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25 Nov

When Smelling Things Was the Wrong Choice

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(Guest post by April Son from

Worst. Decision. Ever. 

Sometimes the stink just comes out...

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. 

25 Nov

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pet

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It's time for Thanksgiving, which means family gatherings, football, and, most importantly, food. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, the list goes on! While you may be salivating just thinking about the pounds of food about to laden your table, your dog probably is, too! However, before trying to include your canine companion in your festivities, check out these safety tips to make sure you aren't accidentally feeding him or her something poisonous. 

  1. Don't give your dog any turkey or ham bones to chew on. They can easily splinter and choke or harm your dog's throat and intestines. Opt for a bone from the pet store and bring it out once everyone sits down to dinner! 
  2. Avoid giving you pets food items with high fat content, like gravy, as it can cause pancreatitis. Make sure not relatives are slipping the dog a scrap or two and keep an eye on the garbage can!
  3. While dogs act like they can eat anything, they should really stay away from foods like onion, garlic, raisins,and mushrooms. They could cause some major stomach issues for dogs and even death. Check out the full list of what foods to avoid here.
  4. Keep pets away from the dessert table. We all know chocolate is bad for dogs and so are certain ingredients that contain xylitol.

We know you want to include your pup in the festivities so check out our list of dog-safe holidays treats!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

24 Nov

Dog-Sized Rats Actually Exist

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

A photo showing quite an enormous rat has surfaced on the internet to flip everyone out.

An Irish website called Lovin Dublin posted the photo, which shows the arms of a man holding up a rat that looks about 3 feet long, and said that the rat was discovered in New York. The site attributed the photo simply to Facebook, but without a link (and a search to discover the origins of the photo proved to be unfruitful), and suggested the sight of the giant rat was the stuff of nightmares.

One tweeter replied to the photo with the question: "there's no way that's true, is it?"

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24 Nov

Magpie Laughs Like a Human Child and It's Terrifying

Black-billed magpies have quite a naughty reputation. They're known for being aggressive thieves and ruthless hunters in the wild, killing songbirds and munching on their eggs. Their devious actions are only highlighted by their harsh, raspy calls. Unfortunately for magpies of the world, their reputation isn't getting much help from the internet. 

A recently circulated video shows a magpie that possesses a horrifying talent: it can mimic a child's giggle perfectly. It is easily the most creepy bird vocalization ever recorded.

Source: Magpie bird laughs just like a child! by shura84 on Rumble

According to the video's description, this particular Magpie was rescued and raised by Rumble user "shura84". After spending some time being nursed back to health, he was released back outside. Surprisingly, he returns to his old home when called. Where exactly he learned this crazy cackle is still unknown. 

He's not the only talking Magpie on the internet, though. Give a listen to Pica, the chatty bird from Fancy's Family Farm in the UK!

Perfer birds with less aggressive calls and chips? Check out the birds on APL!Ve.

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

24 Nov

Bindi Irwin Pays Dances in Memory of Her Father in Finale of 'DWTS'

Bindi and Derek's freestyle dance!

What an amazing night for Bindi and Derek Hough! They had a perfect score, getting 10s from all the Dancing with the Stars judges for both of their dances. Check out #TeamCrikey's freestyle dance that didn't leave a dry eye in the house. Don't forget to vote for them here:

Posted by Australia Zoo on Monday, November 23, 2015

Each week you think she can't out do herself, but every week, Bindi Irwin seems to do it! During the past 11 weeks of Dancing with the Stars, she has consistently wowed both the judges and the audience with her precise dance moves, charming personality, and touching tributes to her father, the late Steve Irwin.

Last night, during her final dance of the season, Bindi and her dance coach, Derek Hough, performed a contemporary freestyle dance to Leona Lewis’ “Footprints in the Sand” as a tribute to her father. What she didn't expect was a large photo of her and Steve Irwin to appear at the dance's end. Needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye to be found. 

Bindi then shared this family photo:

She and Hough were awarded a perfect score. Fingers crossed that she wins the Mirror Ball tonight!

Watch her and Steve dance together here:

24 Nov

Abandoned Pit Bull Wants a Home Before the Holidays

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Getting to spend time with our families for the holidays, cozy in our homes surrounded by good food, good friends and lots of love, is something many of us take for granted. But for a dog named Princess, a home in time for the holidays is just the stuff of dreams. 


Princess is an 8-year-old pit bull mix who was abandoned by her family in January of 2013 after living with them for her entire life. Their reason? They were moving, and couldn't be bothered to take her along with them. Princess was surrendered to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Phoenix, Arizona, and was almost immediately put on the list to be put down.

"My own observations were that she was seriously overweight (she had a hard time moving, she was wheezing all the time, had to sit down a lot on our walks and she refused dog food for several days in the beginning). Her skin was flaky and the coat in poor condition," Elena Bobu, who rescued Princess from the shelter, told The Dodo.


Bobu works with a group called Rescue Pals, and when she heard about Princess's plight she arranged for the rescue to take her on. "When I picked her up, the woman who handed her to me said to be careful as she didn't like people," Bobu said. "I grabbed the leash and Princess started dragging me toward the door, she was wiggling her booty and looking back at me with the biggest smile on her face. In the car she gave me several kisses and stood in the front seat smiling ear to ear."


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24 Nov

Rescued Wolf and Veteran Form Lifelong Bond

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Sometimes the best person to comfort us when we carry a lot of pain is someone else who has the same burden — for instance, a rescue animal. 

The Warriors and Wolves program was started at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in California based on that concept. Veterans dealing with the effects of war can come into the program and interact and help care for incredible animals who have also been through unimaginable tragedy.

"There's something about being around these animals that to even the most wounded veteran they feel different," Matthew Simmons, co-founder of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, said in a video about the program.

There are 40 animals who live at the center, made up of wolves rescued from roadside attractions, breeders and other exploitative situations. Many of the wolves are "wolfdogs," a mix of a dog and a wolf, and are trying to figure out where they fit into the world — just like the veterans who come to them for solace.

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24 Nov

Fox's Swim in Sewage Ends in a Bath and a Fuzzy Towel

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

In general, animals take a lot of crap from humans. But perhaps nobody knows this more than one particular fox who found herself literally up to her neck in it earlier this week.

On Tuesday morning in Atherstone, England, a sewage plant worker discovered a female fox trying to keep her head above the surface of an outdoor "slurry pit."

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