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27 Aug

Stolen Pug Can't Contain Her Excitement When Reunited with Owner

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

An incredibly wiggly pug was recently reunited with her owner after she was stolen and she just can't contain herself.

Lola went missing from her home after a potential home burglary. She was recovered during another police investigation.

Lola the pug was waiting patiently with police from the Essex Police Department in the U.K., when she heard her human, Kate Witham, call out to her.

Lola whips her head around and instantly goes careening toward Kate. 

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27 Aug

You Haven't Seen Anything Until You've Seen Rosie the Cat on a Leash

This video starts off completely normal, with two Huskies just walking along on leashes

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But wait! Who is this little gal walking behind them?

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27 Aug

Cat Knows Precisely How to be a Pig's Perfect Cuddle Buddy

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some, snuggling is merely a pleasant way to pass the time — for others, it's a passion. 

Here's a sweet kitty who clearly falls into that latter camp. Scoffing at any undue prejudices some may have toward pigs, this skillfully affectionate feline couldn't possibly be a better cuddle buddy to his curly-tailed friend. As the dozing swine snores away, the cat sticks close by to keep the pig feeling cozy and safe, gently stroking his sleepy face with an ever-loving paw.

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27 Aug

Two-Legged Dog Gets Around Just Like a Kangaroo

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.

The Fuzzy Pet Foundation 

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.

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27 Aug

Cat Doors? Where This Cat is Going, it Doesn't Need Cat Doors (VIDEO)

For further proof that cats really just do what they want, check out this video from Philo Cat. Philo's human spent over an hour installing a brand-new cat door to make it easier for Philo to go in and out. Turns out that Philo is quite handy on his own and probably doesn't need the cat door, thankyouverymuch.

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26 Aug

The Best Pool Parties Include Corgis (VIDEO)

Summer days may be dwindling, but there's still time for one final pool party. We suggest adding corgis, as the people in the above video do.

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26 Aug

Cows Act Like Puppies When They're Let Outside

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

People know the delight their pet dogs feel when stepping outside for a walk or run in a field. But some may not realize the puppy-like joy even grown-up cows show when let out of their barn.

Watching recent footage of a group of cows let outside, no one could doubt their joy. 

The delight the cows feel, having fresh grass under their feet and sunshine on their fur, is more than palpable. Young and old, the bovines bounce around in the open field before beginning to graze.

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26 Aug

Skip the Coffee, Watch Cat Videos Instead

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We've known for some time that cat videos have a magical power, and it seems like science is finally catching on. According to Medical Daily, a reaction video from the American Chemical Society claims that instead of that cup of Joe you drink to get a caffeine boost, you could just watch some cat videos instead.

The ACS states that watching cat videos improves your mood and temporary boosts your attention to detail. Previous studies have shown that spending time with a pet, such as a cat, does positive things to the brain. Similarly, watching videos of cats can have a similar effect on our hormones as to hanging out with one in person. The videos can increase the oxytocin levels in your brain, which can influence "positive feelings of trust and connection," and decrease the amount of cortisol, which is a hormone related to stress.

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25 Aug

Orphaned Puppies Find an Unusual New Mother

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

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. 

 

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25 Aug

Shy Octopus Turns Serious Scientists into Total Softies

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

Scientists were talking normal scientific stuff over live footage of the sea floor just off the coast of California.

"The forced feedback — it gives us a 40 pound to one ratio —," one scientist was saying.

"Can I just step in for a second?" another interrupted. "This is almost like a posed picture."

A striking image of a jellyfish floated across the screen, just above a tiny dumbo octopus.

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