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A Cute Kitty Inspires Pluto to Listen to His Inner Demon

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

From Jaynie 1 commenting on yesterday’s cartoon:

The pirate attack on the teeny little mermaid was nasty indeed.My suggestion, not Silly Symphony, is Disney’s Lend a Paw (1941 I think) in which Pluto is coached by his devil self and his angel self whether to “save that kitty!”

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Have Dogs Replaced Children For Today’s Women?

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Helen Smith

What?!

I saw this NY Post article (via Drudge) about women having dogs instead of having kids:

America’s next generation of youngsters should be called “Generation Rex.”

If you’re wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29 corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny pooches owned by young US women, reports the business-news site Quartz….

“I’d rather have a dog over a kid,” declared Sara Foster, 30, a Chelsea equities trader who says her French bulldog, Maddie, brings her more joy than a child.

“It’s just less work and, honestly, I have more time to go out. You . . . don’t have to get a baby sitter.”

The federal data behind the report show that over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent.

Given that fewer and fewer men want to marry, I wonder how much of this dog substitute for a child is because fewer men want to marry and there are fewer choices for partners for women? Or have women just bought into the feminist propaganda that life with a dog is just better? Maybe it is for now, but will it always be?

This article says that “in the U.S., 40 percent of women near the end of their childbearing years have fewer children than they would like”:

So what’s driving this gap between ideal and actual family size? Among others things, delays in childbearing, which may be caused by increases in educational attainment, or by the lack of a suitable partner, may play a role. Starting childbearing at a later age means that there are fewer years for a woman to meet her fertility ideals, plus it increases the risk of age-related infertility.

Are women really happy being dog owners for life or is it a phase? What about when they are 40? Will Fluffy be enough?

A spoiled #siberianhusky #maura and her defeated #yoda #starwars toy this morning after a good run.

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Cross-posted from Dr. Helen’s blog

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A Sweet & Spooky Silly Symphony for Cat Lovers

Friday, March 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Apparently Beavers Invented the Wheelbarrow Before Man

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Every Dog Has His $2,000,000 Day

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

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The story:

A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.

Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China’s wealthy, sending prices skyrocketing.

Gorgeous animals to be sure, although maybe we shouldn’t take the bit about lion’s blood at face value.

Our recently-adopted rescue mutt cost somewhat less, but she’s a digger and an escape artist, so we might eventually make up the difference in fence repairs.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

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3 Lost World Discoveries

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 - by Bonnie Ramthun

I keep an eye out for new discoveries that I can share with my kids around the breakfast table. I’m sorry that the current public school curriculum focuses almost exclusively on the negative aspects of humanity. History and English classes are dominated by subjects like overpopulation, pollution, poverty, and victims of oppression and war. Each day my children get a full helping of depressing and pessimistic education from their teachers.

To fight back, I try to find interesting stories that show the amazing complexity and beauty of our world, and the scientists and adventurers who are still exploring it. Here are three news items that made my kid’s eyes light up. Mine, too!

1.) The Pallas Cat of Nepal.

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The pallas cat is a brand new species, unknown until a year ago. This beautiful feline is slightly bigger than a housecat and lives in the mountains of Nepal in Asia. The discovery was made by the Snow Leopard Conservancy researchers who had placed trail cameras to find leopards and instead found an entirely new species. The secretive little cat is known now, and will be protected. And no, you can’t have one as a pet. But aren’t they just gorgeous?

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The New Morality Makes Animals of Us All

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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First exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon in 1765, Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s ”A Girl With a Dead Canary” was designed to evoke much the same emotion as PETA member Sarah Segal’s proposed memorial to chickens who were killed in a truck accident last month in Georgia. It seems like a tacky comparison that may even be read as an insult to a well-done and even pretty (if bizarre) work of 18th century art, but the bottom line is that both pieces were created for the same purpose: To tug at viewers’ heartstrings while affirming the moral superiority of a particular cultural class.

According to British historian Simon Schama, ill-fated French King Louis XVI introduced the “cult of nature” to the throne, “replacing couches and courtisans with [the] tenderness and simplicity” of Marie Antoinette’s toy farm and the well-crafted embrace of wildlife in art. “Tears were especially prized as evidence of feeling,” Schama explains, noting that, “people wept when they saw” Greuze’s painting. “Feelings …the shallow kind were embraced by the fashionable elite.” It was the attempt of a king and class to portray themselves as perfect, superior human beings.

So it goes with the Roadkill Memorial, albeit in a much more blatantly political format. A tombstone designed to dwarf roadside memorials to mere human victims of vehicular death, the proposed memorial is intended to remind all drivers to approach all of their animal relations with reverence:

Cascada said the tombstone’s visibility would make drivers’ more wary of people and chickens alike, thereby helping to avoid unnecessary accidents and preserve the lives of chickens in transport. …But Cascada acknowledged the reality of the chickens’ final destination, making the “Go Vegan” phrase a key takeaway.

“The more people who go vegan, the fewer chickens are in this situation to begin with,” she said.

Simply stating that “meat is murder” isn’t enough anymore. For PETA, the time for mere sloganeering is over. Humans are animals, don’t you get it? You’re all slabs of meat now, and some are much more important than others.

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7 Must-Follow Animal Accounts on Instagram

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

Having a bad day?  Need something to make you smile or chuckle?  Love animals?

Instagram has become my new source for “cuteness.”  Here are some of the cutest “must-follow” animals on Instagram.   Check them out and enjoy!

1. Biddy the Hedgehog

Instagram Account Name: biddythehedgehog

Watch Biddy explore the world, take a bubble bath, or run his hilarious little hedgehog butt through leaves and grass. I really want a hedgehog now…

I was looking exceptionally cute so I asked for a closeup of me on the pumpkin! #biddythehedgehog #cutehog

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Is This Shoplifting Dog A Siberian Husky?

Friday, February 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

Submitted by Hobbiest:

My favorite is the shoplifting dog. It looks like it might be another husky. He walked into the supermarket, headed straight to the pet aisle, grabbed a rawhide bone and then dodged the manager on the way out.

 

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Hilarious: Animals Talking With British Accents

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

Submitted From Allston who comments, “Quite possibly one of the funniest animal videos out there.  Kudos to the Beeb for this.”

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When Water Buffaloes Get Revenge Against Lions

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

The Law of the Jungle in full effect. Warning, some not-so-cute natural violence:

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The Siberian Husky Can Be Very Persuasive When She Wants to Run At the Park

Monday, February 10th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

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PETA Wants A Memorial In Georgia To Honor Auto Accident Victims

Friday, February 7th, 2014 - by Chris Queen

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Gainesville, Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta, has earned the reputation as the “Poultry Capital of the World.” Thousands of chickens make their way through Gainesville on their way to and from the processing plants throughout Northeast Georgia. With so many chickens in transit, there was bound to be an accident involving a chicken truck at some point. On January 27, a truck carrying live chickens overturned on a highway in Gainesville.

When humans die in automobile accidents, we often see makeshift memorials at the crash site. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun placing state-approved memorials at sites for a $100 fee at the request of family members. PETA has stepped in, petitioning GDOT for a memorial to the chickens killed in the January 27 crash.

The drivers of the chicken truck and the other vehicle involved were not seriously injured in the predawn crash on U.S. 129 near Gainesville, but “dozens” of the truck’s cargo were apparently not so fortunate, according to the local PETA member who filed the request for a “giant tombstone” to be erected in memory of the chickens.

“Although a relative of the deceased is usually required to fulfill requests for roadside memorials, I hope you will allow a concerned citizen such as me to suffice in this case,” Sarah Segal of Atlanta wrote in her application to GDOT. “These chickens, who spent their entire short lives … on a factory farm before their agonizing deaths, have no known living relatives.”

A spokeswoman for PETA has stated that the memorial will serve as “food for thought” to Gainesville’s residents and travelers in the area. Of course, with the poultry industry employing thousands of residents in the region, Gainesville is likely to view the monument as an object of ridicule and the publicity stunt that it really is. There’s no word yet on the state’s response to the request.

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10 Reasons Why Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X Was Better Than Super Bowl XLVIII

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

1. The players were puppies.

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2. There was no crying in the stands after plays

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3. Kittens! (one even used a parachute)

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4. You didn’t cringe after the ball was snapped…

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5. You stayed awake.

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Video From Flying on the Back of Dora, a Peregrine Falcon

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

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‘Little Puppet Made of Pine, Awake. The Gift of Life is Thine.’

Friday, January 31st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

Warmth. #disney #angel #conscious

A Siberian Husky + the soundtrack of Pinocchio:

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VIDEO: Meet the Colorado/Wyoming Vizsla Rescue Group

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

My favorite, possible because our V, Cooper, has a starring role. Great pictures and a really good organization which put it together.

Best,

KM

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A Bird’s Eye View As a Peregrine Falcon Strikes

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

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Stay Warm with ‘Awwwwwww’: 5 Cute Baby Animal Photos

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

Today’s installment curated by Sarah Hoyt, who comments:

I hear there’s a snow storm bearing down on Colorado.  Maybe we had it coming — after all the rest of the country is ankle deep in global warming.

So, how to stay warm and relatively cheerful through the cold and dreary days of winter?

Well, you do what you want to, but I — I personally — cruise by Zoo Borns for a ray of sunshine.  Their text sometimes is a little dopey on the regulation side of environmentalism, but the pictures are winners.

This site gathers all the birth announcements from all the zoos around the nation and the world.  And it’s one “aw” moment after the other.

Baby giant otter in Miami zoo.

A wild sea otter baby (and mom) dropped by for a visit at the Monterey Bay aquarium.

Tiny Sea Horses at Georgia Aquarium

Down under, in Melbourne, they have a baby elephant!

Go by Zoo Borns, and tell me you don’t feel warmer.  Or at least happier.

Void where prohibited.  If you are an enormous animal geek, be ware that this site can make you lose hour upon hour of productive time. If your spouse is not a massive animal geek, beware that your conversation might become centered on these animals and drive him/her nuts.  If you are diabetic, you might want to have insulin on hand, for the massive spiking of blood sugar while looking at these pictures!

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A Siberian Husky Frolics At Laguna Beach

Monday, January 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

From PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle, from Sunday, January 26 2014:

Sunrise:

Finally, a wonderful #sunrise to share. And I got to see this one with The Wife. We're now en route to sell one of her prints to a collector. Yes, the Siberian Husky is in back seat!

Does Maura know the fun she has in store yet?

You aren't trying to take my braid, are you? - #maura #siberianhusky

At the beach:

A wonderful morning at the #beach with Wife and Siberian Husky.

#maura #siberianhusky ready to explore!

Thirsty!

#maura #siberianhusky has a drink at the beach.

Running on the beach:

Exhausted on the car ride back to the valley:

She has not made a peep for our whole drive back to the valley. A tired #maura #siberianhusky

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A Bunny Chews His Pellets

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

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I Challenge You Not To Laugh At These Penguins On The Ice

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

Submitted by Charlie Martin:

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A Siberian Husky Snoozes in the Sun on Sunday Morning

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

Maura, photographed by PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle on January 19, 2014 while reading What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted:

Bonus: an excerpt from page 8:

John Adams was a #badass page 8 of What Jefferson Read by Tevi Troy. Btw: a "coxcomb" is a pretentious dandy. #history #books #founders

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The Ferret Who Ate Too Many Christmas Cookies

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cute Animal Videos

This video of Herman was taken by PJ Lifestyle contributor Paula Bolyard.

[Disclaimer: Herman did not actually eat Christmas cookies. He was fed a high-quality ferret diet.]

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