Pets And Animals Blog by Rebecca West (To Be Edited)

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

Texas dog suffocates from chip bag (image: KTRK video screen shot)
Posted on March 6, 2018

Losing a pet is hard enough, but losing one when it might have been avoided is even harder. That's what a Texas couple found out when their young dog died from a bag of chips.

BringFido is the Yelp of Dog-Friendly Places
Posted on March 3, 2018

If you're a dog owner who likes to take the family pet along for the ride, then you need to check out BringFido, an invaluable tool for people with pets.

Animal Bios on theChive  (image via theChive Facebook)
Posted on March 2, 2018

Hysterical animal bios parody humans for serious laughs in a piece assembled by theChive that has readers in stitches, it's a must-see.

Canadian couple eat rescue pig (image:BC SPCA)
Posted on March 1, 2018

Say what?! A potbellied pig in Canada rescued from an unbearable life and transferred to a shelter was adopted by a couple who turned around and ate it weeks later.

Pink fairy armadillo (image: cliff1066 CC)
Posted on February 28, 2018

File this one under Strange Creatures, because the wholly unusual pink fairy armadillo looks like something straight off the island of Doctor Moreau or the world of Mad Max.

Angora Ferret  (image: Top Notch Ferrets)
Posted on February 27, 2018

For the most part, angora ferrets aren't any different than short-haired ferrets, other than they're even cuter and more cuddly, if that's possible. But there are one or two things that stand them apart.

Hades & his three-headed hound Kerberos
Posted on February 26, 2018

Ancient peoples believed that a mythological hound with three heads known as Kerberos guarded the Gate to Hell, causing death to all who entered, but CO2 was likely the culprit.

Look how clever I am. Rub my belly!
Posted on February 24, 2018

Delivery drivers face countless dogs each and every day on their daily routes. United Parcel Service (UPS) created their own Facebook page called UPS Dogs to pay special tribute to them.

Miss Porckchop waiting for a treat  (image: Scott Hodges)
Posted on February 23, 2018

Like letter carriers, delivery drivers come into contact with a lot of animals that are best bribed with treats. For one UPS driver, it was the direct path to the heart of a sassy swine named Miss Porkchop.

Lizard fish (image via Museums Victoria/Marine National Facility Facebook)
Posted on February 22, 2018

A deep-sea voyage off Australia's coast dredged up more than 100 different species of fish — several never before seen — from the ocean floor at depths of up to nearly 3 miles.

Pangolin (image via Taronga Zoo Sydney Facebook)
Posted on February 21, 2018

Research conducted on Australia's echidnas may end up helping pangolins, one of the most sought-after and trafficked animals on the planet, giving hope to conservationists.

14,000-year-old burial contains remains of two dogs & their humans
Posted on February 20, 2018

According to new information, scientists now believe ancient humans had a stronger bond than originally thought with their canine companions, even caring for them while sick and elevating them to burial status.

Jukebox 5 by Aqueon
Posted on February 19, 2018

Each year a variety of cool aquariums come out designed for small spaces. Now, you can listen to your favorite beats combined with a synchronized pulsating light display via the Aqueon Aquatics JukeBox 5.

Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (image via CMZ Facebook)
Posted on February 18, 2018

One sky-high zoo in Colorado offers visitors bird's-eye views of interactive exhibits, artistic animals armed with paint brushes and over 30 endangered species to learn about all in one place.

Cricket the Pony (image via Facebook)
Posted on February 17, 2018

After a video surfaced on social media showing a corgi taking an evening ride on a pony, a lot of people — including the pony's owners — wanted to know "how'd he do that?"

Image via Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter Facebook
Posted on February 16, 2018

They say music soothes the savage beast, but one North Carolina animal control officer found out it calms ordinary dogs, too.

It's a Dog! pet gift registry for new dog owners
Posted on February 15, 2018

Much like a bridal registry where friends and family can choose from a select set of items the new bride and groom have earmarked, It's a Dog! is for new pets.

Cheetah the rescue chimp (image via Save the Chimps)
Posted on February 13, 2018

While the number of animals confined for testing has significantly dropped in recent years, there are still many waiting for release. Find out what one artistic chimp's been doing since being freed.

Cat perch by K&H Pet Products
Posted on February 12, 2018

Have a cat who loves to gaze out at the world around them but no window sill or ledge for them to sit on? No worries with a new window-mounted hanging shelf unit.

New doggie digs are far more luxurious than the ones dad built
Posted on February 10, 2018

Today's doghouses just barely resemble the doghouses your dad built back in the day. In fact, with the various styles and sizes available, you'd be hard pressed to say they're not fit for a canine king or queen.

cat crates for vehicle travel
Posted on February 9, 2018

What are American's searching for more than any other country with its own automotive industry? Pet-friendly accessories to make their pet's drive safer and more comfortable, that's what.

5 facts about owls you probably didn't know
Posted on February 7, 2018

How much do you know about owls? Here's five interesting facts about these majestic creatures that will make you appear as wise as they're often portrayed.

Baby kangaroo learns to hop (image via screen shot)
Posted on February 7, 2018

A baby kangaroo left orphaned after his mother was hit by a car is finally emerging from his improvised pouch and learning to hop, and it's pretty darn cute.

Potential tax breaks for pet owners & animal care givers
Posted on February 5, 2018

Want to write some of your pet-related costs off on your taxes this year? Well, you actually can. Find out which six items you can include on your return right here.

Baby gorilla
Posted on January 24, 2018

Thanks to people like Dian Fossey, a primatologist who devoted much of her life to studying and saving gorillas in the wild, Africa's mountain gorillas are receiving the veterinary care they need.