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21 Apr

Too Cute Tuesday: Dogs Failing in the Most Hilarious of Ways (VIDEO)

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Posted by Disturb Reality on Sunday, April 5, 2015

We couldn't resist sharing this video compiling a variety of dog fails. You gotta love dogs - they try so hard!

Want to find your perfect dog breed? Visit our dog breed selector!

In the meantime, check out our Doggone It! playlist and some fun Dogs 101 video below!

20 Apr

Pet Neglect isn’t Cool and Daenerys Targaryen Shows Us Why

Game of Thrones returns tonight at 9.

Posted by HBO on Sunday, April 12, 2015

 

SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SEASON 5 EPISODES 1 and 2 

If you're a Game of Thrones enthusiast like me, and Daenerys' dragons have a special place in your heart, you hated seeing Rhaegal and Viserion chained up in a pitch black hole in the ground in last week's Season 5 premiere.

All because their "brother," her third and largest dragon, Drogon, charred a citizen's small child and ran away. So now his siblings have to take his place in a dungeon, for a crime they didn't commit. 

Seriously? What a drag... on. 

Daenerys couldn't bare to see her two other children kill another child, so, a nutrition-less, sun-less, interaction-less pit seemed like the best option.

Come on, Khaleesi! 

As the Mother of Dragons, and fellow pet owner, a dungeon is no place for pets! That's (literally) stone cold abandonment. And animal neglect, too!

According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, neglect is described as the failure to provide basic care required for an animal to thrive, and since dragons require open space to grow larger and train, she's failing! 

D, you get an F.

If her two unchained dragons are to ever help her in battle, she has to release them. You can't invade Westeros with two "juvenile-sized dragons," says a Quora user "who seems to know a lot about 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (the Game of Thrones series)."

In Animal Planet's fantasy series 'Dragons,' this dragon prepares for battle as a free adolescent.

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14 Apr

Purr-fect Summer: Animal Planet to Help Host CatConLA in June

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Lil BUB is one of the guests scheduled to attend CatConLA June 6 and 7 in Los Angeles! (Photo by Animal Planet)

Cat people, rejoice!

The first-ever CatConLA gathering is less than two months away and we’re joining the “purr-ty”! We are proud to announce that Animal Planet will be the exclusive cable partner for CatConLA June 6 and 7 at The Reef in Los Angeles.

CatConLA, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, is a two-day event celebrating cats and their people, showcasing cat-centric merchandise (from furniture and art, to toys and clothes) and conversations with some the leading cat experts from around the world.

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23 Mar

The Cat's Outta the Bag, Felines Prefer 'Cat Music' Over Human Music

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When you play music for your pets, your first thought, most likely, is that it soothes, relaxes and entertains them, much like it does to humans, but a new study shows that's not true. 

With cats, that is. So, move over Ariana Grande and make room for Katy Purry, because cats prefer their own kind of music: "cat music." 

University of Wisconsin-Madison research shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to "music" written especially for them, reported ScienceDaily.

Lead author, Charles Snowdon, an emeritus professor of psychology, is trying to create music that pleases the ears of cats, by adjusting pitch and tempo and appealing to the animals' sensory systems. 

The researchers created their "cat music" based on tempos of purring and the sucking sounds made during nursing.

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12 Mar

Perth Truck Driver Pleads for Stolen Puppy's Safe Return

What kind of person steals puppies?!

Have you seen 9-week-old Yogi?

Trent, a truck driver from Perth, Australia, bought little Yogi, a great dane and mastiff cross breed, two weeks ago to be his companion on the road, according to a report by 9 News Perth. But Yogi was stolen from his truck parked at a Wangara shop last Saturday - in the brief time it took Trent to buy a sandwich. Trent is offering a $1000 reward for his safe return, according to Australia's Today show.

Find out what to do when your dog is stolen!

Watch what happens when Shorty from Pit Boss goes after a man accused of stealing a neighborhood dog:

6 Mar

Prosthetic Boot Gives Pit Bull Another Chance At Life (VIDEO)

Seven months ago, a pit bull named Girlie Girl was left paralyzed after getting hit by a car. Today, after months of rehabilitation, she is walking and looking for her forever home.

Things didn’t come easy for this sweet pit bull from Arkansas. While she regained the use of her legs over time, one of her hind paws remained paralyzed. That’s when Josh Ketelsen from the Snell Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory entered and decided to donate this time and services to building Girly Girl a prosthetic boot.

Get some tissues for this one:

For more on Girlie Girl, visit The Dodo.

And for more feel-good pit bull moments, watch videos from Pit Bulls & Parolees.

2 Mar

The Top 10 Most Popular U.S. Dog Breeds

America still loves its Labrador retrievers.

Labs have reigned as the nation's top dog last tear for the 24th year after breaking poodles' decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released Thursday.

Bulldogs are climbing their way up the leader board to a new high - No. 4 - and their bat-eared cousins, French Bulldogs cracked the top 10 for the first time in nearly a century.

Bulldogs rise can link from their unmistakeable push-faced expressions and generally calm demeanor. The French Bulldog has also surged in popularity from 49th to 9th in a decade. Could appearances in movies, TV shows and advertising be the reason of their recent success?

German shepherds, golden retrievers and beagles are usual repeats, with Dachshunds slitting out of the top 10, to 11th.

The top spot is unmistakable. Labrador retrievers hit the top 10 in the 1970s and haven't left since.

10. Rottweiler

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9. French Bulldog

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28 Feb

Animal Planet Kicks off 2nd Annual 'Road to the Puppy Bowl'

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If you're anything like us here at Animal Planet, the days since Puppy Bowl XI have been absolutely ruff! We all have to wait until 2016 rolls around to see next year's puppy athletes romping around the gridiron, but there's fortunately one great reason for you to keep calm and smile on. Road to Puppy Bowl is on its way! 

For a second year, Animal Planet is bringing the spirit of Puppy Bowl to animal rescue organizations around the country through Road to the Puppy Bowl, a series of all-star adoption events meant to help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) at a shelter in their community. When attending each event, you can expect plenty of fun giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable and adoptable animals. 

Plus, Animal Planet will make adopting an new furry family member even simpler by covering some or all of the costs of adoptions during the events. That means you could take your new cat or dog home for free!

While you're at an event, share your Road to Puppy Bowl experience with us. Post your photos to Instagram and tag them with #R2PB. We'll post our favorites here at AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl.

 

Get more details and sign up for our upcoming Road to Puppy Bowl: OAKLAND and HOUSTON events now! Both events will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, April 18 in their respective time zones. 

 

Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you.

View a gallery of fan photos from Road to Puppy Bowl events.


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

27 Feb

Samoyed Alarm Clock, Scientifically Proven as Best Way to Start Your Day (VIDEO)

OK maybe that headline is a little bit of an exaggeration ... but I would argue it a legit possibility and scientific FACT. Watch for yourself: 

Lexi, you are the CUTEST!

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27 Feb

Blue or Gold?! What Color Is This PUPPY?

The internet is ABLAZE about that dress — and so are we about THIS puppy! We've been circulating this puppy photo around our offices and the Animal Planet family is torn apart over the color of this adorable pup. We can't decide — what color do you see?! Keep staring and give it a few ... Post in the Comments section below!

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All jokes aside — dogs can only see two colors: blue-violet and yellow.  They have one-tenth of the concentration of color-capturing cones in their eyes that humans have. So while humans can see a vast array of tones, dogs only see those two colors along with any combinations of the pair. The rest of their world appears in shades of gray.  Read the full report here >>

Recognize this precious golden-blue pup? That's right — she's the lovely Golden, Pearl, a star from Puppy Bowl IX. Check her out in the Starting Lineup >>

Catch highlights of her in action in this PBIX playlist:

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.

 

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