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1 Sep

Behind the Scenes: Magical Party Pad Treehouse

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Magical Party Pad Treehouse inside this blog post!

Rhonda and Roxy are sisters who share a family home in the Platte River Valley near Omaha, Neb.  Although Rhonda and her husband live in Florida, they visit often and wanted an adult party clubhouse.  Pete stepped up his game and delivered a fantasy castle treehouse on the back of their property, which included a copper capped turret.

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The sisters love their martinis and cocktail time, so a heavily outfitted bar was a starting point, things are kept cool with a wine frig from Haier.

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1 Sep

Dog Helps His Humans with Their Groceries

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Carrying in the groceries is the worst part of grocery shopping. Mom's call asking for the kids help with all of the bags is groan-inducing, but not for this enthusiastic pup! He loves helping his humans, running outside and grabbing one bag at a time for his dad. His siblings, however, have no interest in helping this their brother. They'd rather get pets and stand in his way!

That was one hard-working pup. Check out more hard-working breeds here!

1 Sep

Cat Was Prepared to Greet New Family Cat, Not a Dog

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

Every now and then a family welcomes a new member, and the original family members have to prepare for that. This cat felt that he was TOTALLY prepared for a new family cat to join their loving bunch ... until it WASN'T a cat. It was a dog.

Cato the cat was sitting at the window, waiting for his dad to bring home his new feline sibling, when his worst fears were realized and that feline was actually a canine.

Needless to say, Cato was a little shocked.

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1 Sep

Heroic Hippo Saves Baby Zebra from Drowning in River

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends. A little zebra found that out when she got stuck in a raging river and couldn't get herself back to shore. 

Instead of letting the poor girl drown, a hippo jumped in to save the day.

 

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1 Sep

Unique Fish Species is Dangerously Close to Extinction

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

After roaming the ocean for the last 55 million years virtually unchanged, the end may soon be nigh for one of the planet's most unique species.

What makes spotted handfish so special is evident in their name. Instead of swimming, these rare little fish evolved hand-like pectoral fins, which they use to quite literally 'walk' along the sea floor. Throughout their long tenure on Earth, spotted handfish endured while others died out — but now they face their greatest challenge yet. 

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1 Sep

Overweight Dachshund Gets a New Lease on Life With Rigorous Workout Routine

A 7-year-old, 38 pound dachshund is getting a new lease on life. Vincent was released to a Houston animal shelter earlier this month after his owner passed away. Luckily for him, he was quickly picked up and fostered within the K-9 Angels Rescue, which is working with Vincent to get him back to his normal weight, according to CNN.

According to veterinarians, Vincent is about double the weight of what a normal dachshund should be. Melissa Anderson, who is fostering Vincent, says that she believes his previous owners likely fed him fast food as he gets very excited whenever she goes through the Starbucks drive-thru.

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1 Sep

She Waited 9 Long Years for This Day to Finally Come

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(Guest psost by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For nearly a decade, Bridget the dog had waited and waited, hoping to simply find someone to love her. Now, her long wait is over.

The sweet but timid rat terrier was around 2 years old when she first wound up at the Animal Care Society in Louisville, Kentucky. Although she was playful at first, eager to begin a new life as somebody's pet, Bridget's happy spirit seemed to dampen with time — though it's hard to fault her for that. As the years dragged on, the dog kept being overlooked by potential adopters who seemed to prefer more recent arrivals with a bit more pep.

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1 Sep

Injured Dog Saved from Burning Truck by Her Devoted Human

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)
 
Wade Newman was willing to do anything for his beloved dog, Snowflake, even if it meant putting his own life on the line.

Newman, a truck driver, was driving on a Winnipeg, Canada, road with his two dogs when his semi crashed into another vehicle. The truck burst into flames. Newman's other dog, Sasha, escaped unscathed but Snowflake, a two-year-old poodle, was badly burned.

Newman, who also suffered extensive burns, rushed into the wreckage to carry Snowflake to safety.

 

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Snowflake was taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society where she has been undergoing daily, intensive treatment for her severe injuries.

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1 Sep

Grizzly Bear Captured Up Close, Slapping Camera (VIDEO)

This is probably as close to a grizzly bear most of us will ever get! Naturalist Brad Josephs captured this grizzly slapping his GoPro camera in Alaska.

Watch more of Josephs's videos here.

Watch another video of a grizzly getting close to a camera:

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1 Sep

Deaf Dog Who Took a Bullet For His Owner is Now Homeless

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

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes — including canine. A dog named Kiko took a bullet for his owner, lost his home and is now looking for his second chance.

Kiko made the news in 2012, when he saved his owner from a home invasion. A man masquerading as a UPS delivery driver tried to break into Kiko's home on Staten Island, New York. When Kiko tried to stop him, he was shot in the head. Luckily for Kiko, the bullet ricocheted off his skull, and he was miraculously able to make a full recovery, even though he is a senior dog.

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That would have been the perfect happy ending, but, unfortunately, Kiko's owner ran into some hard times about two years ago. He was forced to move and couldn't take Kiko with him. Kiko saved his owner's life and home, and then suddenly found himself without a home at all.

 

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