Does anyone have some memories to share from your previous dogs? I’ll love to hear from you. One of my previous dog (Cookie) hated frogs & cats. He loved to wear my reading glasses & each time I wanted to grab them he turned his head. I believe Cookie thought he was human ha ha. He didn’t sit like a dog & he loved watching TV. He had...Read More
While not a pet in any conventional sense, people around the world came to love Pete the Moose, the Vermont ungulate who received a gubernatorial pardon when he became the center of a swirling controversy over the treatment of wild animals in domestic situations in 2009.
Pete the Moose was mauled by dogs when he was only five days old. Badly ...Read More
Like many phrases evoking animals, “raining cats and dogs” has been used so commonly that its origins are taken for granted. And those who do wonder why people started associating heavy rainfall with falling pets will find the phrase’s origins shrouded in myth and conflicting interpretations. Many of these interpretations ar...Read More
Angel Cats, a collection of stories compiled by Allen and Linda Anderson, tries to set itself apart from the admittedly bloated genre of sentimental feline-themed nonfiction books. It doesn’t just have stories about people who love their cats, it has stories about people who love their cats and think said cats are messengers from the Di...Read More
The Turkish Van is famed as the "swimming cat", one of the few felines that actually embraces water. It's also a symbol of the Kurdish people, found in art and culture dating back to the 16th century. However, as the indigenous Kurds were persecuted by the Turkish Republic, so were their beloved cats. Turkish Vans were targeted for extermina...Read More
African grey parrots are popular for their friendly nature and speech-mimicking abilities. However, their abilities go far beyond copying what they hear. The African grey is one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, and their walnut-sized brains have cognitive abilities closer to humans than other birds. This was proven to the world by ...Read More
Cats are notorious for their fervent hatred of water, but this trait isn't exclusive to all breeds. The Turkish Van is a type of cat that has become famous for its ability not only to swim in water, but to actively seek it. But unlike many breeds, the Turkish Van is not the result of domestic breeding, but a naturally occurring cat tha...Read More
When our dog died, we chose not to keep her remains as displaying a conventional urn would be depressing and focus on the loss. Looking at photos was comforting, which inspired me, a mosaic artist, to develope a process of incorporating a photo montage into a beautiful mosaic design to transform an urn into a personal and uplifting piece of ar...Read More
Vicki Myron's memoir Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World, was an unprecedented success. This is because the story of Dewey Readmore Books, who was found cruelly dumped in the book drop of the Spencer, Iowa library when he was just a stray kitten, was more than just Myron's love letter to her cat. Dewey (and by extensi...Read More
Sometimes real stories do have happy endings-- even for those who killed Harry Potter's parents.
The saga of Charlie (a.k.a Voldemog), a 14-year-old cat who lost his nose and ears to skin cancer, reached its conclusion yesterday. Living in a shelter in the West End of London, it was feared that the older, deformed feline would never find ...Read More
Every person can benefit from animal companionship, even those more powerful than a locomotive. But conventional animals aren't so impressive next to Superman. So, believing that a flying man in a cape was too down to earth, DC Comics created Super-animal characters, and eventually had enough of the caped critters to form a Legion of Super-P...Read More
Happy Thanksgiving, animal lovers! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a personal story as well as extend my gratitude to the man responsible for my earliest childhood experience with dogs.
He lived at the very bottom of my street. He was a quiet type, but also kind of reminded me of "the man in the b...Read More
Few people with access to multimedia haven't heard of Marley and Me. John Grogan's newspaper columns about his lovably ill-behaved Labrador Retriever Marley were a massive success, and the book he wrote about the dog cemented the story's status. Marley and Me's narrative strongly resonates with the public, because it simultaneous...Read More
One of the most addictive sites on the internet is KittenWar, which works exactly as the name suggests. Created by Fraser Leway and Tom Ryan, the site works by having its viewers vote for which kitten pictures are the cutest. Though battles are temporary, the kittens' profiles retain popularity rankings, and some lucky ( or unlucky ) cats will r...Read More
For a cat that started as a sickly stray, Dewey Readmore Books did remarkably well. Vicki Myron, a librarian at the Spencer Public Library in Iowa, had no idea how far his influence would spread when she found him cruelly stuffed in the book drop slot. But Dewey not only became a fixture of the library, but a symbol of the town’s spirit. I...Read More
Lessons from Stanley the Cat is a self-help book with a much simpler-- and debatably more effective-- approach. The author, psychotherapist Jennifer Freed, shares the wisdom she learned from her late cat Stanley, with cute cartoons from Swedish illustrator Tone Gellerstedt illustrating those points. Stanley's lessons range from simple common sen...Read More
The ocelot is a small wildcat found in forests extending from the Southwestern United States all the way down to South America. The ocicat is a renowned cat breed, named for its resemblance to the ocelot. The resemblance is a large part of the breed's appeal, because of the mystique surrounding the ocelot-- their distinctive spotted coat makes t...Read More
A common folk myth in the Northeastern States is that the Maine Coon breed of cat is part raccoon. The legend is fueled by the breed's appearance, because they have quite a few traits similar to the wild animal. They have long, bushy tails that sometimes have ringed patterns, they have distinct tufted ears, they are excellent climbers, and-- by ...Read More
Any one shopping in Japan will come across a store which has a maneki neko statue on display. The statue, which translates into English as " welcoming cat ", takes the shape of a chubby white cat sitting on its hind legs and raising one paw. Several folk tales have been told regarding the origins of the maneki neko, and they all treat the feline...Read More
The Cold War space race between United States and Russia demanded intensive research before either side was ready to send human beings into off of the Earth. At first, the physical effects of outer space were tested on animals. The first animal in space was Laika, a three-year-old stray dog found on the streets of Moscow. In 1957, she was put in...Read More