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28 Jan

Animals Frolicking in the Snow

 

Cat snowAs Winter Storm Juno slammed into the Northeast this week, snow was on everyone's mind. Flights were cancelled, schools were closed and the roads were treacherous. Many have spent the last few days digging out.

Now that the worst is over, this video of cute animals frolicking in the snow is a good reminder that sometimes, you just have to give in and enjoy the winter weather! 

23 Jan

Puppy Bowl XI: You're Gonna Hear Her ... ROWR! Katty Furry to Headline Kitty Halftime Show

In case you missed it, PUPPY BOWL XI is right around the corner!  And, this year, the Bissell Kitty Halftime show is blowing it out with a very special guest — the one, the only, the fabulous, feline sensation ... KATTY FURRY!

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That's right — she'll be headlining everyone's most anticipated TV event of the year on PUPPY BOWL SUNDAY and performing her chart-topping hits! Here's a sneak peek >>

Katty Furry brings the MEOW to the doggy dog party and trust us — you won't want to miss this!  All the COOLEST puppy lovers will be watching. SEE? —

 

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Tune in Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. for PUPPY BOWL XI

 

In the meantime, watch the PUPPY BOWL Pregame Show to get all the details on the big day:

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And, who will win that other game taking place on PUPPY BOWL SUNDAY?  Watch our puppies predict the winner:

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13 Jan

Take the Challenge to Help 85-Pound Beagle 'Kale Chips' Slim Down

When a sweet beagle was surrendered by his elderly owner to the Chicago Animal Care & Control, the staff had never seen a dog as overweight as the fittingly renamed dog, "Kale Chips."

Kale Chips weighed in at 85 pounds — a healthy, average beagle weighs about 22 to 25 pounds.

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Photo: Courtesy of One Tail at a Time. Visit the One Tail at a Time Facebook page for more photos >>

The organization One Tail at a Time stepped up to help to pup — but, when a representative came to pick him up, he was so heavy, he could barely walk and had to be wheeled out by wagon.

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12 Jan

Adorable Tortoise Can Walk Again with Custom Lego Wheelchair

Meet Blade, an adorable little tortoise with a very special story. Blade was born with a metabolic bone disease, gradually leaving him unable to support the weight of his shell.

When his owner Iris Pleste started to notice his slowing pace, she took him to the local veternarian, Dr. Carsten Plischke in Bielefeld, Germany.

Dr. Plischke was able to fashion a very special, custom, "wheelchair" made of Legos.

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Photo: RuptlyTV via YouTube image

“We mounted Lego wheels on the tortoise Blade because he had a bone metabolism illness and his shell was too heavy and he had a loss of muscles,” Plischke told CNET. “That’s why he couldn’t pick up himself and walk anymore. The bones were like rubber and the musculature had clearly diminished,” Dr. Plischke said, according to a Yahoo News report.

The wheelchair should help strengthen Blade's legs so he can, hopefully, eventually walk on his own one day.

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16 Dec

Guinea Pig Rush Hour

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Guinea pigs by Toshihiro Gamo on Flickr.

What's cuter than a guinea pig? Dozens of guinea pigs using a special bridge to go from one enclosure to the next at the Nagasaki Bio Park in Japan.

The guinea pigs apparently do this often, because they seem to know exactly what do to and where to go.

Here's another video of the same behavior at the Chiba Zoological Park, also in Japan. 

 

h/t: boredpanda

25 Nov

Be Thankful for These Tiny Hamsters, Having a Tiny Thanksgiving

Thank you, tiny hamster trainer people for giving us a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. You know, like this tiny hamster Thanksgiving celebration:

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Animal Planet! May your dinner table and mouths be as full and bountiful as these little guys'!

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Photo: YouTube image

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24 Nov

Stray Dog Treks 430-Mile Adventure Race, Makes New Human Friends for Life

When a team of four endurance athletes from Sweden set off on the most grueling journey of their lives, they didn't expect to pick up a fifth — FURRY — teammate along the way.

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Photo: Krister Göransson / Peak Performance | Peak Perfomance on Facebook

The Swedish team embarked on a 430-mile trek to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador.  As they began the rainforest portion of the race, team member Mikael Lindnord noticed a hungry, stray dog and gave him a meatball ... And, it was LOVE at first bite.

The dog who they soon dubbed "Arthur" continued to follow them the rest of the epic journey, which usually takes a team of four, about 10 days. The rigorous race includes biking, hiking, trekking and kayaking — Arthur kept up every step of the way! 

By the end of the race, they certainly couldn't leave their new friend behind — he's headed back to Sweden to his new forever home with Lindnord. Awwww.  *TEAR*

You can get even more details on the story from our friends at The Dodo >>

Congratulations, Arthur and Team Sweden!

See More Race Photos with Team Sweden & Arthur >>

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14 Oct

(Adorable) German Shepherd Naps Like My Dad

Here's an adorable video of one tuckered out pup! He MUST be in a deep, deep sleep, dreaming of squirrels, fetching things and delicious, meaty treats ... It may be an oldie from last year but it's still CUTE AS EVER: 

Not to mention, he totally looks like my Dad napping on the couch on a lazy weekend. I LOVE YOU, DOG!!!

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1 Oct

Pit Bulls & Parolees: The Villalobos Team Returns! Get a Sneak Peek of an All-New Season

Get ready for a new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, this Saturday at 10 p.m. e/p! Tia Torres and the Villalobos team return for Season 6 with all-new heartbreaking, daring rescues, along with some sweet, happy endings for a few of these wonderful dogs.

Saturday night's season premiere kicks off by catching up with one of our favorite pups, Cheech. He finally gets his chance at finding his forever home — but, when he meets his potential new family and doggy siblings, the encounter takes a sudden, unfortunate turn!

Will he finally get his chance?! Watch a sneek peek video of the meeting and tune in Saturday to see what happens:

And, remember to tune into the Aftershow, following the 10PM e/p premiere! That's right - at 11PM e/p, Tia will be answering your questions via Social Media in a special hour hosted by Animal Planet's Executive Producer, Lisa Lucas. Follow her on Twitter here >>

AND, use the hashtag #ShowUsYourPits to submit photos of your special pit bull by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during the hour and YOUR handsome pup may make it on air! Read more about it here >>

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Tune In Saturday at 10PM e/p for the Season 6 premiere of Pit Bulls & Parolees! And, stay tuned for the Aftershow at 11PM e/p.

 

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1 Oct

We Want YOUR Pit Bulls! #ShowUsYourPits

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We’re just a few days away from the new season of Pit Bulls and Parolees, and needless to say, we have pit bulls on the brain. Between our all-day marathons all this week, Saturday’s season premiere and first-ever Pit Bulls and Parolees Aftershow, it’s safe to say we’ve surrendered all control to this amazing breed.

UPDATE: #SHOWUSYOURPITS IS A HUGE SUCCESS! See the fabulous photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Saturday’s aftershow, airing right after the season premiere at 11/10c, features Tia Torres in the hot seat, answering fan questions in front of a live audience at the Tahyo Tavern in New Orleans. But the aftershow won’t be complete without YOU and your beloved pit bull. Just post your pit bull’s picture to Twitter, Instagram and the Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook page with #ShowUsYourPits and you may see your dog on TV during the aftershow.

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