| Aug 10, 2011
| 11:37 AM
'A Cat Like That'
By Wendy Wahman
Henry Holt, $16.99, ages 3-5
Often, when children think of a pet, they think of appearance, as in "a cat like that." Suppose that a cat, like that, has its own ideas of how its "best friend in the whole wide world"...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 10:20 AM
By Elizabeth Schoonmaker
1st Aladdin, $14.99, ages 4-8
The book is square, because Eula, the star of the show, is. (Draw a square, add ears and a tail with right angles.) "She longed to be a round cat like her friends Patsy and Maude."...
| Oct 18, 2011
Ask Tom Skilling, raining cats and dogs
What is the origin of the phrase "raining cats and dogs"?
—Edie Peterson, Woodridge
There are several plausible explanations, but no definitive origin. In mythological tales once...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 9:17 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While having a cat as a kid may protect against future allergies, getting one in adulthood nearly doubles the chances of developing an immune reaction to it -- the first step toward wheezing, sneezing and itchy eyes.
| Aug 19, 2011
Whether they're looking for expert advice on raising a pet or just a good read, animal lovers have some excellent books to choose from. Here are a few recent arrivals:
"Ruby's Tale: A True Rags to Riches Story" by Patrick Bettendorf (Beaver's Pond Press)...
| Aug 10, 2011
Even before Eric Pihl pulls into TheraPET Wellness Center parking lot, his dog, Bonnie, climbs up from her lounging position in the back seat and eagerly looks out the window.
If only we all could get that excited about climbing on the treadmill to...
| Nov 15, 2011
If your dog or cat looks more like a footstool than an animal, it's time to do something about that excess weight.
There is an epidemic of fat pets in the United States, one that's often unrecognized.
"It comes from the fact that they are beloved," says...
| Jan 18, 2012
People seem to have a basic need to connect with animals.
"We now believe that we as a species evolved with dogs," said Steve Dale, an author, TV/radio host and animal behavior consultant. "And there is a hard-wired connection between people and dogs...
| Feb 14, 2012
Even the best neighbors — the c'mon-over-for-a-cookout neighbors, the we-baked-you-some-brownies neighbors — can infuriate you.
Maybe it's how they never cut their lawn. Or how their kids race their bikes up and down the sidewalk all the...
| Jun 15, 2012
Over the past 15 years, tens of thousands of stray and abandoned dogs and cats have found new homes — new lives — thanks to one golfer's good day on the links.
John Paulos, Paula Fasseas' godfather, showed up at her parents' Tucson (Ariz.)...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 4:20 AM
Welcome to our first live show of the season. Cat is shiny in gold. I won't lie -- I look forward to seeing what she's wearing each week.
Since we're only getting one show a week this season, I was worried we wouldn't get the group numbers we used to...