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Children's Picture Book Trend for 2011: Cats?

Every so often in the world of children's picture books, a specific animal species will unexpectedly jump into the spotlight. Sometimes you can trace the inspiration for the Flavor-of-the-Month critter back to a popular film, like when "March of t...Well, we're only a few weeks into 2011, but the animal taking the most starring roles so far seems to be the oh-so pedestrian cat.

Tips on Preparing Pets for Baby's Arrival

Kitty, meet baby. Credit: Getty Images
Everyone knows that the arrival of a new baby requires major adjustments by everyone in a household. But what about the family pet? It turns out your furry friends also need to be prepped for the blessed arr...

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...

Siberian Girl Literally Raised By Cats and Dogs

A 5-year-old girl in Siberia was being raised by cats and dogs, according to police. Image: wikitravel.org
Next time you tell your kids that they're acting like they were raised by wolves, you may want to reconsider that statement. A 5-year-ol...

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...

Dog saves family from fire blamed on cat

While stories of dogs saving their families are not entirely uncommon, not all of them feature an arsonist cat. When a fire started in Roland Cote's Greenville home, Thumper, black Labrador retriever, ran to his side -- just like a loving, noble dog...

Man tries to ransom mother's cat

According to police in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 47-year-old Garry Lamar has been extorting money from his own mother by holding her beloved cat for ransom. It started about a year ago, when 78-year-old Mary Lamar Grancher kicked her son out of ...

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 ...

Hello Kitty: not just a benign feline

If it's true that most people can be classified as either "dog people" or "cat people", my tendencies most definitely lean toward the former. A cat won't lick your tears when you cry or greet you with frantic kisses when you walk in the door, but I h...

Parent vs. Parent: Pets -- No way!

When I was growing up, we generally had at least one dog. My mother, early on, bred, trained, and showed dachshunds. Later, we had a lovely little schipperke and some amazingly dumb borzois. After my mom passed away (who was extremely allergic), we h...

Pets are more than just good company

We have a menagerie of pets: dogs, cats, and a ferret. My children have always had them around since they were babies. Some may not think this a good thing, but an article in Epidemiology and Infection suggests otherwise. According to the research, p...

Are you an open or a closed door family?

I grew up in a house where we slept with the doors open at night. The only time I ever wondered if this was a good idea was when we had Fire Safety Day at school and the firefighters told us it was best to sleep with the door closed to protect agains...

Luxury hotels for the four legged members of your family

Three years ago PetSmart launched its first PetHotel venture. What started as one dwelling has now expanded to 32; this makes it the fastest growing area in the pet products/services business. Currently Americans drop a whopping $40 billion dollars p...

Seamstresses start your engines: free pointy kitty pattern

Hillary of wee wonderfuls - a gorgeous craft and family blog - is offering a free pattern for her pointy kitty stuffy. Get it while it's hot! Hillary also offers an FAQ page with answers about where she gets her crafting patterns (primarily she inven...

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