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5 Feb

Baby Goat Spends Her First Day in the World and CAN'T Handle It

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

At the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York, a baby goat named Violet was born ... and immediately ready to start her exciting life.

On Violet's first day out and about in the great big world, rocking the most adorable sweater, she wasted NO time.

She instantly started running ...

... and once she started, she DEFINITELY didn't want to stop — except sometimes for cuddles ...

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3 Feb

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

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 9 cities so adorable puppies can be delivered right to your door!

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Photo by Jared Albert

In celebration of Puppy Bowl Sunday, if you're in DC, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fransisco, San Jose, Phoenix, and New York you can have an adorable carload of pups delivered straight to your office in a few simple steps.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Open your Uber app on Wednesday, February 3rd, between 11am & 2pm.
  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. In NYC? Enter promo code PuppyNYC 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. If you can’t get a visit from #UberPuppyBowl today, you can still support the shelters and rescues by visiting GlobalGiving!

Check out the great participating organizations:

Arizona Humane Society | Washington Area Rescue League | Denver Dumb Friends League| Wags and Walks-LA | Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society | SPCA LA | Liberty Humane (NYC) | Bideawee (NYC) | Humane Society of NYC | San Francisco SPCA | Berkeley Humane Society | Peninsula Humane Society

Don't have Uber in your city? That's ruff, but you can still experience puppy cuteness during Puppy Bowl XII, airing this Sunday at 3/2c!

 

1 Feb

Dogs Cannot Decide Who Gets Best Spot On Couch

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from thedodo.com)

Sometimes, it takes a little more than the usual squeezing, sliding and scooching over to make sure everyone is comfortable.

Especially when we're talking about a gaggle of great Danes. And one very small couch.

These three giants were spotted by foster mom Dianna Helmers trying to cozy up on her couch in rural Iowa.

Helmers, who runs Agape Fosters in Iowa, says she would have taken a video of the whole operation, "but they move like tortoises and that could be long and boring."

It all began with Clyde. At around 12 years old, he's the elder statesman of the trio — and has really earned his sprawling spot on the couch.

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1 Feb

Rescue Pig Meets Dog Next Door and Falls in Love

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

Sometimes, against all odds, it's simply love at first sight.

Piper the pig was rescued after being abandoned in the cold and adopted into a loving family a few weeks ago. She's living her best life now, with all the toys, blankets, and love she could ever want — and has even made a few lifelong friends.

Piper has new pig siblings whom she loves very much, but when she met the tiny puppy who lives next door to her, she made sure they were soon best friends.

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26 Jan

Family Out Skiing Sees Tiny Pink Thing Moving in the Snow

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

He wouldn't have survived if they hadn't come along.

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"An unbelievable Snowmaggedon story," Sarah Pekkanan wrote on Facebook on Saturday. "My friends Perry and Liz decided to spend the storm at a nearby ski resort."

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"While out with their kids last night, they discovered a baby pig, half-frozen and stuck in the snow and ice, by the side of the highway."

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26 Jan

The Moment a Puppy and a Bull Realize They're Best Friends

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(Guest post by Chloe Bryan from thedodo.com)

We all remember the day we met our best friend. It was a momentous and wonderful day in history — just like it was for this bull and dog duo.

Maybe, like this dachshund pup, we were a little nervous at first ...

... and maybe we had to feel things out a little.

But before long, it all became clear: We'd found our new partner in crime.

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26 Jan

Baby Snake Starts Life Out With an Epic Little Yawn

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

Sure, snakes probably aren't the first creatures who come to mind when thinking about cute animals — but this tiny newborn still might just slither her way into your heart (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Meet the newest arrival at the Australian Reptile Park: this very wee King brown snake. Just try not to gush at seeing the scaly baby begin to hatch from her egg, entering the world with what appears to be one of the heartiest little yawns ever caught on film.

Such a special moment caught by our head of Reptiles & Venom Billy Collett! One of our brand new, freshly hatched king brown snakes taking its very first breath!!!!

Posted by The Australian Reptile Park on Friday, January 22, 2016

Now, before you run off to cuddle one of these suddenly lovable-seeming reptiles, it should be noted that King brown snakes produce highly toxic venom and aren't afraid to use it on humans who get too close. But hey, at least their baby yawning is cute.

You think baby snakes are cute? What about snakes AND puppies?

25 Jan

Lost Sloth Knows Just Where to Wait For Help to Arrive

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

Sometimes it's OK to admit we can't do it alone — and to know when to ask for help.

A little sloth was trying to cross a road in Ecuador, but started to get confused, and realized he might be a tad lost.

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Rather than try to cross the road on his own, the sloth decided to stay put and wait for help in a place someone would be sure to find him.

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22 Jan

Experts Determine 'Weird Lost Cat' is Normal Lost Seal

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from thedodo.com)

After careful analysis, a California veterinary hospital concluded this week that an animal believed by police to be a "weird-looking cat" is, in fact, a normal-looking seal.

Staff at The Marine Mammal Center first learned of the oddly flippered feline on Wednesday, when officers passed on reports of a baby seal "flopping around in the bushes" in Hayward, California, three miles inland from the San Francisco Bay.

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21 Jan

Puppy with Swimmer's Syndrome Heals In Baby Bouncer

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(Guest post by Zainab Akande from thedodo.com)

This bulldog puppy is only 2 months old and he's completely incapable of standing, let alone walking.

Bueller came to the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(SSPCA) late last week. He was given up by a breeder who never took him to see a vet. It's been a whirlwind for Bueller ever since, as the SSPCA staff now works on getting his groove back. In this case, that means regaining his ability to do what dogs do best — run around and play freely to their hearts' content.

Bueller was born with what is known as "swimmer's syndrome."

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"Basically, it is a defect that causes a flat chest, and the legs and paws to 'splay' out like a swimmer or a frog. In Bueller's case, he is affected on all four limbs and is unable to stand, walk or lift up anything other than his head," Sarah Varanini, foster care coordinator at the SSPCA, told The Dodo.

"It is a genetic defect and a good example of why breeding dogs with unknown medical histories is not a good idea," Varanini said. Normally, a puppy should be able to stand and walk by around three weeks of age.

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