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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


9. French Bulldog


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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!


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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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits


A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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19 Feb

Odd Couple of the Day: Goat and Dog


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BFFs: Goat and Dog

This video went viral on social media, showing a white German Shepherd looking over and cuddling with a family's newborn baby Pygmy goat, a breed of miniature domestic goat. According to her owner, she took care of the adorable goat as if it were one of her puppies! Look at that face!

Watch videos of 'Animals In Love' on!

Watch another adorable goat and puppy in love on Too Cute!

18 Feb

10 Animals Who Just Don't Mind the Snow


10 Animals Who Just Don't Mind the Snow

"I'm always trying to find the cold side of the snow pillow."


"My doctor says I should lay off the sweets."


"Let's play!"


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11 Feb

Study Finds Cockroaches Have Distinct Personalities

Photo: iStockphoto

They may be unwanted pests in your home, but perhaps once you learn that cockroaches show signs of having distinct personalities, you'll think twice about pulling out that shoe.

Researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium set out to study the behavior of these creepy crawlers. They studied American cockroaches by placing radio tags on each one. They then placed the insects into an enclosed dark setting so that they could track their movements, according to an article in Mother Nature Network. After observing the cockroaches for a week, the scientists began to notice distinct personality types. In their research, they described the two groups as "bold or explorers" while the others were "shy or cautious."

Isaac Planas Sitjà, a researcher from the university, told Mother Nature network, "Shy individuals are those that spend more time sheltered and explore less the arena or the surroundings. Instead, bold individuals are those that spend most part of the time exploring the surroundings and spend less time sheltered."

What do these two personality types mean for the longevity of the seemingly indestructible cockroach? Bolder cockroaches are more likely to go out in search of food - a risk that makes them more susceptible to predators. The more cautious cockroaches are more likely to stay hidden, which if crumbs or other food sources are scarce, they may not flourish. However, having two distinct types will ensure that at least part of the population survives.

To learn more about the study, click on over here.

To watch a woman overcome her fear of cockroaches, watch the video below:

Can't get enough? Check out the cockroach live cam on APL!ve!

10 Feb

Eight Sweater-Wearing Dogs Found in Abandoned Brooklyn Home

Cops coming to answer a burglary call were greeted by a rather cute surprise. Eight sweater-wearing dogs were found in an abandoned home, according to the NYPD.

According to NBC 4 New York, the dogs were taken to Animal Care and Control to receive medical treatment and they'll be available for adoption three days after being medically cleared.

The precinct also tweeted that anyone interested in adopting the pups should call AC&C at 212-788-4000, and mention they were interested in the dogs brought in by NYPD Precinct 61.

You never know what you might find in abandoned houses - take it from Tia and her Pit Bulls and Parolees crew in the video below:

Want to see more amazing dog rescues? Tune in to Pit Bulls and Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c.

10 Feb

"Home is Where the HeART is" Oakland Artists Inspire Adoption at Oakland Animal Services


There is no better combination than art and adoption, and no place knows that more than Oakland, California. With the help of Arson, an Oakland-based ad agency, Oakland Animal Services is motivating locals to adopt the wonderful pets at its facility through art. 

Arson's artists have created unique portraits of over 25 shelter animals for adopters to take home along with his or her new pet. Adopters of all other animals during the month of February will receive a limited edition “Home is Where the HeART Is” poster. 

"We’re huge fans of animals at Arson -- especially rescues. So helping these wonderful dogs and cats find great homes is a dream project for us. We’re thrilled to be working with OAS on this,” says  Matt Morin, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Arson.

Check out the pawesome artwork! 


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6 Feb

Design Details from the Kentucky Climber's Cottage

Contributed By Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Kentucky Climber's Cottage inside this blog post!


This episode took us into the Kentucky trees—literally.  Clients Shelly and Bill Byrne are avid tree climbers, so much so that they have embarked on a new profession sharing their love of trees. They call their company “EarthJoy,” and Pete and crew built their new arboreal retreat headquarters on family property in Germantown, Ky.

The spacious tree house borrows the design vernacular from the local farmhouses. It offers an open-beamed cathedral ceiling, so if the weather is inclement, the climbing can happen inside.  Shelly asked for a free, calm space so that she could hold the retreats; one of her favorites is the “Women Warriors” retreat, where up to 16 women gather to climb, meditate and journal. She needed plenty of seating for all to be comfortable.


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30 Jan

Flashback Friday: The Coolest Treehouse Ever Built

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the treehouse in the premiere episode of Treehouse Masters, The Coolest Treehouse Ever Built, in this blog post!



Outside of Portland, Maine restaurateurs Nancy and Rob Pugh wanted a luxurious arboreal bedroom to would complete their communal compound that started with a yurt.


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