Virgil the standard poodle must be a major fan of oral hygiene via the electric toothbrush. Every time the brush is switched on, Virgil shows his teeth. Surely he's baring his teeth because he's ready for a good brushing, and not because he wants to attack the brush. We'll give you the benefit of the doubt, Virgil!
Ruuxa the cheetah and Raina the Rhodesian ridgeback (featured previously at Neatorama) have grown up together since they were six and seven weeks old, respectively. Raina was selected to be paired with Ruuxa by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where the two reside. Dogs are paired to be raised with chosen “cheetah ambassadors” in order to keep them calm and socialized.
The video above shows Ruuxa restricted to limited mobility as he heals from surgery to repair a growth abnormality in his legs. Raina accompanied Ruuxa into surgery to keep him calm and happy throughout the procedure. The video below shows Ruuxa at seven months old, having recovered from surgery and gaining strength by exercising his legs and feet while running at full speed with Raina.
This video from summer 2013 is just starting to get attention. A pit bull puppy only a few days old was found abandoned and came into the care of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Knowing the pit bull needed a mother's love, the staff experimented by placing the pup with a new mother cat and her kittens. The cat took to the pup right away and adopted him as her own. The tiny pup will never know how lucky he was, nor will the cat know how much her act of inclusion changed his life. -Via Viral Viral Videos
He’s just a puppy, but intrepid explorer Indiana Bones must save the Ark of the Covenant from the evil Catzis! You’ll enjoy this delightful sequence produced by FinalCutKing.
This video was created with 3 rolls of duct tape, 108 glue sticks, 18 large boxes of cardboard, a few all nighters with an adorable puppy.
And to think that the entire adventure took place while his human was out on a coffee run! No animals were harmed, even the Catzis, in the making of this film. -Thanks, Zach King!
Thirteen dogs and a cat gather 'round a holiday table and do what everyone does these days while gathered at a table. There are friendly exchanges, drinking of spirits, eating off their own plates and eating off of others' plates. A diva touches up her makeup and tech-dependent souls check their email. One sticky-fingered guest even nabs some silverware!
The video stars animals from the Humane Society of Utah; some are available for adoption. A video on the making of this one is available here.
Texas high school student Reagan Hardin made a diorama of a farm in the middle ages for her AP World History class. But before she could turn in her homework, her dog Roscoe scarfed it down, plastic sheep and all. Roscoe became ill, and had to be taken to the vet for an emergency procedure to remove the plastic animals, which was done with an endoscope. Roscoe has made a full recovery. In the end, Reagan was able to prove to the teacher that she wasn't using the age-old excuse. -Via Arbroath
Derby was born with malformed front legs. He can't walk normally on them. His owners found a solution from the company 3DSystems. The engineers there designed and printed out prosthetic legs for Derby to use.
The legs have rounded feet. This unusual design serves an important purpose. Peg-like prosthetic feet can get stuck into the ground easily. Derby's rounded legs, however, let him keep going over small obstacles.
Derby's owners report that he now runs at least 2-3 miles every day--and faster than they can! He certainly looks happy about his new legs, too.
-via Tech Crunch
The Humane Society of Silicon Valley posted an ad for a chihuahua who needs a home. They don’t pull any punches about Eddie the Terrible. They lay out three big reasons Eddie might not be the dog you want. Here’s one.
2) Want your kids to grow up with a full complement of fingers and toes? Not the dog for you.
Some dogs love kids. We have a bunch of child-lovin' dogs. Eddie the Terrible, however, is not one of them. Honestly he's a little whiffy with some adults, too. Not in an eat-them sort of way but in 'this makes me very nervous' sort of way. Eddie's never actually bitten anyone but we're not saying it could never happen.
In a home environment Eddie is lovely. He's housebroken, loyal, fun and friendly. He lives to play fetch. But socially? He stinks. We're in Silicon Valley - if we started throwing out the socially awkward no one would ever have another piece of new technology again. We know somewhere out this little guy has a match.
All this honesty might not be such a bad thing. Eddie needs a local home with no children or other pets and a human who has time for him. I would bet that the Humane Society is busy sifting through applications for hm already. Read Eddie’s full story at the Society’s blog. -via HuffPo Green
New internet darling Munchkin the Teddy Bear is dashing through the snow in a Shih Tzu driven sleigh in this video. Her Halloween costume is being put to good use, as it keeps her warm while she plays in the snow. Every dog should be lucky enough to have a Teddy Bear outfit. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Source: Redditor carris
The dogs shown here are from shelters, accustomed to a lonely existence behind bars with minimal human contact. Then suddenly, a visitor or a family has them sprung from their kennel, and after a brief meeting, the dog is put on a lead and placed in a car. Some of the more timid dogs are scared at first, which may show in their faces. But many are simply ecstatic to be free and with a person who seems to have an interest in taking care of them and showing them kindness. That thrilled, hopeful expression is captured on many of the faces of the dogs in these photos as they ride to their new home.
See more photos of dogs freed from shelters here.
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Your Christmas card from Tastefully Offensive is a compilation of the funniest clips of cats in their annual battle against that most tempting toy/hiding place/enemy, the Christmas tree. It was edited together by Robert Jones and Christian Baker, and appropriately set to the music of “The Russian Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. A list of the videos used can be found at the YouTube page. -Thanks, Robert!
Dogs and cats really don't know what to make of Christmas- we put a tree up in the house that they're not allowed to climb in, chew or pee on, then we surround the bottom of the tree with enticingly wrapped presents and tell our critters to stay away.
It's like temptation wrapped in a mystery wrapped in some pretty paper that tears in such a satisfying way, and it appears our pets have had enough of our Christmas rules.
Our furry friends at Bored Panda have an open thread running entitled Dogs And Cats That Destroyed Christmas, with over fifty hilarious pics which should make you feel pretty good about whatever your pets pull this holiday season.
You'll get to see great pics like this one of a book hating beagle who just couldn't stand the fact that someone was receiving a book for Christmas instead of a nice pack of sausage and cheese logs. The look on the dog's face is priceless!
Stella the pit bull has never seen a pineapple before. And she doesn’t like it, no, not one bit. Jolene Creighton, who dared to purchase the demon fruit, assures us that Stella eventually made friends with the pineapple. If we looked at the offending fruit through Stella’s eyes, it probably looked something like this. -via Uproxx
We’ve seen Denver the Guilty Dog before. But she keeps doing things she’s not supposed to do! Now that it’s Christmastime, Denver is in trouble again. She's been caught red-handed -or red-lipped, in this case, eating Christmas tree ornaments. I was worried for a minute, but I found out that the ornaments are made of foam, not glass or hard plastic. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Thornhill Safari Lodge in eastern South Africa posts this video and says, "If only we humans could behave in the same manner." Indeed! The elephant picks up 2 pieces of trash and puts them where they belong.
Please note that I am unable to verify the authenticity of this video beyond the Facebook posting by Thornhill Safari Lodge and an article in the British tabloid Metro.
This baby capybara, the first capybara birth in ten years at the Houston Zoo, is a foodie. Only a few days after being born, he was eagerly snacking on solid foods, sampling every kind in his mom's food bowl. He even decided to get in the bowl, just to be first in line for new treats.
The baby, named Mr. Pibb, is the son of mom Sunkist and dad Pop. It really doesn't get much cuter than that.
Read more about capybaras and see additional pictures of Mr. Pibb and his family at Zooborns.
Images: Houston Zoo
Nine MSN reports that the birthday girl is named Princess Lolita. She and everyone else at this party is having a miserable time. There's some sort of pudding to eat. But the human servant didn't know that these other cats are definitely not her friends. They should never have been invited.
Hopefully Princess Lolita at least got some presents out of the experience.
-via Daily of the Day
This adorable pygmy goat named Benjamin is just five weeks old, but he's got years worth of personality, according to his owner Tom. Benjamin was born with a twin, but his mother was unable to care for him properly. At first, it looked like litte Benjamin might not survive. But since Tom stepped in to hand-rear him, Benjamin is one thriving, healthy kid. His bouncy enthusiasm is quite enough to give those in need their cute for the day. -Via Viral Viral Videos
Nagasaki Bio Park is a botanical garden and zoo north of the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Many guinea pigs call it home. If you visit there, you might want to move in with them!
When it's time to move from one play area to another, the guinea pigs walk over a wooden bridge. It gets pretty congested at rush hour, so plan your trip ahead.
Christmas is a great time for cats: so many toys, boxes, ribbons, lights, and boxes to play with -and even a tree in the house! Timo the Ragdoll Cat has a great time during the tree decoration. And there’s a bonus, as many of the ornaments appear to be furry. You may as well just hang cat toys from the tree!
Here’s a video that is enjoyable two ways. Leila Elkhalidy is playing a medley of tunes from the video game Mega Man 2. She’s really good, and it could have been just a nice music video. But her cat decides the sequence needs a visual element -oh, what am I saying? The cat decides she needs to pet him instead of fooling around on the piano! Who will win in the end? -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Melissa Tabor and Judd Doramus of Garden City, Idaho, were riding horses Saturday when their dog, a Jack Russell named Baby Dog, ran off. They searched for her, but it was Sunday before a neighbor found her with her head stuck in a pipe. The family disconnected the pipe section, but could not remove the pipe from the dog’s head.
Melissa brought the pipe and her dog to the WestVet Emergency Hospital on Sunday. Upon arrival, Dr. Andrea Oncken, Board Certified Veterinary Criticalist, determined that while the dog’s condition was stable, she was suffering from dehydration and shock. The ER team anesthetized Baby Dog, hoping that she would relax and enable the crew to gently remove her head from the pipe. When these attempts were unsuccessful, the Boise Fire Department was contacted.
The Boise Fire Department cut through the pipe with a saw, in an operation that took the better part of an hour. The procedure was done outside the clinic, due to sparks from the saw.
This is not the first time that Baby Dog has made the local news. The Kuna Melba News reported in March 2013, that Baby Dog and her housemate “Little Dog” slipped Melissa’s truck into gear while attempting to get some doggie treats from the dashboard. Fortunately the pair of Doggie bandits only caused minimum property damage.
This kangaroo ended up in the swimming pool at the home of the Hughes family, who live in suburban Adelaide, South Australia. As the animal can be dangerous, the family was fearful for themselves and their two dogs. They managed to get it out of the pool with a broom, but were unable to shoo it off. Eventually, after being given the advice to stay inside and leave the kangaroo alone, it left on its own, skipping off down the street. -Via Laughing Squid
A veterinarian from Enger, Germany took parts from his son's LEGO set to give this tortoise by the name of Blade his mobility back. Dr. Carsten Plischke pieced together a temporary “wheelchair” for Blade, who lost strength in his legs from a growth disorder. With his new wheels, Blade is able to maneuver while his legs are able to heal. Eventually Blade will be able to walk again.
Dr. Plischke said in an interview with the Daily Mail that options for animals with mobility issues are, sadly, limited.
"For people there are walkers, rollators or prostheses but for animals there are no companies that produce something like that," Plischke said.
She first appeared in a photo posted to reddit in September of 2012. The tiny genetically-disadvantaged cat who became known as Grumpy Cat was shared by, well, everyone on the internet, which led to bigger things, like a job advertising Friskies cat food and a made-for-TV movie. So how much money has this little cat pulled in?
Those numerous endorsements and personal appearances have generated about $100 million in revenue, some of which went to Grumpy Cat’s lucky benefactor, 28-year-old Tabatha Bundesen from Morristown, Arizona, whose brother posted the first picture on Reddit. Bundesen was working as a waitress when Grumpy Cat went viral. She tells Express, “I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since.”
We will probably never know the extent of Grumpy Cat’s influence on how many people have adopted non-standard cats, but that’s a legacy worth applauding. Read a rundown of Grumpy Cat’s accomplishments at Uproxx.
Pringle is a fashionable and adventurous bearded dragon who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He lives the high life, playing games, going on outings, and dressing up for the camera. And he’s very popular!
Continue reading to see more of Pringle.