The real family behind “We Bought A Zoo”

On December 23, the movie "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, hits theaters. It's the story of a father who, following his wife's untimely death, moves his young family to the California countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo, Rosemoor Wildlife Park.But did you know that the film is based on a real story?The real Benjamin Mee was a reporter for the UK's The Guardian. When his father died, his mother wanted to sell her home and move to something … [Read more...]

Electric eels power holiday display at Living Planet Aquarium (video)

The Living Planet Aquarium, in Sandy, UT. just south of Salt Lake City, has created a shocking display for Christmas: a light display powered by electric eels.Now that's an eco-friendly idea!A Christmas display in the "Journey To South America" gallery is blinking by using the energy generated by an electric eel in a nearby tank. "We took the voltage produced by the eel via stainless steel electrodes and used it to power a sequencer," said Terry Smith, Project Manager at Cache Valley … [Read more...]

5 reasons not to give a pet as a Christmas gift (and one idea how to do it, if you insist)

There's nothing cuter than the image of a fluffy little puppy under the Christmas tree, big red bow tied around is neck, surrounded by brightly wrapped packages, just waiting for your children to pad downstairs in the their little jammies as they cry out with delight. Oooh! Aaaah!! A puppy!That, my friends, is one dangerous image.Christmas is not the time to introduce a new puppy to the family, especially if it's a surprise gift. Unlike the ugly sweater Aunt Edith sent from Peoria or the … [Read more...]

A Christmas stocking filled with … a puppy! (photo)

Too, too cute! My friend Kim at Gentle Shepherd Farms in Franklinville, NY share this super cute puppy photo - just one of five little  merle Border collie pups ready for their new homes. (Kim is the breeder where I got my darling little devil, Bandit. But don't hold that against her.)Do you have a Christmas or holiday pet photo you'd like to share?Check out more reader photos! … [Read more...]

Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPS

  Last week I told you that back in October, Macerich has banned the sale of live animals at 70 of its malls nationwide in response to protests from animal rescue groups. My post was based on a story at and some press materials from Best Friends Animal Society in regards to a lawsuit they filed.I heard back immediately from Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, who wanted to share some information to help clarify and expand the … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Cute baby … sloths?

Last year, Lucy Cooke traveled to Costa Rica to visit the world's only sloth orphanage, where orphaned baby sloths whose mothers have been zapped by power lines or hit by cars are brought to the sanctuary to be cared for by legendary sloth whisperer Judy ArroyoAnimal Planet's "Too Cute!" debuted a documentary last night on the super cute baby sloths, and Cooke is also working on “The Little Book of Sloth” for Simon and Schuster. You can learn more at … [Read more...]

Leo, one of the Michael Vick dogs, passes away

When it comes to being the poster pup for resilience, there may be no other dog worthy of the title than Leo, one of the fifty dogs confiscated in 2007 when authorities raided Vick's Bad Newz kennels. Leo may have begun his life in a dark place, but he was redeemed under the loving guidance of Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack Pit Bull Rescue.After his rough start, Leo went on to be a bright light in the lives of the sick when he became a therapy dog, earning the nickname "Dr. Leo" from h … [Read more...]

Patheo blogger Rev. Carl Gregg and his Christmas pups! (photo)

I love writing at Patheos and I love meeting my fellow bloggers. What better way for all of us to get to know each other than through our pets!This is Patheos blogger Carl Gregg with his two dogs, both rescues: the black and white, 20 lb. terrier mix named Dobby Templeton ("She's our house elf", says Carl) and the 15-week-old, (already!) 19 lb. hound/boxer with a brindle coat named Scout "Boo Radley" ("Think To Kill a Mockingbird", he says).Carl's blog is "Pluralism, Progressivism, … [Read more...]

My pup waiting for Santa (photo)

Since I asked readers to share photos of their pets I thought I'd share one, too!This is my dog, Scout. Back in May, when he was just five years old, he was diagnosed with canine lymphona. It was in his spleen, his lymph nodes and likely his digestive tract. Without chemo, the doctors gave him 30 days to live.Knowing my pup and how much he hates going to the vet, plus the grim prognosis that even with three months of weekly treatements he would have possibly three months remission, we op … [Read more...]

Unlikely friends: The owl and the pussycat (video)

Oh, that we could learn to get along with each other the way Fum and Gerba have! Fum (which means "smoke" in Catalan) and Gerba ("frost") are both about a year old. The pair live and romp together in Tarragona, Spain. You can see more from them on their Facebook page. … [Read more...]