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25 Nov

Dog is NOT Happy There's Something Different About Dad

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

One of the best things about having a dog is that they accept us and love us for exactly who we are ... unless we make a change they don't like. For instance, putting on a hat.

Christy the dog loves her owner Jac more than anything, but when Jac made the decision to wear his new camouflage hat, Christy was not ok with it ...

In fact, she didn't even recognize him.

When Jac puts on the hat, it's as if he becomes a whole different person, a person that Christy does not know or particularly like. But as soon as the hat comes off ... Bam. Instant friends again. 

Either that camouflage is working a little too well, or Christy is just trying to tell Jac that hats really aren't his thing. Hey, dogs know best.

Like Christy? Learn more about her breed.

25 Nov

Tiniest Donkey Races Circles Around His Patient Mom

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

There are few things more effortlessly joyful than a happy baby animal. And this donkey puts all his fellow babies to shame.

A video shows a week-old miniature donkey testing out his little legs and running circles around his patient mom. Quite simply, it's the cutest, sweetest thing we may have ever seen.

And now let's go backwards!

The video's not much more than two minutes of a happy little donkey prancing, but it perfectly captures the joy of a new life. If you need a pick-me-up, you can watch the full clip below.

Ever considered adopting a donkey? Learn more about them here.

25 Nov

Chimps With Darkest Pasts Light Up When They See Snow

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

The weather has turned frigid in the Pacific Northwest, and the rescued chimps at a sanctuary there, like everyone else in the region, are snuggling in and staying warm.

But people at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest didn't want their sweet residents to miss out on one of life's particular joys: the first snows of the year.

So caretakers brought the snow to them.

"We all woke up to a couple inches of snow this morning and while the chimpanzees were not interested in going outside today," the sanctuary blogged on Tuesday, "they were interested in eating the snow!"

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25 Nov

Family Discovers Shocking Guest in Their Home

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

All was normal at the Forest Department in Ferozabad, India until the phone rang on Tuesday.

On the line was a panicked voice saying they'd discovered something terrifying in a spare room of their home: A fully grown male leopard.


The Forest Department contacted Wildlife SOS and a rescue team hurried to the house.

"The room had been secured and the team got to work controlling the people that had gathered," Dr. Ilayaraja, senior veterinary officer, said in a press release.

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25 Nov

Woman Who Threw Puppy from Car Goes to Jail

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

A year after she flung a 3-month-old puppy from a car window, cracking the tiny dog's skull and damaging her brain, Alsu Ivanchenko made no attempt to say she was sorry.

In court this week, Ivanchenko simply shook her head when asked if she had anything to say before she was sentenced for leaving her injured, 1-pound Maltese/Shih Tzu puppy, Snowflake, for dead by the railroad tracks in a shopping bag, the Staten Island Advance reports.

Last September, the 35-year-old New York woman took Snowflake to an animal clinic where the puppy was diagnosed with a broken leg, but Ivanchenko declined to have the dog treated. Instead, prosecutors say, she stuffed Snowball in a black bag and threw her away like trash

"It costs too much to get it treated," Ivanchenko told officers, according to police. "I couldn't afford it. So that's why I put it in the bag, and I put it on the side of the road."

Authorities, however, say Ivanchenko would later buy a new puppy to replace Snowflake.

When good Samaritans finally discovered Snowflake, she had bloodied, crusted eyes, two fractures in her skull and brain trauma — in addition to her broken leg. 

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25 Nov

When Smelling Things Was the Wrong Choice

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(Guest post by April Son from

Worst. Decision. Ever. 

Sometimes the stink just comes out...

25 Nov

Army Surgeon Saves Dog's Life in Afghanistan

When you're a trained surgeon, you think you can handle anything. That is, until a dog is on the table. Col. Frederick Lough was in this exact situation on September 30, 2012, when a Czech Belgian Malinois named Altos was brought to his base camp in Afghanistan. Altos's kennel had been hit by a Taliban rocket, and he was in desperate need of medical attention. 

Despite not having any veterinary experience, Col. Lough and his team worked together to removal the shrapnel in Altos's body and save his life.

Check out the whole video below, part of AARP's “Fearless at 50” video series, which celebrates real people age 50 and over who are living boldly in unexpected ways.

Learn more about the Belgian Malinois here!

25 Nov

Pups Making Thanksgiving Dinner Stress Free and Easy

Thanksgiving dinner is never a walk in the park. There's a table to set and decorated, in-laws to chat up, and an entire feast to cook. Luckily, some have an extra hand--or paw-- to make the holiday preparation much easier.

The potatoes need to be boiled, but watching the pot is quite annoying when there's a football game on and there's pumpkin ales to be had. Steve the Goldendoodle is the perfect Thanksgiving assistant and will gladly keep an eye on the stove while you enjoy a few minutes away from your kitchen duties.

Mashing and mixing get tiring. You may be cramping up and need to give your joints a breather from the basting and stirring. When you've got a pooch like this, there's no need to fight through the pain. Tap out and hand the duties over to this guy. 

It's a holiday, so you know people will be snapping pics left and right. The last thing you want to get caught with is an undecorated, uncoordinated, uninspired table setting. When in need, call up Buddy the Beagle and watch him work Pinterest-worthy magic. Unfortunately, his services go at a high rate of seven treats per hour. According to his Instagram, you won't be disappointed.


A photo posted by peaches (@peatzpit) on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:14pm PDT

Too caught up in the mashed potatoes and stuffing to realize you've left drops of gravy all over the kitchen? No big deal when you've got a pup like Peaches. Messes be gone! 


A photo posted by Rocco and Gianni (@demandingduo) on Nov 23, 2015 at 6:28pm PST

Even if your pup can't hold a spoon or put together a beautiful table, they sure can spice up your Thanksgiving with some holiday spirit. Everyone loves a good festive hat, right?

Cats try to help in the kitchen, but it seems like they're in it for themselves this holiday season. 

25 Nov

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pet

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It's time for Thanksgiving, which means family gatherings, football, and, most importantly, food. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, the list goes on! While you may be salivating just thinking about the pounds of food about to laden your table, your dog probably is, too! However, before trying to include your canine companion in your festivities, check out these safety tips to make sure you aren't accidentally feeding him or her something poisonous. 

  1. Don't give your dog any turkey or ham bones to chew on. They can easily splinter and choke or harm your dog's throat and intestines. Opt for a bone from the pet store and bring it out once everyone sits down to dinner! 
  2. Avoid giving you pets food items with high fat content, like gravy, as it can cause pancreatitis. Make sure not relatives are slipping the dog a scrap or two and keep an eye on the garbage can!
  3. While dogs act like they can eat anything, they should really stay away from foods like onion, garlic, raisins,and mushrooms. They could cause some major stomach issues for dogs and even death. Check out the full list of what foods to avoid here.
  4. Keep pets away from the dessert table. We all know chocolate is bad for dogs and so are certain ingredients that contain xylitol.

We know you want to include your pup in the festivities so check out our list of dog-safe holidays treats!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

24 Nov

Dog-Sized Rats Actually Exist

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

A photo showing quite an enormous rat has surfaced on the internet to flip everyone out.

An Irish website called Lovin Dublin posted the photo, which shows the arms of a man holding up a rat that looks about 3 feet long, and said that the rat was discovered in New York. The site attributed the photo simply to Facebook, but without a link (and a search to discover the origins of the photo proved to be unfruitful), and suggested the sight of the giant rat was the stuff of nightmares.

One tweeter replied to the photo with the question: "there's no way that's true, is it?"

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