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30 Nov

Dog Busts a Move to Grandma' Accordion

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

If stealing the show was against the law, Nathan the dog would be one smooth criminal.

The charming little Chinese Crested pup, who took the internet by storm a few years back for his uncanny ability to boogie along to pop songs, is back and as wiggly as ever.

This time, Nathan is getting his groove on to the cheery sounds of a grandma rocking the accordion — proving without a doubt his incredible versatility a backup dancer.

Best of all, Nathan's signature dance skills aren't just fun to watch — they're helping to raise awareness about other pups like him. He's been serving as a a spokesdog of sorts for the group Bald Is Beautiful dog rescue, putting the spotlight on these unique pets' playful side.

"Although their looks are considered odd to some, Nathan's growing fan base is discovering what makes them incredibly special; quirky antics, expressive faces and loving personalities," his owner wrote on Facebook. "Because of Nathan, adoptions within the rescue have benefitted. Inquiries and interest about the breed has increased and comments have been more positive than ever."

Here's another video of Nathan in action, this time grooving to a tune with a bit more rhythm.

Take a look at some more pooches prancing and dancing to tunes.

30 Nov

Mark Zuckerberg Celebrates 5 Years With His Favorite Ball of Fur

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

It's been five years since Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg welcomed the fluffy Hungarian sheepdog, or Puli, named Beast into his family, and this past weekend, he shared one of his favorite photos of Beast along with a few kind words.

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"In the spirit of this holiday weekend, I want to share the most joyful photo ofBeast jumping I've ever seen," Zuckerberg wrote in the caption. "Even after living with this guy for five years, seeing him bounce around still makes me smile. I hope your holiday weekend has been joyful too."

It's been a beautiful five years together. Below are a few highlights from the family's photo collection.

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26 Nov

How Rosie Got Her Fur (and Groove) Back

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

Of all the things Rosie lost in her short life, fur may have been the least of her worries.

She had, after all, been abandoned and left to the grim reality of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

But a dog without fur — she suffered from a non-contagious form of mange — is not the stuff adoption dreams are made of. In fact, it may have sealed her fate in a place where unwanted dogs are dropped off by the dozen — and the end of a needle isn't too far away.

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In spite of the staggering odds against her, Rosie managed to get her groove back. And, indeed, her fur. It began with an intervention from Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue, a Florida-based rescue organization that steps in for what are seen as "no-chance" dogs.

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26 Nov

Blind Greyhound Puppy and Her Brother Stuck Together No Matter What

(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

A pair of forlorn greyhound puppies found in the scrublands of Spain had everything against them.

Abandoned. Starving. One of them was blind.

But even in that darkness, there was a light: the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. 


Residents at a women's shelter near Madrid came across the siblings, as one of them, the brother, led his blind sister on a search for food. 

"On approaching the dogs, it was possible to see that one of them had a cloudy veil covering the retina of the eyes," Nacho Paunero, the head of El Refugio,wrote on the website. "Her brother seemed to be fully aware of the blindness of his sister and would not be separated from her for a single second. He was protecting and guiding her."

And then it was time for the kind to lead the blind.


Dubbed Pisper and Blinder (you can probably guess who was who), the dogs were taken to a local veterinarian. An infection was determined to be the cause of Blinder's condition. A full recovery is expected. 

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26 Nov

Manny the Frenchie Makes Most Adorable Visit to Sick Fan

It's no secret that Manny the Frenchie is an internet sensation. His Instagram is inching closer and closer to hitting one million followers, a mark hit quite some time ago on his massively popular Facebook page. Not to mention, he's quite the avid Puppy Bowl fan. However, it's not just about the glitz and glam of stardom for the precious pooch. 

Recently, Manny traveled to Louisiana to bring a smile and a sloppy wet kiss to the face of a true survivor. Joycelun, one of Manny's biggest fans, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and had no idea her favorite pup was coming to visit. Check out the incredible surprise below: 

Bites @ Animal Planet had the opportunity to chat with Manny about his travels and what it meant to bring some joy to Joycelun. 

Bites: What made the email about Jocyelun stick out in your inbox? Was there ever any hesitation in making this surprise happen for her?  

Manny: We receive a couple hundred emails like this every month and although I wish I could help every single human and animal that emails me, unfortunately I can't. This particular email stood out because it was regarding a disease that affects only humans and not animals. Katie showed us how much Joycelun loved looking at my pics and how much I help cheer her up when she is in pain. After learning more about Cystic Fibrosis and what Joycelun has endured her whole life, there was no hesitation to visit her.  My mommy and daddy decided that instead of a regular visit, we wanted to surprise her and capture her reaction. 

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26 Nov

Sleepy Wolf Cub Bravely Battles Hiccups

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

For thousands of years, doggy hiccups have mildly irritated the world's pups, but one courageous wolf baby has finally said, "Enough."

In a video uploaded by New York's Wolf Conservation Center, tiny Nikai can be seen taking a stand against the squeaky scourge — despite also fighting off a critical case of puppy sleepies.

"I *hic* will defeat this yippy curse *hic*." 

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25 Nov

Dog is NOT Happy There's Something Different About Dad

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

One of the best things about having a dog is that they accept us and love us for exactly who we are ... unless we make a change they don't like. For instance, putting on a hat.

Christy the dog loves her owner Jac more than anything, but when Jac made the decision to wear his new camouflage hat, Christy was not ok with it ...

In fact, she didn't even recognize him.

When Jac puts on the hat, it's as if he becomes a whole different person, a person that Christy does not know or particularly like. But as soon as the hat comes off ... Bam. Instant friends again. 

Either that camouflage is working a little too well, or Christy is just trying to tell Jac that hats really aren't his thing. Hey, dogs know best.

Like Christy? Learn more about her breed.

25 Nov

Woman Who Threw Puppy from Car Goes to Jail

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

A year after she flung a 3-month-old puppy from a car window, cracking the tiny dog's skull and damaging her brain, Alsu Ivanchenko made no attempt to say she was sorry.

In court this week, Ivanchenko simply shook her head when asked if she had anything to say before she was sentenced for leaving her injured, 1-pound Maltese/Shih Tzu puppy, Snowflake, for dead by the railroad tracks in a shopping bag, the Staten Island Advance reports.

Last September, the 35-year-old New York woman took Snowflake to an animal clinic where the puppy was diagnosed with a broken leg, but Ivanchenko declined to have the dog treated. Instead, prosecutors say, she stuffed Snowball in a black bag and threw her away like trash

"It costs too much to get it treated," Ivanchenko told officers, according to police. "I couldn't afford it. So that's why I put it in the bag, and I put it on the side of the road."

Authorities, however, say Ivanchenko would later buy a new puppy to replace Snowflake.

When good Samaritans finally discovered Snowflake, she had bloodied, crusted eyes, two fractures in her skull and brain trauma — in addition to her broken leg. 

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25 Nov

Army Surgeon Saves Dog's Life in Afghanistan

When you're a trained surgeon, you think you can handle anything. That is, until a dog is on the table. Col. Frederick Lough was in this exact situation on September 30, 2012, when a Czech Belgian Malinois named Altos was brought to his base camp in Afghanistan. Altos's kennel had been hit by a Taliban rocket, and he was in desperate need of medical attention. 

Despite not having any veterinary experience, Col. Lough and his team worked together to removal the shrapnel in Altos's body and save his life.

Check out the whole video below, part of AARP's “Fearless at 50” video series, which celebrates real people age 50 and over who are living boldly in unexpected ways.

Learn more about the Belgian Malinois here!

25 Nov

Pups Making Thanksgiving Dinner Stress Free and Easy

Thanksgiving dinner is never a walk in the park. There's a table to set and decorated, in-laws to chat up, and an entire feast to cook. Luckily, some have an extra hand--or paw-- to make the holiday preparation much easier.

The potatoes need to be boiled, but watching the pot is quite annoying when there's a football game on and there's pumpkin ales to be had. Steve the Goldendoodle is the perfect Thanksgiving assistant and will gladly keep an eye on the stove while you enjoy a few minutes away from your kitchen duties.

Mashing and mixing get tiring. You may be cramping up and need to give your joints a breather from the basting and stirring. When you've got a pooch like this, there's no need to fight through the pain. Tap out and hand the duties over to this guy. 

It's a holiday, so you know people will be snapping pics left and right. The last thing you want to get caught with is an undecorated, uncoordinated, uninspired table setting. When in need, call up Buddy the Beagle and watch him work Pinterest-worthy magic. Unfortunately, his services go at a high rate of seven treats per hour. According to his Instagram, you won't be disappointed.


A photo posted by peaches (@peatzpit) on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:14pm PDT

Too caught up in the mashed potatoes and stuffing to realize you've left drops of gravy all over the kitchen? No big deal when you've got a pup like Peaches. Messes be gone! 


A photo posted by Rocco and Gianni (@demandingduo) on Nov 23, 2015 at 6:28pm PST

Even if your pup can't hold a spoon or put together a beautiful table, they sure can spice up your Thanksgiving with some holiday spirit. Everyone loves a good festive hat, right?

Cats try to help in the kitchen, but it seems like they're in it for themselves this holiday season. 

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