After the Vet

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Cats and dogs are often high on life, but that is nothing compared to being high on drugs. It's nice to be able to laugh at goofy pictures of cats and dogs, and also know that they are okay, and even under a doctor's supervision.

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The Mind Circle compiled a bunch of pet pictures taken during or after a veterinary visit. Some are sedated, some are angry, but all are adorable in their own way. -via Metafilter

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Cat Goes Ice Fishing

A young cat has discovered a miracle in winter time. He can walk on water! The ice-covered pond lets him get really close to those tempting, wriggly fishies!

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The problem is, he got his sporting activites mixed up. He thought he was fishing, but he's really ice skating! He's about as good at it as I am. -via reddit

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A Quartet Of Pigs And A Pug Ride Around In A Red Shopping Cart

Pigs will eat practically any type of food you put in their trough, and even though vegans hate to hear this pigs will even eat pork, or any kind of meat for that matter, without hesitation or a second thought.

That's why pigs don't make very good shopping partners when you're heading to the grocery store, and if you don't hook them up with snacks the whole time they're in the store they will start to squeal.

But Priscilla and Poppleton aren't your average porcine shoppers, and when their human takes them to the store along with their two piggy partners and Pigtail the pug they stay on their best behavior- even though that food smells really good.

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Priscilla, Poppleton and Pigtail do all kinds of stuff together, like riding around in a wagon and hanging out by the swimming pool, and the quartet plus one will even take a bath together when they start to smell a bit ripe.

A post shared by Prissy and Pop (@prissy_pig) on Sep 5, 2017 at 7:26am PDT

-Via Laughing Squid

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Get Happy By Watching This Video Of A Puppy Discovering Snow

Seeing snow fall for the first time generally blows a child's mind, and adults who have never seen flakes of snow fall from the sky are often quite tripped out by the experience as well.

However, no human can ever know how mind blowing it must be for a puppy to see snow fall for the first time, nor will we ever experience the pleasure of leaping into the air and snapping at snowflakes with our maws.

But watching this video of a 4-month-old English Springer Spaniel from Wales leaping around catching snowflakes in mid-air will give you some idea of how amazing snowfall seems to a tiny puppy's brain!

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-Via Digg

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Six Boxes, Seven Cats

The premise is right in the title. This is an elaborate cat trap, situated so that the feline stars will be facing the camera. The first cat gets his choice of box, and the rest can select from the leftovers. I like the little glance the sixth cat gave to the camera as he was deciding to double up on the lower tier instead of jumping to the higher tier. The seventh cat, who should be named Groucho, will learn that snoozing means losing.

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The Shironeko cats (previously at Neatorama) are really into boxes as well as baskets. You can see them on the Kagonekoshiro blog or at their YouTube channel. -via Metafilter

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Dachshund Negotiates a Maze

Chobi is a long-haired dachshund just trying to get through this water bottle maze his human left in the hallway. When he comes to a part he's not so sure about, there's a real problem backing up, because his body is too long to just turn around!

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What's amazing is how this little doggo even tries to get through without toppling the bottles. My dog would just crash through without a thought, while Chobi honestly looks sad about the few he accidentally knocked over. Luckily, the next maze was easier.

You can see more of Chobi at Instagram. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Jasmine, The Scared Rescue Dog Who Became A Brave Animal Ambassador

Rescue dogs often have a hard time trusting humans after their harrowing experience, which makes their story that much sadder when shared with other dog lovers.

But Jasmine the Greyhound's story only started out sad, and once she was rescued from her garden shed prison cell she found a new home at a wildlife sanctuary.

There Jasmine discovered she had a gift for calming other rescued animals and making them feel safe, so she became a brave animal ambassador and healer who never turned away a fellow animal in need.

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JASMINE is a sweet story of hope and redemption animated by Feeln that'll definitely give animal lovers all the warm, fuzzy feels, and it might just inspire you to get out there and adopt a new best friend from your local animal shelter!

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Lucas the Spider and the Polar Bear

In the latest episode Lucas the Spider, the adorable little arachnid discovers a huge creature living in his house. He doesn't know what it is, but suspects it may be a polar bear. Is he afraid of it? Not nearly enough.

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This video has a guest star, Dexter, who animator Joshua Slice assures us is spider-friendly. -via Tastefully Offensive

See more of Lucas the Spider.

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Dog Builds a Snowman

When the snow conditions are just right, the classic way to build a snowman is to roll up a ball of snow, and then another, like the video game Katamari Damacy. YouTuber ImDranzR caught his border collie doing just that a couple of weeks ago.  

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Don't even know how he got it started, nobody but him and my other dog been in the back garden

Border collies are smart. I bet he saw someone do this on TV. But he's not really thinking of a snowman; he's just excited to have a big ball to play with! I sure wish we'd caught the beginning of this adventure. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Fennec Fox And Cat Are Best Of Friends

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Kuzma the Fennec fox and Zima the cat live together in Moscow. Kuzma is small, energetic, and has a little trouble with the slippery floor. Zima is relatively calm and placid, but he does enjoy playing with his fox friend. And in the end, he's bigger and will get his way! -via Tastefully Offensive

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This Man Loves His Dog

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It's a wet day in Davao City, Philippines, and this elderly man is at the market with his dog. Before taking off on his bike, he lovingly tends to the pooch, to make sure he stays dry all through the ride. The dog would probably be okay with getting wet, but he allows himself to be pampered, because he loves his man, too. Besides, neither of them wants to smell a wet dog. -via reddit

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Puffy, the Hypnotist Cat

In 1945, the American Feline Society bestowed the title of "King of All Cats" to a Persian cat belonging to Arthur Newman. Puffy had a peculiar talent for hypnotizing people, always for benign purposes, after which they felt relaxed and even relieved of headaches. By then, Puffy was credited with hypnotizing over 300 people. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:    

It was one night last fall that Puffy, then a kitten, first demonstrated his powers. "He was sitting on the end of a night club bar," Newman recalls, his voice becoming hushed, "and a couple of girls came up to pet him. I didn't pay much attention until one of the girls nudged me and whispered, "Look at my friend!'

"Well, sir, that girl was simply out on her feet. It wasn't from drinking, either. I'm something of a hypnotist myself and I quickly realized that she was in a real hypnotic trance, brought on by Puffy's staring into her eyes."

Newman, who had bought Puffy in a pet shop for purposes of demonstrating that people should relax like cats, immediately started training him to stare even more fixedly, with such success that Puffy now can stare Newman down any time.

No one these days is astonished that staring into a cat's eyes can bring relaxation, but Puffy was a sensation. Puffy was honored with articles in several newspapers of the time, and may have been the original therapy cat. Read more about Puffy at Strange Company.

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Why Do Animals Have Such Different Lifespans?

Some pets that seem very similar, like parrots, cockatiels and parakeets, have vastly different lifespans- parrots can live 50 years or more, cockatiels live about half as long and parakeets live about 5-8 years.

So why do animals have such different lifespans? On a base level it has to do with environment and body size, with colder environments slowing down metabolic rates and heartbeats and thereby allow animals to live longer.

But if you dig deeper you'll find that an animal's lifespan is also affected by the mechanics of their cell division- animals that have cells that can divide and are replaced when damaged live longer.

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This TED talk by Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães breaks down all the reasons why animals have such vastly different lifespans, explaining that similar animals age at different rates due to genetic differences, like how their cells respond to threats. So while parakeets don't live long enough to become teenagers cockatoos live long enough to join AARP!

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Poignant Portraits Of Endangered Animals

It's hard for some people to understand the value of an animal's life until they come face to face with that animal, because the animals they encounter in the human world are either pets or pests.

Because of this detachment from nature many humans have a hard time caring about the fact that certain animal species are endangered or going extinct, like the Shoebill (only 5-8,000 in the wild) and the Saiga (critically endangered) above.

And look at how handsome this Iberian Lynx is, can you believe there are only 326 of them left in the wild?

British photographer Tim Flach felt seeing a portrait of these disappearing species might be just the thing to make people care, so he spent two years taking perfectly poignant portraits of the world's endangered species.

Look these Ring-Tailed Lemurs (pop. 2000 as of 2017) in the eyes and tell them you don't care if they live or die or disappear from the planet entirely. Go on, I'll wait...

Couldn't do it, could ya?! Check out the rest of Tim's series Endangered at his site and you'll see dozens more reasons to care about the plight of endangered animals like these poor White-Bellied Pangolins, current population unknown.

See Photographer Spends Years Taking Photos Of Endangered Animals, They're Heartbreakingly Beautiful here

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A Reptile Dysfunction

Meowsondeck posted a picture of a friend's cat that had been playing with a lizard. I believe the lizard won that game. SchnoodleDoodleDo had to write a poem about it

my name is cat

i play wif liz

i don tink he

knoze wat fun is -

you bite my lip

il getchu back

n eatchu for

a little schmack

don test my skills

i fas n punctual

how qwik youl be

a reptile disfunctual

You'll have to forgive her for the lack of capitalization and punctuation. Cats are not good at those things. Of course, she's referencing an earlier meme.

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A Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog

You might fall in love with pictures of a certain breed of dog and get it in your head that you want one of those. But do you know what that really entails? Personality matters more than over the long run, and adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. That said, most mutts are pretty sweet and normal, even though they each have their own personality. But if you are pining for a particular breed, you need to be informed about what you are in for. Comic artist Grace Gogarty, who goes by little tunny on her Tumblr blog, captures what these breeds are generally like in hilarious cartoon form.   

See a gallery of 24 different breeds, illustrated, at Bored Panda. See more of little tunny's work at Instagram.

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The Wiener 500

You've seen wiener dog racing, but you've never seen it like this! The Daytona 500 race is coming up, and the dachshunds Crusoe and Oakley are getting into the spirit. Watch them race around in their little wiener dog cars!

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See more of Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund in previous posts. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Cats Destroying Everything That Gets In Their Way

Dogs can destroy tough stuff like boots, furniture and wooden fences in no time flat, but dogs usually destroy in short bursts unlike cats, who usually like to go slow and shred stuff over time.

Cats also normally like to hide the destruction from their humans so they don't get in trouble, but when kittehs stop caring about what their humans think they go paws to the wall and act like little furry wrecking balls.

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This hilarious compilation by Tiger Productions reminds us our stuff is only in one piece because our cats haven't decided to destroy it yet, so be kind to your kitty and make with the treats...or else!

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A Fancy Modern Cat Tree Our Feline Friends Will Really Like

Our cats seem to be okay with the cat trees we've given them, and they seem to appreciate the effort when we build them a cat tree that looks like a prop from a movie.

But then again they're happy with any cardboard boxes we leave lying around the house too, so maybe they're not as content on their cat tree as we think.

Maybe they'd prefer a swanky tree with a modern look like the NEKO cat tree created by the Japanese cat product company RINN as designed by Yoh Kamiyama.

The NEKO tree has a marble base and hardwood slates surrounding the platforms, so it looks cool and your kitties can scratch on it without tearing it up. Plus the slates are spaced so your cat can look out from inside the tree and feel like they're in the safest feline fortress in the world.

-Via DesignTAXI

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A Reunion of Old Friends

When Nicole Renae was 14 years old, she had to give up her beloved little black dog named Chloe. Years passed, Nicole grew up, got married, had a baby, and wanted to adopt a dog for her daughter to grow up with. So she started checking online ads. A notice of an elderly dog that needed a home caught her eye. The dog was named Chloe, and looked like her long lost dog from childhood, but this dog was gray. Nicole decided this was the dog she wanted.

Upon meeting her "new" dog, Nicole was struck with an uncanny feeling.

"She just ran up to me and started licking my face," she said. "As the day went on, all these characteristics just reminded me of my old dog."

Chloe, it seems, knew her adopter was her old friend from the start — and soon Nicole was convinced of it, too.

"She just kept hugging me. I was crying — it reminded me so much of my Chloe," Nicole said. "I never thought I’d see my dog again, but I just knew in my heart that it was her."

Although eight years had passed, Noel was able to get information from the dog's microchip to confirm that she was, in fact, the same Chloe that Nicole had as a child. Read their story and see plenty of pictures at The Dodo. -via Metafilter

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Lazy Bulldog Enjoys A Half Body Massage From A Roomba

Bulldogs are the laziest of all dogs, and they'd rather spend their lives laying around snoring and drooling than running around chasing critters and balls like their canine cousins.

But Bosco the English bulldog takes laziness to a whole new low, low energy that is, and he is such a sleepy pooch he doesn't even lift an eyelid when the Roomba starts "attacking" him for getting in the way of its cleaning.

In fact, Bosco seems to think of the Roomba as his own personal robo-massager!

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Corgi Sneaks Out to Indulge in Secret Hobby

Callie Schenker of Bolivar, Missouri, came home one night last week to find that her neighbor's Corgi had sneaked into her pony's corral. What was he doing there? He was riding horseback! The pony didn't seem to mind, but Schenker knew no one would believe it without video proof.  

The 22-year-old posted the video on Facebook with the message, "I can't make this stuff up!!! So we pull back in our driveway tonight and this is what we see. This is not our dog! But apparently him and Cricket the one-eyed wonder pony are best friends." The video has received 5.3 million views as of Tuesday morning.

Schenker says the Corgi's owners are Mennonites who avoid going online, so they likely don't know their dog is gaining internet fame.

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You have to wonder if he does that every night. -via Katy Andersen

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Meet British Columbia's Snow-Shovelling, Beer-Fetching, Vacuuming Dog

What does your dog do to help around the house? Bark when the mailman comes? Morgan is a 6-year-old Newfoundland who has mastered a variety of useful tasks, including running a snowblower. It's a step up for her, as she was previously clearing snow with a mere shovel.  

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"She has a number of tricks she does, she can cook hotdogs on fires, she can get beverages out of coolers, she can go in the fridge and get a beer for me ... and she vacuums," said Morgan's owner, Dean Edwards of Sunnybrae, near Salmon Arm, B.C.

Morgan will even close the fridge door behind her and throw away empty cans when you're finished drinking, Edwards says.

Morgan is a championship show dog and a certified therapy dog. She's been in training for various jobs since she was a puppy. Read more about Morgan at CBC News. -via Metafilter

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The Adventures Of Super Mario Cat And Luigi

Mario always looked cuter and more approachable when he was wearing an animal costume, so casting a cat to play Mario in a live action Super Mario Bros. short is a brilliant idea.

Then they cast a cat as the damsel in distress Princess Peach, which was a similarly perfect casting job, so why is Luigi played by a human in this MrTV Cow production?

Because somebody needed to wrangle the cats! All kidding aside SUPER MARIO CAT BROS. is seriously cute and very fun to watch, so hopefully it's the first in a new series!

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Coyote and Goat are Best Friends

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Under normal circumstance, a coyote and a goat would be predator and prey. No so for these two. They are pets who live together in Idaho. We can assume that they both have access to a generous supply of goat chow and coyote chow, or they wouldn't be the obviously happy friends they are. Let's just hope that goat doesn't ever go out on her own to make friends.  -via Boing Boing

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Amusing And Astonishing Hedgehog Facts

If you've never fallen in love with a hedgehog then you've never met Princess Pricklepants, and if you don't think hedgehogs are adorable then you probably don't dig cute critters and therefore won't dig these silly Hedgehog Facts.

But if you love Pricklepants, and all hedgehogs, as much as I do then these Hedgehog Facts will amuse, amaze and astound you, because they're absolutely astonishing!

Who knew hedgehogs were such mighty and mysterious creatures?

Hedgehog Facts like these don't come along every day, so when you have the chance to right click and save a bunch of them to share with your social media circles you should grab that JPG treasure and run!

See more Hedgehog Facts at The Pleasantries of Princess Pricklepants

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When Zoos Get Into A Brutally Adorable Cute Animal Tweet Off Battle We All Win

Twitter has become one of the most annoyingly political, and volatile, social media platforms since the 2016 election, and most people I know happily ditched Twitter and never looked back.

But if there's one thing Twitter is good for it's advertising and promotion, and if there's one thing that could bring people back to Twitter it's pictures of cute animals.

So when the National Zoo tweeted a pic of an adorable gray seal pup other zoos saw it as a challenge, so they started a cute animal tweet off battle with the hashtag #challengeaccepted.

Soon the Bronx Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, Virginia Aquarium, Zoo Miami and the Philadelphia Zoo started battling it out by tweeting their most adorable critter pics, at which point people must have started coming back to Twitter in droves!

See Zoos Get Into Brutal #CuteAnimalTweetOff Battle, And It's Exactly What The Internet Needed here

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This Cute Fat Cat Doesn't Want To Leave His Beloved Heater's Side

Housecats ain't no dummies when it comes to the ways of humankind, and they know exactly which things in their owner's house are most scratchable, most delicious and most fun to bat around.

And kitties who live in a cold area always know exactly where to go in the house when they want to get warm, which is why Ryuji Tan's cat Busao doesn't wants to leave his beloved heater's side.

You see, Ryuji and Busao live in Ibaraki Prefecture, where winters can get particularly cold, so Busao has made it his life mission to stay right next to the space heater at all times.

Ryuji shares pictures of Busao and his Akita Rin on their Facebook fan page Busaophoto and on their Instragram account @tanryug, but there's something about Busao's special relationship with the heater that warms my heart!

See more at Laughing Squid

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Researchers Discover Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech

Orcas aren't holding a grudge over the whole Sea World/Blackfish thing, in fact they've been getting a bit chummier with people since whaling has gone out of style.

And according to the research team led by José Zamorano-Abramson the orcas they've been studying at Marineland in Antibes, France are now able to replicate the sound of human speech surprisingly well.

Wikie, the main orca in the study, was born in captivity and had already been taught to imitate behaviors on cue by a trainer at Marineland, but now she can deliver "recognizable copies" of words like hello, bye-bye and one, two, three:

"We are interested in the possibility that other species also have cultural processes," the study's lead author, José Zamorano-Abramson, told The New York Times.

For this study, the trainers used that motion after noises instead of actions. They started by presenting her with sounds she already knew how to make on command, like a noisy breath or a high-pitched peeping sound.

Then they introduced "novel sounds" she had never been trained to make before. Some of them were orca sounds, which Wikie would copy either from her calf, Moana, or from a recording. She might hear a squeak like a creaky door, a wolf-whistle-esque siren, or a noise like an elephant call — sounds she had never been heard to make on her own.

Then there were the human sounds: "Ah ah," "hello," "bye-bye," "Amy," "one-two" and "one-two-three."

Those were definitely new to Wikie. But she gave it a shot. She caught on to "hello" and "one-two-three" on her first attempt, although some of the others took far longer.

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Read Whale Hello: Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech, Researchers Find at NPR

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Canine Domestic Squabble

Xena is a Siberian husky, and her buddy Lana is a Malamute. They live together, and most of the time the dogs are best friends, but here they are having an argument. You can see them both trying to get a word in, raising their voices, reaching out, rebuffing, pressing their points, turning their backs to pout, cooling off, and all the behaviors you'd expect in a family dispute.

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The two eventually made up, but you have to wonder who won, and what they were arguing about in the first place. You can see more of Xena, Lana, and their other housemate Kiko at Instagram. -via Tastefully Offensive

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