By now you've probably heard of Oscar, the magical Rhode Island cat who can smell death coming hours away. Just in case, here's an excerpt from CNN:

oscarcat.jpg"The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other illnesses. After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He'd sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours."

baileyshore.jpgThis is one of those slightly morbid yet fascinating topics that's perfect for a virtual cocktail party like ours. Maybe your pets have never been harbingers of death, but I've heard amazing stories of dogs and cats predicting hurricanes, sniffing out cancer and becoming serene around just-barely-pregnant women. We've yet to see anything like this from Bailey, but she's not even two and always very busy.

Do your pets have magical powers? As always, this is just a jumping off point. The conversation will go where you take it.