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3 Jul

Pit Bull Learns To Jump On The Bed, Has Best Time Ever

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

These two little girls were having a blast jumping all over the bed — and their sweet pit bull wanted to join in on the fun too!

"WOAH how did I just do that?!"

He was apprehensive at first, but his little humans got so excited when he started to jump, so what else could he do? He clearly loves his humans!

"Is this what I've been missing out on all this time?!"

Every time he stopped jumping, his girls cheered him on and he would start again. He loves making them smile, and these little girls are the ultimate cheerleaders!

"This is kind of scary but also fun? Fun scary? Is that a thing?"

He didn't want to jump too much while the girls were on the bed with him though — he'd rather they were safe and happy. Pit bulls are simply the best

You keep jumping on the bed, girls, and you, too, Mr. Pit Bull! After all, if the monkey's can do it, then so can the pit bulls!

Watch the whole video here!

 Want more pit bulls? Check out some highlights from season six of "Pit Bulls & Parolees!"

3 Jul

The New Way To Give Your Dog A Bath Is Either Genius Or Ridiculous

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Let's face it: Cleaning your dog can be pretty impossible.

If your dog comes into the house after a romp in the mud, or even if he is just smelly and long overdue for a bath, convincing him to get clean can be quite a feat.

This new invention, the Woof Washer 360, could be the dog-washing way of the future. The Woof Washer operates by spraying soap and water through a hoop attached to a handle, which you then move up and down over your dog to clean him.

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2 Jul

Cat Reacts To Flower In Most Dramatic Way Possible

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Cats are pretty durable creatures. They're constantly exploring and getting themselves stuck, and yet they always seem to make it out OK. They do have nine lives, after all. This one cat was faced with a foe, however, that he just couldn't overcome: a flower.

That's right. This cat is presented with a flower, and though the flower seems harmless, it renders this cat motionless and completely incapable of being a cat. How on earth did it do that?

It starts off innocent enough. A dancing flower — what could be dangerous about that? Psh.

Youtube/Lolzingforgifs

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2 Jul

Puppy Covered In Tar Gets Most Beautiful Rescue

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Born on the streets of India, a tiny stray puppy had to figure out from day one how to survive. Somehow, he fended for himself for his first three months.

But when the puppy got drenched in tar at a construction site, his life was truly at risk. 

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2 Jul

World's Ugliest Dog Gets A Celebrity Make-Over

Quasi Modo

Last weekend the World's Ugliest Dog was crowned in Petaluma, California. Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch Shepherd mix, beat out 26 other dogs to take home the title, and its' $1,500 prize. Since then, the deformed dog, who is missing a couple vertebrae, has gained some fame. 

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1 Jul

Wallaby Adopts Orphaned Kangaroo Right Into Her Pouch

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

For the first time ever, a baby tree kangaroo has found a home in a wallaby's pouch.

Makaia, a baby tree kangaroo, was only five weeks old when his mother was tragically killed by a falling tree branch.

Makaia, whose species is already endangered because of overhunting and loss of habitat, was having an especially rough start. Feeding the tiny tree kangaroo by hand was not an option — he was simply too young. Makaia needed a pouch to call his own and finish developing during his vulnerable early months.

YouTube/Zoos SA

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1 Jul

Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets: Fireworks, Sunburn and More

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, people across the country are preparing with patriotic decorations, food, and fireworks. However, this can be an especially stressful time for pet owners since the loud explosions from fireworks can cause distress in our furry friends. Couple that with extreme heat, a plethora of thunderstorms, and vacation travel, the ease of summer may not be so easy for our pets.

Sadly, dogs have been known to run away from home after being spooked by fireworks. To avoid this from happening, the best thing to do is be prepared. 

Many owners have tried getting their dogs used to the sounds of fireworks by playing sounds of fireworks in the background every so often, months before the Fourth. If you find yourself in a crunch for time, the best way to prepare is to keep your dog inside, and to have a safe space for them if they get spooked. This includes having a traveling crate nearby that the dog can hide in. Additionally, communicating with your pet is a great way to soothe them. 

You can also try playing white noise in the background the drown out some of the noise of fireworks or diverting your dogs attention through play, cuddling, and being a nearby support.

If you find it necessary, for those dogs whose stress levels are high, vets can prescribe you medication to sedate your dog during this stressful time. This should ultimately be a last-resort effort.

There are also several clothing options for your that will fit your dog tightly to make them feel safe and secure; these include ThunderShirt and Anxiety Wrap.

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1 Jul

Pets of Instagram: Meet Luhu, Quite Possibly the Saddest, Cutest Kitty Cat EVER

Meet Luhu, a pet to watch on Instagram. WHY, you ask? Well ... LOOK AT HIM:

 

#cat #cute #catofinstagram #ilovecat #mycat #mybaby #pet #angel #adorable #face #fat #funny #luhu 💕💕

A photo posted by Maggie Liu (@lanlan731) on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:01pm PDT

He's one of three tabbies living with owner Maggie Liu, in Beijing, China. And he is SO SAD. Sad to be in this costume, maybe?

Sad because his lips are chapped?

Or, maybe just feeling a little blue because he has food stuck in his teef?

Or, just sad ... just because?

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1 Jul

Snake vs. Snake (VIDEO)

If snakes creep you out, you probably shouldn't watch the video below. Or maybe you should. More on why, below the video. (Warning, the video features graphic predation!)

 

 

This video perfectly illustrates that if you're afraid of snakes, especially venomous ones, more snakes is the answer.

That's because many snake species, such as the cottonmouth (also known as a water moccasin--yes, they are the same species) in the video, happily feed on other snakes, including venomous ones like the rattlesnake.

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A California kingsnake, a species that happily feeds on rattlesnakes. Photo by National Park Service via Flickr.

Yes, cottonmouths are venomous too, but plenty of non-venomous snake species feed on their venomous cousins too. Most notable are probably the kingsnakes, named so because they actually regularly eat other snakes as a main part of their diet.

Unlike the seemingly clueless rattlesnake in the video, which slithered right up to the larger cottonmouth oblivious to its impending doom, sometimes the presence of snake-eating snakes is enough to drive other snakes away.

Adopt a Rattlesnake with the National Wildlife Federation 

1 Jul

UPDATE: Abused Pit Bull Caitlyn is Coming Back in a Big Way

A few weeks ago we wrote a blog about Caitlyn, a 15-month-old Pit Bull who was harshly abused when her muzzle was taped shut.

Today, with great delight, she is doing well and back in the news, only this time for a good cause. Her road to recovery has recently made a stop in modeling... with shirtless firefighters. 

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The Charleston Firefighters recently asked Caitlyn to model with them for their 2016 calendar. After what she has been through, Caitlyn needs major love and attention, and who better to get it from then the brave men who fight fires to keep us all safe?

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