Share your pet’s picture with Santa!

Christmas is almost here and if you're like most pet owner/parents, you've had your dog or cat sit on Santa's lap for a photo, so I thought it would be fun to have readers share their pictures. Head over to the Heavenly Creatures Facebook page, "like" us, and then upload your photo - then I'll pick some to share here on the blog from now until Christmas!I'll start - these pics are Scout and Bandit, from 2009.How we even ended up seeing Santa was an adventure. Bandit had e … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought quote: The perfection of the lobster eye

"Religious creationists cite the unique and ingenious construction of the lobster eye as evidence of an intelligent Designer; the surface of the square openings is as geometrically exact as graph paper, and the grazing angles inside each box must be mathematically perfect for the retinal cells to receive light. Scientists agree that this construction is ingenious, and they are using it as the blueprint for a new X-ray-vision space telescope called Lobster-ISS." Trevor Corson, author of "The … [Read more...]

Voting is open for the Inspiration in Action contest to inspire projects in veterinary medicine

Heska, a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, today opened voting in the 2011 "Inspiration in Action" Contest, allowing animal lovers to support and honor veterinary medicine by voting for one of five projects. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the second place winner will receive $5,000 to help bring their inspired ideas to life.This year's finalists include projects to pair strays in need of training with at-risk youth in rehabilitation programs; w … [Read more...]

PETA’s Super Tanooki Skin game a (gross) joke

I'm behind on animal news, what with scarfing down turkey and all this week. Well, the dogs ate our turkey, but you know what I mean.A couple of weeks ago I reported on PETA's response to Super Mario and his Tanooki suit, with PETA claiming that the video game promoted the clubbing of raccoon dogs and wearing of their fur.Turns out, the game was a joke meant to lampoon the Nintendo character. Problem is, just about everyone took it seriously. I did. But Shakira Croce, PETA's media … [Read more...]

Books for the animal-loving reader on your Christmas list

If you've got an animal lover on your Christmas list who also happens to love books, then here are a few great gift ideas they're sure to love!1) "A Dog's Purpose" and "Emory's Gift", by W. Bruce Cameron. "A Dog's Purpose" is narrated by Toby, a dog who is born, lives, dies, and then finds himself reborn again and again, eventually understanding that he has learned something from each life that helps him find his ultimate purpose. It’s a very funny and inspiring must-read for anyone who has e … [Read more...]

Book review: “Stay,” by Allie Larkin

It’s the age old story: girl loves boy, boy falls in love with girl’s best friend, girl goes on a drinking binge and orders at dog off the internet.OK, so it’s the age old story with a twist. Of lime.In her debut novel, “Stay”, author Allie Larkin has penned a funny chick lit story of love, friendship and self-discovery, and tied it all together with a dog named Joe.Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with her friend Peter Clarke since they met on the first day of classes in college … [Read more...]

Book review: “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts,” by Lucy Dillon

I’m not much for romance novels, or chick lit for that matter. But I gladly made an exception for “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts,” the new novel by Lucy Dillon.Thirty-nine-year-old Rachel Fielding is having a bad year. She’s lost her job and ended a long-term relationship (with a married man), and to make matters worse has inherited her late aunt’s house - which includes a dog kennel and a grieving Border collie named Gem.With nowhere else to go – at least until she finds another job - Rach … [Read more...]

This Thanksgiving, will you eat – or adopt – a turkey?

  Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day, millions of Americans will slice into a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, enjoying an annual bonanza of turkey gravy, side dishes, desserts, and family time.But there are a growing number of Americans opting out of that oven-roasted gobbler goodness as a main dish in the name of animal rights. That's right, instead of eating turkeys this year, some people are adopting them.The annual Adopt A Turkey project, hosted by the Farm Sanctuary, sets out to ed … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Shih tzu puppies

This week, take a tip from these adorable little pups - sometimes there are tasty treats at the end of a new adventure! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: does a dog have a conscience, from Temple Grandin

"[Y]ou don't have to have language to have a conscience, which means it's at least possible for an animal to have a conscience, too. Many owners have seen their dogs act remorseful after doing something wrong, but animal behaviorists always reject this interpretation. However, no one has shown that an innocent animal can't feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong, the same way an innocent child can feel bad for doing something he knows is wrong. We shouldn't assume that we know for a fact … [Read more...]


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