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9 Feb

Boy Says A Sweet Goodbye To His Beloved Fish

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(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from

When a South Carolina family lost their beloved fish, Spot, last week, they decided to hold a ceremony in his honor. Delivering the bathroom eulogy was 6-year-old Liam.

"God, help Spot to stay good and stay comfortable," Liam said. "I hope he [Spot] has a good journey."

Then, with a final goodbye, Liam and his sister Piper, 4, sent Spot on his final swim.

Feel free to check "crying at fish funeral" off your to-do list today. We know we are.

Rest in peace, Spot.

Watch the full farewell below.

Well we had to send Spot the goldfish to heaven yesterday and Liam said the last words....this is hilarious

Posted by Alex Vassey on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Not all goldfish end up in the toilet. Some dominate the soccer field.

4 Feb

Sick, Starving Dog Found on Street May Not be What She Seems

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

A good rescue is up for saving any dog. Even when she might not be a dog.

Last week, a woman was walking in Los Angeles when she spotted what appeared to be a homeless dog. She took a picture and texted it to California rescue groupHope for Paws. While it was obvious the animal was "disoriented and clearly very sick," Hope for Paws wrote, she also stood out in one other way: her species.

The disheveled animal appeared to be a wolf hybrid, a first for Hope for Paws. Nevertheless, the team jumped in the car and raced to find her.

When they arrived, they found the animal — who was later named Julia — about to enter a fenced yard, and were fortunately able to shut the door to secure her. But when they approached, they realized the situation was worse than they thought.

"This poor girl was so swollen from infections," Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar wrote. "She was bleeding, pus was oozing from everywhere, and it's hard to see because of this coat, but she is just skin and bones."

The only sign of her past was a ratty rope wrapped around her neck. "[That] indicates to me that someone owned and neglected her to a criminal level," Hagar wrote.

Naturally, Julia was wary of humans, but rescuer Lisa Chiarelli sat down near her and began to offer her treats — eventually gaining the hungry animal's trust.

"Even though Julia was so skinny and starved, she took food so gently," Hagar said.

Finally, after 20 minutes, rescuers were able to slip a leash over Julia's head.

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3 Feb

Kid Meets Puppy and Breaks Down Over How Cute She Is

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(Guest post by Zainab Akande from

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the cuteness of an animal that you felt as if your whole world was about to fall apart? Well, that's what happened to this sweet little boy once he got to cradle a (very confused) Chihuahua in his arms.

This little boy just couldn't stop crying — and it wasn't because he was afraid of the small dog.

In the video, uploaded to Facebook by Mia Anelli, CEO and founder of INsight Animal Rescue in Los Angeles, the kid says his reason for sobbing is simply because "she's so cute."

Meanwhile, the tear-inducing Chihuahua has absolutely no idea what's going on.

But she does her best to cheer the little guy up through kisses …

… gently licking away his tears …


… and giving him snuggles.

But when none of the usual suspects seem to console him, she's totally stumped.

"What's wrong?" The adult voice prompts the boy in the video again. His response? "She's just beautiful."

And I think that is absolutely beautiful. The adult goes on to tell the boy, "Maybe mommy will get you a dog, OK?"

We sure hope so!

Check out the entire video of this boy's amazing reaction to his adorable friend below:

Little Boy Has The Best Reaction EVer to a ChiHuaHua!

Little Boy Has The Best Reaction EVer to a ChiHuaHua! DON'T FORGET TO LIKE - Insight Animal Rescue's Facebook: FOR WATCHING! <3Mia Anelli

Posted by INsight Animal Rescue on Monday, January 25, 2016

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25 Jan

Dog Steps Out to Pee, Ends Up Running a Half Marathon

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 (Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

For many runners, it takes months of rigorous training to prepare for a race. But for one particularly frisky young hound dog, named Ludivine, it was something she chose to do on whim.

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After being let out to pee by her owner April Hamlin earlier this month, Ludivine wound up wandering to the starting line of the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon, about a quarter mile from her home in Elkmont, Alabama.

Amazingly, as the runners lined up and the race began, Ludivine decided to join in — running the 13.1 mile course, and in an impressive time, to boot.

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The speedy dog completed the half marathon in 1:32:56, putting her in seventh place overall. All the more remarkable, she might have actually won the race had her curiosity not slowed her down.

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22 Jan

Loving Duck Won't Let ANYTHING Hurt His Favorite Little Boy

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(Guest post by Arin Greenwood from

This lucky little boy bathes with a rubber ducky, and a real ducky, too.

Tyler, the mini-human, is about a year and a half old now.

Beaker the duck — otherwise known as Bee — has been Tyler's best friend since he joined the Texas household as a wee duckling, around nine months ago.

Tyler's first word, in fact, was "duck," says Tyler's mom, Jennifer Young.

"They did everything together, play, eat, nap, etc.," says Young. "Luckily he" — meaning Bee — "was easy to train with a harness." (Both Bee and Tyler are willing to wear diapers, though Bee sometimes yanks his off.)

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20 Jan

Kid Gives Up Birthday Presents to Save More Animals

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

Not many 8-year-old's spend their birthday counting blessings. Typically, it's a time to count the presents — the video games, toys and gadgets friends and family so dutifully deliver. What kid in his right mind would give up all that kind of loot?

Well, this kid.

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And his mind couldn't be more right.

Benjamin Walker of Fort Worth, Texas, gave up on presents for his birthday. Instead, he asked friends and family to give to animals — a bounty that amounted to more than $3,148 in cash and supplies.

All of it went to the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT).

"I just really love animals," he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I don't really need that much gifts for my birthday. I already have a bunch of stuff."

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20 Jan

Homeless Dogs Found Clinging to Each Other for Comfort

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Arlo the husky and Spot the poodle were brought into the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) after they were found wandering the streets of Oakland, California. It's unclear how these two first met or if they were abandoned together, but either way, they've been with each other long enough that they refuse to ever leave each other's sides again.

"They are very, very bonded and Spot is very dependent on Arlo," Finnegan Dowling, the social media manager at HSSV, told The Dodo. "She's very shy with people, but will follow Arlo around and trust people if Arlo trusts them."

Spot was incredibly matted when she was found, all the way down to her skin, and had to be shaved.

She and Arlo were separated during that time, and even though it was only for a little while, they were both overjoyed when they were reunited again. For these two, being apart just doesn't feel right.

Volunteers have since been dressing Spot in sweaters to keep her warm …

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20 Jan

People Finally Saved Chained Dog After Vultures Arrived

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

Being surrounded by vultures often has a disquieting effect on the living.

Something about waiting for you to die in order to pick at your bones, looming mortality, that sort of thing. In classic scenes from not-so-classic movies, vultures are often seen circling overhead, etching their baleful message on black, inky wings.

Maybe this little dog seemed sad enough already, and the vultures figured they could dispense with all the theatrics.

In a photo that seems to be making the rounds on Facebook again, after being taken in late 2014, the dog is seen cowering inside a plastic house in Greensboro, North Carolina. She's chained, scared and surrounded by vultures. It's a timeless, haunting image of despair.

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The birds darken her doorstep, perch on her roof and bristle in the trees above.

In fact, Guilford County Animal Control was called to the scene by a concerned neighbor, the Facebook post notes. The dog appeared too despondent to care.

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20 Jan

Woman Went in for a Manicure and Ended Up Saving a Life

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

When Darlene went into a nail salon in California, she expected to come out with a fresh manicure — not a rescue mission.

But her manicurist told her about a family dog her son refused to feed. Darlene assumed that the woman was at least helping to feed and take of the dog, but she was wrong.

The manicurist admitted that she really just wanted to have the dog put to sleep, but didn't want to pay for it. Darlene asked to see the dog's picture — and as soon as she did, she knew she needed to save him.

She went to the manicurist's house, where she found Smokey alone in the backyard. The poor dog was severely emaciated, and it was clear that without Darlene's intervention, he wouldn't survive for very much longer.

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20 Jan

Rescued Pit Bull's First Bath

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(Guest post by April Son from

He's living the life now.

A Rescued Pit Bull's First Bath

He's loving his new life. <3

Posted by The Dodo on Friday, January 15, 2016

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