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Would You Get Your Child a Pet Owl?

A "celebrity" owl poses at the premiere of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of GaHoole." Credit: ©Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com
There's a new craze in India: Owls. Inspired by J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, many parents in India ar...

How to Pick the Perfect Pooch for Your Kids

Look for tolerant breeds when picking a puppy to join your family. Credit: Susan.W.Patton, Flickr
If you've decided to adopt a dog for your family, it's time to do your homework. Because while all dogs require commitment and financial resources, ...

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...

Dogs and Toddlers Understand Gestures at Same Level

Dogs are just as smart as two-year-olds sometimes, according to a recent study. Photo: jupiterimages
It turns out that dogs are more like our children than we realize. Two studies have found that man's best friend possesses a two-year-old child's...

Obama Girls Get Their Dog

So what was in your Easter basket? Jelly beans, perhaps? Peeps? (I like Peeps.) A chocolate bunny or four? How about a puppy? Sasha and Malia got their very own Easter Beagle yesterday – well, Easter Portuguese Water Dog. Close enough. Th...

Obamas Pick A Dog

The suspense is over! The most important issue facing our nation will soon come to a close! Drum roll, please... Michelle Obama has revealed that she wants a Portuguese Water Dog. Obama told People Magazine that it was down to either that or a ...

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 ...

Pony Okayed for Disabled Boy

Spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy doesn't sound like much fun. As part of his therapy for the condition, three-year-old Sam Spiteri has a pony, Emily. Unfortunately, a neighbor complained about the smell and the Canadian town of Caledon told the Sp...

In Defense of the Fake Christmas Tree

Growing up, if you'd ever asked me if I'd have a fake Christmas tree, I'd have laughed in your face. The fake trees I encountered as a child were tacky, cheap and, frankly, highly flammable. In fact, my grandparents had an artificial tree that nearl...

Choking toddler saved by babysitter's parrot

When two-year-old Hannah started choking on her snack, no one was around to help. No one human, anyway. Hannah's babysitter was in the bathroom, completely unaware, but someone did see that Hannah needed help - the babysitter's pet parrot. The bir...

Obama's kids "earn" their White House puppy

Yay! We have a new president elect. And you know what that means, right? I'm sure you're focused, as I was, on all the talk of the economy, healthcare and the war. But there was one more little thing Obama addressed in his acceptance speech that I ...

When the family pet dies

Sitting there quietly mourning the passing of our family cat, who'd been put to sleep by a visiting vet an hour before, I knew that the hard part was not yet over. In a few minutes, my husband would pull up with our car full of happy kids, and we'd h...

Pet trends: how about a hedgehog?

If you are looking to add a pet to your family and want something a little different, consider the hedgehog. The African pygmy hedgehog is fast becoming the 'it' pet for busy Brits who appreciate their nocturnal habits. These hedgehogs will sleep all...

Regular stuffed animals vs webkinz

Slate, MSN's somewhat edgy editorial column, has a new article up by Emily Bazelon, an author who writes about parenting. I've been reading her stuff for a while, well, mainly because she's funny and doesn't take herself, or parenting, too seriousl...

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...

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