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28 Jan

Puppy Bowl and Uber Partner to Bring You Puppies on Demand!

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Are you jumping at the chance to cheer for Team Ruff or Team Fluff? We've got good news for you today: we're partnering with UBER and animal organizations across 10 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, DC, Denver, Indianapolis,  LA, Phoenix or Seattle, you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.

From Uber:

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, January 28, between 11am & 3pm.
  2. Request the “PUPPIES” option in your app. Puppy Bowl can only be delivered to offices. In DC? Enter promo code DCpuppies to unlock the option in your app.
  3. Once the puppies arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of puppy cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for Team Ruff and Team Fluff game time!*
  4. Found your Most Valuable Pup? All puppies are eligible for adoption!

*If you’re lucky enough to request puppies to your office, please make sure your boss or building is going to be cool with the woofs and that no one in the area is allergic. Also, having a dedicated room for puppy playtime is preferred.

Fifteen (15) minutes of puppy playtime is $30, but the good news is that the money goes straight back to the participating animal organization in your city! So, not only are you celebrating Puppy Bowl and playing with adoptable pups, you're also helping great causes.

Check out the great participating organizations:

 
If you're new to Uber, download the app and use code PUPPYBOWL2015 to receive $20 off your first ride!

Uber not in your city? Don't worry! You can watch adorable puppies THIS SUNDAY at 3/2c when they head to the gridiron for PUPPY BOWL XI!

27 Jan

Puppy Bowl Takes Over Good Morning America!

Are you ready for some football? Well, Puppy Bowl Sunday (what some others might refer to as "Super Bowl Sunday") is just around the corner. The puppies prepared with a mini-scrimmage on Good Morning America today, and the result was utter cuteness... Even if there wasn't too much football-retrieving going on.

Check out the action below!


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Want more? Tune in THIS SUNDAY, FEB 1 at 3/2c, and see adoptable puppies in action!

25 Jan

Learn More About Treehouse Masters' 'Treehive Beehive'

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 Treehive Beehive inside this blog post!

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Donald and Alison Farmer’s beehive treehouse was an unusual request – not just because the exterior was so different, but also because the space was very small and Alison did not want furniture inside. Instead, she wanted shelving and soft places to sit.  My solution was to have my trusted carpenter Lisa Mei Ling Fong build 22 hexagonal shelving units to create a modular hive like structure inside so it would act as shelving, cabinets and surfaces. The modular hive cells were then painted primary colors; some were backed with mirrors and some were fronted by stained glass by a local artist from Whidbey Island Dennis Meszaros of Meazaros Glass Studio.

Dennis not only fronted the cabinets, but did a custom hive hexagonal window for the front door that hints at what is to be revealed inside.  Not wanting to waste anything, he then took the leftover pieces of glass and formed hanging hex mosaics in the kiln to hang from the ceiling.  The effect it creates is as thought you are inside a kaleidoscope.

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For the hive lighting, I needed a fixture that would emit the shadows of hive life, so I put out a call to the Seattle based knitting and crochet group Web of Dreams and Zippy La Rue. One of the happy (crochet) hookers answered my quest and knitted up two fantastic globes. It's the bee's knees!

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For the flooring I sourced pure New Zealand wool felted shag carpet and cut and patterned it into yet another series of hexagons and top it off by adding soft bean bags from Comfy Sack.

16 Jan

Design Specifics from the 'Meditating Maple' Episode of Treehouse Masters

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 Meditating Maple inside this blog post!

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For the Meditating Maple in West Seattle, the lovely client, who is a Reiki master, wanted to include other healing modalities that engaged all the senses within the interior of the treehouse. We decided we would address halotherapy with a Himalayan Salt Wall, so I contacted the husband and wife team of Matthias and Annett at Salt Mine Arium – The Salt spa of Bellevue. The couple runs an incredible salt covered and infused spa and Matthias specializes in constructing custom walls.  Matthias was excited to design a wall and seat combo for the treehouse. To get a dose of heliotherapy as well, he also included lighting functionality within the bench - it even changed all the colors of the chakras. 

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17 Dec

Help Make Wishes Come True This Holiday Season with Make-A-Wish and Animal Planet

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It's no secret that our Animal Planet stars love working with and saving animals - but they're also just as passionate for great causes like Make-A-Wish, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. More than a few of these "wish kids" want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims - and who better to help make these wishes come true than Animal Planet and its stars?

Caylee (photo above) is four years old and battling a gastrointestinal disorder. She loves the Gator Boys and Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle were just as excited to meet her and show her the ropes. She even got a lesson in wrestling a stuffed-animal gator. Check out more of her wish visit in the video below.

Want to watch even more magical moments? Check out AJ picking out a tree for his awesome treehouse with Pete Nelson, Wyatt taking over River Monsters with Jeremy Wade and much more in our Make-A-Wish playlist!

Do you want to help grant a wish for a child in need? Learn how at: www.wish.org

 

3 Nov

Dogs in Cars: Capturing Canine's Happiest Moments

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Chulo, Dapple Chiweenie (Lara Jo Regan)

What do dogs love almost as much as their best friend? We're guessing probably long car rides with their heads out the window, with the wind blowing through their fur. Photographer Lara Jo Regan captured these extreme moments of happiness in her new book Dogs in Cars, which you can purchase here. We've got a few photos as a sneak peek, though, and the book is not only adorable, but it also is a guaranteed way to make you smile as you see dogs in their purest form of happiness.

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Napoleon, Lulu and Stitch, Pugs (Lara Jo Regan)

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29 Oct

Happy National Cat Day! Celebrate With On-Demand Kitten Snuggles

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National Cat Day might just be our favorite day here at Animal Planet (there are a lot of cat people here) and we're so excited to help you celebrate as well!

Today, Uber is letting you order a car that will deliver kittens directly to your office for some quality snuggle time. As Uber explains via their blog, this is how it works:

  1. Open your Uber app between 12 pm & 4 pm.
  2. Request the “KITTENS” option in your app. In NYC or DC? Enter promo code kittensnyc or kittensdc to unlock the option in your app.
  3. Once the kittens arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of kitten cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space purrrfect for playtime! In New York City, kittens can only be delivered to offices.
  4. The best part? In most cities, kittens are eligible for adoption.

For just $30, you get 15 minutes of quality time with the kittens. Even better? Every dollar from your visit is donated to a participating shelter in your city. Uber expects the demand to be high, so while you may not get a chance to cuddle up with these cuties, you can still do your part by visiting participating shelters:

If we haven't quite convinced you yet, maybe Uber Spokescat Princess Monster Truck will change your mind...

And if the kittens aren't available where you are, you can track all the fluffy moments via the #UberKITTENS tag on Twitter right here!

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28 Oct

Puppies do the 'Shake' in Photographer's New, Adorable Book

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Hans, Boxer Pit Mix, 12 weeks (By Carli Davidson)

While we're in the midst of all things terrifying and beastly with the live zombie cam and Beastly Nights, we thought it would be good to take a break and feature something cute. And Carli Davidson's new book Shake Puppies is perfect for just that! You can pick up your own copy here, but we've got a sneak peek for you.

The book features about 70 puppies and Davidson photographed about 100 - each puppy requiring about an hour of photo shoot time.

"Shake Puppies was inspired by my friend Hanna Ingrams’s second grade class," Davidson said. "I showed the students a test presentation for Shake the day before it released, and their reaction was so moving that I decided to ask my favorite audience and professional connoisseurs of all out joy—kids—for a critique. What did they want to see? Their response: puppies and colors!"

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16 Sep

Moving Funeral Service Held for Oklahoma City K-9 Officer Killed on Duty

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Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In a moving tribute to the bond created between police offices and their canine counterparts, funeral services were held for 3-year-old Kye, an Oklahoma City K-9 officer, after he was killed apprehending a suspect Aug. 24.

The Oklahoma City Police Department held a full funeral service, with honors, for the Belgian German Shepherd where more than 1,000 people showed up along with dozens of service dogs, according to BuzzFeed.

On Aug. 24, police were in pursuit of a suspect in a high-speed car chase. When the suspect crashed the car into a ditch, Kye chased after him with his partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, not far behind. When Stark caught up to them, he found the suspect repeatedly stabbing the dog with a knife, according to Today.com. He died the next day.

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22 Jul

Ed Stafford 'Marooned' in Desolate Enviroments

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On the back of his incredible 860 day feat crossing the jungle for Walking the Amazon, and 60 days spent alone with just a camera on a deserted island for Naked Castaway – Ed Stafford truly is one man marooned.

Marooned, airing TONIGHT at 8/7c, sees Ed strive to prove to himself that he can tackle the challenges of any environment, once again with nothing except his camera – and find everything he needs to not just survive, but thrive in some of the world’s toughest environments.

Shot in the mysterious Gran Sabana mountains of Venezuela, the dangerous Okavango Delta in Botswana and the unforgiving coast of Western Australia - each location presents a unique and deadly test which could kill Ed within hours. Completely exposed, he’s alone with nothing; no food, no water, not even a knife. Ed pits himself against nature and the elements and has 10 days to succeed against the odds – or succumb to everything Mother Nature has to throw at him.

Tune in to the Animal Planet special of Marooned on Tuesday July 22 8/7c!

Learn more about Ed Stafford HERE!

 

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