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1 Sep

Behind the Scenes: Magical Party Pad Treehouse

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 Magical Party Pad Treehouse inside this blog post!

Rhonda and Roxy are sisters who share a family home in the Platte River Valley near Omaha, Neb.  Although Rhonda and her husband live in Florida, they visit often and wanted an adult party clubhouse.  Pete stepped up his game and delivered a fantasy castle treehouse on the back of their property, which included a copper capped turret.

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The sisters love their martinis and cocktail time, so a heavily outfitted bar was a starting point, things are kept cool with a wine frig from Haier.

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1 Sep

Overweight Dachshund Gets a New Lease on Life With Rigorous Workout Routine

A 7-year-old, 38 pound dachshund is getting a new lease on life. Vincent was released to a Houston animal shelter earlier this month after his owner passed away. Luckily for him, he was quickly picked up and fostered within the K-9 Angels Rescue, which is working with Vincent to get him back to his normal weight, according to CNN.

According to veterinarians, Vincent is about double the weight of what a normal dachshund should be. Melissa Anderson, who is fostering Vincent, says that she believes his previous owners likely fed him fast food as he gets very excited whenever she goes through the Starbucks drive-thru.

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27 Aug

You Haven't Seen Anything Until You've Seen Rosie the Cat on a Leash

This video starts off completely normal, with two Huskies just walking along on leashes

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But wait! Who is this little gal walking behind them?

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24 Aug

What’s Next For Mei Xiang’s Twin Panda Cubs?

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Mei Xiang's first twin is examined by zoo staff after delivery. (Photo from National Zoo/YouTube)

The National Zoo and giant panda Mei Xiang took the news by storm from what could be the most exciting baby announcement in a long time. But while most people continue celebrating the birth of her twin cubs, others remain cautiously optimistic.

The cubs face a long road ahead, as the Associated Press reports. In order to ensure their survival, zookeepers will have to keep a protocol, working around Mei Xiang to make sure both twins are properly cared for. If left to her own devices, a panda will neglect her twins. So while Mei Xiang spends time with one of her cubs, zoo staff will care for the other, swapping them every several hours (so long as Mei Xiang allows zoo staff to get close enough).

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12 Aug

Five Elephant-Themed Books for Your Young Conservationist

1) A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss (Toni Buzzeo, Holly Berry)

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Learn all about field scientist Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, in this book carefully crafted by Toni Buzzeo and colorfully illustrated by Holly Berry. If you have a kiddo interested in science and animals, this book will give them a glimpse of the life of an expert in the field - all with a visually appealing background. (5-8 years)Learn all about field scientist Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, in this book carefully crafted by Toni Buzzeo and colorfully illustrated by Holly Berry. If you have a kiddo interested in science and animals, this book will give them a glimpse of the life of an expert in the field - all with a visually appealing background. (5-8 years)

2) Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends (Carol Buckley)

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Photo: Puffin Books

The touching, real-life story of the animal odd couple: Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. The story chronicles the friendship of the two from their first meeting at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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10 Aug

Suspected Bengal Tiger Poachers Killed During Police Raid

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Photo Credit: Credit: Chromatica/Veer

Six individuals suspected of poaching Bengal tigers were killed in a shootout with Bangladeshi police, according to BBC News.

A police official told reporters that the suspected poachers fired at police as officers conducted a raid. Police they later recovered three tiger skins from the site.

The raid highlights the decimation of the country’s Bengal tiger population over the past decade. There are around 100 Bengal tigers in Bangladesh, a significant decrease from the 440 or so that lived in the country roughly 10 years ago.

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27 Jul

Man Swims With Golden Retrievers, Drowns in Cuteness [VIDEO]

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(Photo Credit: YouTube/ViralHog)

You can outswim, but you can’t hide from a pack of golden retrievers. And who would want to? Let us drown in the cuteness!

Just take a look at this one man taking a dip with his pack in Samut Songkhram, Thailand.

Happy summer!

23 Jul

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

It's National Hot Dog Day, the best day of the year. Even Mishka the husky is excited!

This means pictures of dogs dressed in adorable costumes as everyone's favorite ballpark snack:

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20 Jul

Stray Gets Head Stuck in Tire, Then Rescued By Firefighters and Good Samaritan

As if being a stray dog was hard enough, one dog called Jimma found herself between a rock and a rubber place after getting her head stuck in a tire.

Fortunately for her, a Good Samaritan and the Indianapolis Fire Department came to her rescue, as The Dodo reports.

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20 Jul

Dead Bowfin Fish Fights Back (VIDEO)

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Even though this bowfin was headless and gutted, it still managed to put up a fight. (Photo Credit: YouTube/Ed Cupp)

No head, no guts, no problem.

Forty minutes after it was reeled in, fileted and gutted, a bowfin still managed to move and make a statement, much to the shock of the fishermen that caught it.

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