: A number of Dell users have complained that their Latitude 6430u Ultrabooks "smell of cat urine" ... Another customer, Hoteca, said: "I thought for sure one of my cats sprayed it, but there was something faulty with it so I had it replaced. The next one had the same exact issue. It's embarrassing taking it to clients because it smells so bad." Other users said they had blamed their cats for the smell. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Oct 30, 2013 -
Advice to UK animal owners
just before World War Two broke out: "If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency." It concluded: "If you cannot place them in the care of neighbours, it really is kindest to have them destroyed." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Oct 12, 2013 -
Then Christine stumbled upon a controversial homemade herbal remedy that she credits with enormously improving her dog's quality of life. She's grateful that, in his final year, Sampson weighed in at a robust 106 pounds and lived free of the wracking pain that had haunted him. Whereas before Sampson had been too weak to walk, almost overnight he became a born-again youngster. "He was a puppy again, happy and playful," Christine recalls. "He'd trot around the house with his toys in his mouth, wanting to play fetch!" Legalize medical marijuana for dogs!
(Don't miss the great picture of Mason the Vizsla looking very relaxed!) [more inside]
posted by grobstein
on Feb 27, 2013 -
" a comic about the effects of horrible mutating mimic blobs on a strained romantic relationship.
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Guinea pigs are sociable animals and Swiss law prohibits owners from keeping the furry rodents on their own. But what happens when one dies? Don't fret, just call Priska Küng, who runs a 'rent-a-guinea pig' service
posted by ArmyOfKittens
on Sep 22, 2011 -
: DNA Profiling for Pets; "... designed to help communities enforce their pooper scooper rules and give the pet owner tools that help them build a better relationship with their dog." [more inside]
posted by bwg
on Jan 3, 2011 -
Caring about something is about taking the pain and the joy. The pain is hard. Taking the pain, facing it, dealing with it are the ways I think we can show we really care. That we know we care.
, the story of a dog.
posted by Gator
on Sep 18, 2010 -
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 -
"On the clock striking twelve he appeared slightly agitated, but he soon recovered, walked twice or thrice along the coach house, stopped to bark, staggered, exclaimed 'Halloa old girl!' (his favorite expression) and died... The children seem rather glad of it. He bit their ankles, but that was play..."
So wrote Charles Dickens, describing the death of his pet raven "Grip," in a letter to a friend. Grip has an interesting legacy
. Having served as an eponymous character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge [full text]
and subsequently inspiring Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven [full text]
, Grip has the distinction of being named a literary landmark
. His taxidermied body
is on display in the Rare Book Department at the Philadelphia Free Library.
posted by amyms
on Aug 13, 2008 -
So you want to own a dog, but without all the hassles of dog ownership? Well, there's always doggy
daycare, dog walkers and even bakeries that cater to Cujo. But in the end, you're still stuck with the
worst chore of all - picking up all the yard mines that Poopsy has left for you. Not anymore
posted by itchylick
on Oct 3, 2007 -
- The Toronto PET User's Group. Founded in 1979 and still holding monthly meetings. For all your "PET
posted by GuyZero
on Dec 13, 2006 -
Ratablog If the rats could type (or more accurately, if they could type actual words and refrain from peeing on the keyboard) they would tell their own stories. They can't, so we will.
posted by srboisvert
on Jun 3, 2005 -
There has been a sharp rise
in interest in exotic pets nationwide. Some people get exotic animals because they think it will be cool or because they saw one on Animal Planet. "I think there's more tigers
in the U.S than there are in India or Russia."
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 6, 2003 -
it isn't friday yet, but by tomorrow you could have some bio-engineered creatures working for you while you play...
posted by ultradian
on Aug 15, 2002 -
Bush Virtual Pet Game Soars in China
"In the wake of the downed U.S. spy plane, the Chinese apparently have found a new way to ridicule President George W. Bush - a virtual pet modeled after him" [They need a Palm Pilot to mock Bush?]
posted by Outlawyr
on Apr 17, 2001 -