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30 Aug

How to Win at Being a Dog (VIDEO)

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(Guest post by Emily Watson from thedodo.com)

First, take a nap.

How else can you win at being a dog? Check out these hilarious pooches!

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30 Aug

Kitten Plays Game of 'Duck, Duck, Goose' with Actual Geese

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Cats are infamous for their love of chasing birds, but this little guy has a way to go before he becomes an expert.

He starts out strong, closing in on these three ducks as fast as his little body will carry him.

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29 Aug

Cat Dangles 2 Floors Up as Crowd Below Rallies to Save Her

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)
 
A group of kindhearted bar patrons recently decided to put their good times on hold — all to help a creature whose night wasn't going nearly as well. 
 
Earlier this week, folks were enjoying a few pints at the Sky and the Ground pub in Wexford, Ireland, when someone was alerted to the sound of desperate meowing outside. Dropping their drinks, the crowd soon discovered the source of the cries — a frantic cat clinging to the edge of the second-story window of a neighboring bed & breakfast.
 
With no time to spare, the pub-goers leapt into action.

Only in Wexford would you come across this. Dónal Patrick Byrne

Posted by Linda O'Brien on Monday, August 24, 2015

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29 Aug

From Instagram: Pit Bull Best Friends Love Each Other ... Most of the Time

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All siblings and best friends get on each other's nerves sometimes, and that's exactly the case for these adorable pitties.

Meet Sookie and Ivy!

Sookie and Ivy are two rescue pit bulls that live with their human mama and each other, and they love each other ... most of the time. Just like many siblings, these two friends are very different.

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28 Aug

Dog Nanny Helps Stray Kittens Feel Loved and Protected

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Ten years after surviving the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, Boots the dog is alive and well and still helping out hopeful kittens at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS).

Boots, a chow/shepherd mix who was rescued by AHS emergency animal medical technicians a decade ago, has been hard at work paying it forward for dozens of kittens through AHS's kitten nursery. The vivacious little pup was one of nearly 300 animals retrieved in New Orleans and brought back to Arizona for treatment. After making a full recovery, he was adopted by one of the volunteers who helped rescue him. 

We previously reported on Boots's escapades in comforting these little guys and helping them acclimate to their new surroundings while also providing them with an important outlet for socialization. The Dodo is happy to say that on the eve of his anniversary of survival, he's still hard at work being a buddy for his feline friends.

"Boots is amazing!" AHS's public relations manager Bretta Nelson told The Dodo. "He puts on his kitten nanny vest and comes every Wednesday to volunteer in the Arizona Humane Society's kitten nursery."

The kitten nursery was created to fill a critical need in the social development of the kittens who come into the care of the shelter. Studies have shown that there's a brief period in the early weeks of a kitten's life where social interactions can determine how he'll act toward others the rest of his days.

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27 Aug

Puppy Left for Dead in Cardboard Box Gets a New Lease on Life

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Rain seeped into the cardboard box where she lay: alone, abandoned and on the brink of death.

When workers arrived at Animal Care Center in New York one dreary April morning in 2014, they found this box on the Manhattan sidewalk with a crying, nameless puppy inside. She was about 8 weeks old and in dire need of immediate medical attention. They called Second Chance Rescue (SCR), an NYC organization that responds to cases of severe abuse and neglect.

"She wasn't moving, but occasionally she'd let out a cute little breath," SCR volunteer Denise Diaz told the Dodo. Diaz borrowed her sister's car in order to race this young puppy to the animal emergency center. "She was in extreme pain and had the worst case of mange I've ever seen," said Diaz, also noting how the stench the dog's dying skin "lingered in my car for weeks. … I could smell it in my mouth and in my stomach."

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Peach's fight back from the brink

Bumper-to-bumper traffic along the FDR Drive slowed the car down to snail's pace for 40 minutes. Whenever the car came to a stop, Diaz peeked into the cardboard box, hoping to see the puppy still breathing. 

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27 Aug

Stolen Pug Can't Contain Her Excitement When Reunited with Owner

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

An incredibly wiggly pug was recently reunited with her owner after she was stolen and she just can't contain herself.

Lola went missing from her home after a potential home burglary. She was recovered during another police investigation.

Lola the pug was waiting patiently with police from the Essex Police Department in the U.K., when she heard her human, Kate Witham, call out to her.

Lola whips her head around and instantly goes careening toward Kate. 

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27 Aug

Cat Knows Precisely How to be a Pig's Perfect Cuddle Buddy

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some, snuggling is merely a pleasant way to pass the time — for others, it's a passion. 

Here's a sweet kitty who clearly falls into that latter camp. Scoffing at any undue prejudices some may have toward pigs, this skillfully affectionate feline couldn't possibly be a better cuddle buddy to his curly-tailed friend. As the dozing swine snores away, the cat sticks close by to keep the pig feeling cozy and safe, gently stroking his sleepy face with an ever-loving paw.

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27 Aug

Two-Legged Dog Gets Around Just Like a Kangaroo

Nimby is a 10-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix who is missing his two front legs, but in no way is he missing his spirit and zest for life.

The Fuzzy Pet Foundation 

Nimby was recently given up by his family because, as they told the shelter, they couldn't handle him being different. The Fuzzy Pet Foundation, the rescue organization that took Nimby in, told The Dodo in a press release that Nimby was likely born this way, and has therefore had plenty of time to adapt to his two-legged way of life. Instead of moving around like a typical dog, Nimby channels another animal — a kangaroo.

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26 Aug

Good Samaritans Help Dog Tied to Post in Pouring Rain

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A couple strolling down the street in torrential rain suddenly stopped and took off their rain gear.

People at the bingo hall Gala Bingo in Dover, UK, spotted the man and woman out the window. They watched as the woman took the man's jacket and held it over a dog they found tied to a lamppost.

The couple stood by the dog, getting soaked as they kept the stranded dog dry.

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