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1 Jul

Pets of Instagram: Meet Luhu, Quite Possibly the Saddest, Cutest Kitty Cat EVER

Meet Luhu, a pet to watch on Instagram. WHY, you ask? Well ... LOOK AT HIM:

 

#cat #cute #catofinstagram #ilovecat #mycat #mybaby #pet #angel #adorable #face #fat #funny #luhu 💕💕

A photo posted by Maggie Liu (@lanlan731) on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:01pm PDT

He's one of three tabbies living with owner Maggie Liu, in Beijing, China. And he is SO SAD. Sad to be in this costume, maybe?

Sad because his lips are chapped?

Or, maybe just feeling a little blue because he has food stuck in his teef?

Or, just sad ... just because?

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26 Jun

If it's Hot Outside, it's Even Hotter in Your Car: Protect Your Pet

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There's nothing quite as wonderful as having your dog (or cat!) in the car seat next to you, cruising along with you as you run errands and travel. But before you head out this summer, keep in mind that keeping any pet inside a car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked, could be dangerous for the animal.

Did you know that a car can climb from 85 degrees to 120 degrees in only 30 minutes? The ASPCA provides some great tips above and on their website. A quick trip to the grocery store may not be quick enough on an extremely hot day.

The Partnership for Animal Welfare has some great tips for avoiding a deadly situation for your furry best friend:

  • Leave your dog at home on warm days.
  • On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl.
  • Don't let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds. The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for the dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.
  • Take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet if you see signs of heat exhaustion, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination. To lower body temperature gradually, give the animal water to drink, place a cold towel or ice pack on the head, neck and chest, and/or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. Call your veterinarian.

Consider, too, that even leaving air conditioning running may not always solve the problem. If a car overheats or the AC falters, it could create an even more dangerous situation for your pet.

In most states and local governments, it's against the law to leave a pet in a hot car, so if you see an animal unattended in a warm car on a hot, sunny day, try to locate the owner. If that's not possible, contact your local authorities who will be able to help you.

Watch as an animal control officer rescues a dog overheating in a car:

23 Jun

Ever Wonder What Your Pets Do When You're Away? (VIDEO)

Anybody who's ever had a pet has always wondered what their pets do when their away. Some might think they just lay around all day, or stare outside the window and wait for their owner to return. But it will all be revealed to us in Universal Picture's animated movie, "The Secret Life of Pets." Check out the trailer below:

 

Brought to you by the same director from "Despicable Me," the movie centers around pets in a Manhattan apartment building, as they show the audience what it's like to be a pet at home alone. The main character, a dog named Max, has to get along with a new pet in the house, Duke, and team up when they find out that Snowball, a white bunny, has a plan to gather all the abandoned pets and take revenge on the happy pets and their owners.

Look out for the movie next summer. In the meantime, check out some of America's Cutest Pets!

 

 

11 Jun

Dog Narrates His Last Days on Earth In Beautifully Filmed Ode to the Human-Pet Bond

We're still wiping away the tears after watching this wonderfully cinematic and personal clip featured at Outside Magazine about photographer Ben Moon and his dog, Denali.

The clip is narrated as if by Denali, which makes it feel all the more personal, and reveals the harrowing story of Moon's illness and how Denali helped him through it.

No matter your story, the passing of a beloved pet can be extremely difficult (read: Coping With the Loss of a Pet), and it looks like Moon has found a positive way to cope with his loss by making this video memorial from which others can take strength.

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8 Jun

Cube-Faced Pooches Is the Hottest New Grooming Trend In Asia

We've seen all sorts of wacky grooming trends from Asia -- here's another one we can't stop gawking at (fondly)!

Pet owners and groomers in both countries, Japan and Taiwan, have been hot on turning dogs into geometrical masterpieces. And, western countries including the U.S. and U.K. have been taking note and appreciating:

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You can check out more photos of the cubed pet grooming trend on this Thai website or this Japanese blog.

 

The world of creative dog grooming is a THING -- and, YES, even here in the States. Check out these videos on the competitive world of pet primping:

 

 

 


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

 

 

6 Jun

MOSHOW's Spreading Love and Positivity Rapping About His Frisky Felines!

What a perfect way to celebrate #caturday!  
 
If you haven’t already discovered MOSHOW and his infectious Instagram feed, grab your phone and search @iammoshow on the app to experience the pawsitive vibes he and his three feline daughters are spreading through social media. We’re obsessed! We were lucky enough to have him tell us more about his girls, inspiring people through his music and why he loves women who love cats! #spreadthecatlove

We discovered your Instagram account and love your energy.  Where did your positivity come from?

My positivity comes from me, that’s just the person that I am. I’m the guy that will walk up to you and hug you the first time I meet you. Also growing up in the hood of Baltimore city, I was surrounded by negativity for 17 years of my life and I knew that I wanted better out of life. So, with hard work and dedication, I was able put myself through college and actually finish. I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania. Also I just like to see people follow their dreams and make it happen. That gives me energy as well.

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What inspired you to share your cat raps on Instagram?

Well I love to rap and sing that’s just who I am. I’ve been rapping since I was 16. I rap all day everyday; I just can’t turn it off. I LOVE CATS and I’m extremely close with mine. Sushi and I are best friends. One day I just woke up and I said OK! Its time for me to create something new and original. So I sat down with Sushi and we created The Moshow Cat Rap! 

MoShow Caturday blog from Animal Planet PR on Vimeo.

When did your love of cats – specifically the sphinx breed - start?  Did you have cats growing up?

Growing up I didn’t have any animals so I didn’t know what I was missing. When I was in college I met my girlfriend and she had cats. That’s when I fell in LOVE! I Love ALL cats but Sphynx remind me of myself. Some people judge them by the way they Look. When I see them, I see beauty! They’re so different in so many ways. That’s exactly like me. I’m not a normal guy and I’m very comfortable with who I am as a person. I feel like I understand them.

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5 Jun

Revealed! Why Dogs Smell Bad AFTER a Bath

It's a good day, when you can answer one of life's enduring questions, so we had to share this Aha moment.

While the following American Chemical Society video, called K-9 Chem, contains many interesting scientific facts about dogs and smells -- especially their amazing abilities to sniff out bombs, drugs and disease, what really caught our attention was the part explaining why dogs can actually smell worse AFTER a bath!

Turns out yeast and bacteria on their fur get released by the water (but it's more interesting to hear them say and show it in the clip). 

Find out more fun factoids about dogs to share at your next party or office cooler chat in our Dog Fact Generator.

And if you want to go a bit more in-depth, check out our Dog Behavior section for articles like whether a dog can know you're pregnant, why they wag their tails, if they can recognize their owners in a picture and even if dogs can sense the supernatural!

Meanwhile, because it's Friday, here's a fun clip showing the bright side of wet dogs: Entertainment!

4 Jun

If You Call Catastrophe Roberts at This Office, You Might be Greeted With a Meow

Office-pets

Little Rocks' Affirmative Risk Management insurance firm is now counting dogs and cats as employees, Arkansas Online reports. Their four legged co-workers are welcomed with job titles and their own biography on the company page. Sometimes they even get mail or phone calls, out of which employees get a laugh.

It started with when a tiger striped cat found its way into the headquarters as it was being renovated. CEO and founder Mark Pollack was captivated by the feline visitor and instructed the rest of the employee's to treat it well and when the cat decided to stay, it became the official "company cat." A new policy was put in place establishing the concept of a company pet, giving it a title and letting it be free to roam the office as it pleased, begging for treats and cuddles along the way. Many employees see the benefit of having company pets around the office, as they can calm employees down after stressful cases, meetings, or conversations, and promote laughter and positivity throughout the office. One thing is for sure, it's definitely a creative way to relieve stress, and such a great way for these animals to help out their human co-workers. Who wouldn't love a cute dog or cat to pet while getting some work done or taking a break.

There are currently  four four-legged executives on the company roster: Harley Pollack, VP of Marketing and Public Relations; Lucy Carrone, VP of Bordereaux; London Nelson, VP of Claims; Catastrophe Roberts, VP of Administration.

Check out more awesome cats and dogs through videos in our archives:

 

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14 May

British Cat Sets Guinness World Record for Loudest Purr

British cat Merlin just broke the Guinness World Record for having the loudest purr. According to BuzzFeed, this guy's purr reaches 70 decibels, perhaps the equivalent to having an AC unit or dishwasher running right in your face. For cat owners out there, you know how loud your cat's purr can be - can you even imagine having Merlin around? 

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself," Merlin's owner, Tracy, said. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair."

 Merlin lives in Torquay, Devon (UK), is 13 years of age, and was adopted from an animal rescue centre in nearby Kingskerswell by his owner Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice, according to the Guinness World Record website.

Meet the cat that last held the world record:

13 May

90-Year-Old Tortoise's Legs Chewed Off By Rat, Wheels Give Her a Second Chance (VIDEO)

While Mrs. T the 90-year-old tortoise was hibernating in her United Kingdom home, she was viciously attacked by a rat that chewed off her front feet.

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Photo: YouTube video image

However, this horrifying story has a heartwarming ending - her owner Jude Ryder rushed her off to the vet who performed immediate amputation to save Mrs. T's life. And, with the help of Ryder's ingenious son Dale, a mechanical engineer, Mrs. T's mobility was restore.  He was able to fashion a set of wheels from a model airplane toy set and give her a second chance at a normal tortoise life. Read more of the story here >>

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