We love dogs, and we love Ellen. When the two come together, it's a very special occasion.
Here are six of Ellen's most popular "top dog" YouTube videos.
Just two months after starring as the lovable dog in "The Artist," Uggie appeared on Ellen's stage to perform a few tricks you didn't see in the Oscar-winning film that made him famous.
All siblings and best friends get on each other's nerves sometimes, and that's exactly the case for these adorable pitties.
Meet Sookie and Ivy!
Sookie and Ivy are two rescue pit bulls that live with their human mama and each other, and they love each other ... most of the time. Just like many siblings, these two friends are very different.
Cats are known for their athletic abilities, from high jumps to landing on their feet no matter the fall. But, it seems that their grace is foiled by slippery floors. This poor kitty was just trying to get back into this cage but the floors were so slippery, he couldn't get enough traction to actually make his target.
It sounds like the other kitties around him are cheering him on, but to no avail. Hopefully the human recording helped the kitty back into his cage!
Ten years after surviving the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, Boots the dog is alive and well and still helping out hopeful kittens at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS).
Boots, a chow/shepherd mix who was rescued by AHS emergency animal medical technicians a decade ago, has been hard at work paying it forward for dozens of kittens through AHS's kitten nursery. The vivacious little pup was one of nearly 300 animals retrieved in New Orleans and brought back to Arizona for treatment. After making a full recovery, he was adopted by one of the volunteers who helped rescue him.
We previously reported on Boots's escapades in comforting these little guys and helping them acclimate to their new surroundings while also providing them with an important outlet for socialization. The Dodo is happy to say that on the eve of his anniversary of survival, he's still hard at work being a buddy for his feline friends.
"Boots is amazing!" AHS's public relations manager Bretta Nelson told The Dodo. "He puts on his kitten nanny vest and comes every Wednesday to volunteer in the Arizona Humane Society's kitten nursery."
The kitten nursery was created to fill a critical need in the social development of the kittens who come into the care of the shelter. Studies have shown that there's a brief period in the early weeks of a kitten's life where social interactions can determine how he'll act toward others the rest of his days.
Rain seeped into the cardboard box where she lay: alone, abandoned and on the brink of death.
When workers arrived at Animal Care Center in New York one dreary April morning in 2014, they found this box on the Manhattan sidewalk with a crying, nameless puppy inside. She was about 8 weeks old and in dire need of immediate medical attention. They called Second Chance Rescue (SCR), an NYC organization that responds to cases of severe abuse and neglect.
"She wasn't moving, but occasionally she'd let out a cute little breath," SCR volunteer Denise Diaz told the Dodo. Diaz borrowed her sister's car in order to race this young puppy to the animal emergency center. "She was in extreme pain and had the worst case of mange I've ever seen," said Diaz, also noting how the stench the dog's dying skin "lingered in my car for weeks. … I could smell it in my mouth and in my stomach."
Bumper-to-bumper traffic along the FDR Drive slowed the car down to snail's pace for 40 minutes. Whenever the car came to a stop, Diaz peeked into the cardboard box, hoping to see the puppy still breathing.
Nimby is a 10-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix who is missing his two front legs, but in no way is he missing his spirit and zest for life.
Nimby was recently given up by his family because, as they told the shelter, they couldn't handle him being different. The Fuzzy Pet Foundation, the rescue organization that took Nimby in, told The Dodo in a press release that Nimby was likely born this way, and has therefore had plenty of time to adapt to his two-legged way of life. Instead of moving around like a typical dog, Nimby channels another animal — a kangaroo.
Mickey the cougar could barely walk when rescuers found him.
Mickey had languished for years in a nightmarish backyard zoo in Alabama that was operating without a license — its USDA license was revoked in 2006. It had been discovered that the woman running the zoo, which was also serving as the local dog pound, was feeding domesticated dogs to her exotic cats. Big Cat Rescue was determined to save any animals it could from this horror story.
In 2014, Big Cat Rescue negotiated with the owner of the captive wild animals, and last August she finally surrendered Mickey to the Tampa-based rescue organization.
When Mickey was finally rescued, he was emaciated, his teeth were rotting and his legs were so debilitated from what specialists believed were torn ACLs that he could barely stand up. After further examinations, veterinarians determined that Mickey's knees were ravaged, with no ligaments or cartilage left at all.
"It had to be incredibly painful," Susan Bass, of Big Cat Rescue, told The Dodo, "but he's such a sweetheart, he never even let on that he was in pain."
The orphaned puppies who show up at the doors of the Rocky Ridge Refuge all find themselves with a gentle, but unlikely, new mom: Cheesecake, a resident capybara, who adopts all the needy litters as they come through.
And she gives them the kind of love only a sweet, gigantic rodent can give.
The refuge, an Arkansas animal rescue, takes in lots of abandoned litters and pregnant dogs, which means there are always new puppies to care for.
When Army Specialist Tyler Roberts and his bomb-sniffing dog, Cpl. Donna, were in Afghanistan together, the two were inseparable.
"We were there for a year together, spent 24 hours a day together," Roberts told Denver's KUSA.
But when his tour was up, Roberts returned to the U.S., and had to say goodbye to his best friend. He believed that Donna, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was being retrained and would serve another tour of duty with a different handler — but the truth was much more tragic.
Donna's program had actually been retired by the U.S. military, and she was sent to work for a private contractor.
But instead of traveling the world as a working dog, Donna and 11 other former military dogs wound up abandoned in a kennel in Virginia.