Bonnie is a Chihuahua who was recently rescued and is thrilled to finally be part of a family. She's so happy hanging with her new pack that her human says she wouldn't dream of eating without canine brother Clyde. As soon as Bonnie's food is put down, her first order of business is to move her dish so that she can be next to Clyde before she digs in. -Via Tastefully Offensive
All pets need exercise, so it's prudent that this man takes his African spurred tortoise out on walks through the streets of Tokyo. There's little concrete information about the pair, but Rocket News 24 informs us that they've been spotted and photographed through the Tsukishima and Ginza neighborhoods. The tortoise sometimes wears a cute dress, but is always, sadly, off-leash.
One of your spring chores is to get all that winter coat off your dog’s face and body so he can stay cool in the summer and not shed so much hair everywhere. The bonus is that you can finally see what he looks like underneath! The Dodo collected before-and-after pictures of 15 dogs that were transformed by one spring grooming session. It’s good to see your puppy again after that long cold winter. -via Metafilter
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Once, dogs lived in peace. They slept at the feet of their humans, ate from the tables of humans, and enjoyed belly rubs on demand. It was a golden age for all canine kind.
But then the robots came: bizarre things that flew in the air, hovering menacingly over dogs. They were not normal featheries. No, these creatures were not alive like you and I. But still they moved as though they were.
Now dogs and drones are locked in a bitter struggle. Only one side will prevail. At Fusion, you can see 13 videos with animated .gifs of dogs interacting with drones, including this Golden Retriever taking on a quadcopter.
-via Jonah Goldberg
I love my little 20-pound pooch, but saying "he's a handful" is a complete understatement. In fact, I have to head to Home Depot later today to grab materials to fix my back fence that he's totally torn up. Just look at that smug face he made when I caught him blogging under my name.
And, of course, I'm not alone in having a pet that's a total jerk. This recent AskReddit thread is filled with pet parents sharing their "my pet is a dick" stories and the responses are hilarious -and they might just make you feel better about your own little devil. For example:
"On the few days i get to sleep in, if my cat decides his breakfast is too late he has learned to wake me up for it. Early on, i apparently learned to sleep through his MRROOOOOOOWs by the bedside; as time went by, i learned to roll over & ignore him when he'd bat at me with his paws...
...so he's learned to get me up the one way i can't sleep through: he'll take a single claw & drag it very gently over my eyelid. it doesn't hurt at all, but i'm hard-pressed to think of a more peculiar feeling."
"My Siberian husky has this stuffed animal that he looooves. He's real protective of it. One morning I'm laying down and he comes up to me with his toy, he drops it on my chest... Realizes I have it then proceeds to bite me for being in possession of his precious toy...that he gave me."
If you think you have stories that would put these to shame though, go ahead and share them in the comments.
The article is on Reddit, so be prepared for plenty of language that's NSFW.
Via Thought Catalog
YouTube user TexasGirly1979 has a rabbit, a Pit Bull, and a baby. They're the best of friends, despite the bunny's naughty thievery. At the 1:13 mark in the video below, the bunny steals a cracker from the baby. The baby gets another cracker. And the bunny does it again!
Bad bunny! You are a house rabbit living with humans, not El-ahrairah in King Darzin's garden. Behave yourself.
-via Tastefully Offensive
I've always wondered why I find push-ups so detestable compared to other exercises — perhaps the answer is that I don't have a pup pushing up with me. Eric Ko, a dog trainer at the Dogaroo Dog Training Center in Kowloon, Hong Kong, has found the secret to simultaneous exercise and puppy love with his attentive student Teeny. See another version of the exercise, with two high fives and a kiss thrown in, below. -Via Tastefully Offensive
The brave John Farrier previously brought us footage of Wallace the Mad Bunny King, but we had no idea how crazed this king had become. After watching the Game of Thrones premiere, Wallace went into a rage and destroyed the cardboard keep in between nibbles of his carrot throne. As his most trusted advisor explains, "In the end, when Wallace looked around and saw what his insane hunger had wrought, his joy definitely turned to ashes in his mouth."
Via Laughing Squid
Jake is a 10-week-old puppy who’s already got a job! He’s in training to become a Vail Ski Patrol dog. Like humans, puppies learn best when they are young, but Jake gets his share of affection and playtime, too. This video is from his first trip up the slopes. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
I have always been a fan of cherry tomatoes, even as a kid when I couldn't seem to eat one without spraying a trail of seeds all over the place. Apparently, I'm not alone as this little squirrel also seems to have troubles eating the sweet, round fruit despite the imense difficulty he is having.
The Britain-based K-9 Angels are a trio of blond models dedicated to rescuing stray dogs. Yet these pretty ladies aren't just figureheads who have others do all the grunt work. Their efforts in "the trenches" of stray dog territory have saved 700 dogs thus far from terrible fates on the streets of Romania, Cyprus, Thailand and the UK, and they plan to expand the operation to include other countries.
The K-9 Angels was founded in 2011 by Pola Pospieszalska, television personality Anneka Svenska, and former Playboy model Victoria Eisermann. One of the main objectives of the group since its inception has been tackling the outcome of a 2013 Romanian law that made euthanasia legal in response to a stray dog problem. The Angels say the law has led to the killing of dogs in horrifying ways such as clubbing and being set on fire. Pospieszalska told the Daily Mail,
"Romania's stray dog situation is probably one of the worst in Europe and sad, neglected, hungry animals are a part of Romanian landscape... It is common in Romania for them not to use a euthanasia injection, but instead dispose of dogs in cheaper ways such as injecting paint thinner into the heart, strangling, and clubbing to death.
What an awful situation, and what a relief to know that this group is saving some of these dogs as well as calling worldwide attention to the problem.
Read more and see additional pictures and a video of the Angels here.
Bella (now Lucy) in a new home. She was tied up to the fence and left to die in a heavy snow, now living in UK <3 pic.twitter.com/OUdMWimFBk— The K-9 Angels (@TheK9Angels) May 20, 2014
This tired German Shepherd mama is having a rest when her exuberant pup comes over and gets pesty. She obviously has had enough and thinks it's time to put the puppy down for a nap. Her herding instincts are on display as she guides him over to the bed and gives him her soundless, albeit effective, instructions.
Via: Bark Post
In this video footage filmed at Burgers' Zoo in the Netherlands, a chimp has more frustration toward the annoying, buzzy thing in his face than he can shake a stick at. Fortunately, shaking a stick seems to eradicate the problem. The drone was killed, but the camera lived on to provide cautionary tales to other humans pulling the ol' drone trick on their captive animal species.
Via Daily Dot | Screenshot via Burgers' Zoo/YouTube
We love our reader's pets, which is why when fan Jenn Hyland posted this picture in response to our Facebook post featuring Pug-ster eggs, I was all too excited to share her little babies with everyone.
Here's Kelekona's first Halloween costume.
And here's her cheer-ful second Halloween costume.
You can tell she was a hit by how many candies she got -especially those precious full-sized bars.
Kelekona traded in the cheer uniform for some pig skin for her third Halloween, when she was joined by Kaika, who celebrated her first Halloween in stripe-tastic style.
Nowadays, the duo doesn't just dress up for Halloween. Here they are in some sweet summer duds as part of an apartment wide costume contest.
Thanks to Jenn for letting us share her beautiful little lizards -and for anyone out there who wants to see their favorite pet on the site, feel free to send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org!
This acutely adorable footage from the Monterey Bay Aquarium shows the African blackfooted penguins at the facility as they are given the freedom to waddle around and explore the space. The aquarium staff say that the activity is designed to keep the naturally inquisitive penguins happy and healthy. -Via Tastefully Offensive
A puppy stands guard next to his tiny, sleeping human, seemingly averse to falling asleep during guard duty. Yet his eyelids grow droopy. The warmth and comfort of the room and the deep breathing of the little being next to him are slowly lulling him to sleep. The pup holds out as long as he can, but acquiesces in the end. Sweet dreams, cuties. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Little Rupert was taken in by the International Primate Rescue when he was just four weeks old. It was there that he met his best friend, a big, fluffy cat named William. He was later seperated from William so he could be introduced to other fennecs, but here the two are reunited and as you can see, it feels so good.
Via Laughing Squid
Coleg Cambria’s Northop campus in Wales has a policy to turn off lights to save energy. But the lights were reported on after hours frequently at the goat barn. The staff all swore that they turn the lights off every evening, but the lights continued to be turned back on. Manager Wendy Gacem thought it could possibly be intruders, or even a ghost turning the lights on. But the real perpetrator turned out to be a Bagot billy goat named Jake.
Staff were working in the barn when the lights came on and turned around to see Jake had climbed on his hayrack and pushed the switch with his horns!
Wendy said: “It is a relief that we do not have intruders or a ghost, and animal care staff are relieved that they are no longer being grilled about leaving lights on.
“Jake has been a cheeky character since he arrived and will often jump on to a wheelbarrow to be pushed around.”
The makers of this video, Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, call this "The Happiest Video Ever," and it's not hard to see why. Everywhere you look, there's another cute creature springing into view to say hello. For animal lovers, this is a hard one to watch without a smile. -Via The Ark in Space
The dog shown in the photo above decided to play it safe and lie down when his owners did the same during a drug bust. The raid occurred this past Thursday in Santa Catarina, a state in southern Brazil. At first the male dog was barking at police, but when his humans hit the floor of their house in compliance with police orders, the intelligent, ever loyal pup lay on his back next to them. The New York Post quoted Barnie Rico, an animal psychiatrist and dog trainer, who said a dog exposing its belly is a sign of submission:
“By exposing its soft underbelly to any potential attacker it is showing that it doesn’t mean any trouble. “The dog is also turning its head away as looking at the potential enemy can also be seen as a sign of aggression to another dog. It is clearly a very clever animal because it saw the rest of its pack give in, and decided to copy them.”
Read more about the drug bust here.
Image: Europics | Via: Uproxx
Photographer Andres Serrano took photos of Angora rabbits participating in the National Angora Show for a New York Times article, and the resulting shots are adorable. The National Angora Show, held in Palmyra, New York, is the rabbit equivalent to the Westminster Dog Show.
See a slideshow of bunny pictures and learn more about the competition of the National Angora Show and Serrano's controversial career at the New York Times magazine. -via Laughing Squid
In 1910, a gray tabby cat named Kiddo was the first to fly above the Atlantic Ocean. Walter Wellman and five companion set out from Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the airship America in an attempt to cross the Atlantic.
It was just at the last minute that Kiddo was thrown up into the lifeboat under the airship, where radio operator Jack Irwin had his post, and the cat spent much of his time cuddled up in the 'wireless corner'. A motorboat, occupied by journalists, towed the airship away from land until deep water was reached, and then cast it off when the sea became too rough for the small boat. The airship immediately disappeared from view into a dense fog bank. While that was going on Kiddo really did not seem to enjoy his first experience of flying, mewing, howling and rushing around 'like a squirrel in a cage', according to the log, and generally getting on the nerves of the first engineer, Melvin Vaniman. The America was the first aircraft to be equipped with radio, and apparently the historic first, in-flight radio message — to a secretary back on land — read:
Roy, come and get this goddamn cat!
It was a historic journey, although ultimately unsuccessful. Oh, the cat survived, as well as the crew, but the airship didn’t. The men and the cat were rescued by the British steamship RMS Trent, which took them to New York City. Kiddo was renamed Trent in honor of the ship, and was regarded as a celebrity as he lived in luxurious display at Gimbal’s department store following his adventure. Read the story of the ill-fated Atlantic crossing and its famous cat at Purr ’n’ Furr. -via Nag on the Lake
Did you know yesterday was World Rat Day? I sure didn't but I'm glad that I found out even if it was a little late. So what is World Rat Day and why do rats need their own holiday?
Because rats get a bum rap, but they actually make pretty great pets. Rats are smart, friendly and surprisingly cuddly. World Rat Day aims to educate people about rat ownership and to help spread the good word about these adorable little friends.
To celebrate World Rat Day, Bored Panda started an open list of adorable rat pictures. It started with 18, but since they allowed users to submit their own, there are now over 150. Even if you missed the big day, you can still enjoy these precious pics.
No kill animal shelters are wonderful, but while it's better than being put to sleep, when animals are left up for adoption for years, it is still a big bummer to both the animals and the volunteers. That happened to little Chester. He was at the shelter for five years and volunteers were heartbroken to see the sweet pooch get overlooked time and time again. That's when they decided to post the picture above.
Within a matter of hours, the Facebook image was shared 6,000 times. Someone suggested they make a page just for Chester and the page now has over 6,000 views. While Chester, of course, was adopted almost immediately, the shelter plans to keep Chester's Facebook alive to help promote the adoption of other long-term residents.