In this compilation video, you can see how Timo went from failure to mastery of the hammock over time. See, when the goal is the ultimate in relaxation, even a cat will put in the hours necessary to get it right. -via Arbroath
It's advice that has long been issued to young and old alike: "take time out to stop and smell the roses." Humans considered to be all too consumed by the often joyless circumstances of their busy lives are those who typically find the saying directed at them the most.
The beautiful animals pictured above and below don't need to be given such instructions. It's their instinct to pause and enjoy the things that please their five senses. People could do well to take after these animals and more frequently savor the simple pleasures.
This pooch can’t help himself. He’s obsessed with darts on TV. And who wouldn’t be? Then he automatically goes to fetch the thrown dart! You can see the gears going around in his head: “Throw it! Throw it! Throw it! Whee!” -via reddit
Somehow, a tiny kitten got into a large industrial bin at a parking lot in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK. What’s worse, the kitten then got her head through the drain hole at the bottom and became stuck! A passerby notice the kitten and alerted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Steve Morrall said: "When I arrived, I saw the head of the kitten poking out from this bin - it was so unusual and I have never seen anything like it before.
"It is very likely she was looking for food in the bin, but panicked when the bin was being emptied and got herself stuck.
"The kitten was so stuck that it became obvious I would need extra assistance from West Midlands Fire Service. They were absolutely brilliant."
The fire service used a small plastic collar coated with a lubricant to gently ease the kitten’s head back through the hole. A veterinarian was standing by in case sedation was needed. The kitten was then examined at a veterinary clinic and deemed healthy outside of an understandably low temperature. The five-week-old kitten was turned over to the RSPCA, who named her Dusty and will put her up for adoption soon. -via Arbroath
Olly Oliver presides over Sainsbury's from his perch atop the shelves | Image: Nigel Thornberry
If you happen to be a regular shopper at the Brockley location of Sainsbury’s market in London, chances are that you're not hostile toward the idea of having a cat hanging out with your prospective food purchases. Because Olly Oliver, the six-year-old cat pictured above, is a fairly regular installment.
He may live in the house next door, but Olly obviously prefers the action, company and interesting smells of Sainsbury's to his quiet home. Though a spokesperson for the market calls the cat a health and safety risk and says he's been removed from the premises multiple times, Olly, who is popular with the store staff, still manages to accrue significant hang time.
This Australian shepherd named MeMe lived up to the extremely high intelligence level of her breed when she quickly rendered useless the "dog proof" design of the food container shown in this video, shot by her owner (who now apparently needs a new idea regarding dog food storage). Via Tastefully Offensive
Lots of comics deal with the differences between cats and dogs, since they are the most popular pets for pencil jockeys, but there has never been a collection of difference drawings quite like this series by Bird Born.
That's because Bird Born only finished the series about a year ago, so if they look like comic drawings starring cats and dogs you remember reading as a kid you're probably thinking of Garfield or Heathcliff.
It's easy to mistake Bird Born's comical cells for some cute strip from yesteryear, because there's just something so classic about his comics!
Jack Shepherd wanted to make a nice play fort for his cat, Jenkins. He ended up building “The World’s Most Glorious Cat Fort” complete with two stories, towers, windows, ramps, beds, tunnels, scratching posts, a bridge, and a lighted entry. It’s made of cardboard held together by duct tape, but Jenkins loves cardboard, so it’s all good. You can see a pictorial on how the fort was built, plus more pictures of Jenkins enjoying his new cat palace, at Buzzfeed.
If that’s the case, it’s a good thing he’s a house cat instead of a feral who has to catch prey. Then again, maybe he’s just had too much catnip. He’ll no doubt get ribbed about this incident by the other cat, who seems to be amused at his difficulty. -via Arbroath
Raccoons will eat anything. They also like to wash their food before consuming it. Those two traits sadly clashed when this raccoon got hold of a big hunk of cotton candy. It disappeared instantly on hitting the water. You can almost feel his excitement turn to confusion and then to disappointment. Poor raccoon! We could have warned you, if you only understood human words. -via The Daily Dot
Update: The original Vine was deleted, and has been replaced by a YouTube video.
The footage in the video below features a gray Bengal cat named Boomer who comes from an lllustrious feline family (his big sister is Didga, a cat who has an amazing talent for tricks). Thus far, Boomer has shown that he has a flair for having fun. This video of him entertaining himself with bunch of rubber balls shows his commitment to the pastime of being playful. Via Laughing Squid
You don’t often see a budgerigar, or common parakeet, flying free in Manitoba in the winter. They are native to Australia, and aren't made for cold weather. Sylvia Cassie of Winnipeg spotted a green and yellow parakeet as early as November 22, eating out of bird feeders in the company of sparrows, which had apparently taken the bird under their wings, so to speak. Several reports to Avian Welfare Canada got organization president Melanie Shura involved in trying to catch the bird before he succumbed to the cold weather. She set up a cage at Cassie’s home, complete with food, heat, and a trap door. Shura also helped Shelley Corvino and her husband set up a similar cage when they spotted the bird.
On New Year's Day, Corvino's husband saw the bird in the yard. It slowly made its way into the cage.
"He pulled the string, which he'd MacGyver'd to capture the fellow, through the little gate on the setup here … and that was it! He was still feeding!" Corvino said, referring to her husband capturing the bird.
"We high-fived and actually went and drank a toast and then we called Mel and Sylvia [Cassie] right away," she said.
Remember the guy who bought a pair of bear cubs thinking they were dogs? This picture shows how that can happen. TheRedFoxx posted this picture to reddit with the title Somebody brought this bear into doggie day care. It’s supposed to be a Pomeranian, but someone remarked that it looks more like a cross between a Pomeranian and a Teddy Ruxpin. Yeah, if you want a real, live teddy bear, this is the kind of dog you want. -via Buzzfeed
Human hearts bleed for those poor innocent animals who are burned trying to help their humans, and human blood starts to boil when somebody posts a fake animal story online to garner sympathy or donations.
But what happens when the story is simply a harmless joke Facebookers felt was in poor taste? People get all kinds of mad anyway, because the internet.
It all started when Stephen Roseman slapped a piece of ham on his dog's face and snapped a pic, posting it to Facebook with a silly caption asking people to pray for his dog via likes and shares.
A silly pic posted by a playful dog owner quickly became a comment crapstorm simply because of what Stephen wrote, or more precisely, because people believed what he wrote.
The post got over 100,000 shares and brought the craftiest and most ham fisted commenters out of the woodwork to weigh in on the issue.
However, the real problem is that people are far too willing to believe everything they see posted online, and yet they blame the original poster for "deceiving" them when even a three-year-old can tell it's a fake.
YouTube user 10 Cats has 10 cats (I checked by counting because I'm a professional). By feeding them with carefully arranged bowls and appropriate angles, he can use their bodies to write letters and numbers. In this video, the herd wishes you a happy New Year.
On February 8, the Chinese New Year inagurates the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac. To mark the occasion, YouTube user 10 Cats dressed one of his cats in a monkey costume--much to the mockery of the other cats in the house.
A year ago, we introduced you to Derby, the dog with 3D-printed legs. Derby’s front legs are deformed, so he rests his weight on his elbows atop the prosthetics. Tara Andersen of 3D Systems tells us how the design of the legs had to change as he grew.
Getting to work in the morning is a pain when you have to shovel a few inches of snow to get anywhere. This squirrel gets around by way of overhead cable, and it will take him a while to get his walkway cleared.
Where does your pet belong when you go to sleep? Right with you, of course! The Brazilian company Colchão Inteligente Postural makes that possible with a box spring that has a little pet bed built inside.
It comes with a cushion, a pillow, and even privacy curtains.
Colchão Inteligente Postural has been developing the idea for 2 years after a client expressed a need for a bed that would permit her to sleep with her dog. The resulting product is available in a variety of sizes. You can remove it from the box spring to clean it.
Yesterday, the question was posed as to how a dog would wear pants. More than 80% of Neatoramanauts declared dogs would wear pants on their rear legs only, with the waist going vertically around the middle of the pup. Today, redditor Falcrest123 shows us dog pants that are actually sold in pet stores. They’re called Muddy Mutts Dog Apparel, and they are designed to protect your dog from getting snow and ice stuck in their fur, or wet when the weather’s cold, although they also keep you from having to wash off mud every time your dog ventures out in certain seasons. Some will argue that these are coveralls instead of pants, but on the other hand, why do we want to argue about dog pants?
Watch out, Pizza Rat, there’s a raccoon ready to steal your thunder! A masked bandit entered a doughnut shop through the ceiling and brazenly lifted the goods right in front of customers -with cameras.
Redditor goldenstate30 said his girlfriend’s cat Nala came home with a note attached to her. The cat was called both a “grief whisperer” and a “baloney whore.” Then people started telling stories about their cats who befriended other households, with both good and bad results.
This uplifting National Geographic footage of the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts shows their residents engaging and developing ear-to-ear grins as a result of a visit from Travis the llama. A staff member there explains how such an animal has advantages over others in certain therapy environments. Regardless of what the experts say, the faces of these happy residents are proof enough that this visit is a good idea. Via Laughing Squid
Jumpy, a Border Collie, can do anything! He's remarkably smart for a dog and proves it by incredible stunts, such as riding a skateboard, walking on his front paws through a cone weave, writing for a popular blog while disguised as a human, and riding a scooter.
This ferret was found hopelessly tangled in a fence in Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK. last week. He had gotten caught in his midsection. But instead of backing out, he tried returning to the other side through another opening in the fence, leaving him stuck in two places. The RSPCA couldn’t free him, so they called the fire brigade. Firefighters cut a section of the fence around the ferret. The ferret was taken, fence and all, to Abbey House Veterinary Hospital.
Vet Laura Smith, who treated Whoops, said: “This was such an unusual situation, I’ve never seen anything like it. I think Whoops had gone through the fence and got stuck, but instead of backing out he had turned and gone the other way and become even more stuck.”
“It was easy enough to carefully ease his head out of the first bar, but the second was firmly stuck around his middle as he is really quite a chubby ferret! Between me and vet nurses Gillian Kerrod and Candice Dyson, we managed to cut him out completely once he was anaesthetised. All in all it took around 15 minutes, and after we monitored him overnight he was doing so well we released him back to the RSPCA to take him to a rehoming centre.”
This Swedish kitty named Mine has been subjected to the cone of shame after having surgery, but she has no shame in her game. Mine quickly figures out a way to make the cone work for her. By the end of the footage, she owns the cone, and her whistle is whetted. Via Laughing Squid