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1 Apr

Tokyo's Pet Rental Service Lets You Pay to Play with Dogs

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Photo: Avava/Veer

Dog Heart, the Japanese doggie daycare rental center, gives pet lovers the chance to "rent" pets. 

Full of beagles, toy poodles and one golden retriever (as of now), guests can come in and pay $8 to hang out with them. People can even take the pups for hour walks in the nearby Yoyogi Park starting at around $30, and going up from there for longer walks.

Since Tokyo is crowded and apartment space is limited, it can be hard for most Tokyoites to own pets. Owner Yukiko Tsuchiya, 50, says the Japanese capital needs her shop. 

"In the suburbs, it is easier to get in contact with dogs, but in Tokyo, there is a demand for a places like this... People bring their kids here, couples come for dates, men and women come on their own... and elderly people as well, because they feel too old to have a pet at home," Tsuchiya said.

Before renting dogs for walks you have to sign a waiver and then you're given appropriate supplies: water and poop bags. You can then begin the day with your new pup in Yoyogi Park! 

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30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

28 Mar

Monkey Meeting Puppies Will Melt Your Heart

 

This short video of a monkey meeting some newborn puppies will melt your heart. The poster didn't give any background information on the situation on YouTube, but clearly the monkey is enamored of the little balls of canine cuteness. The best part is how the monkey's tiny little hands gently scratch the puppy. SO. CUTE.

Monkey and Puppies

 H/T to Gawker.

26 Mar

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Scores Double with Events in Atlanta and Miami This Weekend

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Earlier this month, Animal Planet kicked off its second annual Road to the Puppy Bowl tour with three successful stops in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX. Continuing with the ongoing mission to promote animal adoption and responsible pet ownership, Animal Planet and several animal rescue organizations have teamed up to host a series of all-star adoption events and help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in cities throughout the United States.

This Saturday, Road to Puppy Bowl will head to the southeast for two simultaneous events in Atlanta and Miami. One event will be hosted in Florida at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services from 10AM to 4PM EST. The second will take place from 11AM to 4PM at the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia. Join us in either location for an exciting day filled with giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable animals. We'll post our favorite fan snapshots from the day at www.AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl, and you can share your own using #R2PB on Instagram.

As an added bonus, any individuals or families wishing to adopt a pet during these events will be able to do so free of charge. That's right! Animal Planet will cover 100 percent of the adoption fees, making it that much easier for you to take your new furry friend off to their fur-ever home!

Get more details and sign up for Road to Puppy Bowl: Atlanta and Miami now!

Can't make it? Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you. 

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25 Mar

D.C. Recruiting Border Collies to Scare Away Geese

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Photo: Thinkstock

Like a scarecrow protecting its crops from crows, that's what Washington D.C. has in store for border collies and its Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.  

The National Park Service is recruiting collies under its goose harassment service, hoping to rid the area of an exceeding amount of goose poop, from our neighboring goose: the Canada goose. 

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Photo: Thinkstock

The Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool is especially in danger as the defecation "is leading to the degradation of the pool water... in and on [the] walkway near the pool," said the National Park Service in their note to Implement Environmentally Friendly Canada Goose Control.

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24 Mar

Fritz the Golden Retriever Can't Catch Food, but He Will Win Your Heart (VIDEO)

Oh, Fritz. We applaud your efforts.

This Golden Retriever wants so desperately to catch the items his owner throws to him. We don't know if it's that he's getting bad tosses, has not-so-great depth perception - or perhaps a combination of both - but he's having a little trouble getting said food items into his mouth.

According to The Huffington Post, Fritz's owner, Evan Ball, doesn't actually feed his pup everything that's tossed to him (some of the human food items aren't so great for dogs, so it's probably good Fritz won't ever be a star outfielder).

"I actually intercept most of the food and give him just a little for his efforts. Plus, he only gets a food tossed to him about once a week," Ball told the media outlet via email.

We applaud Fritz for never giving up and still trying to catch that steak.

Check out this video of a dog who has NO problem getting food into his mouth:

16 Mar

Nine Pets Who are Totally Ready for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo: Jackie/Flickr

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16 Mar

Rescuers Help Puppy Stuck In Exhaust Pipe (VIDEO)

Leave it to a puppy’s curiosity to hand him in trouble.

One two-month-old pup almost found that out the hard way after getting stuck inside an exhaust pipe earlier this week in Thailand. Fortunately for the little guy, a group of rescuers came to its aid. Take a look at some footage captured from the scene:

As you can see from the clip, rescuers pulled out all the stops to help the puppy, going as far as to use some sort of power tool to cut the pipe. And it all paid off in the end!

See how this rescue compares to some of the greatest, and even weirdest, animal rescues captured on film!

16 Mar

Wolf Spotted in the Netherlands for First Time in Over a Century

For the first since they were eradicated over a century ago, what appears to be a wild wolf was recorded wandering through a town in the Netherlands. This could signal the return of the species to its former range in that country.

Young wolves often disperse from their birth pack in search of their own territory and a mate with which to form their own pack. It's thought that this animal might have been born in Germany and wandered its way into the Netherlands.

If the animal spotted in the Netherlands is indeed a wild wolf (and not a wolf escaped from captivity, or wolf-dog) then it could be part of a recent trend in predator population recovery all over Europe. Wolves, along with bears, lynx and wolverines, are making a comeback, which is excellent news. 

In North America, such dispersing wolves have recently been spotted in California and Arizona.

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European wolf. Photo by Torak via Flickr Creative Commons.

 Protect Red Wolves from Poachers with the National Wildlife Federation. 

12 Mar

Perth Truck Driver Pleads for Stolen Puppy's Safe Return

What kind of person steals puppies?!

Have you seen 9-week-old Yogi?

Trent, a truck driver from Perth, Australia, bought little Yogi, a great dane and mastiff cross breed, two weeks ago to be his companion on the road, according to a report by 9 News Perth. But Yogi was stolen from his truck parked at a Wangara shop last Saturday - in the brief time it took Trent to buy a sandwich. Trent is offering a $1000 reward for his safe return, according to Australia's Today show.

Find out what to do when your dog is stolen!

Watch what happens when Shorty from Pit Boss goes after a man accused of stealing a neighborhood dog:

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