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

The Woolly Mammoth at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, British Columbia. (wikicommons)

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

One of the Cargill dog foods involved in a recall.

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, from his Facebook profile

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

Tufted titmouse/Judy Howle

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

iams proactive smart puppy recall

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)

Every day this week, you can get a free download from Through A Dog's Ear

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...]

Monday morning cute animal video: cat massages dog

It's Monday! Back to work. Why not start the week with a nice, soothing cat massage, courtesy of YouTube user WittyCharles' cat Puss, as demonstrated on his pal, Captain. "Ahh, that's the spot. No wait, a little lower ..." … [Read more...]

Coke’s white can campaign to help polar bears backfires

White holiday can on the left, Diet Coke can on the right.

White holiday can on the left, Diet Coke can on the right. When Coca Cola rolled out its new campaign last month to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the company had a noble goal: celebrate the polar bear and commit up to $3 million to WWF's polar bear conservation efforts.The plan was for Coke to make an initial donation of $2 million to WWF and then invite others to join the effort by texting to donate $1 to WWF. Coca-Cola would match all donations made with a package code by March 15 … [Read more...]

Share your pet’s Christmas pictures: Simon and Lexi’s Christmas card

Simon and Lexi Simms

Simon and Lexi haven't unveiled their 2011 card yet, but here's their Christmas greeting from last year. Pretty clever, you beautiful Goldens!Thanks to Ada Simms for sharing Simon and Lexi's photo! You can share your pet's holiday photos - let's see the pets with Santa, too! Just "like" the Heavenly Creatures Facebook page and upload your photo. Or send it to … [Read more...]