Holiday Gifts for Pets

According to a recent poll, over half of American pet owners will buy pet gifts for the holidays, spending an average of $46 per gift. These animals can expect to receive primarily food and treats, followed by bedding, clothing, leash/collar/harness and grooming products. (What, no toys?) Also, one can assume that some lucky pets will receive more than one gift which is another version of Cute Overload....more
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In Search of Mouse & Coyote

I was reading today that Korea has successfully cloned a coyote.  I need one.  Not quite as bad as I want a pair of micro piggies, a few hens and a couple of goats but pretty damn bad.  You see, I live in the city… Not like New York City, but as city as you can get for the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  Despite state laws, they won’t let me shoot intruders in the city!!  I have a lot of shady people walking by my door.  Some I’m pretty sure are a bit schizo.  Not that I’m one to talk, since I’m a neurotic fucking moon bat.  So, since I can’t hav...more

The Rescue of Stuart Little

I’ve been having a cricket problem lately. I hate crickets. They look like jumping cockroaches to me. In fairness, I hate almost anything with more than 4 legs. I don’t mind some of the glorified bugs like butterflies and lightning bugs but absolutely hate flies and silverfish. Don’t even get me started on spiders. I will run to the opposite end of the house and cry my eyes out over a spider if he’s scary enough or startles me....more

Merlin's Beard! Padfoot is Homeless

If you love Harry Potter and dogs, this one's going to sting a bit. Berry, the 10-year-old black German Shepherd that played Padfoot (animagos of Sirius Black) in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, is looking for a new home. After the news broke yesterday, offers of adoption have been pouring in from all over the world. ...more
@LadyAnne I second this sentiment. If they have room in their lives for a 'celebrity' dog, ...more

Animal Site Overload? Impossible.

If you're anything like me, good luck with that. I consume the daily news like a pit bull with stick fever and sometimes, I need to be told, "Lie down! Wash your face! Drink some water!" before I implode with global sadness and frustration at the human race. When I get like this, there is but one (legal) solution: Cute animal websites....more
@BlogInSong Sorry your day was bad but I promise these links will bring some much-needed ...more

Worth the Trek

Last week a couple of my fellow zoo staff from the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater took a trip to visit our sister facility, Northwest Trek, in ...more

Raising "Food Animals"...

Animals hold many roles in our society.  Growing up in urban South Florida, I had more experience with “pet animals” than any other.  However, my dad likes to hunt so I was also familiar with wild animals that became food on my dinner table.  When I married Matt, moved to Nebraska, and started to work at the cattle feed yard, I was exposed to another “type” of animal:  a “food animal”.  This is an animal that is raised for the express purpose of becoming human food....more

Show Pigs & Dairy Queens: focus on fair week

  You may think you have a great hair stylist, but you ain't seen nothin' yet. My girls know how to wash, cut and curl 'til the cows come home — and that's not hogwash. Speaking of hogs, have you ever seen pigs on parade? Head over to Farmgirl Follies for a daily accounting of life at the county fair....more