Deer hitch a ride on Alaskan fishing charter (photos)

Photos of these deer hitching a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat are making the rounds on Facebook.I love when stories make the rounds on Facebook, because they're often very inspiring. But oftentimes they're not completely true. The latest story making the rounds is about four deer who hitched a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat. True story, but not recent.It was October 2010 when captain Tom Satre, along with his daughter Anna Satre, brother Tim Satre and sister Sharon Kelly, were … [Read more...]

Year-End Study Names 2011’s “Five Best States to be an Animal Abuser” (Where does your state rank?)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund this week released its annual report ranking animal cruelty laws across the nation, and according to the report Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota are the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser.Based on a detailed comparative analysis of more than 4,000 pages of statutes, tracking fourteen broad categories of provisions, the report recognizes the states where animal law has real teeth and calls out those like Kentucky – the s … [Read more...]

Relax with a little “cat yoga” (videos)

Holiday season got you a little tense? Relax with a little cat yoga! Breathe in ... breath out ... meow!And if you're new to yoga, why not let Shorty the kitten demonstrate some poses? … [Read more...]

Bring back the Wooly Mammoth? Have we learned nothing from the bunny rabbit?

It came out this week that Japanese and Russian scientists have recovered viable bone marrow from the frozen thigh bone of a Wooly Mammoth, recovered in Siberian permafrost soil. They plan to use it to clone the prehistoric beast.You got it: they want to bring back the Wooly Mammoth.Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is a real life Jurassic Park. Velociraptors and T-Rexs and giant hairy elephants on the loose? Brrrr. Scary.But let's assume that the Wooly Mammoth comes back … [Read more...]

Cargill recalls River Run and Marksman dry dog food for aflatoxin contamination

Cargill Animal Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of River Run and Marksman dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. The affected products, which are regional brands of dog food, were manufactured at Cargill’s Lecompte, Louisiana, facility between Dec. 1, 2010, and Dec. 1, 2011.Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product. Pets that have consumed any of the above recalled products and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or … [Read more...]

World’s oldest living dog dies at 26

Pusuke, recognized last year by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living dog in the world, has died. The male Shiba Inu mix was 26 years and 9 months old, according to the Japan Times Online. According to the story, he was eating keeping up with his daily walks right up until the end.Pusuke was born in Japan on April 1, 1985 and according to the Guinness record was owned by Shigeo Nagai (Japan) in Sakura-shi, Japan.Twenty-six-years is old for a dog, but Pusuke wasn't the oldest do … [Read more...]

Cute puppy video: lab puppies in slow motion

Happy Wednesday! You're halfway through the work week! Take a break and enjoy some lab puppies in slow motion, courtesy of YouTube user Rob Chamberlin. … [Read more...]

Join the Audubon 112th annual Christmas Bird Count

From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas will take part in what has become an annual family tradition: The 112th Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count.This is the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and help guide conservation action. And its success depends on families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists who go out on an annual mission to count ou … [Read more...]

One lot of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food recalled

Proctor and Gamble, parent company of Iams, has issued a recall of one lot of Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit.According to a press release: "Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.  Pets which have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with … [Read more...]

Free downloads this week from Through A Dog’s Ear (12/5 to 12/11)

If you think you're the only one who like free music, think again. Here's a super offering for Fido, from the folks at Through A Dog's Ear! Merry Christmas!Every day this week, you can download for free a song from their catalog of music chosen to help your dog cope with stress, anxiety, illness and more.It's not a gimmick. The concept is based on the research of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, who was known as the “Einstein of the ear.” He called sound a “nutrient for the nervous system" and his the … [Read more...]


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