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29 Jul

Earl the Grumpy Puppy is Giving Grumpy Cat a Run for Her Money

First, there was a Grumpy Cat, a.k.a. Tartar Sauce, a cat with a face so surly you couldn't help but love her. Now, there is Grumpy Dog, a five-month old puggle named Earl who is here to claim his place as grumpiest(-looking) dog.

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But he isn't actually mad! His irritated expression is caused by his underbite and adorable wrinkles. Plus, he is a second-generation puggle, meaning both of his parents were mixed breeds. Despite his perpetual pout, Earl's owner, Derek Bloomfield, says he is a very laid-back pup and loves to cuddle.

 

Gloomy day... #grumpydog #grumpypuppy #puggle #pugglesofinstagram #puppy #dogsofinstagram #dogoftheday

A photo posted by @earlthegrumpypuppy on Jun 22, 2015 at 1:28pm PDT

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29 Jul

Strangers Find Bulldog Trapped in Hot SUV

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

A lucky bulldog may only be alive today thanks to the quick-thinking actions of a concerned bystander. Robyn Urman, a hairstylist and proud animal-rights advocate, noticed a bulldog sitting alone in the passenger seat of his owner's SUV in downtown Tenafly, New Jersey, on Monday.

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Temperatures were in the 80s, and, inside his human's black Mercedes, the bulldog was likely heating up far too quickly. Bulldogs especially need to stay out of the heat: Being brachycephalic, or short-snouted, they're at a higher risk of injury from extreme heat.

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29 Jul

Brave Dog Who Lost His Eyes Will Never Lose His Smile

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

Humans can be so cruel to animals and yet, in the face of such cruelty, many animals still refuse to give up. A 5-year-old pit bull, brought to Animal Humane New Mexico, has had a practically unimaginable life — but he still keeps fighting, KRQE News New Mexico reported.

Raj (which means King), was brought in to the shelter by a woman who lived near him and witnessed his harsh beginnings, Animal Humane New Mexico wrote in a Facebook status. Raj belonged to a family with two other dogs, all of which were kept chained outside at all times.

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Raj lost an eye while in that home, due to unconfirmed trauma, and eventually he and his two dog siblings were poisoned. Raj was the only one who survived. After that, the family decided they no longer wanted him and gave him up to the neighbor woman.  

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29 Jul

Lost Dogs Who Found Their Way Home

(Guest post by Emily Watson from thedodo.com)

Welcome home, old friend.

Remember when Roxy was reunited with her owner on Pit Bulls & Parolees? Relive the emotional moment here.

28 Jul

Dog Immediately Recognizes the Mom She Hasn't Seen Since Puppyhood

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

Harper hasn't seen her mom since she was adopted as a puppy, so when her human family brought her back for a reunion, they weren't sure how well she would remember the mama dog who raised her.

But as soon as the car pulls in, Harper is tugging at her leash. She definitely knows where she is.

And when Harper and her mom see each other it's just like they're mama and puppy again. Even though it's been months, they're all over each other.

Dogs don't need to make small talk — for them, it's straight to the loving! 

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Harper and her mom went on to have the happiest family playdate ever.

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28 Jul

Very Hungry Puppies Share Their Eating Tips

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(Guest post by Kara McPeak from thedodo.com)

Adorable puppies share their eating tips.

It's feeding time for these golden retriever puppies! Check out this clip from Too Cute!

27 Jul

Man Swims With Golden Retrievers, Drowns in Cuteness [VIDEO]

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(Photo Credit: YouTube/ViralHog)

You can outswim, but you can’t hide from a pack of golden retrievers. And who would want to? Let us drown in the cuteness!

Just take a look at this one man taking a dip with his pack in Samut Songkhram, Thailand.

Happy summer!

27 Jul

6 Sleepy Pugs Wiggle Their Way Through Cutest Slumber Party Ever

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

It's tough being a pug puppy: There are so many new things to learn, so many balls to chase and SO MANY naps to take.

A video posted to YouTube yesterday by ignoramusky shows six pugs lined up side by side for a cozy snooze fest — and it squeezes so much cuteness into 87 seconds that we can hardly take it.

Watch the sleeping pug puppies breath in and out.

Watch their tiny pug puppy limbs do a little shake and a hop. 

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Run through your golden meadow dreams, pug puppies! 

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26 Jul

Blind Dog's Family Invents a Device That Changed His Life

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Everywhere he turned, Buddy was walking into things. Eventually he lost even more sight — and had trouble walking around at all.

Buddy and his mom, Jordan Berg, go way back — about 13 years — long before Buddy had trouble seeing.

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"He started losing sight in his right eye about four or five months ago," Jesse Foy, Berg's fiancé, told The Dodo. Like many older dogs and humans with blindness, Buddy has cataracts in both eyes.

Foy said that Buddy couldn't see his surroundings, and that scared the small dog.

Then, about a month ago, Buddy's eyesight began to rapidly decline. Berg and Foy would have to carry him from room to room and outside to go to the bathroom.

Buddy was immobilized.

Then, Berg and Foy were struck with brilliance.

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"I got the basic idea from another product I had seen online," Foy said.

Those products would have put too much weight on Buddy's 5-pound body, so the couple went to the hardware store and brainstormed design plans.

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25 Jul

Suspicious Dog Really Doesn't Want to Step Off the Rug

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from thedodo.com)

This dog has a serious problem: her toy is on the hardwood floor, but she's on the rug. She needs to get the toy, but she MUST keep her back paws on the rug. Don't question it, it's dog logic.

"Just ... a little bit ... further."

She pretty quickly realizes that getting her toy while keeping her paws on the rug is mathematically impossible, so she does what any dog would do ... barks for help until her humans come over.

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