Archive for the ‘pets’ Category

Kitty Cafes

February 10, 2014

Kitty Cafes

“Cat cafes — establishments that allow you to make feline friends while you enjoy your coffee — already exist in Paris and Japan, and … the concept will soon hit San Francisco. The trend has been slow to catch on in the U.S., mostly due to strict health codes that prohibit the presence of animals in restaurants. But the team behind the upcoming California cafe — obviously named KitTea — plans to make it work by running two separate operations: a tea house and a ‘cat sanctuary.’”

– “San Francisco Cat Cafe: Video Tour of Other Cat Cafes in Japan,” Samantha Grossman, TIME Magazine

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The Big Game

February 2, 2014

The Big Game

Sunday, February 2, 2014: Time for the Big Game. That’s right, Puppy Bowl X is on Animal Planet at the same time as Fox shows some kind of New Jersey sports spectacle.The cute canine competitors come from shelters, and always get adopted before the Puppy Bowl airs, but this year viewers can participate by picking Puppy Bowl Fantasy Teams.

So, if all dogs go to heaven, does God pick the winner of the Puppy Bowl? Maybe you should pray for your puppy team, just to be on the safe side.

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Howl-O-Ween 2013

October 28, 2013

Howl-O-Ween 2013

The annual Howl-O-Ween canine costume contest haunted Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park on Saturday. See a shaggy sample of animal attendees here.

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iCat

May 28, 2013

iCat

The iPad as cat toy. Because your cat is bored with her iPod.

“Cat-App Fever: 3 Ways to Turn Your iPad Into a Cat Toy,” Lore Sjöberg, Wired

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Killer Kittycats

February 4, 2013

Killer Kittycats

Domestic cats kill as many as 3.7 billion birds a year, according to a study led by a Smithsonian biologist. That’s about 15 percent of the bird population. They kill about half as many mice, voles and other small mammals annually. Not everyone is confident about these numbers, however, and it’s unclear how many of these killer cats are actually feral and aren’t anyone’s pets.

Clearly, our sweet house kitties are natural-born hunters, “snakes with fur.”  No need to kill them off, but letting pet pussycats roam outdoors is another matter. There are health reasons to keep cats indoors; now there are ecological ones, too.

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Deck the Halls with Bo Obama

December 2, 2012

Related:

Inside the White House Holidays

“How Often Should I Water My Christmas Tree?” MarthaStewart.com

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Neo-Nazi Kitties Held Hostage

February 19, 2012

Neo-Nazi Kitties Held Hostage

Today In International Cat News: An animal shelter in Zwickau, Germany is demanding more than $1,300 for care of two kitty cats owned by an alleged neo-nazi serial murderer. The felines in question, Heidi and Lily, belong to Beate Zschäpe, a member of the Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund, a neo-nazi terror cell suspected of a series of racially motivated murders with as many as 10 victims.

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Doggone It, Mitt!

February 14, 2012

Doggone It, Mitt!

Mitt Romney is leading in the GOP presidential delegate count, but his campaign is dogged by a hairy problem. The former Governor admitted to lashing the family dog to the roof of his car for a 12-hour vacation trip back in 1893. Plenty of folks have been yapping about this, including David Axlerod, Newt Gingrich, Fox News, the ASPCA and PETA.

Mr. Romney may be top dog in the Republican race, but dog lovers — and dogs — are a vocal pack, and the canine chorus will be baying about Crate Gate at noon today (February 14th) at the Westminster Dog Show.

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The Big Game

February 4, 2012

The Big Game

The hairiest game of year is this Sunday, February 5th. It kicks off at 3:00 PM Eastern. That’s right; it’s Puppy Bowl VIII, on Animal Planet.

More:

“Forget the Super Bowl, It’s Puppy Bowl Time!” David Mizejewski, Animal Oddities

“The Puppy Bowl (and Kitty Halftime Show),” Washington Post photo gallery

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Cat Poop and World Hunger

March 27, 2011

Cat Poop and World Hunger

World food prices are rising at a frightening rate, resulting in uprisings, hunger and death. U.S. government policy diverts food into the nation’s gas tanks by subsidizing production of corn ethanol, and not enough American farmland is planted in corn to meet demand. Millions go hungry or starve, governments are destabilized, and world food prices continue to rise.

How does American industry respond?  It turns corn into kitty litter.

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