The Beauty In Growing Old (GALLERY)
(PETS/FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) After spending a year caring for her mother who suffers from dementia, photographer Isa Leshko decided to confront her own mortality and fears of old age by photographing elderly animals. Leshko's pictures are reminders of the dignity and beauty that accompany growing old. The humbling photographs inspire empathy towards farm animals who, as the artist explains, rarely get a chance at a "full natural lifespan" and typically "experience brutality and death early in their lives." Take a look at Leshko's compilation in the gallery below and read on to learn more about her project. — Global Animal
Do Dogs Help Us Live Longer?
(PETS/DOGS) Can having a dog really improve your health? Research shows having a dog or two can actually increase your life expectancy. There are a number of tangible health benefits that come with having a dog, HuffPost Live reports, including decreasing depression, lowering cholesterol, and alerting to hypoglycemia. Whether you're considering getting a new puppy or senior pet, know that doing so will not only improve your happiness, but it will also improve your health. Check out our pet adoption database to find the perfect match for you. Read on and visit the link below for more information on the positive aspects of having a pet. — Global Animal
Book Review: “Dogs With Old Man Faces”
(DOGS/BOOK REVIEW) Tom Cohen, the Executive Producer, Director, and Head Writer of the hit show Cash Cab on the Discovery Channel, is also the author of a new picture book Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines. This hilarious book of photography features pictures of senior dogs paired with amusing captions like, "Sherman goes on senior singles cruises" and "Harry didn't want to be in this book but his wife said, 'Come on, Harry, try something new for once.'" This book is the perfect homage to our old, furry, lovable friends. — Global Animal
Does Your Dog Really Like You?
(DOGS/PETS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) We all know Charlie Brown and Snoopy shared an unbreakable bond, but a new study from Applied Animal Behaviour Science will be difficult for dog lovers to hear. The study titled “I like my dog, does my dog like me?” argues that our beloved puppies don’t necessarily love us as much as we love them. Continue reading below to find out how dogs actually form more complicated relationships than we once thought. — Global Animal
The Well-Intentioned Eater: Apps For The Holiday
(MEATLESS HOLIDAYS/VEGETARIAN-VEGAN RECIPES) Well, I made it through my first turkey-free Thanksgiving and survived. More than survived, it was delicious. I had all of my Thanksgiving favorites—stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes—and didn’t miss the turkey one bit. This got me thinking. With Hanukkah upon us and Christmas only a few weeks away, we have lots of parties and family gatherings coming up. Is it possible to stay healthy and meat-less throughout the holiday season? Thankfully, with so many healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes out there, the answer is YES!
Koalas’ Weird Extra Organ
(ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE) AUSTRALIA — Koala bears are best known for their nocturnal habits—hence the countless adorable photos of these sleeping cuddly creatures. However, we rarely hear about their deep, frog-like voices. Koalas, especially the males, bellow in low baritone keys during mating season. The deep sound is inconsistent with their small size, which would normally suggest a high-pitched noise. As it turns out, this attribute is the result of an extra organ located just outside the larynx. Read the LiveScience article below for more details on the discovery. — Global Animal
A Happy Alternative To Spaying And Neutering?
(PETS/PET CARE) Although the Humane Society and other organizations have taught pet parents the benefits of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs, a small percentage of guardians have second thoughts about putting their pets through surgery. But skeptic parents are being offered an alternative called Zeuterin, an uninvasive drug used to sterilize male dogs without requiring surgery. Even though the drug is available, many veterinarians still prefer traditional surgery. Read on for more on the future of spaying and neutering pets. — Global Animal
Hollywood’s Deep, Dark Secrets Exposed
(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMALS IN MOVIES) HOLLYWOOD — Despite a supposed safety record of 99.98 percent, the American Humane Association's (AHA) trademark stamp of approval, “No Animals Were Harmed,” provides no real meaningful protection for animals in movies. In reality, the AHA has awarded this accreditation to several films and TV shows where animals were injured or even killed during production—including blockbusters like Disney's Eight Below starring Paul Walker, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Ang Lee's Life of Pi. In fact, the Bengal tiger named "Richard Parker" in Life of Pi nearly drowned to death during filming, according to AHA whistleblowers in a recent expose by the Hollywood Reporter. The shocking investigation also addresses 27 animal deaths on the set of The Hobbit, four horse deaths on HBO's Luck, as well as several under-the-radar incidents from prominent productions such as Failure to Launch, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Zookeeper, Marmaduke, and Our Idiot Brother. The full extent of animal injuries and deaths in the entertainment industry cannot be known, and these troubling cases threaten the AHA's credibility. Continue reading for more on the in-depth report. — Global Animal
Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Quinoa Salad
(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Quinoa is an ancient grain that is high in protein and gluten free. It is perfect for winter salad recipes because it is hearty and filling compared to lettuce-based salads. Chickpeas, craisins, and spinach pair well together as salad toppings, and a homemade Balsamic vinaigrette adds a rich, sweet, and tangy flavor. Enjoy it by itself or with a nice warm bowl of soup! — Global Animal
25 College Teams That Exploit Live Mascots (GALLERY)
(ANIMAL MASCOTS/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) The University of Southern California (USC) college football team fell to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on their home turf this Saturday. While back-to-back upsets by UCLA was the last thing to be expected, the real shock came at the tail-end of every USC scoring drive. USC is recognized by their Troy-themed traditions, the trademark of which is their mascot, a rare pure white Andalusian horse named Traveler. The original Traveler first made his appearance in USC's 1961 home opener versus Georgia Tech. Ever since, whenever USC scores, the band plays “Conquest” and Traveler gallops around the Los Angeles Coliseum. — Global Animal