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

Welcome to Rebecca West's Pets and Animals Blog.

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.

'Doggos' makes it into Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
Posted on January 23, 2018

Word trends are nothing new. In fact, history is rife with them. Merriam-Webster has given a little added juice to one word they've been watching grow in popularity, and dog lovers are totally down with it.

Fiona the Hippo (image via the Cincinnati Zoo)
Posted on January 22, 2018

Fiona the famous baby hippo is celebrating her birthday at the Cincinnati Zoo. She may be just turning 1, but she's already known the world over. Check out what she had for her birthday cake and how she's doing after her premature birth.

Cat flu identified in NYC animal shelter
Posted on January 20, 2018

For the first time ever, a deadly strain of the Avian Flu Virus has crossed over into cats. While its appearance has so far only been detected in NYC, there are still some things you need to know.

Delta tightens rules on flying with service animals
Posted on January 19, 2018

Delta Airlines is tightening its regulations in regards to traveling with service dogs and emotional support animals in response to a rising number of unfortunate incidents on flights since 2016.

Dog paw socks from What On Earth
Posted on January 18, 2018

Already sick of this brutal winter? Need an emotional pick-me-up and something to keep your tootsies warm? Look no further, because animal paw (and hoof) socks are here.

Facebook post goes viral with misinformation regarding pet safety
Posted on January 17, 2018

An Ohio veterinarian has debunked a myth floating around on Facebook concerning the toxicity of a certain cleaning product in connection to pet deaths. Don't believe everything you read on social media.

Tufts University is trying to save wild elephants hunted for their ivory
Posted on January 16, 2018

Tufts University is on a mission, a mission to save wild elephants from extinction before 2030. That's because poaching is said to take the lives of these majestic animals at the rate of one every 20 minutes. The race is on!

Lykoi Cat by Brittney Gobble (image via Lykoi Cats Facebook)
Posted on January 15, 2018

An odd feline often referred to as a werewolf cat has officially been recognized by the AKC as a breed unto its own in 2018, and you've got to see them to believe them.

New drug for treating canine cancer discovered (image via Tufts University FB)
Posted on January 14, 2018

An experimental drug is being hailed by some pet owners as nothing short of miraculous for saving canine lives. Now, scientists are looking for a way to apply it to humans suffering from the disease.

Shelter dog's profile on Tinder app scores 22 matches
Posted on January 13, 2018

Searching for a forever home for one of its inhabitants, an extremely clever shelter worker came up with an innovative approach to finding the perfect match through the use of a popular dating app.