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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.


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

Illinois Could Allow Dogs to Comfort Courtroom Witnesses

Screengrab via the Daily Herald video.

A bill that would allow facility dogs to accompany witnesses 18 or younger to the stand in certain instances for cases involving abuse or exploitation has been approved by the Legislature, and sits on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's desk ready to sign, reports Illinois-based Daily Herald.

The bill would require that dogs be facility dogs with proper credentials. Unlike service or therapy dogs, facility dogs must meet national standards and come from an organization accredited by Assistant Dogs International.

Animals have been used periodically on a contract basis by prosecutors to comfort young crime victims during interviews, but it is believed the Lake County state's attorney's office is the only one in Illinois with a full time facility dog; his name is Mitchell and he is a two-year-old Labrador retriever donated by St. Louis-based Support Dogs Inc.

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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 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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30 Jun

Woman Exposed to Flesh-Eating Bacteria During Mud Run Loses Sight in One Eye

Participants in an unrelated mud run. Photo: Tjeerd Boolj/Flickr

A Texas woman is now blind in one eye after being exposed to a flesh-eating bacteria during a mud run, reports the New York Daily News. The bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis, spreads quickly and kills the body's soft tissue, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

According to a Go-Fund-Me page established for Brittany Williams, she suffered from pain and vision loss in her left eye after participating in a mud run with her fiancé. ER doctors originally believed she was experiencing what looked like a chemical burn, however, a few days later, her cornea rapidly deteriorated.

Williams is currently being treated with antibiotics, but is struggling under the cost of care since she does not have health insurance.

Learn more about necrotizing fasciitis in the Monsters Inside Me clip below:

30 Jun

Python Dies After Eating Porcupine

One massive African rock python bit off more than it could chew after falling victim to its last meal.

A few days after being photographed in South Africa’s Lake Eland Game Reserve, the python turned up dead. It turns out the prey it devoured was a porcupine, with quills that were lodged inside the snake’s digestive track, according to the game reserve’s Facebook page.

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Not quite the impala calf or warthog the game reserve initially thought.

29 Jun

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


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.


29 Jun

Bizarre Creature Has a Snake Head and Spider Tail (VIDEO)

What fresh horror is THIS?

A recently discovered species, the split-tailed horned viper, has the head of a venomous snake and a spider for a tail. No, it's not some experiment from The Island of Doctor Moreau or the latest cheesy CGI movie monster, it's an actual living creature with a truly stunning adaptation.

Watch this video to learn more about this wonderfully bizarre snake. 

No matter how terrifying this snake is on the surface level, you can't help by marvel at the power of evolution when you see it in action. It is perfectly adapted to survive in its desert environment and lure in its bird prey with its spider-decoy tail.

It's a reminder to us all that even animals that are scary looking or potentially dangerous to humans are still amazing and important and worth our protection. Few other groups of wildlife are more maligned--unnecessarily--than are snakes


Photo by Omid Mozaffari via Flickr Creative Commons.

 Protect Wildlife With the National Wildlife Federation.

26 Jun

If it's Hot Outside, it's Even Hotter in Your Car: Protect Your Pet


There's nothing quite as wonderful as having your dog (or cat!) in the car seat next to you, cruising along with you as you run errands and travel. But before you head out this summer, keep in mind that keeping any pet inside a car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked, could be dangerous for the animal.

Did you know that a car can climb from 85 degrees to 120 degrees in only 30 minutes? The ASPCA provides some great tips above and on their website. A quick trip to the grocery store may not be quick enough on an extremely hot day.

The Partnership for Animal Welfare has some great tips for avoiding a deadly situation for your furry best friend:

  • Leave your dog at home on warm days.
  • On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl.
  • Don't let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds. The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for the dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.
  • Take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet if you see signs of heat exhaustion, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination. To lower body temperature gradually, give the animal water to drink, place a cold towel or ice pack on the head, neck and chest, and/or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. Call your veterinarian.

Consider, too, that even leaving air conditioning running may not always solve the problem. If a car overheats or the AC falters, it could create an even more dangerous situation for your pet.

In most states and local governments, it's against the law to leave a pet in a hot car, so if you see an animal unattended in a warm car on a hot, sunny day, try to locate the owner. If that's not possible, contact your local authorities who will be able to help you.

Watch as an animal control officer rescues a dog overheating in a car:

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.


  • 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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26 Jun

7 Videos to Help You Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and you know what that's HOT! What better way to cool off then to take a dip in the pool? Well that's just what these cats and dogs were thinking when they decided to play in the water. These seven videos are sure to cool you down with cuteness. 

1) Labs Learn to Swim

Labs are known for their swimming ability, but everyone starts off as an amateur. 


2) Bath Time Is Lots Of Fun

When you're just too dirty to jump in the pool.


3) Kitty Paddle

These kitty swimming lessons will surely help keep your cat's head out of the water and outshine any swimming dog.


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