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  • Sep
  • 18

Mellow, a Dog Who Needed Help

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Recently, my husband and I planned a trip to the mountains. He had some work to do on a client’s vacation home in the area, and I decided to tag along for the ride. After he finished his work, we could spend the day doing something fun.

Since it was a vacation home, our client was to unlock …

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  • Aug
  • 25

Animals Are Wondrous: Rats

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Portrayed as one of the protagonist’s worst fears in George Orwell’s 1984 and used in epithets such as “rat fink,” rats get a bad rap in our society.

Many people don’t know that rats are highly social animals with individual personalities. They become attached to each other, love their own families, and easily bond with their human guardians. …

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  • Aug
  • 11

PETA Prime Book Club: The Language of Crows

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Crows, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Crows mate for life and form deep family bonds. Whenever you see a small group of crows foraging for food, you are observing a family: Mom and Dad crow, that year’s babies, and any older siblings who have not yet established their own territories. Older siblings who …

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  • Aug
  • 7

James Brady and the Police Dog

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The passing of former White House press secretary James Brady , who dedicated his life to preventing suffering, reminded PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk of another victim of the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr.: Police Officer Thomas Delahanty.

Delahanty was a K-9 officer on security detail that day but without his dog, Kirk. Kirk, named after Ingrid, was unwell and …

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  • Jul
  • 21

Toxic Mushrooms in the Backyard

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If you’ve experienced a lot of moisture and low temperatures in your area this past spring, you may have come across some wild mushrooms.

I live in Colorado, and we went through a soggy and cold—yet gorgeous—spring. Unfortunately, I’ve heard some horrific stories as a result about dogs suddenly dying because they ingested wild mushrooms in their …

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  • Jul
  • 10

Selecting Candles Without Tallow, Paraffin, or Beeswax

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Like many people, you may be asking: What makes a candle vegan and cruelty-free? What harmful products are often used in candles?

I addressed these very questions in a chapter in one of my books, Making Kind Choices :

Shopping for candles, whether to light the table for that special romantic evening, votive candles to float in …

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  • Jun
  • 19

Turn Your Garden into a Sanctuary for Birds and Butterflies

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Ah, watching the beautiful birds and butterflies who pass through my back yard is breathtaking! I welcome them and hope that they can find sanctuary and comfort in my garden. How can you turn your garden into a more accommodating and nurturing place for birds and butterflies? Some plants are toxic to domestic animals, so the safety of …

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