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4 Jul

Big Dog Simply Refuses To Leave Little Baby's Side

Dodo Circular

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

It's a match made in ... the living room.

The friendship between an Alaskan malamute named Evo and a tiny, 4-month-old baby named Adam seems to be a destiny of biblical proportions — at least, for the dog.

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3 Jul

Pit Bull Learns To Jump On The Bed, Has Best Time Ever

Dodo Circular

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

These two little girls were having a blast jumping all over the bed — and their sweet pit bull wanted to join in on the fun too!

"WOAH how did I just do that?!"

He was apprehensive at first, but his little humans got so excited when he started to jump, so what else could he do? He clearly loves his humans!

"Is this what I've been missing out on all this time?!"

Every time he stopped jumping, his girls cheered him on and he would start again. He loves making them smile, and these little girls are the ultimate cheerleaders!

"This is kind of scary but also fun? Fun scary? Is that a thing?"

He didn't want to jump too much while the girls were on the bed with him though — he'd rather they were safe and happy. Pit bulls are simply the best

You keep jumping on the bed, girls, and you, too, Mr. Pit Bull! After all, if the monkey's can do it, then so can the pit bulls!

Watch the whole video here!

 Want more pit bulls? Check out some highlights from season six of "Pit Bulls & Parolees!"

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.

Youtube/Lolzingforgifs

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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.

YouTube/Zoos SA

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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

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

Cat Cafes: The Feline Sensation That's Sweeping the Nation

Have you always wanted to go to a cat cafe? Have you always wondered what a cat cafe really is? Well, the time is now for both of those things as these feline-centric coffee shops are popping up all over the country. What is it exactly? Well, it’s just what it sounds like: a café where you can go and play with cats. Some call it crazy, some call it genius. The best part of the whole thing is that, in most cases, these cats are up for adoption and are getting a chance at a new home. This craze started in Japan and came over to the United States in 2013. Below is a list of a few of the cat cafes around the country. Don’t see a location near you? Check out Eater.com for a definitive list of existing and upcoming cat cafes! Make sure to pay attention to the rules of each café, as many have varying age restrictions.

Crumbs & Whiskers: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Cost: $10 per hour Monday-Friday, $12 per hour Saturday and Sunday

This is D.C.’s first cat café, which opened only a few weeks ago thanks to an ambitious cat lover and Kickstarter. All cats in the cafe are available for adoption through the Washington Humane Society. While the menu is small, coffee and desserts are provided by Georgetown Bites, a café across the street. On top of that, the shop offers a wide variety of cute t-shirts and cards, with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the cafe. 

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29 Jun

TinDog-- An App For Dogs And Owners Looking For A 'Pawfect' Match

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Move out of the way Tinder! There's a new dating app in town. Tindog is an app for single dog owners looking for companionship, either for their dogs or themselves.

We think it might be hard to swipe left with Tindog because you'll just be met with picture after picture of cute, lovable dogs.

The app was created for both Android and iOS by London-based developers Holidog. "Dogs bring so much joy and love, that they really have the power to connect us," Julien Muller, founder and chief executive Holidog, explained in a press release. "That's why we wanted to make it easy for dog lovers to meet new people around them who feel the same way."

The idea behind the app is similar to Tinder, but with dogs. Owners build their profile and select certain criteria and then the app searches for possible matches in the area in order to set up play dates for dogs, and, if sparks fly, could also be a love match. The app also shows users mutual friends, allows them to share photos, and find local dog groups.

After all, dogs are capable of love, too.

 

26 Jun

Don't Dread the Office: It's Take Your Dog to Work Day

Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day! And not only that, it's the seventeenth year Pet Sitters International has celebrated dogs as not only loyal, lovable pets, but also as an extension of your family. 

According to the National Pet Owners Survey of the American Pet Products Association, eight percent of current pet owners say that their work places allow pets.

Many argue that bringing your pet to work can relieve major stress and make the work place more enjoyable. However, if you do plan on bringing your pet, there are some dos and don'ts to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

DOs

  • Communicate with nearby co-workers that your furry friend will be accompanying you, as well as what kind of treats and commands they respond to.
  • Many dogs have dietary restrictions, be sure to keep an eye on your dog and make sure they aren't eating anything they shouldn't be.
  • Come prepared with treats and toys that your dog can enjoy while you're working
  • Make sure your pooch plays well with others and they it doesn't get anxiety from a cubicle environment.

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