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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.

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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.

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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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1 Jul

UPDATE: 'Kale Chips' the Beagle Is 20 Pounds Lighter, Healthier and Happier (VIDEO)

Remember our buddy, Kale Chips?  Rescued this past January, he was 85 pounds when he was brought to the shelter One Tail at a Time. That's about 60 pounds overweight by your average beagle body standards.

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Photo: Courtesy of One Tail at a Time. Visit the One Tail at a Time Facebook page for more photos >>

But thanks to the One Tail at a Time staff, he's dropped 20 pounds with a healthier diet and lots of exercise. When the rescue first took him in, they were a little daunted by the challenge at hand -- but, Kale Chips is a fighter! He took to his new lifestyle habits happily and charged ahead with his new beginning.

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30 Jun

Illinois Could Allow Dogs to Comfort Courtroom Witnesses

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Screengrab via the Daily Herald video.

A bill that would allow facility dogs to accompany witnesses 18 or younger to the stand in certain instances for cases involving abuse or exploitation has been approved by the Legislature, and sits on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's desk ready to sign, reports Illinois-based Daily Herald.

The bill would require that dogs be facility dogs with proper credentials. Unlike service or therapy dogs, facility dogs must meet national standards and come from an organization accredited by Assistant Dogs International.

Animals have been used periodically on a contract basis by prosecutors to comfort young crime victims during interviews, but it is believed the Lake County state's attorney's office is the only one in Illinois with a full time facility dog; his name is Mitchell and he is a two-year-old Labrador retriever donated by St. Louis-based Support Dogs Inc.

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