Animals

After a Divorce, Who Gets the Dog?

The author recommends a petup.

On the Covid Front Lines, When Not Getting Belly Rubs

In Thailand and around the world, dogs are being trained to sniff out the coronavirus in people. So far, the results have been impressive.

Pet Psychics in Taiwan

Taiwan’s pet psychics gain ground with animal lovers looking for a connection

Tudder: Tinder for Cows

How do they swipe right with their hooves? Can sheep get involved? And, crucially: is this for real?

Cloning Pets: Beloved Pets Everlasting?

The most difficult thing about the cloned puppies is not telling them apart, but explaining why they don’t look exactly alike.

Matchmaking in India: Canine Division

In matrimony-mad India, where marriage is the central event of a lifetime, these posters could easily be for lovelorn, small-town bachelors, pasted up by anxious parents seeking a bride. But the suitable girl these single fellows seek is of the furry, four-footed variety. Finding one, though, is not easy.

 

By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate

In Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana and some other states in the last few years, courts have allowed such trained dogs to offer children and other vulnerable witnesses nuzzling solace in front of juries. The new role for dogs as testimony enablers can, however, raise thorny legal questions. Defense lawyers argue that the dogs may unfairly sway jurors with their cuteness and the natural empathy they attract, whether a witness is telling the truth or not, and some prosecutors insist that the courtroom dogs can be a crucial comfort to those enduring the ordeal of testifying, especially children.

Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture

For a fee, this service will place your dog or cat in the home of a caring atheist on Judgment Day

California company that rents goats herds to cities to clear fire brush.

Finland’s Hobbyhorse Girls, Once a Secret Society, Now Prance in Public

For years, a subculture of teenage hobbyhorse enthusiasts flourished under the radar. Now the craze is a national export, and a celebration of girlhood.