Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Educational books for kids

Friday, August 17th, 2012


Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column — For kids, learning has never been so much fun.

Can a book be your BFF?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012


From BuzzFeed: 25 Dogs That Love Reading


From The Guardian: Some of my worst friends are books by Rick Gekoski.

Wonderful world

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


From the BBC: This is just a commercial, but how gorgeous can it get?!

Kitties and Puppies

Friday, June 29th, 2012








Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Kitties and Puppies.

A visit from da bear

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


What does a wild bear do in the woods? I don’t know, but last night it was doing it in our woods. Here it is, destroying my brother’s birdfeeder, just a couple of feet from their window. It looks small, but would YOU want to go out in the backyard and take its photo?

And here’s the video. (video made by my brother, Dave)

UPDATE: I have named the bear Bascombe.

Rescue and reward at Westminster

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


This is a wonderful story about a rescued Weimaraner who ended up becoming a champion and competing at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He didn’t win, but he won my heart. Here’s the winner, a Pekingese named Malachy:


New breeds at dog show

Monday, January 30th, 2012

American English Coonhound, WKC photo

American English Coonhound, WKC photo


Six new breeds will be competing at theWestminster Kennel Club Dog Show this year. Competition begins Feb. 13.

The new breeds are Mexico’s hairless Xoloitzcuintli, the Finnish Lapphund, the Norwegian Lundehund, the Cesky Terrier, the American English Coonhound and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

Xoloitzcuintli, WKC photo

Xoloitzcuintli, WKC photo

(Click on each photo for information about the breed from the Westminster Kennel Club.)

Finnish Lapphund, WKC photo

Finnish Lapphund, WKC photo

Norwegian Lundehund, WKC photo

Norwegian Lundehund, WKC photo


Entlebucher Mountain Dog, WKC photo


Cesky Terrier, WKC photo

Interactive Advent Calendar

Monday, December 5th, 2011


Click on the photo for a link to a very funny video titled “Simon’s Cat.” Except for the ending, it is like going back in time for me, to when Tom and Phyllis and I lived on DePeyster Street in Kent and had the kitties and doggies at Christmas time. The cats loved having a tree in the house, and they thought (naturally) that it was there for them to climb. Oops.

This is part of the “Countdown to Christmas” interactive Advent calendar from The Guardian’s Children’s Books Department.

Beagle love

Thursday, December 1st, 2011


Ever since the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about Beagles. We used to have a couple, and I really love the breed. Just look at that face. How could you not love that face?! (photos from


Doggone winners

Monday, November 28th, 2011


I joined millions of other dog lovers on Thanksgiving to watch the National Dog Show. Once again, I fell in love with beagles, but I also found some new breeds to love. The Best in Show winner, above, was wire fox terrier GCH CH Steele Your Heart.

NUP_146861_0153.jpgJohn O’Hurley, shown with a few of his friends, was the excellent host for the special event.

I loved the collies, the schipperke, and the Old English Sheepdog.

I especially liked the coloring on the whippet (below, but I don’t think it was the one in the show).








They also had the prettiest Bernese mountain dog I’d ever seen (the 2011 finalist is shown below). I really thought it might win. (Bernese mountain dog photos by SEE SPOT RUN PHOTOGRAPHY)






The finalists from the other dog groups were as follows:

Toy Group, Affenpinscher: GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari

Hound Group, Whippet: GCH CH Starline’s Chanel

Herding Group, Australian Shepherd: GCH CH Propwash Reckon

Non-Sporting Group, Dalmatian: GCH CH Spotlight’s Ruffian

Sporting Group, English Springer Spaniel: GCH CH Cerise Tender Is The Night

Working Group, Bernese Mountain Dog: GCH CH Blumoon’s Tanzenite v Blackrock

Bookstore cats

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011



Hampton, the bookstore cat, discussed with other bookstore cats here.

What a cutie

Thursday, September 1st, 2011


This is a seriously cute dog.

Guarding his master one last time

Thursday, August 25th, 2011


Loyal Hawkeye the Labrador retriever lies beside his best friend, his buddy, his master, fallen Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, at the SEAL’s funeral in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was killed in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed so many of his comrades. Hawkeye will now live with the friend who took care of him when Tumilson was away on missions. For more photos and text, click here.

Musical cat dies at 19

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


From Care2Causes:

Ketzel, a 19-year-old cat who lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has passed on. The black and white cat was a prize-winning composer, says the New York Times: In 1997, she won a special mention for a piano composition, “Piece for Piano, Four Paws” after her late owner, Morris Moshe Cotel, a retired professor of composition at the Peabody Conservatory, entered her piece in Paris New Music Review’s One-Minute Competition. Ketzel received a special mention for her work, as well as a check for $19.72. Cotel had noted who Ketzel was in the entry; the judges were shown only the music. Guy Livingstone, one of the judges, said in 1997 that the piece “reminded us of Anton Webern. If Webern had a cat, this is what Webern’s cat would have written.” The New York Times describes how Ketzel’s musical ability was discovered: [Cotel] was playing a prelude and fugue from “The Well-Tempered Clavier” by Bach, as he did every morning — he worked his way through a different prelude and fugue each day, as a kind of warmup exercise. On the morning in question, Ketzel leapt onto the piano, landing in the treble. She worked her way down to the bass. Professor Cotel was startled, but grabbed a pencil and started transcribing. He was impressed by the “structural elegance” of what he heard, Ms. Cheskis-Cotel said. “He said, ‘This piece has a beginning, a middle and an end. How can this be? It’s written by a cat.’ ”

Good old Pooh

Friday, July 15th, 2011


According to the New York Times, Disney is taking Winnie-the-Pooh back to his simpler, good-old-bear roots. I say Hallelujah!

Kids love books about animals

Friday, May 20th, 2011


Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on animal books for kids.


Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Man, goose … another kind of love story:


Tree shortage

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


We have to stop cutting down so many trees. This is getting serious!

Unwelcome visitor

Monday, February 21st, 2011


“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t think you were coming back.”

Boykin spaniels

Thursday, February 17th, 2011


I have a new favorite dog breed — well, let’s just say it’s a temporary crush. It’s the Boykin Spaniel. I discovered it on the TV news when the discussion of the Westminster Dog Show focused on this year’s new breeds. Just look at those eyes! Click on the photo below for information on the Boykin Spaniel.

The winner of the dog show was Hickory, a five-year-old Scottish Deerhound. Click here for a photo gallery on the show from the Washington Post.


Damn cat

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011


Here, kitty

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


Mental Floss offers more images of bookstore cats. Pictured: Alice, who dwells in Lawrence, Kansas.

Baby New Year

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


From Twitter: “The cutest photo of a sleepy baby deer you will see today, or your money back.”

‘A little boy and his bear’

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010


NYT contributor Jennifer Finney Boylan reminisces about the old Winnie-the-Pooh toys:

“…The story goes back 35 years. In the 1980s, I had a gruesome copy-editing job at E. P. Dutton, the American publishers of the “Winnie-the-Pooh” books. One of my colleagues was a crusty septuagenarian named Elliot Graham, whose title was director of publicity emeritus. Elliot was the shepherd of the original Pooh stuffed animals — Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Piglet and Eeyore — which were kept in a glass case in the Dutton lobby on 2 Park Avenue….”

An animated Christmas card

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

AnimalssnowmanMerry Christmas from the Snowman.

Click on the picture to help the animals build their snowman.

Books. Cats. Life is good.

Friday, November 12th, 2010


My new favorite photo: Nate and Amazing Supercat Toby enjoy the wonderful book “Dewey the Library Cat.” It’s always better to read with a friend.

In honor of Dewey

Monday, October 18th, 2010

DeweyForBlogPenguin invites cat lovers to join the Dewey the Library Cat Community and submit photos and stories of your feline to share with the group. It’s all in honor of the late library cat Dewey Readmore Books.

Who’s saury now?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Just for fun, 9 reasons not to date a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Guenveur Burnell wins

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

dupreeKent storyteller Guenveur Burnell has won the grand prize in the WCLV Dog Days of August Pet Poetry Contest. (Click the cat photo to see all the winning poems.)

Here’s her grand-prize-winning poem, about her cat Dupree:


We are old, he and I.
We walk more slowly
Than in our younger days.
But his tail is still held high
Like a plume on
The hat of a Victorian lady.
His topaz eyes still gleam.
Never a lap cat ’til now,
His old bones
Need our warmth
And my old bones find ease
In that soft, purring body.
Because we are old,
Dupree and I.

Kitty, kitty

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010


SF Gate profiles some of California’s bookstore cats.