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Fun Family Activity: A Nature Walk Around the Block

When you're two-and-a-half feet tall and have only recently begun practicing the art of upright mobilization, the smallest of adventures qualify as epic journeys of discovery. Is it sunny, windy, rainy or snowy? Matters not. The world awaits, and C...

Dewey The Library Cat Gets a Movie Deal, Meryl Streep Signs on to Play Librarian

Vicki Myron has published another children's book about Dewey, the kitten she rescued from her library's drop box. Credit: Hachette Book Group, USA
He grew up entertaining the children who tromped into an Iowa library for story hour, so it was on...

Eating Dirt Good for the Kids?

Is eating dirt good for you? Perhaps so. I've heard that in the course of a lifetime we consume and inordinate amount of dirt, and other things too, but is that something that perhaps we're supposed to be doing? Mud pies aside, it may be instinctiv...

Top Pet Names Also Names for Babies

Would you name your dog after a person? In the not too distant past, I met someone whose children had the same names as my dogs. We have a dog named Max and we used to have a dog named Thomas (he passed away), which were the same name as the sons of ...

Dog or cat? Single or married?

I used to be what you would call a cat person. As a single mom raising a child alone, a cat was the perfect pet. Cats don't ask much of their owners. Give them a bowl of food and water, some occasional head-scratching and a clean litter box and they ...

When parenthood turns your pets into pests

Before I was a parent, I was a pet lover. In addition to the two cats that I had brought into our relationship, my husband and I also adopted a dog and another cat. The menagerie was totally manageable... then our kids were born. In an instant, they ...

Pre-teen puts homeless critters on the web

Eleven-year-old Jennie Lupkin loves animals. She loves them so much that she helps out at her local animal shelter and has built a website to convince people to adopt the dogs and cats she helps care for. Her plea for a home for Baby Face, a dog awai...

The mothering instinct

There was a time not so long ago when I would've taken in pretty much any animal in need of a home that I came across. I ended up with a cat that way. I almost ended up with another dog that way, and almost ended up with another cat that way. Liv...

Pets get depressed when kids go back to school

Ellie is back at school and each day I am home alone with four pets. The two cats spend the day out in the backyard and are for the most part unaware of any changes in the household routine. The kitten mostly tears around the house attacking anything...

Can't we all just get along?

I never intended for this to happen, but pets now outnumber people in my house. It started out sensibly enough. About a year before I met my husband, I found myself suddenly and sadly without a cat for the first time in my life. After an appropriate ...

Pets and your new baby

Sigh. I woke up this morning to a barfing wiener dog who then later pooped in the living room and the kitchen. I caught the one in the living room but somehow missed the one in the kitchen. I suppose it was because, as usual, I was holding and atten...

When the family pet passes away

Many of us had pets growing up, and nearly as many of us have witnessed the loss of a pet. As noted in Lauren Greschner's article on our sister site, that'sfit, losing a pet can be almost as (if not as) devastating as losing a human loved one. ...

A new member of the family?

I haven't had a baby to care for in many years and sometimes I really miss it. Waking up in the middle of the night to feed a tiny, helpless infant can be stressful, but is also very satisfying and sweet. I wasn't exactly pining for a newborn, but th...

Teen meows at elderly neighbor, gets away with it

A 14 year-old Pennsylvania boy was charged with harassment for "meowing" at his elderly next door neighbor. The judge told the boy that the behavior was immature, but ultimately dismissed the case. The boy's motivation? Revenge. The elderly neighbo...

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