People who keep llamas as pets will readily offer you any number of reasons: llamas are quiet, they’re gentle and affectionate, they don’t take a lot of work to maintain and, for outdoor animals, they don’t smell bad. Most people start with two or three, since llamas are sociable and don’t like to live alone. But as Katrina Capasso, a llama owner in Ballston Spa, N.Y., discovered, “They’re like potato chips.” It’s hard to stop at just a few. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jul 3, 2013 -
Do you turn off Old Yeller before the end so you can pretend that he lived a long and happy life? Did a cute pet on a movie poster make you think it would be a fun comedy but it turned out to be a pet-with-a-terminal-illness tearjerker instead? Are you unable to enjoy the human body count in a horror movie because you're wondering whether the dog's going to kick the bucket? Have you ever Googled "Does the [dog/cat/horse/Klingon targ] die in [movie title]?"
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then welcome - DoestheDogDie.com
is here for you! [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on May 29, 2013 -
At the Toronto Humane Society, veterinarians say
animals die suffering unnecessarily in their cages while pleas to euthanize them are dismissed. Dozens of staff, volunteers and veterinarians have quit in protest. ... A note written by a staff member or volunteer on the medical chart of a cat, animal ID A127495, admitted last fall, reads: "Died Oct 19 3:15 am. Gasped and jerked and cried last breaths, because there was no one in shelter to euthanize or treat. This is not humane." ... [THS president] Mr. Trow says he strives to keep euthanasia rates low for ethical reasons. “How can anyone suggest that, because he might be here longer than anyone would want, that it's better to put [a dog] down?” Mr. Trow asked. “I think that's a strange suggestion, don't you? You live here as long as you can.” Images (yes, they're disturbing.) Video of a puppy adopted out with a broken leg. The THS web site. [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on May 30, 2009 -
Melissa Kaplan's site
is not just
about green iguanas
. Anapsid.org provides information on behavior
, captivity issues
, and more
regarding Cyclura (blue) iguanas
, and even invertebrates
posted by breezeway
on Apr 21, 2005 -
My Cat Annie
is a website with several quick adorable videos (in Flash format) of the owner's cat doing ridiculous cat tricks.
posted by jonson
on Jan 11, 2004 -
My Luddite Bunny:
amazingly, no animal was harmed during the photographing of this nightmare. Repeat after me: I will never let
one of those reactionary hijos de remil putas a bunny into my house.
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on May 13, 2003 -
is the fancy term for dog hair used to make mittens, hats, sweaters, and more. This site will teach you all about chiengora and how to hand spin it into yarn. If you'd rather just brush your dog and send the fur to someone else to knit, check out Rover's Comb
posted by acridrabbit
on Dec 7, 2002 -
It seems cats do better when dropped...uh, I mean, fall, more than seven stories. Anything less and they fail to reach terminal velocity and don't land properly. Once the cats reach terminal velocity
they spread their legs (think parachute) and slow their fall. A cat has a far better chance of survival falling from 32 stories than four.
, however, do not benefit from longer flights.
posted by cedar
on Aug 29, 2002 -
Another Cat Killer Wins
"As a property owner, you have a right to do as you please and you have the right to protect it" In Coeur d' Alene, ID, accused cat poisoner Dale Crooks Jr. is acquitted of feeding tuna mixed with antifreeze to the neighbor's cats. What seems most remarkable to me, though, is that everyone is calling the plaintiffs' lawyer a publicity seeker and the cats' owners troublemakers. There must be more to the story than is printed here. Either that, or small town dwellers in Idaho REALLY hate cats.
posted by faceonmars
on Jul 12, 2002 -
Spanish dogs say "guau guau".
Did you ever read comics or something in a language other than your cradle tongue and notice that onomatopoetic words, particularly for animal sounds, are different in different languages? This webpage has animal sounds from loads of languages, organized by language and animal. Indonesian dogs say "gonggong".
posted by jeb
on Apr 30, 2002 -
is a robotic cat that looks more like a cat than a robot. This site is only available in Japanese, but check out the photo
galleries. (I saw this thing mentioned in a Reuters article
about the new "human-like" Honda robot).
posted by edlundart
on Nov 13, 2001 -
Punk rock chickens!
This has to be one of the weirdest things I've seen. But when you work with chickens, I guess you get pretty bored. Enjoy!
posted by samsara
on Apr 14, 2001 -