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10 Feb

8 Different Kinds of Valentine's Days Told By Animals - Which One Will You Have?

Valentine's Day is upon us which means a lot of different things for different people.

For some, it's a day consisting of hanging out with friends, basking in being single and free; for others, it's an excuse to get all dressed up with your S.O. and gett a fancy dinner. 

Here's all the different types of Valentine's Days you can have as told by our furry friends. 

 1. A Passionate Love Triangle Conundrum

Maybe this Valentine's Day is going to be a little uncomfortable for you because you don't know your relationship status. These sloths get it. A sloths life may seem simple on the outside--slowly moving from branch to branch... eating one... leaf... at... a... time. But when it's mating season and girlfriend Samantha catches the eye of an eligible slothalor (sloth-bachelor), it turns into a stressful situation for Mr. Sunshine, her "long term companion" (aka, friend with benefits). Who do you side with: Mr. Sunshine or Romeo?  

2. A Honey-Moon Stage Love

...with someone you weren't expecting to be attracted to! Is there something more there? Will this Valentine's Day date lead to forever? Let Charles the Kudu and Camilla the Giraffe show you that you can fall in deep love with whoever, no matter their species. 

 3. A Fun Night Doing What You Love with Friends

Maybe you're not in a relationship, but that's not an excuse to not celebrate love! You'll be spending the evening eating the foods you love with the friends you love. However, hopefully your friends won't surprise you with the secret that Maria surprised Dominic with...

4. Self-Pamper Time

You're smart and taking advantage of all the Valentine's Day spa and massage deals! There's nothing wrong with spending some "me time" this Valentines Day. Hopefully you can get as relaxed as this golden retriever!

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Or maybe you can fancy yourself an all natural tea-bath like these baby sloths are getting: 

  

5. Spend the Day With Your Long-Term Love

Whether you've been dating for 10 years or married for 50, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to remind your soulmate how much you appreciate them. Meet Judith and Tariq, two geese that have been together for 8 years and are still going strong. 

 6. Going and Seeking Out Next Year's Valentine 

Maybe you're single this year, but you want to take advantage of the day to find someone to spend next year with! Since it may be awkward to go on a first date on V-Day, you head to the bars or club. Now is the time to bust out your best lines and dance moves. These flamingos have "nine signature moves" - what do you have?

7. A Long-Distance Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can be tough when your person is away. Whether they're in school across the country, serving in the military or can't make it home for some reason, Valentine's Day is a tough one when you're apart. But don't worry, one day hopefully you will be reunited like this pitbull, Roxy, and her owner. (Warning: tears may occur). 

 8. A Special Day with the Kids

Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be romantic. If you have kids you might just want to settle down and spend some quality time reminding them how much you love them. Watch this single mom, a Portuguese water dog named Boston, try to wrangle her newborn babies for dinner. She is working so hard, but it's all for love!

There are all kinds of Valentine's Days to have. Whether you're single or in a relationship or something in between, you can still make it great!

But in the end, I think all any of us want is someone to be as excited about us coming home as this boxer is:

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Was this article not relevant to you because you despise Valentine's Day? Check out last year's blog post: 

Single Goats Scream Like Humans in Horror, Disapprove of Valentine's Day

 

9 Feb

Giant Rabbit is Looking For a Home With Room to Grow

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from thedodo.com)

Atlas the rabbit isn't your typical little bunny. In fact, he's about four times larger.

The rescued rabbit is currently available for adoption from the Scottish SPCA's Glasgow center, and he's making waves with his inquisitiveness, his cuddly disposition and, of course, his huge size.

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So why is Atlas so much bigger than the average pet rabbit? He's not one. Atlas is a continental giant rabbit — and a big one at that.

Atlas is only 7 months old, which means he still has lots of growing to do. When he's done, he could weigh more than fifteen pounds.

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9 Feb

Pit Bull Run Over by Train Reunites With the Man Who Saved Her

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Zainab Akande from thedodo.com)

This pit bull managed to defy all odds on the night she was brutally run over by a train. They call her Miracle Molly.

On January 20, in Baltimore, Maryland, Molly — a stray with a collar that had only her name but no other leads — wandered into a tunnel just as a fast-moving Amtrak train approached. The train was unable to stop in time.

According to a Facebook post by the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter(BARCS), after an alert was put out to stop all other trains from approaching, rescuers expected to find a dead body. Amazingly enough, they were greeted with life. However, the 1-year-old pit bull had lost an entire leg in the aftermath and her body was covered in deep cuts. Her major arteries were exposed and she lost a lot of blood.

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"It took nearly three hours from the train hitting her to animal control arriving, to them bringing her to BARCS for processing to us sending her immediately to an emergency clinic," Bailey Deacon, director of communications at BARCS, told The Dodo. "But she never lost consciousness, which is why she's a miracle. All details of the story point to her not making it, but she did."

Molly wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the swift action taken by Amtrak officer Kevin McMullen, who picked up her battered body from the train tracks. "He told us that — even in her moment of horror, as Molly was rapidly losing blood — she was trying to give him kisses as he lifted her," BARCS noted in a Facebook post two days after the incident.

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3 Feb

Marnie the Dog’s Behind-the-Scenes Fun at Puppy Bowl XII’s Taping

Taping the Puppy Bowl is always something we look forward to here at Animal Planet, but we were especially excited for this year because we had a special guest joining us!

Marnie – a 13-year-old rescued Shih Tzu and one of the most famous dogs on social media – stopped by the studio to lend a hand to our team and the spunky adoptable puppies looking to get their chance at the limelight and find their forever homes. She even makes a surprise appearance in the actual Puppy Bowl!

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Her first stop was to meet Dan the Ref and see what it is really like to manage the parade of pooches gallivanting all around the field.

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Marnie even made her way onto the grid iron at halftime to score a touchdown! It is safe to say, she was made for the spotlight.

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After seeing what goes on in front of the camera, Marnie traveled backstage to join Executive Producer Melinda Toporoff in the control room. Melinda loved having Marnie there to help her run the show – our team can always use more inspiration. She even learned a little about production along the way! Could this be her next gig?

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Meeting all these playful puppies and so many people can be tiring, so Marnie headed into the VIP room and took a quick break. I can’t say we weren’t jealous…

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Soon it was time for Marnie to head back home and reflect on everything that happened that day. We were definitely sad to say goodbye, but hoped she loved every minute of it as much as we did! But we couldn’t let Marnie go without letting her share a message with everyone first:

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Although these puppies – and let’s face it, all puppies – are beyond adorable, Marnie wants to remind everyone of the importance of adopting senior dogs from rescues and shelters. She was adopted from a shelter in Connecticut at 10-years-old and couldn’t be more thankful for her second chance in a happy home. 

See more of Marnie at https://www.instagram.com/marniethedog/?hl=en be on the lookout for more Puppy Bowl updates!

Tune in to Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XII on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT to watch the most adorable game on television!

3 Feb

Puppy Bowl and Uber Partner to Bring You Puppies on Demand!

Are you jumping at the chance to cheer for Team Ruff or Team Fluff? We've got good news for you today: we're partnering with UBER and animal organizations across 9 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

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Photo by Jared Albert

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in DC, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and New York you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, February 3rd, between 11am & 2pm.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app. Puppy Bowl can only be delivered to offices. In DC? Enter promo code DCpuppies to unlock the option in your app. In NYC? Enter promo code PuppyNYC to unlock the option in your app. 
  3. Once the puppies arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of puppy cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for Team Ruff and Team Fluff game time!*
  4. Found your Most Valuable Pup? All puppies are eligible for adoption!

*If you’re lucky enough to request puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the woofs and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred.

Fifteen (15) minutes of puppy playtime is $30, but the good news is that the money goes straight back to the participating animal organization in your city! So, not only are you celebrating Puppy Bowl and playing with adoptable pups, you're also helping great causes. If you can’t get a visit from #UberPuppyBowl today, you can still support the shelters and rescues by visiting GlobalGiving!

Check out the great participating organizations:

Arizona Humane Society | Washington Area Rescue League | Denver Dumb Friends League| Wags and Walks-LA | Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society | SPCA LA | Liberty Humane (NYC) | Bideawee (NYC) | Humane Society of NYC | San Francisco SPCA | Berkeley Humane Society | Peninsula Humane Society

Don't have Uber in your city? That's ruff, but you can still experience puppy cuteness during Puppy Bowl XII, airing this Sunday at 3/2c!

 

2 Feb

Two Nature Lovers Head to Chilean National Park to Find Puma With No Tail

Nothing sounds better than traveling the world with a close friend, searching for wildlife. That's just what Rene Araneda and Wayne Tebrake have done in the special, Wild Expectations

Rene and Wayne met when Rene was training to be a field guide in Africa. Now, they're traveling to Torres El Paine National Park in Patagonia, one of the wildest places in Chile. But why exactly are they there?

A year and a half ago, Rene and his cameraman, Christian, spotted a female puma and her cubs, a rare sight! To make this sighting even more extraordinary, one of these cubs had no tail. A puma relies on their tail while hunting, so Rene wanted to know how this little cub would survive. Now, Rene and Wayne want to find that puma as an adult to see how she's doing.

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Photo by Christian Munoz

On their journey, they don't just encounter pumas. They come face to face with condors, llamas, gray foxes, and Austral pygmy owls, just to name a few.

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Photo by Christian Munoz

They even meet a herd of huemel, or South Andean deer, an endangered species of deer. It is estimated that there are only 2,000 of the species left.

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As Rene and Wayne search for their puma, they get to truly experience the beauty of Chile's wilderness, a place seemingly untouched by humans.

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But will Rene and Wayne find their puma? Find out on Wild Expectations TONIGHT at 10/9c!

1 Feb

He's Not Your Normal Dog, But He Still Charms Everyone He Meets

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Cuda The Pit Bull from thedodo.com)

There once was a time when I thought my dog, Cuda, was the only dog of her kind. She has short spine syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes vertebra in the spine to be compressed — giving dogs an unusual, scrunched-up look.

I'm excited to present to you yet another beautiful dog living with short spine syndrome. His name is Quasimodo and he is also a rescue.

Quasi was found as a stray in Kentucky. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

Quasimodo ended up at Secondhand Hounds, a rescue in Minnesota that believes that all dogs, including those with special needs, deserve the chance to live in happy homes. I spoke with Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds, about their new arrival.

Secondhand Hounds works closely with a shelter in Kentucky and was contacted by a shelter volunteer there about an odd little dog whose looks set him apart, Mairose said. The volunteer originally thought his condition was due to growing up in a crate. That's a common misconception about dogs with short spine syndrome — but they are born this way.

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He was found as a stray with a severely embedded collar, which means a too-small collar was left on his neck so long his skin grew around it. Mairose said she didn't hesitate when they asked if Secondhand Hounds was interested in pulling him.

Aptly named Quasimodo for his appearance, the dog was transported to his temporary foster mom by a group of volunteers. He is estimated to be around 4 years old and appears to be a purebred German shepherd. Like the other short spine dogs, he is much smaller than his breed standard.

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27 Jan

He Finally Has a Family That Wants to Make Up For All He's Lost

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from thedodo.com)

As miserable as this dog's job was guarding a property in Cairo, he took it seriously.

So when people got too close to the property he was guarding, he did what he was supposed to do — what all dogs do.

"He barked and they cut his nose off," Lauren Connelly of Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR), told The Dodo.

For the dog, who would eventually be named Anubis, after the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, that spelled unemployment.

And so for years, he haunted city streets, often seen curled up under a car, living in silent agony.

But others would become his voice. First, it was a local organization, the Animal Protection Foundation, an organization that cares for thousands of downtrodden animals in the country.

Then it was SNARR''s turn.

"We've taken dozens of animals from them and brought them to the States, animals who otherwise would be in agony in a country that cannot care for them," Connelly, a foster coordinator at the U.S.-based group, said.

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26 Jan

Celebrity Uses Instagram to Get Her Grandma’s Stolen Dog Back

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Zainab Akande from thedodo.com)

This supposed dognapper picked the wrong sweet old lady to mess with.

Last Friday, well-known animal lover Jessica Chastain took to her Instagram account to announce the alleged kidnapping of her grandmother's dog, Livvy. According to the 38-year-old actress, Livvy was taken from a McDonald's in Vallejo, California. "For those of you who love animals, you must understand how devastated my grandma is," Chastain wrote in the post to her following of nearly 500,000 fans, asking for their help in finding her.

By Sunday, it looked as though the plea worked.

A day later, Livvy returned home to her rightful parent. Chastain shared a sweet photo of the happy reunion on Instagram, also giving thanks to the "guardian angels" who spread the word of her grandmother's plight:

At the time, there are no details available as to how Livvy was found.

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26 Jan

Family Out Skiing Sees Tiny Pink Thing Moving in the Snow

Dodo Circular

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

He wouldn't have survived if they hadn't come along.

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"An unbelievable Snowmaggedon story," Sarah Pekkanan wrote on Facebook on Saturday. "My friends Perry and Liz decided to spend the storm at a nearby ski resort."

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"While out with their kids last night, they discovered a baby pig, half-frozen and stuck in the snow and ice, by the side of the highway."

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