Back before there was barbed wire to contain them, microchips to track them and trucks to transport them across continents there was the shepherd, who would tend to their herd as if they were their own offspring.
The shepherd would let their bovine children play in the fields all day and eat their fill, but when it came time to return to the safety of the stable the cows would heed the shepherd's call and run home.
Thanks to keepers of history like photographer Joanna Jinton we get to hear what the ancient Swedish herding call known as kulning sounds like, and now I see why cows respond to kulning- because it sounds beautiful!
Mason the feral cat was ill, injured, and infected when he was taken in by Tinykittens feral TNR program (previously at Neatorama). Because of his condition, he was placed in a home instead of being returned to the feral colony. Mason is only semi-tamed; he still won't let anyone pet him.
The animal rescue group Cat People of Melbourne produced an article describing one of the cats they have available for adoption. You can be assured that this one is completely honest. There is no false advertising for Mr. Biggles.
Mr Biggles (also known as Lord Bigglesworth) is an utter utter utter bastard. He looks gorgeous with his slinky shiny black fur and big yellow eyes... but beware. If he doesn't like what you're doing he will give you a nip! Sometimes he likes to swipe at your feet too. It just depends on what he can reach at the time.
Mr Biggles does not like to be thwarted. He throws a catty tantrum if he can't go outside when he wants to be let out (and he wasn't allowed outside for the first couple of weeks at his carers house so there was a few tantrums!). Not being fed on time, or allowed to strut across the kitchen benches helping himself to whatever is there is also a tantrum inducing exercise.
Mr Biggles is a despot and dictator, he will let you know he is not happy, which is often because things are often just not up to his high standards. There is some warning that Lord Bigglesworth is displeased with you, his eyes will go dark and tail will start swishing harder. Mr Biggles likes his cuddles on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it's time. If the stroking is not up to his standards, he will nip you.
Oh, but that's just the beginning. Mr. Biggles has a reputation to uphold, so you'll need to read the rest of the ad at PetRescue. There's also a video of an interview attempt that Mr. Biggles completely ignores. And if he's the cat for you, and you live near Melbourne, you'll have to hurry to snap up this bastard of a cat that's going viral.
Omar is a Maine coon cat living in Melbourne, Australia. He is 47 inches long and weighs 31 pounds. His favorite food is raw kangaroo meat. Omar towers over the sheltie dog he lives with. His owner Stephy Hirst started Omar an Instagram account, and he was soon featured on Cats of Instagram. Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were intrigued, and contacted Hirst to ask for his measurements. Hirst's measurement placed Omar at about an inch longer than the current record holder!
Simon Tofield and Nicky Trevorrow have some basic information for people thinking about adopting a kitten. It's a real commitment that shouldn't be taken lightly, but if you're prepared, you'll have a wonderful companion.
It's not every day you see a dog on someone's roof. Well, that is unless you happen to live near this house where the dog climbs up on the roof so often that his owners thought it appropriate to share a note with the neighbors letting everyone know that they are aware that the dog is up there and that it is, in fact, under supervision and safe. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before the note and pictures of the dog ended up on Reddit and now #hucktheroofdog is a bonifide internet celebrity.
Sure, your cat loves any cardboard box, but wouldn't you rather see a TARDIS in your home? Or the Taj Mahal? Or a medieval castle? Or a Maya pyramid? A Bulgarian family makes these elaborate constructions from recycle cardboard and sells them through their Etsy store CacaoPets.
We are a small family of engineers which likes to think extraordinary. Ten years ago we got ourselves a cat – Shusha. Ever since, she has been a member of our family. Once while we were unpacking Shusha started playing in a cardboard box and thats when it came to us. Why not instead of throwing the cardboard, could we turn it into something much more useful. …The designs of the houses were thought in order to be liked not only by cats, but also by their owners. We have created beautiful designs that also match any kind of peoples interior.
They aren't cheap, especially when you have a cat that eats cardboard. But you'll never take the time to make one of these yourself, and they could make a great gift. -via Laughing Squid
His odds are 30-1, but many horse racing fans are pulling for Patch to win the Kentucky Derby, even if they aren't putting money on him. The three-year-old developed an infection in his left eye last year, and despite treatment, his eye was ultimately removed. Patch is not the first one-eyed horse to run for the roses, but in the internet age, he's the most popular going into the race.
What's even stranger is that Patch drew post position 20. That means he'll start on the outside edge of the track, to the right of all the other horses. Since his left eye is missing, he won't see his competition. Whether that will help or hinder his performance remains to be seen, but his team is optimistic. You can keep up with Patch through his Twitter account.
Full grown hippos can be fearsome and dangerous creatures despite their pleasantly plump appearance and the fact that they look like they're smiling when they open their maws, but baby hippos are just plain adorable.
They have yet to adopt the angry and aggressive attitude full grown hippos use to scare off predators and humans who might cause them harm, and the smiles on their cute little faces seem to be genuine.
We constantly make jokes about how cats hold humans in contempt, that they consider themselves our overlords. Recent research shows that ain't necessarily so. At least some of them are just acting like they don't care, so they can wrap us around their little finger. Or claw.
Researchers at Oregon State University offered 38 cats a choice between food, a toy, an interesting smell (catnip, a gerbil) and attention from a human.
Thirty-seven percent preferred food to anything else. Eleven percent liked toys, and one cat was preoccupied with the smells of catnip and gerbils.
But 19 of them — half! — preferred the company of humans above all, choosing them over other entertainment possibilities.
But wait, my cats prefer my company because I will eventually feed them. They know that. Perhaps they know us too well. -via reddit
For years people have been greeted by a strange and adorable sight in the shopping arcades and streets of Tokyo- the mysterious Cat-Men, who wheel baby carriages full of cats around like it's no big deal.
The Cat-Men supposedly first appeared in a Kyushuu shopping arcade around 2010, but now there are Cat-Men popping up all over the country, and they're starting to be seen as a bit of a problem.
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Between the huge crowds who form around them, the fact that some Cat-Men sell cats and their willingness to go too far for the sake of entertaining crowds these seemingly innocent guys may be up to no good. But these cats certainly don't seem to think so.
The problem is that the stick is still attached to the tree, and is not inclined to let go. Neither is the dog. He even manages to bark at the stick while hanging by his teeth! -via Tastefully Offensive
Sid the cockatoo must consider it his job to remove Dave's glasses. He hates the eyeglasses! No, wait, Sid thinks it's loads of fun.
Sid is a cockatoo with a huge personality and a highly developed sense of humor. He took a liking to Dave but didn't like his glasses. Sid repeatedly yanked them off Dave's face and threw them to the floor. It wasn't clear why Sid was doing this until he started to laugh at his own pranks. After a few minutes, this became a very entertaining game that had the two of them laughing. Cockatoos are highly intelligent and very social, demanding a lot of attention from their people. Amazingly, Sid even removes the glasses carefully before tossing them aside.
He's quite proud of himself! You won't be able to help but laugh at this prankster. -via Tastefully Offensive
Want to have a memorable wedding and support a worthy cause? Well, if you live in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington you should get in touch with Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas. By renting a set of llamas or alpacas for your wedding you will not only have the best possible guests at your wedding, you'll also help support the group's therapy and education programs. Talk about a win/win.
And these aren't just any llamas or alpacas pulled right off the farm, they not only come finely dressed, but they are perfectly trained for such respectable occassions.
Still not convinced that a llama or alpaca couple will make your celebration the event of the year? Then check out the weddingllamas Instagram stream and see just how much they add to every wedding they attend.
You've seen how your cat gets ready to pounce on prey, whether real or toy: the head drops, the eyes dilate, and the hindquarters go into windup mode. Here we see Pusic (previously at Neatorama) putting that response to work. Shake that booty!
It's completely against a cat's instincts to fall backwards without trying to twist and catch himself. But this is Didga (previously at Neatorama) who can skateboard, surf, and lead a pack of dogs. Her human Robert Dollwet trained her to trust him so much that she will fall without looking and let him catch her.
Some dogs will do backflips for bacon, others will sit and shake paws all day long for tasty bits of human food, but those dogs are missing the boat because you get a whole lot more treat if you go gaga for bananas.
And since the little pooch in this video looks so darn cute while eating a banana he probably gets a treat any time he wants, which hopefully means we'll get to see him in more utterly adorable videos in the future!
When people got together on the internet, they shared enough cat pictures that LOLcat, the language, was born. It took a while longer, but there's also a language for dogs: DoggoLingo. Even if you've never heard of the language, you recognize it when you read it. Maybe you already speak this language!
DoggoLingo, sometimes referred to as doggo-speak, "seems to be quite lexical, there are a lot of distinctive words that are used," says Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch. "It's cutesier than others, too. Doggo, woofer, pupper, pupperino, fluffer — those have all got an extra suffix on the end to make them cuter."
McCulloch also notes DoggoLingo is uniquely heavy on onomatopoeias like bork, blep, mlem and blop.
Many of the terms come from popular places like the Facebook group Dogspotting and the Twitter feed WeRateDogs.
Here's a pupper before and after being asked "who's a good girl?" Unsure as h*ck. 12/10 hint hint it's you pic.twitter.com/ORiK6jlgdH
Some people believe the whole therapy animal thing is out of control, but if you think about it the "therapy" most of these animals provide involves calming and comforting a person, so just about any animal can provide therapy.
Just ask little Amber Austwick and she'll tell you- a donkey makes a fine therapy animal, and her hoofed friend Shock from The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham, England actually helped her speak again.
In 2011 Amber was born prematurely and couldn't breathe, so doctors gave her a tracheotomy that left her mute due to vocal chord scarring. Amber was also born with cerebral palsy, making the first few years of her life a struggle for the poor little girl.
But then she met Shocks the donkey, who changed her life with his gentle charm:
"She struggled to sit up and showed no signs of crawling 'til very late on," Julian Austwick, Amber's father, told The Dodo. "A friend mentioned The Donkey Sanctuary to Tracy [Amber's mother] and told her the donkeys can give therapy to additional needs children, so we decided to try it."
It was Amber's first time meeting a therapy animal — and, as it happened, Amber was Shocks's first patient. And when he met Amber, the connection was instantaneous.
"It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with each other," Austwick said. "Shocks would lower his head to her and would allow her to hold him around his neck. It was scary for us, as parents, as he was so big compared to little Amber, but they really seemed smitten!"
Finally, when Amber turned 3, she was old enough for another surgery to make it possible for her to talk — but it would take practice.
She still hadn't said a word when she went to visit Shocks one day in November 2013. After taking a ride with him and getting ready to leave the sanctuary to go home, she hugged the donkey and said, "I love you, Shocky."
So there you have it- donkeys actually make pretty great therapy animals, and unlike a dogs or cats you get to ride them too!
I once semi-successfully trained my cat to walk around my backyard on a leash- he would walk around okay for a while, and even climb trees here and there while tethered to me below. But you could tell he was holding back, and it only made him want to run away more when the leash was off.
My mission to leash my cat would have been more successful had I watched these videos by Doug Meyers of Berkeley, California, and then I could have taken my cat everywhere just like he does.
Doug's videos reveal how he trained his Ragdoll cat Eduardo to walk on a leash by taking him out of his comfort zone:
Using a knapsack was my key discovery in getting Eduardo to go for long walks. He was reluctant to walk away from his home territory. He was uncomfortable doing that it was a hard direction for him to walk in. The easy direction is toward home. By using the knapsack I carry Eduardo away from his home territory and when I put him down he has a natural goal or purpose for his walk, which is to get home. Once I began using the knapsack to carry him, he started to walk almost like a well-trained dog, moving right along
Pusic was taken in when he was a very sick kitten abandoned in a box. He pulled through, as you can see in this video, and grew up to love the Russian couple who took him in. He especially likes getting picked up by his mommy, as you can see here, and biting his daddy's ear, as you can see in this video. But last fall, Dad went away for twenty days, and that was hard on Pusic.
You may think it's a good and fun idea to teach your cat how to perch on your shoulders and wrap around your neck, but the fun quickly wears off when you discover you can't shake off your new fur collar.
Musician Roger Brawn made the mistake of letting his cat Spiggy perch without making him sign a lease, and now Spiggy refuses to vacate Roger's shoulders.
But Roger seems to enjoy having a Spiggy-shaped scarf wrapped around his neck, so much so that he has figured out a way to put on a jumper without disturbing that spoiled shoulder dweller.
Symbio Wildlife Park in New South Wales, Australia, has a set of red panda triplets: Mohan, Raj, and Phinju. They were born on Christmas Eve, and are just old enough now to go exploring outside their den. Lucky for us, the moment was captured on video. You can tell they are excited by the way they are tripping over each other!