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14 Jan

TODAY Show Welcomes a Pup With a Purpose

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This morning, the TODAY Show welcomed another member to their ranks: a puppy with a purpose!

The 10-week-old Yellow Labrador Retreiever, which has yet to be named, is being raised by TODAY anchors, staff and an experienced handler. They've partnered with the nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind and will help raise the little guy to become a seeing-eye guide dog.

The show is also holding a contest, which allows viewers to choose what to name the puppy: Wrangler, Waldo, Wes or William. See details for voting in the Tweet below!

Head to Today.com to learn more about the pup and his training.

Want to see other guide dogs in training? Check out this super cute clip from Too Cute!

7 Jan

Shammy the Dwarf Horse Will Melt Your Heart

Shammy the dwarf horse is just about the most adorable thing you'll see. If you aren't overcome with the urge to snuggle him, your heart might be broken.

You can get your regular Shammy fix and follow his exploits by following his page on Facebook.

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Photo by Michele Lafferty Puryear via Shammy the Dwarf Facebook page.

 

 

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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Mormo Banez/Veer

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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20 Oct

Nothing is Cuter Than This Baby Rhino Playing With a Goat

Today's installment of utter cuteness comes to us from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa.

The centre's mission is to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. A big part of their work is captive breeding of endangered species. While they specialize in cheetahs, the Centre cares for many other species as well, including Gertjie the orphaned white rhinoceros

Gertjie--nicknamed "Little G"--has a sad story that is all too common. He was found next to the body of his dead mother, who was killed and mutilated by poachers. They hacked off her horn for the lucrative traditional Chinese medicine black market.

Practiced throughout Asia, traditional Chinese medicaine holds that rhino horn is used to treat a variety illnesses--despite the fact that science has shown that it actually has no medicinal value and despite the fact that killing rhinos for their horns is illegal. Rhinos are rapidly declining and some species are close to extinction. Yet such is the power of tradition and faith.

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Southern white rhinoceros calf.

Luckily for Little G, he was rescued and brought to the Centre. White rhinos are the most social of the five rhino species, and even after Little G recovered from the trauma of losing his mother, it was evident that he needed companionship. So the folks at the Centre introduced Little G to a pair of goats, and a fast friendship was born.

Here is Little G frolicking with Lammie the goat. The joy the two animals are experiencing in this video is evident and infectious. Whenever I get down about the horrible things people do to animals, videos like this one and the story of Little G's rescue help remind me that there are still good people and good things happening in the world.

 

Photo by Vanessa via Flickr Creative Commons.

7 Oct

This Must be What Heaven Looks Like

 

Cu546 We don't know much about this video, but what we do know is that if heaven is a place on Earth, it's here in this pile of pug puppies.

Holy cuteness!

Want even more adorable pups? Check out Too Cute!

12 Sep

Too Cute: Giant Men Meeting Kittens for the First Time

C0n7o There are a lot of cat lovers at Animal Planet, so we all know how wonderful feline friends are despite the stereotype that follows them. But we couldn't contain our laughter when we saw this video of (giant) men meeting tiny kittens for the first time. I mean, how can you not love a kitten?

Watch for yourself:

Want even more cute? Tune in Saturday at 8PM E/P for an all-new episode of Too Cute: Pint Sized!

14 Aug

TONIGHT: The Internet Cat Video Festival Live Stream!

For a third year running, cat lovers will unite in Minneapolis for an evening filled with food, music, and most importantly, cat videos. Tonight, at Walker's Open Field, over 10,000 people and a few kitties, will gather to celebrate the worldwide online phenomenon of cat videos. 

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Rudy Fig - Cat-tastic artistic ability Image Credit: Grace Suriel/APL

Are you a cat lover that unfortunately won't be in Minneapolis tonight? You're in luck because Animal Planet will be live streaming the event starting at 7 PM ET, so you won't miss a moment! You will be able to see everything from the live music by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers, to the presentation of the coveted Golden Kitty Award.

What is the Golden Kitty Award you ask? It is a special award bestowed upon the best internet cat video of the year. During the first Internet Cat Video Festival, Will Braden’s Henri 2: Paw de Deux took home the prize, and last year, Grumpy Cat was awarded the top prize for her work in The Original Grumpy Cat. There is much anticpation over who will be announced the winner this year. You can check out the five nominees for the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival People’s Choice Award to get a preview of what you will likely see this evening!

There are some extraordinarily entertaining felines in the running such as Gotcha! (Попался!) by Youtube user ignoramusky...

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...and Jedi Kittens Strike Back by Youtube user FinalCutKing

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Get ready for the third annual Internet Cat Video Festival by checking out some of the great videos from last year and join us tonight for the live stream!

 

12 Aug

Bronx Zoo Puppy Bowl XI Sweepstakes!

This summer Animal Planet is partnering with the Bronx Zoo! Families are encouraged to visit the Optimum & Animal Planet Too Cute! Craft Zone at the Bronx Zoo now through Labor Day. Children can enjoy custom Too Cute! themed craft activities and express their creativity and love for animals and the environment through making their own artwork.

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Visitors can also enter the Bronx Zoo Puppy Bowl XI Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for 4 to the taping of Puppy Bowl XI in New York City! The grand prize winner will also receive a one year Bronx Zoo Premium Membership along with a Bronx Zoo and Animal Planet Gift Pack. So what have you got to lose? Visit the Bronx Zoo and enter to win today!

Want a preview of what it might be like to be behind the scenes at the infamous Puppy Bowl? Check out the video below:

February seems too far away? Wishing you had Puppy Bowl pictures, videos and more to look at until then? Just follow the Puppy Bowl on Tumblr! It's your daily dose of cuteness.

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