On the evening of August fifth, a pair of deer found their way onto the Golden Gate Bridge and proceeded to run across. Their adventure, which started just as rush hour began, caused a huge traffic jam. The highway patrol was called at around 5:30 p.m. Before the highway patrol could reach the scene, they were called off, as the deer exited the bridge around 6:00 p.m., heading north toward Marin. The animals' detour was certainly understandable. We all need a change of scenery sometimes. Via 22 Words
Images Credit: Alex Bowles
Little human children aren't the only ones who love to cuddle with a favorite stuffed toy for security when they sleep. Mu, one of 9 Cats, loves her pink rabbit doll. Maybe it reminds her of the kittens she hugged before they grew up. The 9 Cats (previously at Neatorama) are May, Maru, Mu, Mi-ke, Musashi, Michelle, Lulu, Kajiro, and Taro. This one is Mu, usually spelled μ. There are plenty of videos of the cats, and even some with all nine at once. -via Laughing Squid
Two months ago, Miss Cellania posted about the pairing of Raina the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy and Ruuxa the cheetah cub at the San Diego Zoo. The pup was matched with the cub to help socialize him in the absence of his mother, who rejected him after he was born.
Ever since the two met, they've been constant companions. Recently, Ruuxa was diagnosed with a growth abnormality in his front legs that necessitated surgery to prevent future complications with his mobility. This video shows Raina quietly waiting in the operating room as a comfort to Ruuxa and, later, sitting next to his crate as he recovers from the sedation. Via Nothing to Do With Arbroath.
George the dog loves sports with a great passion. He's not particular about which ones. So as long as humans are running around with a ball, he's game. We've previously seen him bouncing off the walls with joy while watching the World Cup. He's also a fan of tennis. Now he's all worked up over the opening of the football season.
George's owner toys with his emotions by switching the television to watch The King of Queens. A suggestion for George: when he steps away from his chair, steal the remote control.
-via Huffington Post
This video was captured by a visitor to a dog park who spotted this husky vocalizing displeasure when she didn't want to leave her friends and favorite spot. According to the person who made the video, the owner said that the husky visits the dog park daily, and reacts that way every time. Via Tastefully Offensive.
(Image credit: Andrew Rambo, DVM, Gladstone Animal Clinic, Gladstone, Mo.)
The magazine Veterinary Practice News holds an annual x-ray contest, and receives entries illustrating the strange inedible things that pets eat. The latest issue reveals the winners of the 2014 competition and promises more entries soon. The winner was a frog that had eaten 30 rocks from its terrarium (which were removed by surgery). My favorite is the bearded dragon shown above, who was brought in because he wouldn’t eat and then found to have eaten a Barbie doll accessory banana. It won an honorable mention, as did the dog that ate a light bulb below. The Golden retriever passed the lightbulb intact a day later.
(Image credit: Christy McCratic, DVM, Golf Rose Animal Hospital)
In all, the winning pets have eaten a sish kebab skewer, a fishhook, a doll, needles, loose change, a bra, 5 rubber ducks, 41 socks, and a hacky sack. See the rest of the winners and honorable mentions at the magazine website. -via Uproxx
Gordon the pug's people decided to fill his playpen with balls and a few of his favorite toys to see how he would react. This video shows their curiosity being satisfied. If they wanted to wear him out in order to get a more docile dog for a while, it looks like they got what they wanted. Via Tastefully Offensive.
Last week, I wrote a piece about cats doing un-cat like things, and it just felt natural to follow that up with a dog version of the list. The kicker is, with dogs, it is completely different. If a cat is barking like a dog, it is doing that under its own direction. In most cases, when a dog is doing something un-dog like, they are trained to do so. You see a dog dancing Salsa (quite well, I might add), that dog did not just get up one day and teach itself how to Salsa. No, that dog was trained how to Salsa. Cats just do strange stuff to do it (or because they are aliens slowly assimilating our planet, as I have stated before), whereas dogs do strange stuff because we insist they do, and we reward them for it. The dog dancing the Salsa knows, at the end of this, he gets a treat. The cat barking like a dog has no incentive. So as much as they may seem like similar lists, you will see that could not be further from the truth. That disclaimer out of the way, there are SOME dogs on this list who seem to be doing insane or awesome things of their own accord, but for the most part, it is trained and learned behavior. That makes it no less remarkable and no less watchable, thankfully.
1. Dog Dances Salsa
You cannot write about a dog dancing Salsa in the intro of a list and then hold that back. That is just not fair to the readers. Also, like stated in the intro, this is obviously an incredibly well-trained dog. But let it be known that you could try to teach me this same routine, and I am pretty sure I would mess it up about six times. So don't undermine how awesome it is just because the dog was trained to do it. Pretty sure I know a good chunk of humans who could not be trained to do that.
Also, it is a dog dancing Salsa. If your day is not immediately better, you must be on fire or being chased by bears.
2. Dog With Awful Poker Face
Okay, so this dog is clearly not trained to do this. Pretty sure the dog is just busted, and is having trouble concealing its guilt over the course of the interrogation. At first, you cannot tell if it is guilt or pride, as the second dog being confronted looks uncomfortable, yet still tries to throw off its owner with a tail wag.
We see as the interrogation continues, the dog seems less and less able to hide the fact that it ate the cat treats. Say what you want about this dog, but his inability to lie just makes me like him more.
Marty Todd, also known as YouTube user Buddhanz1, lives on a large plot of land in Nelson, New Zealand with an angry ram he calls Rambro. The Arapawa ram, which Todd rescued from an owner who was going to kill him due to his aggression, got attention worldwide when another video of him charging Todd on his motorcycle went viral. Rambro now has his own Facebook page and a herd of fans.
The ornery animal currently leads a life with his family in this beautiful wilderness. Rambro even stopped being angry long enough to have a new baby, who makes an appearance in another of Todd's YouTube videos. Because Todd hand-feeds the lamb, he says he used a quadcopter drone in an attempt to locate it on the vast expanse of land. Whether he was trying to locate the lamb, provoke Rambro with the drone to get more video footage, or a bit of both, only Todd knows, and viewers can come to their own conclusions.
Regardless, when Todd lowered the drone, the ram decided he was going to put a quick end to that buzzing annoyance. Todd went to retrieve the drone and met with the same feisty attitude. Rambro will decide when you can pay him a visit, whether it's in person or with your annoying tech tools, thanks. Via Viral Viral Videos.
Neatorama has previously featured amazing stories of dogs' loyalty after their masters' deaths, as there have been other famous tales of such canine devotion. The story of Greyfriar's Bobby comes to mind as well. The following is another example, which recently took place in India.
After a teenager named Bhaskar Shri was killed in a car accident, his dog Tommy, with whom the teen was said to be inseparable, stayed at his grave for over two weeks. Refusing to leave even when coaxed, Tommy guarded the gravesite constantly, going 15 days without food.
When Dawn Williams, an animal rescue officer with the Blue Cross of India, noticed the thin, haggard dog by the fresh grave two days in a row, she grew concerned. She fed Tommy water and biscuits, but he still wouldn't move from the site.
Williams got the story behind the dog's vigil from locals, and then located the teen's mother in order to bring her to the grave. Bhaksar's mother had been unable to find Tommy after her son's death. Williams said of the encounter,
“When Tommy saw her, he jumped on her and was licking her before he rested his face on her feet. It was obvious he knew her. She was really happy he was back. She called him a loyal friend and she would keep him as a reminder of her son.”
Quite a bittersweet story. I hope Tommy and Bhaskar's mother will be sources of comfort to each other. Via Oddity Central.
Images Credit: Blue Cross of India
Walter the Labrador Retriever lives in Sicily, Italy. He gets in a lot of beach time, and has developed an enormous love of ocean swimming. The path to the beach is rambling, but that doesn't slow Walter down. His owner fitted him with a GoPro to catch a beach run from Walter's perspective. His fans were waiting for him on the beach and filmed him in his last stretch before jumping into the sea, as seen in the video below. Gotta admire Walter's lust for life! Via Tastefully Offensive.
Someone has thrown the tire into the pool! This is a terrible calamity that the two pups must resolve. It's quite heavy and it's at the bottom of the center of the pool. So how can they get it out?
One dog jumps in. In the video, you can almost see his mind turning, searching for a solution as he experiments with different techniques.
The pair are ultimately successful. But only because, at the end, they work together.
P.S. What breed are these dogs? The video says bulldogs but their body shape seems more like that of boxers.
You may have seen pictures of this sad-looking cat over the past few weeks. This is Tucker, and she has genetic abnormalities that give her droopy eyes, extremely sensitive skin (hence the t-shirts), and deformed legs. Yet Tucker is a sweet, gentle cat who came into the care of Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter in Arlington, Washington. And after a recent spate of publicity, Tucker has a new home!
Many people applied to adopt Tucker. She ultimately went home with Katie, who is a vet tech and, along with her husband, lives with their cat Poe, who has similar special needs. Tucker couldn’t have ordered up a more perfect match. Now she will have a loving family, custom-made t-shirts, and a companion cat that can relate. -via Daily of the Day
Benny the English bulldog isn't just your average Joe Pup. He has fans. And Instagram followers. His future's so bright he's gotta wear shades. Or, better yet, he can play peekaboo to escape the glare of the spotlight. Even doggie stars need a little solitude to save their sanity. Via Laughing Squid.
Ashley Gonzalez of Miami rescued an adorable little piggy, which she named Iris. Now they're the best of friends and Iris is a Vine celebrity.
おばあちゃん家に犬連れてきたのはいいけど、どっからかおばあちゃんの入れ歯持ってきた.... pic.twitter.com/YgJFdeY88q— 塚原はトレジャー2days (@riekun1011) August 16, 2014
Twitter user @riekun1011 visited her grandmother and brought her dog along. Puccho, the Pomeranian, got into a bit of mischief. While snooping around the house, he found the grandmother's false teeth!
But Puccho didn't have them for long. Sorry, pup. You'll have to buy your own.
With the advent of budget-friendly, tiny cameras such as GoPro, animal videos have changed from hit-or-miss action to immediate or animal's-eye view perspective. The footage is only limited by the imagination of the person who captures it. Examples abound in GoPro's Best of Animals 2014 compilation video. This is part two. See part one here. Via The Presurfer.
Alex Burkovskiy taped a laser pointer to his cat’s head. Usually, just a piece of tape on a cat will cause the animal to go bonkers trying to get it off, but this cat was too fascinated with the red dot to notice he had something taped to him! He chased the dot for over an hour. That’s about as long as a piece of tape stuck to fast-moving fur can possibly last. -via Tastefully Offensive
Pictured above is eight-year old Jesse-Cole Shaver and his hero, a pit bull named Hades. Last Tuesday, Jesse-Cole and his friends were playing in the woods near his home in Oregon City, Oregon. One child stepped through a log, breaking into a beehive. The bees swarmed and attacked the children.
The kids fled, but Jesse-Cole was struggling to make it up the hill to safety. So Hades leaped into action, dragging Jesse-Cole by his pants up the hill and away from the bees.
The bees stung Jesse-Cole 24 times. His mother took him to the hospital, which released him after a few hours. Thankfully, Jesse-Cole wasn't seriously injured--all thanks to his loyal dog.
-via Huffington Post
The bird keeper in Guilin, China, blows his whistle. To the delight of the gathered spectators, peacocks fly down from the trees and hills, obediently landing at his feet. As they brake before landing, they spread their wings out widely, showing everyone their beautiful plumage.
Just For Laughs planted a dog puppet in a park. Real dogs may have never noticed it, if it didn’t have a nice, meaty bone! But the bone attracts the dogs, and the puppet defends his treasure. These poor confused dogs don’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore! -via Viral Viral Videos
Grumpy cat rose to fame because of her signature sourpuss smile, her infinite meme-ification potential, and because the internet simply adores cats, so it was only a matter of time before we were presented with a new feline face to love.
It appears the wait is over, because Little P is ready for her day in the sun!
Little P's face permanently looks like the cute-but-pitiful face Puss In Boots makes in the Shrek movies, with big, sad eyes and a worried expression plastered on her cute little face.
Little P is already becoming a big star on Instagram, with over 6,000 followers and an assortment of hilarious photos featuring Little P looking totally emo and stressed out all the time, because being an up-and-coming cat celeb is hard work.