Archive for the 'animals' Category

Finally, a therapy that worked


Take that, Big Pharma.


And?  So?  What up??  Also.

Jabba the Cat

In this corner, weighing in at a dainty and delicate 40 pounds, is the World’s Fattest Cat

…and cat lovers, he’s available:

Living up to his cartoon namesake’s notoriously gargantuan appetite, obese Garfield was brought into North Shore Animal League of America in Long Island, New York, after his owner passed away.

Tipping the scales at 40lb, staff have since put him on a low calorie diet, containing no dry food in the hope Garfield can lose around 2lbs a month.

His name is Garfield.  But I’d call him Jabba.

Mr.Blue reacts

to 4 days of Obama .gif at top of her pet human’s blog:

Arrgh! Moving thing I can't catch!

Still there! 4 day, 28 cat-day, still can't catch!

It torture me! Nough is nough!

It gone? You catch? You leave innards by front door?


Occupy Denver picks a leader:

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock insisted that his city’s occupation name a leader in order “to deal with City and State officials.” And he got his wish! Occupy Denver has elected Shelby, a border collie, as its leader. Long live Shelby!

A fitting leader for a protest against the dog-eat-dog world of corporate sleaze and avarice.  Awwww, Shelby!

Good choice, Border Collies are the smartest dog around, smarter than most humans I know.  (Occupy Vancouver could sure use a border collie-leader right about now.)

The moose is loose

An apple tree, a fermented apple, a hungry moose.

Do the math.

Baby lion cubs learn to swim, blogger felled by flu

I hate doing a single post just to say I’ve been AWOL because I’ve been deathly ill, so to make things a little more entertaining, check out these photos of  8-week-old baby lion cubs learning to swim.  Oh, fer cute:

Gah!  The sweetness!  Squeeee-a-riffic!

We return to regularly-scheduled not-so-sweetness ASAP.


Too cute

For all you animal lovers out there — Dog vs. Deer:


P.S.  With that I should add that blogging will be extremely light for the next little while…

(via Andrew Sullivan)

Attention pet owners

Especially owners of the kind of dog whose tails curl upward, exposing their little bung-holes for all to admire.  There’s a New Product that might be just the thing to give your pet a little privacy… “Rear Gear” Butt Covers!:

No, really:

They’re sold out right now, so this looks to be what the well-dressed pet will be wearing this spring.

(via the slog)

Dogs in slow motion

Catching treats.  Cool ad for Pedigree:

Bathing hedgehogs

With dog supervising:

Kermode spirit bear livecam

This is so cool: a live cam set up in the den of a hibernating Kermode spirit bear (named “Apollo”).  True, Apollo doesn’t do much… mostly just lies there crashed out… but occasionally he moves around, stretches, pokes his head out to see what’s going on, and so on.  And I think it’s just cool to be able to watch him.  Here’s a short video from the BC Spiritbear site:

And here’s where you can watch this crashed-out bear live, during daylight hours Pacific Time.  Right now (5 pm) it’s starting to get dark, so hurry-hurry!


Mr. Blue in her favourite “spot”:

There ya go, kitteh lovers.

Friday funny & cuteness

(Swiped from Ellroon, who also has the must-see LIVE PUPPYCAM!!!)


Bad news week antidote

The Huffington Post has a little slide show called “Cutest Sleeping Animals Ever”, and awwwww!  It’s a good Cute Break.   Here ya go.

And although I know nobody needs a reminder, I feel I should add that there are a few million people in Haiti for whom such a break is not an option.  Please help them out if you can.

UPDATE: Bonus cuteness in video below.

Turkey time

I know you’ve all been waiting for it.

Sadly, after the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, out of the 13 original turkeys there are only 4 females left.  As soon as I saw them coming up the driveway  I went outside, and look how they start running to me :) — and it’s because they love me, not because I’m feeding them.

This must be the work of malicious cat owners

I think if we were to run a check on the backgrounds of all the members of Sechelt city council, we’d find it unfairly stacked with cat lovers.  I can’t think of any other reason for this draconian bylaw that would criminalize dogs who chase squirrels, rats and seagulls:

Sechelt dogs that “without provocation” chase any animal — be it a rat, squirrel, seagull, bear or cougar — would violate a dog licensing and control amendment bylaw that passed three readings at the Dec. 16 council meeting.

The first draft of the bylaw, prepared by District of Sechelt staff, would only have stopped dogs from chasing, biting or attacking domesticated animals. But at committee of the whole Dec. 9, Coun. Keith Thirkell suggested expanding the bylaw to include wild animals and birds as well. Thirkell argued that this would bring it in line with provincial and federal legislation that protects various wild animals, including migratory birds and endangered species.

What’s “provocation”?  A dog doesn’t need much provocation to start chasing something — motion of any kind usually does the trick, never mind the spastic little darts and twitches that characterize a rodent on the move.  Expecting a dog to hold back under such circumstances is tantamount to animal cruelty.   I mean, really… dogs gotta chase.

Cat action vid

BOOM! Enjoy.

(swiped from pandagon)

Good morning kitteh


Your moment of cute:

Mental health break

Welcome baby sea turtles (x82)!

Tuesday turkey thread

They’re ignoring the time change and doing fine, still showing up at dusk.


And coming right up onto the deck, even with cats staring out at them through the sliding glass doors and a dog eyeballing them from around the corner.  They’re fearless (or dumb).


And now it’s getting dark, time to roost.

000_1013They’re getting very tame, coming right up to the house, so all is going according to plan.  At some point in the near future, I want to capture one of the males to give to a friend who has a female…  should be a blast since these things flap their wings and fight like bastards when threatened.  I’ll make sure it’s recorded for posterity in pictures.

The Love Life of Fruit Bats

Wild Kingdom, baby!  Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: even the lowly fruit bat likes a little fellatio to spice up its love life.

From New Scientist and NSFW (especially if your place of employment is the Bat Cave):

It’s true:  if it exists, there’s porn of it.

(h/t Shoq on twitter)


Bestest Dog Commercial ever

I was wrong — that other one was the best SPCA commercial.  THIS is the best dog commercial:

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