Loving a pet is always difficult when it's that animal's time to die, and there are pets I feel like I still haven't recovered from losing in my life. So it's no wonder that when a pet that's become an Internet sensation dies we all feel it hard.
Throughout the year, I usually either buy my pets whatever treats are on sale or make my own with sweet potato, but during the magical month of December all of the beautifully packaged treats lure me in and I can't help but want to buy all the goodies for my fur babies, especially when it comes to the lovely offerings of Trader Joe's.
Back in my choir days, I remember our teacher stressing how humming wasn't a tight-lipped, harsh effect, like the sounds you make to annoy a sibling, but a light vibration against lightly-closed lips that almost tickles. The distinction was amazing, and it helps me to understand why researchers might use kazoos to understand how communication has evolved between species over the years.
Long before Dug in Pixar's Up could tell us that he hid under our porch because he loves us, humans have wondered what their dogs are thinking. It would be incredible to speak with our canine companions, and that's exactly what a speech pathologist is doing with her blue heeler mix. Since my dogs are also blue heeler mixes this is incredibly cool for me to read!
IKEA is relatively new where I live. I remember traveling and discovering the store, and everyone who lived nearby couldn't believe I'd never heard of it. This became a common theme in the area, which became akin to another planet to me, and where I once thought I'd love to live became a place I definitely didn't connect with. Still, I did admire the company itself and now that one has been built where I live, I do like to go now and then and check out what's new.
I just watched this video about a pet owner who not only has a pet opossum, but also prepares it miniature versions of her own food each day to eat to be creative. It's adorable, no doubt. I've seen people do the same for hamsters or guinea pigs in YouTube videos. I still have to ask... why?
My cats, Sally (of Nightmare Before Christmas) and Pumpkin (Spice Latte), are lying side-by-side next to me on the bed today, enjoying the open windows and crisp fall air. It's been delightful and not only because it's obviously my favorite season, but because these two NEVER get along. They fight and chase each other, with Sally, who's younger, often bullying poor Pumpkin, who's one of the shyest cats I've ever adopted.
"Extreme animals" always sounds so funny to me since who are we to judge who is extreme? We eat some of the weirdest stuff and make the dumbest decisions as humans so who knows who is the most extreme! That said, extreme animal parents really blow my mind, and I love to check out what the latest science says about them.
If you've ever been around deer before, you know that they're like prettier goats. They look so gentle and serene with those big eyes, but they will eat everything you've got--including your wedding bouquet, as this bride found out during her wedding shoot in Holland!
When it comes to storms and natural disasters, many of us feel rather helpless and only wish we could help somehow. Chella Phillips of the Bahamas knew she wasn't going to leave dozens of dogs in the path of a hurricane, so she took in 97 dogs to protect them during Hurricane Dorian. All of these dogs were strays that she took in on her own.