captivity.  Why does this happen?

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Posted on August 20, 2012

There are some veterinarians that prescribe medicinal tranquilizers for
hyperactive dogs; but talk to dog owners, and few actually want to use
them. Would they try a natural supplement?  You can bet on it, based on

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Posted on August 19, 2012

Trogloraptor.  It's a new species of spider found by citizen scientists in the caves of southwestern Oregon and studied and named  by arachnologists from the California Academy of Sciences (CAS).  For arachnophobics, it's just an uglier, sc

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Posted on August 18, 2012

Does your dog eat his own poop?  According to Dr. Ben Hart of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California - Davis,
about 16 percent of all dogs eat their own poop on a regular basis. 

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Posted on August 17, 2012

The baby Dusty Langur has to be one of the most unusual members of the monkey kingdom.  Born bright orange, he clings to his mother for
several months, long after his coat turns from orange to grey. You can

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Posted on August 17, 2012

It is very important that you stop using this product: a dog was asphyxiated and died as a result of sleeping on it.  The recalled product is the Indoor Pet Heating Comfort Pad Mat.

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Posted on August 16, 2012

When the city of St. Petersburg, Russia goes to the movies, it does so big time.  The Palace Bridge

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Posted on August 14, 2012

Does this stainless steel pet bowl look familiar?  Well, if you
purchased it from Petco between May 31 and June 20, 2012, it may be
radioactive. Read on; there are two more radioactive styles....

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Posted on August 12, 2012

Cattle inventory is the smallest this year than it has been since the
U.S. Department of Agriculture began keeping records in 1973. Ranchers
have been selling off their cattle because the recent droughts have

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Posted on August 11, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States has issued a warning to pet
owners that, based on a swell in owner reports, pet theft appears to be
on the rise now.  The tendency is to imagine pet theft occurs from a

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Posted on August 10, 2012

Swine shows are continuing at state fairs this year, but fair-goers are
warned not to pet the pigs; swine flu is back. This is what the

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Posted on August 9, 2012

Competitive riders, whether they are racers,
jumpers, or dressage riders, worry that their anxiety before
a race or show is communicated to their horses, thereby stressing the animals

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Posted on August 8, 2012

Professor Meowingtons, pHd. has had a pair of headphones made just for him by Sol Republic, makers of headphones extraordinaires. Why? To block out the sounds of dogs, of course.

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Posted on August 6, 2012

The House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) met on Friday, August 3, 2012, and passed a policy against the feeding of raw or undercooked meat to cats and dogs.  Recognizing that raw food diets are becoming more and

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Posted on August 2, 2012

Rachel Ray, the Emmy Award winning television show star, chef extraordinaire, and dog owner, is teaming up with the ASPCA to challenge 50 pet shelters nation-wide to find parents for as many of their pets as possible in the next 3 months.

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Posted on July 26, 2012

Visitors to the Smithsonian National Zoo yesterday got quite a surprise at the Dama gazelle exhibit: a live birth.  Mother Adara
and father Raul became parents of a bright and sprite male baby,