Bites at Animal Planet


5 Feb

Baby Goat Spends Her First Day in the World and CAN'T Handle It

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

At the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York, a baby goat named Violet was born ... and immediately ready to start her exciting life.

On Violet's first day out and about in the great big world, rocking the most adorable sweater, she wasted NO time.

She instantly started running ...

... and once she started, she DEFINITELY didn't want to stop — except sometimes for cuddles ...

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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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3 Feb

Marnie the Dog’s Behind-the-Scenes Fun at Puppy Bowl XII’s Taping

Taping the Puppy Bowl is always something we look forward to here at Animal Planet, but we were especially excited for this year because we had a special guest joining us!

Marnie – a 13-year-old rescued Shih Tzu and one of the most famous dogs on social media – stopped by the studio to lend a hand to our team and the spunky adoptable puppies looking to get their chance at the limelight and find their forever homes. She even makes a surprise appearance in the actual Puppy Bowl!


Her first stop was to meet Dan the Ref and see what it is really like to manage the parade of pooches gallivanting all around the field.


Marnie even made her way onto the grid iron at halftime to score a touchdown! It is safe to say, she was made for the spotlight.


After seeing what goes on in front of the camera, Marnie traveled backstage to join Executive Producer Melinda Toporoff in the control room. Melinda loved having Marnie there to help her run the show – our team can always use more inspiration. She even learned a little about production along the way! Could this be her next gig?


Meeting all these playful puppies and so many people can be tiring, so Marnie headed into the VIP room and took a quick break. I can’t say we weren’t jealous…


Soon it was time for Marnie to head back home and reflect on everything that happened that day. We were definitely sad to say goodbye, but hoped she loved every minute of it as much as we did! But we couldn’t let Marnie go without letting her share a message with everyone first:


Although these puppies – and let’s face it, all puppies – are beyond adorable, Marnie wants to remind everyone of the importance of adopting senior dogs from rescues and shelters. She was adopted from a shelter in Connecticut at 10-years-old and couldn’t be more thankful for her second chance in a happy home. 

See more of Marnie at be on the lookout for more Puppy Bowl updates!

Tune in to Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XII on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT to watch the most adorable game on television!

3 Feb

Puppy Bowl and Uber Partner to Bring You Puppies on Demand!

Are you jumping at the chance to cheer for Team Ruff or Team Fluff? We've got good news for you today: we're partnering with UBER and animal organizations across 9 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

Photo by Jared Albert

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in DC, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and New York you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.


  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, February 3rd, between 11am & 2pm.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app. Puppy Bowl can only be delivered to offices. In DC? Enter promo code DCpuppies to unlock the option in your app. In NYC? Enter promo code PuppyNYC to unlock the option in your app. 
  3. Once the puppies arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of puppy cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for Team Ruff and Team Fluff game time!*
  4. Found your Most Valuable Pup? All puppies are eligible for adoption!

*If you’re lucky enough to request puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the woofs and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred.

Fifteen (15) minutes of puppy playtime is $30, but the good news is that the money goes straight back to the participating animal organization in your city! So, not only are you celebrating Puppy Bowl and playing with adoptable pups, you're also helping great causes. If you can’t get a visit from #UberPuppyBowl today, you can still support the shelters and rescues by visiting GlobalGiving!

Check out the great participating organizations:

Arizona Humane Society | Washington Area Rescue League | Denver Dumb Friends League| Wags and Walks-LA | Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society | SPCA LA | Liberty Humane (NYC) | Bideawee (NYC) | Humane Society of NYC | San Francisco SPCA | Berkeley Humane Society | Peninsula Humane Society

Don't have Uber in your city? That's ruff, but you can still experience puppy cuteness during Puppy Bowl XII, airing this Sunday at 3/2c!


2 Feb

Rescued Pig Learns to Sit for Treats

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

More evidence has surfaced that a little rescued piglet is essentially just a puppy.

Wee Wee, who is believed to have fallen off a factory farm truck, was rescued by a family out skiing during the recent "Snowmaggedon."

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As he warmed up, Wee Wee started showing just how playful his puppy-esque personality really was. Now that he's found a forever home in Maryland, at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, his inner canine is truly shining.

Recently, Wee Wee has learned to sit on command and wait patiently (usually) for a treat.

It's hard to think that more than 100 million pigs are slaughtered in the U.S. alone each year, and that each one has the potential to be as friendly as Wee Wee.

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1 Feb

He's Not Your Normal Dog, But He Still Charms Everyone He Meets

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(Guest post by Cuda The Pit Bull from

There once was a time when I thought my dog, Cuda, was the only dog of her kind. She has short spine syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes vertebra in the spine to be compressed — giving dogs an unusual, scrunched-up look.

I'm excited to present to you yet another beautiful dog living with short spine syndrome. His name is Quasimodo and he is also a rescue.

Quasi was found as a stray in Kentucky. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

Quasimodo ended up at Secondhand Hounds, a rescue in Minnesota that believes that all dogs, including those with special needs, deserve the chance to live in happy homes. I spoke with Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds, about their new arrival.

Secondhand Hounds works closely with a shelter in Kentucky and was contacted by a shelter volunteer there about an odd little dog whose looks set him apart, Mairose said. The volunteer originally thought his condition was due to growing up in a crate. That's a common misconception about dogs with short spine syndrome — but they are born this way.

Quasi learns about the Minnesota snow. SECONDHAND HOUNDS RESCUE

He was found as a stray with a severely embedded collar, which means a too-small collar was left on his neck so long his skin grew around it. Mairose said she didn't hesitate when they asked if Secondhand Hounds was interested in pulling him.

Aptly named Quasimodo for his appearance, the dog was transported to his temporary foster mom by a group of volunteers. He is estimated to be around 4 years old and appears to be a purebred German shepherd. Like the other short spine dogs, he is much smaller than his breed standard.

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1 Feb

Cat With Only Half a Head Just Wants Someone to Love Her

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Just because someone is physically different doesn't mean her heart has any less love to give.

A sweet cat named Holly is looking for a home after undergoing extensive surgery — in which a part of her head was removed. Holly was brought to the Llys Nini Animal Centre in England after a concerned citizen found her with matted fur, an ear infection and scabs all over her face.

"Holly, who is believed to be around 11 years old, was first taken to the center as a stray," Gary Weeks, the manager at the Llys Nini Animal Centre, told The Dodo.

After being examined, it was discovered that Holly had a huge mass on one of her ears, which was later determined to be cancerous.

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1 Feb

Dogs Cannot Decide Who Gets Best Spot On Couch

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

Sometimes, it takes a little more than the usual squeezing, sliding and scooching over to make sure everyone is comfortable.

Especially when we're talking about a gaggle of great Danes. And one very small couch.

These three giants were spotted by foster mom Dianna Helmers trying to cozy up on her couch in rural Iowa.

Helmers, who runs Agape Fosters in Iowa, says she would have taken a video of the whole operation, "but they move like tortoises and that could be long and boring."

It all began with Clyde. At around 12 years old, he's the elder statesman of the trio — and has really earned his sprawling spot on the couch.

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1 Feb

Rescue Pig Meets Dog Next Door and Falls in Love

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Sometimes, against all odds, it's simply love at first sight.

Piper the pig was rescued after being abandoned in the cold and adopted into a loving family a few weeks ago. She's living her best life now, with all the toys, blankets, and love she could ever want — and has even made a few lifelong friends.

Piper has new pig siblings whom she loves very much, but when she met the tiny puppy who lives next door to her, she made sure they were soon best friends.

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