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 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,

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Posted on July 26, 2012

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) went through its database of 485,000
insured dogs and cats and came up with lists of 50 dogs and 50 cats with
outrageous names.  Then, they opened the lists up to the public to vote

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Posted on July 25, 2012

Banfield Pet Hospital, which has 800 hospitals in 43 states, collects
and analyzes data on all the dogs and cats seen by its veterinarians
every year.  In a report issued yearly, the Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health,

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Posted on July 24, 2012

Your rescued cat  is naturally photogenic. Let's face it; all cats are.
So sharpen your photographic skills and get your darling 'ravishing

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Posted on July 22, 2012

Every year Discovery Channel's Shark Week gets more in your face.  The
videographers not only take advantage of every innovation in underwater
photography, but they are getting up closer and more personal with their

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Posted on July 20, 2012

Sunny,  a two-year-old terrier mix with an abrasion on her foot, was scheduled to be euthanized
at a Houston animal shelter in two days. A great disposition, easily

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Posted on July 20, 2012

A 55-year old Cuban crocodile at the Smithsonian National Zoo in
Washington, DC became a mother this month, as two of the eggs she laid
months ago hatched successfully.  Mom 'Dorothy' was not even considered a

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Posted on July 19, 2012

"Happy cows make happy milk," says dairy cow farmer Ben Van Loon of the
Van Loon Dairy in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.  After buying waterbeds for 100
cows in January, the Van Loon family just spent $100,000 more to outfit

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Posted on July 19, 2012

If you're hankering to see wild animals
attack human interlopers. then this Friday's ABC special, a 2-hour
20/20, should be right up your alli... gator.  But "When Animals Strike Back" is not just for voyeurs...

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Posted on July 18, 2012

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) issued its 'Final Update' of its investigation of Salmonella infantis,
which was found in 20 US states and Canada, and caused by the

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Posted on July 18, 2012

An equine scientist, Dr. Barbara Murphy of the University
College Dublin, has invented an ingenious device to regulate a mare's breeding

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Posted on July 13, 2012

Baby Hope Diamond of New York City and Chilly Pasternak of Richmond,

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Posted on July 11, 2012

The baby giant panda born to Shin Shin and Ri Ri at the Tokyo Uena Zoo
just last week on July 6, 2012, has died just 6 days after birth. This
was the the couple's first birth and the first giant panda born at the

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Posted on July 10, 2012

Pets have really become involved in politics this year.  Some cats, like Hank, who is running for Senate in Virginia, and Fat Cat,
our Russian friend who recently lost a very close election to Vladimir

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Posted on July 6, 2012

Weirder things have been promoted, I guess.  But what exactly is the
attraction of playing tug of war with a 450 pound Bengal tiger?

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Posted on July 5, 2012

For the first time in 24 years a baby panda was born at the Tokyo Ueno
Zoo, only a few days after zoo keepers suspected that Shin Shin, the
female, might be pregnant. Shin Shin and Ri Ri, her male companion, were

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Posted on July 4, 2012

The economy is hurting pets in some ways, even though pet businesses are
one of the few growing enterprises in this recessionary period. There
are more pet adoptions, and that is great, but there are also more dogs

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Posted on July 2, 2012

I must be very empathetic, because when I look at the image of this dog,
I yawn. I can't even help myself!  It's no wonder that contagious
yawning is a path used by social scientists to measure empathy -

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Posted on June 29, 2012

Researchers have found some of the earliest known forms of animal,
animal babies in fact, at the site of the same Cape Race Lighthouse that
failed to wire warnings of impending danger to the Titanic. There, on