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10 Jul

Celebrities Love Their Pets, Too!

We are all ferociously dedicated to our pets and celebrities are no exception. Yes, they are busy with filming and concerts and promoting their newest endeavours, but they will always have time for their pets! Check out some of the stars and the newest additions to their families!

Pop Star Lady Gaga and her French Bulldog, Asia:

One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is obsessed with the newest addition to the Little Monsters family. Her French Bulldog puppy, Asia, has dominated her Instagram and Facebook pages since she got her in late April. And why wouldn't she?? Just look at that face. 

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9 Jul

Tiny Hedgehogs Have Tiny Birthday Party with Tiny Cake

In case you need a little pick-me-up during your work day, take a tiny moment for a tiny celebration with these teeny, tiny, adorable hedgehogs, celebrating the cutest, teeniest birthday! ... And, though the cake may be miniature (and hedgehog food), it still looks delicious! Where's my slice?!

Happy birthday, little guy!

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Photo: YouTube image

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6 Jul

'Independence Day' Reenacted by PUG PUPPIES

Move over Will Smith! There's cuter talent in town! 

Hopefully you were celebrating the glorious holiday weekend and honoring America with family, friends, good food, fireworks - and, maybe a movie? Perhaps ... Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum?

Well, here's an efficient, 2-minute, possibly cuter version as recreated by these ADORABLE pug puppies. Enjoy!

We're not entirely sure this little guy below is happy with the production ... or, knows what's actually going on. But he sure looks CUTE doing it.

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Photo: YouTube image

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3 Jul

Roo and Penny: Unlikely Best Friends

Alicia Williams, a client services receptionist at Duluth Animal Hospital in Georgia, has a habit of rescuing animals that are in bad situations. Roo and Penny are two of Alicia's rescues that have developed a very strong bond with one another.

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26 Jun

WORLD PUP: Here Are Your Final Four Favorites, Pup Fans!

We are all amazed here at Animal Planet HQ at how close some of these matches have been! But there's no question about these final four qualifiers according to your Twitter and Facebook voices. 

Round 2 officially closed yesterday with Spain's Great Pyrenees beating out the German Daschund. England's adorable Old English Sheepdog won over Mexico's Chihuahua in a very close match. The internet's favorite Japanese Shiba Inu beat out our beloved American Alaskan Malamute (not even close, my friends :'( ). And, China's Sharpei dominated Russia's Samoyed.

It's been an exciting competition so far with all-around, good sportDOGship — no biting injuries in any of our matches! Here are the final four pups advancing to the semi-finals:

* Spain: Great Pyrenees vs. Japan: Shiba Inu
* England: Old English Sheepdog vs. China: Shar-Pei 

 

Did your team make it to the final four? Tell us what you think about the match-ups so far in the Comments section below.  And, remember to keep voting and supporting your pup!

VOTE FOR YOUR TEAM NOW >>

 

Click on the image to see the full-sized bracket:

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VOTE NOW >>

 

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17 Jun

Sleeping with Your Pet May Not Be the Best Idea, Study Says

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You may love snuggling up with your pet at night but according to a recent study reported by The Huffington Post, that might not be the best idea — and not just because of allergies or hygienic concerns. This study, presented at SLEEP, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, suggests that pet owners who sleep with their pets are more likely to sleep poorly or wake up during the night.

We all know cats and dogs can kick, meow, howl and hog the bed but we still love them and want to cuddle up as we settle down for the night. However, this study showed that 63% of participants who share their bed with their pet had poor sleep quality. 30% of the participants who slept with their pets wake up at least once a night because of their pet.

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13 Jun

Male Guinea Pig Has Quite the Father's Day Surprise

Nothing says, “Happy Father’s Day” like a new baby. But what if there were 400 new babies? This is a male guinea pig's, aptly nicknamed Randy, reality. According to iTV, Randy escaped his enclosure at Hatton Country World in Warwickshire County, England, and found his way into the female enclosure. A female enclosure full of 100 female guinea pigs. You know where this is going.

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How did they know Randy escaped? Apparently, it seemed like a female guinea pig had lost quite a bit of weight and discovered that this underweight guinea pig was not a female at all. Hatton Country World's manager Richard Craddock said that Randy could have been in the enclosure for several weeks and it is possible he could have impregnated all of the females. The average size of a litter of guinea pigs is four. So the staff is looking at a possibility of 400 baby guinea pigs, or pups, on top of their 300 other guinea pigs. Talk about baby boomers. The staff is even considering expanding their guinea pig farm to accommodate all of these pups.

Craddock said, “[Randy] has now re-joined his male friends, clearly he's got a lot of bragging to do.” He won’t be bragging when he’s up all night with 400 crying pups.

Happy Father’s Day to all those dads out there, human and animal alike. Head to our video playlist to learn about more amazing animal dads like Randy

 

13 Jun

Are Cat People Smarter Than Dog People?

Your preference of dogs versus cats could say a lot about you. 

A recent study by Denise Guastello, an associate professor of psychology at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., found that "dog people" and "cat people" each have distinctive personality traits. 

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600 college students answered questions about what types of pets they preferred, what qualities they liked most about their pets, as well as questions about their own personalitites. Those who identified as "dog people" were found to be more entergetic, outgoing, and enjoyed companionship.  "Cat people", however, proved to be more introverted, open-minded, and sensitive.  Most notably, the results of this study, presented at the Annual Convention for the APS, found "cat people" to be more intelligent than "dog people".

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12 Jun

Purin the Super Beagle is Pumped for the World Pup

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The World Cup starts today, but, more importantly, so does the World Pup. If you think you’re excited, then you haven’t seen Purin the soccer-loving Super Beagle from Shibuya, Tokyo. Yes, that’s right, she is labeled the Super Beagle and even has her own agent and Facebook page. In her newest video, Purin dribbles the ball, defends her goal, and even does a couple paw-stands. Needless to say, she seems to be excited for the kick-off of World Pup. 

 

Make sure to vote for your favorite breeds starting TODAY at AnimalPlanet.com/WorldPup. Not sure who to vote for? Then watch our playlist of this year’s contenders. Also be sure to watch the puppies on the APL!VE puppy cam kick around their own soccer balls and try their paws at soccer.

 

12 Jun

#ThrowbackThursday: Pets as People

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We’ve all seen pets doing hilarious human things, whether it's wearing tutus and jackets to "waterskiing" and “driving” cars. But this is not just a passing fad; it’s a trend that’s been around for decades, as you can see in these pictures. Driving cars, taking care of the kids, getting a perm -- these pets have done it all. But why do humans have such a fascination with trying to make their pets more human, or to put it scientifically, anthropomorphizing them?

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