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.

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

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

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

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...

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

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

Posted on July 13, 2012

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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 -

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

Posted on June 28, 2012

In 1970, there were only 14 pure Red Wolves left in the world, hunted to
the brink of extinction. Now, thanks to a long term propagation program
for the Red Wolf there are about 250 of them, 100 of which have been

Posted on June 27, 2012

I hate it when apes get to use technology before I do.

Posted on June 26, 2012

Humans born in Hungary speak a different language than those born in the
Philippines if they are born into a native family.  But what about dogs
born worlds apart?  What about birds or monkeys?  Two University of

Posted on June 22, 2012

A new study, the first published on the paternity of southern right whales - no, not southern white males - gives hope to the species that was rendered nearly extinct by whaling off the Australia and New Zealand shores.

Posted on June 20, 2012

Think your dog's safety harness is really safe?  You may have to think again...


Posted on June 18, 2012

Sleepypod, which makes carriers for small and medium sized pets, has
long touted the safety of its carriers for travel.  Now, the company has

Posted on June 18, 2012

Remember when Summer used to mean ice cream trucks ringing their
bells all around the neighborhood?  Well, Great OutDogs, the brainchild
of Matt Edwards may not ring its bell when it reaches your neighborhood,

Posted on June 14, 2012

PAL, or Pets Add Life, is a non-profit organization that supports the
adoption and responsible care of pets through its informational website
and, beginning last month, through its hilarious videos.  PAL's first

Posted on June 13, 2012

After months of watching, making introductions, and research, the
Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed its first pair of fishing cat
newborns. The cats, native to southern and southeast Asia, are

Posted on June 10, 2012

Bibi and Poldi are two giant turtles that have shared living spaces for
nearly all of their 115 years. (Imagine these turtles were born in the
19th Century!)  They were so inseparable that when they changed zoos

Posted on June 9, 2012

We love our pets so much.  Just look at all the surveys showing that
folks would rather give up their mates than their pets or that they
spend more money on medical bills for their pets than themselves... Many