Man’s dogs howl so often that his infant son has started joining them

The latest battle in the Canine Howling War saw an unlikely participant.

Larry Woods’ two labradors constantly try to see which of them can howl the loudest. Theyve been doing it so often that Woods’ 5-month-old baby has started howling with them and observing their techniques.

Well, we know who the clear winner of this battle is.

Photo via Eric Sonstroem/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

Picture of the Day: Just a Cheetah Cub and a Puppy

The Columbus Zoo’s ten-week-old Cheetah cub, Emmett, recently met his new companion puppy, seven-week-old Cullen. Emmett was born at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Due to a bout of pneumonia, he was hand-reared, for several weeks, while receiving treatments.

Cullen will help Emmett be more confident and calm around others and the two fast friends will grow up with each other being only three weeks apart in age. More photos and info on Emmett and Cullen can be found on Zoo Borns.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Why Adorable Puppies Can Make You Feel Violent

Cute aggression is a particularly strange phenomenon. When we see something so cute, or even think about it like a baby kitten, stumbling across the floor we first experience a tsunami of positivity, an overwhelming accumulation of fuzzy happiness. Then, somewhat perplexingly, this feeling sometimes coexists with the urge to squeeze the kitten to death. This effect is recognized by scientists, and a study published earlier this year in the journal Psychological Science explains that this secondary, negative response may be trying to counteract the out-of-control positive one.

The research group from Yale University coined the term cute aggression, and it is thought to belong to one of a series of paradoxical combinations of positive and negative emotions, which also include nervous laughter or tears of joy. These are known as dimorphous expressions.

Cute aggression was first scientifically documented by Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon in 2012. In their experiment 109 participants were asked to hold bubble wrap as a slideshow of animals with funny, cute or neutralexpressions was shown. Although an uptick in bubble popping was expected for the cute animals, the researchers found that the participants went a little bonkers, popping far more bubbles than the other two groups.

Interestingly enough, this feeling is amplified when the cute animals in question arent physically accessible. The same effect applies to pictures of babies, with further studies indicating that the younger and cuter the babies look, the greater the urge of the participants to experience both a positive emotion explaining how they want to look after it and an aggressive feeling,describing the urge to want to pinch its cheeks.

Image credit: We can’t handle this. ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock

For the latest study, several hundred participants were initially asked about a variety of dimorphous expressions, involving both cute (seeing baby kittens) and non-cute stimuli (crying during a piece of happy music), and asked to record how powerful each emotion was during these types of events.

For example, the participants had to decide whether or not they were the type of person that upon seeing something cute they often clenched their hands into fists. This allowed the researchers to produce a numerical scale of dimorphous expression. The study then gave participants the baby test, which again showed that more infantile babies produced the most extreme cute aggressive response.

A puzzle unrelated to cute babies was then undertaken by the participants, before they took the baby test again. Although the same cute aggression effect was seen, those that initially showed the most aggression also showed the greatest immediate post-exposure decline in positive emotions. Essentially, those with the more aggressive response were able to more rapidly counteract their overwhelming positive emotional cascade.

But why would anyone want to temper this explosion of happiness? The authors think that the negative emotion is designed to support the immediate well-being of the [participant]. Any emotional spike uses up considerable energy, so our brains have to be able to regulate their own emotional responses.

Anna Brooks, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience from Southern Cross University, told Vice that The ability to regulate one’s strength of emotional response is highly adaptive: It stops us from investing too much energy into things.

So if you see a puppy and want to squash it to pieces, dont worry, youre perfectly normal its just your brain trying to stop itself exploding.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com

Nora the rescue puppy loves napping with her baby brother

Image: mashable composite: elizabeth spence/instagram

Cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good nap.

In fact, mom Elizabeth Spence posts photos to Instagram of her English Pointer, Nora, who enjoys her daily nap in the cutest way possible cuddled beside Spence’s eight-month-old son, Archie.

Mashable spoke with Spence via email to learn more about the adorably special bond that her son and Nora share.

“We got Nora from Funds For Furry Friends, a local rescue shelter, seven years ago prior to having kids,” Spence said. “Despite having come from an abusive situation, her sweet and gentle nature shone through and we knew with certainty she would be a wonderful family dog when the time came.”

Image: Elizabeth Spence

While Nora gets along with Spence’s three kids, three rescue cats and her other two rescue dogs, it’s clear she and Archie are especially close.

“I noticed a strong bond growing between Nora and Archie when Archie was about four months old and so I began photographing their daily interactions, like squirrel watching, and the supervised communal naps they take together,” said Spence.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

As for the photos, while she occasionally embellishes the shots by adding stuffed animals or other props, Spence explained, “Nora pretty much always finds her way right over to Archie on her own whenever he takes a nap on our bed.”

Spence is “thrilled to spread some love” by showing others these precious photos, and hopes they let people see, “what amazing petsrescue animals can beand encourage others to consider giving them a chance at love, too.”

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Sometimes Spence’s other pets even join in on the snoozefest.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

To see more of Archie’s puppy-filled adventures, follow Spence’s Instagram account.

[H/T Bored Panda]

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Source: http://mashable.com/

New artificial womb helps preemie animals grow

A newly-tested artificial womb could change the way doctors care for babies born prematurely, according to new research.

The new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, details the testing of a “womb-like device” on fetal lambs, which develop lungs in utero much the same way humans do.

The lambs involved in the study lived inside the device which uses a container filled with liquid for about four weeks, breathing amniotic fluid inside of a temperature-controlled environment.

While video footage of the lamb within the artificial womb may look startling at first, the device could one day be a “bridge between the mother’s womb and the outside world,” said Dr. Alan Flake, co-author of the study, n a statement.

Image: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

“If we can develop an extra-uterine system to support growth and organ maturation for only a few weeks, we can dramatically improve outcomes for extremely premature babies,” Flake, a doctor at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, added.

This study wasn’t designed to replace a mother’s natural womb, but the invention could one day help keep premature infants off ventilators and out of incubators when they are born.

But that day isn’t here yet.

Assuming the team’s animal results can be translated into human healthcare settings, Flake estimates that clinics could be using this type of system sometime in the next 10 years.

WATCH: Our fruits and veggies aren’t as fresh as you might think

Source: http://mashable.com/

15+ Proud Dog Mommies With Their Puppies

Nature makes sure that these dog moms are proud of their babies. In humans, the maternal bond usually begins to develop during pregnancy, but childbirth is the moment where the bond truly sets in for most animals.

Do you have any pics of proud dog mommies? Post them below, or vote on your favorites! After all, there can never be too many puppy pics!

Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/

Man’s dogs howl so often that his infant son has started joining them

The latest battle in the Canine Howling War saw an unlikely participant.

Larry Woods’ two labradors constantly try to see which of them can howl the loudest. Theyve been doing it so often that Woods’ 5-month-old baby has started howling with them and observing their techniques.

Well, we know who the clear winner of this battle is.

Photo via Eric Sonstroem/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

Picture of the Day: Just a Cheetah Cub and a Puppy

The Columbus Zoo’s ten-week-old Cheetah cub, Emmett, recently met his new companion puppy, seven-week-old Cullen. Emmett was born at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Due to a bout of pneumonia, he was hand-reared, for several weeks, while receiving treatments.

Cullen will help Emmett be more confident and calm around others and the two fast friends will grow up with each other being only three weeks apart in age. More photos and info on Emmett and Cullen can be found on Zoo Borns.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

New artificial womb helps preemie animals grow

A newly-tested artificial womb could change the way doctors care for babies born prematurely, according to new research.

The new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, details the testing of a “womb-like device” on fetal lambs, which develop lungs in utero much the same way humans do.

The lambs involved in the study lived inside the device which uses a container filled with liquid for about four weeks, breathing amniotic fluid inside of a temperature-controlled environment.

While video footage of the lamb within the artificial womb may look startling at first, the device could one day be a “bridge between the mother’s womb and the outside world,” said Dr. Alan Flake, co-author of the study, n a statement.

Image: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

“If we can develop an extra-uterine system to support growth and organ maturation for only a few weeks, we can dramatically improve outcomes for extremely premature babies,” Flake, a doctor at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, added.

This study wasn’t designed to replace a mother’s natural womb, but the invention could one day help keep premature infants off ventilators and out of incubators when they are born.

But that day isn’t here yet.

Assuming the team’s animal results can be translated into human healthcare settings, Flake estimates that clinics could be using this type of system sometime in the next 10 years.

WATCH: Our fruits and veggies aren’t as fresh as you might think

Source: http://mashable.com/

Why Adorable Puppies Can Make You Feel Violent

Cute aggression is a particularly strange phenomenon. When we see something so cute, or even think about it like a baby kitten, stumbling across the floor we first experience a tsunami of positivity, an overwhelming accumulation of fuzzy happiness. Then, somewhat perplexingly, this feeling sometimes coexists with the urge to squeeze the kitten to death. This effect is recognized by scientists, and a study published earlier this year in the journal Psychological Science explains that this secondary, negative response may be trying to counteract the out-of-control positive one.

The research group from Yale University coined the term cute aggression, and it is thought to belong to one of a series of paradoxical combinations of positive and negative emotions, which also include nervous laughter or tears of joy. These are known as dimorphous expressions.

Cute aggression was first scientifically documented by Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon in 2012. In their experiment 109 participants were asked to hold bubble wrap as a slideshow of animals with funny, cute or neutralexpressions was shown. Although an uptick in bubble popping was expected for the cute animals, the researchers found that the participants went a little bonkers, popping far more bubbles than the other two groups.

Interestingly enough, this feeling is amplified when the cute animals in question arent physically accessible. The same effect applies to pictures of babies, with further studies indicating that the younger and cuter the babies look, the greater the urge of the participants to experience both a positive emotion explaining how they want to look after it and an aggressive feeling,describing the urge to want to pinch its cheeks.

Image credit: We can’t handle this. ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock

For the latest study, several hundred participants were initially asked about a variety of dimorphous expressions, involving both cute (seeing baby kittens) and non-cute stimuli (crying during a piece of happy music), and asked to record how powerful each emotion was during these types of events.

For example, the participants had to decide whether or not they were the type of person that upon seeing something cute they often clenched their hands into fists. This allowed the researchers to produce a numerical scale of dimorphous expression. The study then gave participants the baby test, which again showed that more infantile babies produced the most extreme cute aggressive response.

A puzzle unrelated to cute babies was then undertaken by the participants, before they took the baby test again. Although the same cute aggression effect was seen, those that initially showed the most aggression also showed the greatest immediate post-exposure decline in positive emotions. Essentially, those with the more aggressive response were able to more rapidly counteract their overwhelming positive emotional cascade.

But why would anyone want to temper this explosion of happiness? The authors think that the negative emotion is designed to support the immediate well-being of the [participant]. Any emotional spike uses up considerable energy, so our brains have to be able to regulate their own emotional responses.

Anna Brooks, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience from Southern Cross University, told Vice that The ability to regulate one’s strength of emotional response is highly adaptive: It stops us from investing too much energy into things.

So if you see a puppy and want to squash it to pieces, dont worry, youre perfectly normal its just your brain trying to stop itself exploding.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com

Nora the rescue puppy loves napping with her baby brother

Image: mashable composite: elizabeth spence/instagram

Cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good nap.

In fact, mom Elizabeth Spence posts photos to Instagram of her English Pointer, Nora, who enjoys her daily nap in the cutest way possible cuddled beside Spence’s eight-month-old son, Archie.

Mashable spoke with Spence via email to learn more about the adorably special bond that her son and Nora share.

“We got Nora from Funds For Furry Friends, a local rescue shelter, seven years ago prior to having kids,” Spence said. “Despite having come from an abusive situation, her sweet and gentle nature shone through and we knew with certainty she would be a wonderful family dog when the time came.”

Image: Elizabeth Spence

While Nora gets along with Spence’s three kids, three rescue cats and her other two rescue dogs, it’s clear she and Archie are especially close.

“I noticed a strong bond growing between Nora and Archie when Archie was about four months old and so I began photographing their daily interactions, like squirrel watching, and the supervised communal naps they take together,” said Spence.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

As for the photos, while she occasionally embellishes the shots by adding stuffed animals or other props, Spence explained, “Nora pretty much always finds her way right over to Archie on her own whenever he takes a nap on our bed.”

Spence is “thrilled to spread some love” by showing others these precious photos, and hopes they let people see, “what amazing petsrescue animals can beand encourage others to consider giving them a chance at love, too.”

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Sometimes Spence’s other pets even join in on the snoozefest.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

To see more of Archie’s puppy-filled adventures, follow Spence’s Instagram account.

[H/T Bored Panda]

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Source: http://mashable.com/

15+ Proud Dog Mommies With Their Puppies

Nature makes sure that these dog moms are proud of their babies. In humans, the maternal bond usually begins to develop during pregnancy, but childbirth is the moment where the bond truly sets in for most animals.

Do you have any pics of proud dog mommies? Post them below, or vote on your favorites! After all, there can never be too many puppy pics!

Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/

New artificial womb helps preemie animals grow

A newly-tested artificial womb could change the way doctors care for babies born prematurely, according to new research.

The new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, details the testing of a “womb-like device” on fetal lambs, which develop lungs in utero much the same way humans do.

The lambs involved in the study lived inside the device which uses a container filled with liquid for about four weeks, breathing amniotic fluid inside of a temperature-controlled environment.

While video footage of the lamb within the artificial womb may look startling at first, the device could one day be a “bridge between the mother’s womb and the outside world,” said Dr. Alan Flake, co-author of the study, n a statement.

Image: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

“If we can develop an extra-uterine system to support growth and organ maturation for only a few weeks, we can dramatically improve outcomes for extremely premature babies,” Flake, a doctor at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, added.

This study wasn’t designed to replace a mother’s natural womb, but the invention could one day help keep premature infants off ventilators and out of incubators when they are born.

But that day isn’t here yet.

Assuming the team’s animal results can be translated into human healthcare settings, Flake estimates that clinics could be using this type of system sometime in the next 10 years.

WATCH: Our fruits and veggies aren’t as fresh as you might think

Source: http://mashable.com/

Picture of the Day: Just a Cheetah Cub and a Puppy

The Columbus Zoo’s ten-week-old Cheetah cub, Emmett, recently met his new companion puppy, seven-week-old Cullen. Emmett was born at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Due to a bout of pneumonia, he was hand-reared, for several weeks, while receiving treatments.

Cullen will help Emmett be more confident and calm around others and the two fast friends will grow up with each other being only three weeks apart in age. More photos and info on Emmett and Cullen can be found on Zoo Borns.

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Why Adorable Puppies Can Make You Feel Violent

Cute aggression is a particularly strange phenomenon. When we see something so cute, or even think about it like a baby kitten, stumbling across the floor we first experience a tsunami of positivity, an overwhelming accumulation of fuzzy happiness. Then, somewhat perplexingly, this feeling sometimes coexists with the urge to squeeze the kitten to death. This effect is recognized by scientists, and a study published earlier this year in the journal Psychological Science explains that this secondary, negative response may be trying to counteract the out-of-control positive one.

The research group from Yale University coined the term cute aggression, and it is thought to belong to one of a series of paradoxical combinations of positive and negative emotions, which also include nervous laughter or tears of joy. These are known as dimorphous expressions.

Cute aggression was first scientifically documented by Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon in 2012. In their experiment 109 participants were asked to hold bubble wrap as a slideshow of animals with funny, cute or neutralexpressions was shown. Although an uptick in bubble popping was expected for the cute animals, the researchers found that the participants went a little bonkers, popping far more bubbles than the other two groups.

Interestingly enough, this feeling is amplified when the cute animals in question arent physically accessible. The same effect applies to pictures of babies, with further studies indicating that the younger and cuter the babies look, the greater the urge of the participants to experience both a positive emotion explaining how they want to look after it and an aggressive feeling,describing the urge to want to pinch its cheeks.

Image credit: We can’t handle this. ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock

For the latest study, several hundred participants were initially asked about a variety of dimorphous expressions, involving both cute (seeing baby kittens) and non-cute stimuli (crying during a piece of happy music), and asked to record how powerful each emotion was during these types of events.

For example, the participants had to decide whether or not they were the type of person that upon seeing something cute they often clenched their hands into fists. This allowed the researchers to produce a numerical scale of dimorphous expression. The study then gave participants the baby test, which again showed that more infantile babies produced the most extreme cute aggressive response.

A puzzle unrelated to cute babies was then undertaken by the participants, before they took the baby test again. Although the same cute aggression effect was seen, those that initially showed the most aggression also showed the greatest immediate post-exposure decline in positive emotions. Essentially, those with the more aggressive response were able to more rapidly counteract their overwhelming positive emotional cascade.

But why would anyone want to temper this explosion of happiness? The authors think that the negative emotion is designed to support the immediate well-being of the [participant]. Any emotional spike uses up considerable energy, so our brains have to be able to regulate their own emotional responses.

Anna Brooks, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience from Southern Cross University, told Vice that The ability to regulate one’s strength of emotional response is highly adaptive: It stops us from investing too much energy into things.

So if you see a puppy and want to squash it to pieces, dont worry, youre perfectly normal its just your brain trying to stop itself exploding.

Source: http://www.iflscience.com

Nora the rescue puppy loves napping with her baby brother

Image: mashable composite: elizabeth spence/instagram

Cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good nap.

In fact, mom Elizabeth Spence posts photos to Instagram of her English Pointer, Nora, who enjoys her daily nap in the cutest way possible cuddled beside Spence’s eight-month-old son, Archie.

Mashable spoke with Spence via email to learn more about the adorably special bond that her son and Nora share.

“We got Nora from Funds For Furry Friends, a local rescue shelter, seven years ago prior to having kids,” Spence said. “Despite having come from an abusive situation, her sweet and gentle nature shone through and we knew with certainty she would be a wonderful family dog when the time came.”

Image: Elizabeth Spence

While Nora gets along with Spence’s three kids, three rescue cats and her other two rescue dogs, it’s clear she and Archie are especially close.

“I noticed a strong bond growing between Nora and Archie when Archie was about four months old and so I began photographing their daily interactions, like squirrel watching, and the supervised communal naps they take together,” said Spence.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

As for the photos, while she occasionally embellishes the shots by adding stuffed animals or other props, Spence explained, “Nora pretty much always finds her way right over to Archie on her own whenever he takes a nap on our bed.”

Spence is “thrilled to spread some love” by showing others these precious photos, and hopes they let people see, “what amazing petsrescue animals can beand encourage others to consider giving them a chance at love, too.”

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Sometimes Spence’s other pets even join in on the snoozefest.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

To see more of Archie’s puppy-filled adventures, follow Spence’s Instagram account.

[H/T Bored Panda]

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Source: http://mashable.com/

These baby polar bears are the cutest twins of 2017 (sorry Beyonc)

Look at these babies. Just look at them.

These precious angel bears belong to the Columbus Zoo, who shared the twins’ first photoshoot today on Facebook.

No offense to Beyonc, Amal Clooney or any other celebrities expecting twins, but these polar bear babes are the cutest twins of 2017. The competition has already been won.

I mean…

These cubs belong to female polar bear Aurora and are currently 3 months old. The Columbus Zoo stated on Facebook that the sex of the babies is still unknown, but will be confirmed in a few weeks.

The zoo has also shared that the twins are slowly learning about the world, having been introduced to sand, sod and a few inches of water.

“They are now eating chow and will sneak a little bit of meat from mom when they get the opportunity!” the zoo wrote alongside this heartwarming video.

It’s hard to believe anything can be that effortlessly adorable, and yet we are looking at proof right here.

As if two baby polar bears were not enough, the Columbus Zoo also has another baby polar bear in residence. This one is the baby of another polar bear, Anana, and is also very, very good at looking cute.

All babies and moms are doing very well, and should be on view come spring.

Meanwhile, we need to go lie down. So much cuteness in such a short span of time has overwhelmed us.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/22/baby-polar-bears/

Why Adorable Puppies Can Make You Feel Violent

Cute aggression is a particularly strange phenomenon. When we see something so cute, or even think about it like a baby kitten, stumbling across the floor we first experience a tsunami of positivity, an overwhelming accumulation of fuzzy happiness. Then, somewhat perplexingly, this feeling sometimes coexists with the urge to squeeze the kitten to death. This effect is recognized by scientists, and a study published earlier this year in the journal Psychological Science explains that this secondary, negative response may be trying to counteract the out-of-control positive one.

The research group from Yale University coined the term cute aggression, and it is thought to belong to one of a series of paradoxical combinations of positive and negative emotions, which also include nervous laughter or tears of joy. These are known as dimorphous expressions.

Cute aggression was first scientifically documented by Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon in 2012. In their experiment 109 participants were asked to hold bubble wrap as a slideshow of animals with funny, cute or neutralexpressions was shown. Although an uptick in bubble popping was expected for the cute animals, the researchers found that the participants went a little bonkers, popping far more bubbles than the other two groups.

Interestingly enough, this feeling is amplified when the cute animals in question arent physically accessible. The same effect applies to pictures of babies, with further studies indicating that the younger and cuter the babies look, the greater the urge of the participants to experience both a positive emotion explaining how they want to look after it and an aggressive feeling,describing the urge to want to pinch its cheeks.

Image credit: We can’t handle this. ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock

For the latest study, several hundred participants were initially asked about a variety of dimorphous expressions, involving both cute (seeing baby kittens) and non-cute stimuli (crying during a piece of happy music), and asked to record how powerful each emotion was during these types of events.

For example, the participants had to decide whether or not they were the type of person that upon seeing something cute they often clenched their hands into fists. This allowed the researchers to produce a numerical scale of dimorphous expression. The study then gave participants the baby test, which again showed that more infantile babies produced the most extreme cute aggressive response.

A puzzle unrelated to cute babies was then undertaken by the participants, before they took the baby test again. Although the same cute aggression effect was seen, those that initially showed the most aggression also showed the greatest immediate post-exposure decline in positive emotions. Essentially, those with the more aggressive response were able to more rapidly counteract their overwhelming positive emotional cascade.

But why would anyone want to temper this explosion of happiness? The authors think that the negative emotion is designed to support the immediate well-being of the [participant]. Any emotional spike uses up considerable energy, so our brains have to be able to regulate their own emotional responses.

Anna Brooks, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience from Southern Cross University, told Vice that The ability to regulate one’s strength of emotional response is highly adaptive: It stops us from investing too much energy into things.

So if you see a puppy and want to squash it to pieces, dont worry, youre perfectly normal its just your brain trying to stop itself exploding.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/why-you-want-squeeze-cute-things-death

Man’s dogs howl so often that his infant son has started joining them

The latest battle in the Canine Howling War saw an unlikely participant.

Larry Woods’ two labradors constantly try to see which of them can howl the loudest. Theyve been doing it so often that Woods’ 5-month-old baby has started howling with them and observing their techniques.

Well, we know who the clear winner of this battle is.

Photo via Eric Sonstroem/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/baby-labrador-howling-contest/

Two Enormous Dogs May Be The Worlds Biggest Babysitters

Joshua Fisher and his wife,Bee, have three little boys. That may sound like a full house to some, but they were looking to expand their family.

Joshuawas hoping to get a horse, but they settled ongetting two dogs instead. After doing some research, the couple decided they wanted a breed that was known for getting along well with young children.

Ralphie and Boss joined their family soon after. They are both Newfoundlands. The family’sthree little boys have developed an adorable, brotherly bond with the two pups.Introducing pets to young family members is an important step and, luckily for the Fishers, the bond was instant and the boys all five of them have been getting along since.

Ralphie and Boss are no ordinary dogs.Not only are they great babysitters for their human brothers, but they also have another amazing trait. They can grow to be six feet from nose to tail! Fortunately, the Fishers have documented their gentle giants’ bondwith the young boys.

Scroll throughbelow to see photos and video of this unique family in action, and let us know what you think in the comments.

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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Meet the Fishers, an adorable, young family from Long Beach, CA. After deciding against getting a horse, the family choseto add two bear-sized dogs to the family. Their names are Ralphie and Boss.

The Fishers specifically researched and chose twoNewfoundlandsdue to their calm, loving nature. But surprisingly, this breedcan grow up to six feet from nose to tail and can weigh over 270 lbs!

When the couple first saw a full-grown Newfoundland, they were shocked.

“We didn’t realize how big they were in-person until we went to get Ralphie from the breeders,” said BeeFisher, according to the Daily Mail.

The kids, Lenox, Cruz, and Tegan, are absolutely fascinated with their furry brothers’ sizes. Ralphie tips the scale at 125 pounds, and Boss is a whopping 160 pounds.

The dogs allow the kids to poke, prod, and lay all over them.

“They are sweet and loving,” JoshuaFisher said. “It shows in our photos they are truly lap dogs. They are gentle giants and we can take them anywhere.”

No matter where the family goes, crowds of people typically approach them to check out their giant pets. They’re like local celebrities!

The Fishers say the only downside to having such huge dogs? The drool!

They slobber on work clothes they shake their heads and it goes flying everywhere,” said Joshua. “We have to keep emergency towels around the house and their hair gets everywhere. It can be crazy, but it is worth it.”

Ralphie and Boss love their little human brothers and their lovable nature makes them the best furry babysitters around!

You can follow the Fisher family’s adventures onInstagram.

Watch the video below for a closer look at these incredible creatures and their loving family, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/worlds-biggest-babysitters/

Picture of the Day: Just a Cheetah Cub and a Puppy

The Columbus Zoo’s ten-week-old Cheetah cub, Emmett, recently met his new companion puppy, seven-week-old Cullen. Emmett was born at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Due to a bout of pneumonia, he was hand-reared, for several weeks, while receiving treatments.

Cullen will help Emmett be more confident and calm around others and the two fast friends will grow up with each other being only three weeks apart in age. More photos and info on Emmett and Cullen can be found on Zoo Borns.

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2016/09/cheetah-cub-and-puppy-columbus-zoo/

15+ Proud Dog Mommies With Their Puppies

Nature makes sure that these dog moms are proud of their babies. In humans, the maternal bond usually begins to develop during pregnancy, but childbirth is the moment where the bond truly sets in for most animals.

Do you have any pics of proud dog mommies? Post them below, or vote on your favorites! After all, there can never be too many puppy pics!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/proud-dog-mothers/

Baby Plays And Giggles With Two Tiny Pug Puppies

Just about everyone can agree with each other that babies and puppies are some of the most adorable things on the planet. Whether it be because of their little round faces, or their cute cooing noises, there is justsomethingabout them boththat warms the hearts of even the meanest people out there!

So when the lucky mother of one of the cutest babies we’ve ever seen set her little baby down on the ground, we couldn’t help but smile when two little black baby pugs rushed up to the baby to shower him in kisses!

We can’t tell who is more excited! The baby can’t stop giggling at his two new friends, but the two puppies are overjoyed at meeting their new human baby! They try to climb him, kiss him, lick him, smell him, and run all around him. This entire video is just too adorable!

Little Louie is still learning about the world and all the puppies in it, but with the loving guidance of hisamazing parents, we’re sure this tinyguy will grow up to be a pretty incredible animal lover.

As long as he’s taught the importance of treating our animal friends with respect, and as long as Mom is around to make sure the dogs don’t get too crazy, we’re happy to say that this growing family will continue to love each other’s company for many years to come!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/pug-babies-puggle-giggle-guy/

Adorable Video Shows Tiny Baby And Pleasant Puppy Rolling About In The Soft Grass

Its no secret that dogs love rolling around in the grass. Either because they have fixated on a smell, have an itch that just needs some lawn scratching, or it’s just a natural behavior ingrained in their breed, they cant get enough of rolling in patches of grass!

Less common, though, is seeing a baby roll in the grass! Thats exactly what this baby is doing, though, right alongside his dog. This adorable kid must have picked up the habit from his furry sibling and seems to be having a blast rolling around with his pup. The way he imitates his dog is too cute these two share such a special bond.

Dogs and their human child siblings can form such strong bonds. In addition to playing together like this happy pair, pets will often exhibit a strong protective instinct over their little human friends.

This little pup sat watch over his infant human sisterand growled protectively when others approached. This dog gave his little human a bath and she giggled the whole time as the dog licked her clean. Dogs may not look exactly like their human siblings, but they share a special sibling relationship nonetheless!

PleaseSHAREthis adorable video if you just love watching dogs and babies playing with each other!

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/dog-baby-grass-adorable-cute-wow-amazing/

Nora the rescue puppy loves napping with her baby brother

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Cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good nap.

In fact, mom Elizabeth Spence posts photos to Instagram of her English Pointer, Nora, who enjoys her daily nap in the cutest way possible cuddled beside Spence’s eight-month-old son, Archie.

Mashable spoke with Spence via email to learn more about the adorably special bond that her son and Nora share.

“We got Nora from Funds For Furry Friends, a local rescue shelter, seven years ago prior to having kids,” Spence said. “Despite having come from an abusive situation, her sweet and gentle nature shone through and we knew with certainty she would be a wonderful family dog when the time came.”

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While Nora gets along with Spence’s three kids, three rescue cats and her other two rescue dogs, it’s clear she and Archie are especially close.

“I noticed a strong bond growing between Nora and Archie when Archie was about four months old and so I began photographing their daily interactions, like squirrel watching, and the supervised communal naps they take together,” said Spence.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

Image: elizabeth spence

Image: elizabeth spence

As for the photos, while she occasionally embellishes the shots by adding stuffed animals or other props, Spence explained, “Nora pretty much always finds her way right over to Archie on her own whenever he takes a nap on our bed.”

Spence is “thrilled to spread some love” by showing others these precious photos, and hopes they let people see, “what amazing petsrescue animals can beand encourage others to consider giving them a chance at love, too.”

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Image: elizabeth spence

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Sometimes Spence’s other pets even join in on the snoozefest.

Image: Elizabeth Spence

To see more of Archie’s puppy-filled adventures, follow Spence’s Instagram account.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/07/18/baby-napping-with-dog/

Loving Labrador Retriever Puppy Babysits A Tiny Newborn Baby

There’s always been a mysterious bond between babies and their dog family members. These huge animals know just how fragile a little baby can be, so they’ll do everything in their power to be as gentle as possible around them at all times. And the video below shows that amazing relationship firsthand!

Little Elarose has only been around on this planet for 3 weeks. But so far, it seems she’s already made a friend for life! After Elarose was born, her amazing parents safely introduced her to their beautiful labrador puppy, and from day one he’s been madly in love with her.

In fact, he loves her so much that he’ll happily act as a big pillow if she needs some support. With mom close by to make sure everything goes fine, she managed to capture this precious momenton camera,and we’re certainly happy she did!

Elarose squiggles a few times and makes a few squeaks, but this amazing puppy doesn’t seem to mind in the slightest. Hopefully, mom will remember to capture these two best friends growing up through the years, because with a beginning like this, something tells us that they’re going to be as close as family.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/adorable-labrador-babysits/

Baby Bear Given Second Chance At Life Thanks To Group Of Bikers

I have always loved the idea of having a little pet monkey. Primates are smart and sweet and different from any kind of other animal out there.

They also happen to be a huge responsibility, expensive, and they’re essentially furry little babies that never grow up. These facts always stop me in my tracks when I entertainthe thought of buying exotic pets.

Some animals simply aren’t meant to be domesticated or live indoors.

The exotic animal trade and illegal animal trafficking is a common problemall over the world. In the country of Laos, located in Southeast Asia, sun bears are typically taken from their mothers at very young ages and sold into the trade.

Miss Vientiane, also known as “Little Missy”, experienced such a fate in the beginning of her young life. Her owners purchased her from an illegal market and took her home to be the new house pet.

As one would expect, having a bear in the house didn’t go as planned.

Scroll through below to seewhat happened to Little Missy in the house and howa group of bikers came to her rescue.

[H/T: The Dodo]

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Little Missy the sun bear was illegally purchased by a family and taken home to live as a house pet.

The young bear did not adapt to her new domestic life like a dog or cat would.

Her owners were unhappy with the sun bear’s wild behavior and decided to give her up.

“As she became too expensive for him to care for, he was about to resell her to Chinese businessmen who had shown interest,” Laos Wildlife Rescue Center (LWRC) explained on their Facebook page.

Little Missy was doomed to a fate of living out her life in an unsuitable setting for a bear or worse.

She was brought to Sainyabuli province, an area notorious for large mammal wildlife markets, when some unexpected rescuers arrived.

A large group of bikers were passing through and convinced Little Missy’s owners to give the bear up to them.

The bikers knew of LWRC and knew this was Little Missy’s only chance at leading a normal life.

The motorcade arrived to the wildlife rescue center 20 bikes strong with the little bear in tow.

For the first time in her life, the sun bear’s fate was in the hands of people who truly cared.

Although the young bear will not be able to return to the wild due to the potential for human-animal conflict, the rescue center has provided her with the rehabilitation and space to live like she never had before.

Although the rescue center is happy to care for the bear, rescues like this always have their downsides.

“Not only has the mother of this bear likely been killed in front of her eyes, she will also most likely never be truly wild again,”Michelle Walhout-Tanneau, director of LWRC, told the Dodo.

Despite the bittersweet realities of this rescue, Little Missy is in the best hands at the wildlife center.

LWRC is currently raising funds to build the little bear her own enclosure since all of the bear fields are filled with full-grown bears.

For now, Little Missy will continue to enjoy walks with her caretakers and enjoy a freedomthat she’s never experienced before.

If you’d like to learn more about sun bears like Little Missy, visit LWRC’s Facebookpage for more information!

Thanks to these incredible bikers, Little Missy will now have a second chance at a happy life!

What do you think about adopting exotic animals?

Let us know in the comments and don’t forget toSHARE with the animal lovers in your life!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/bear-rescued-by-bikers/

Abandoned Pit Bull Mom And Her 10 Newborn Puppies Find A Happy Home

The intense connection between a mother and her newborn baby transcends both circumstance and species.

Mothers will risk their lives for their children, fight for them, and support them through any difficult incident or ailment.

Though there are many notable examples of human mothers’ unwavering love for their children, like this incredible mother going through chemo, dogs can also showcase some fierce maternal instinct.

In Sacramento, CA, one pit bull mom exemplified how important her new babies (all 10of them) were to her.

After being abandonedat the Sacramento SPCA, mere hours after giving birth to her large litter, the mama dog stayed faithfully huddled near them until help arrived.

Thanks to her devotion to theadorable babies, the entire family is now safe and sound in a new happy home.

Her perseverancedespite the odds is a model example of motherhood, and how hope and adoration for family is stronger than any tough situation.

[H/T: The Dodo]

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TheSacramento SPCAstaff arrived in the morning to quite a surprising site.

Dumped on their doorstep was a new pit bull mother and her 10tiny babies, with no assumed owner in sight.

The babies were barely daysold and the mother was bleeding residually, indicating that she had been dropped off shortly after giving birth to them.

There was no indication why they had been left nor was there food or water to nourish the new mother.

She was also left without a chain, so she could have easily walked away from the litter to seek help,sans her babies.

But she remaineddiligentlyby their side, unwavering in her sense of motherly duty even though staying would mean no immediatesource of food or wateruntil help arrived.

The shelter was happy to house them, but nervous about how they would be able to foster such a huge family altogether.

Eleven mouths to feed is difficult to handle for most foster families, but separating the puppies from their mom at such a young age could be detrimental to their health and happiness.

Fortunately, they were able to find a foster dad who was thrilled to take on the new family.

He squared away a spot for the mom to stay snuggly and warm with her babies while they nursed and grew.

The pit bull mom had an incredibly sweet disposition according the shelter staff.

Though she had been abandoned to brave the city alone with her babies, she remained completely friendly and even let them gently handle her newborns.

The family is expected to live with their doting foster father for the next several months until they are able to be separated and adopted to new nurturing households.

Until then, their stand-in dad has had a blast sharing their adorable photos with friends on social media.

The mother’s devotion to her litter proves that when family sticks by each other, they can overcomeany adversity.

If you think every animal deserves a warm and loving home,

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/pitbull-mom-and-newborn-puppies-abandoned/

This Little Girl Cant Go To Bed Without Reading Her Puppy A Bedtime Story

There’s no companion more perfect for a child than a sweet, loving dog. While being a kid can be one of the most magical times in life, it can also be very lonely. Making friends at school can be hard, and learning about the world can be scary.

But what makes it all a bit better is having someone there to depend on for a little affection at the end of the day. Anyone who was raised with a furry friend will tell you that dogs are just as much a part of the family as any sibling.

Take a look at the precious friendship this baby girl and her dog are already developing. After cuddling up with her own mother for a bedtime story, she figured her little puppy should get some bedtime affection as well. So, like her mommy, she pulled out a book and put her arms around her pup, giving him a few forehead kisses as they get ready for bed.

Sure, she may not quite know how to read yet, but hey, it’s the thought that counts! She just wants to take care of the little pooch the way her mommy cares of her, and that’s just about the sweetest thing ever. But it looks like her own story time actually put her to sleep. She’ll get the hang of it eventually.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/puppy-bed-time-story/

Adorable Baby Clothes Are Transformed Into Personalized Keepsake Bears

Watching your kids grow up is wonderful, but for many parents, seeing the passage of time so clearly can be a little bittersweet.

Of course, watching them grow and experience newthings is exciting, but holding onto the memories of their babyhood is also important.

So instead of snapping a million photos, why not create something truly personal that will last for years maybe even generations!

Artists and crafters on Etsy are helping parents and grandparents preserve memories of babyhood by turning babies’ belongings into one-of-a-kind works of art.

We’ve seen artists turn kids’ doodles into stunning pieces of personalized jewelry, but maybe you’d like something a little cuddlier that a baby can appreciate, too!

That’s where Memory Bears come in.

Made from onesies and blankets that have become too small, or too worn to donate, these handcrafted plush toys hold special memories for parents and children alike, and can be enjoyed for years. They can even be passed down to the next generation for even more snuggles, too!

Check out some of the many Memory Bears (and other animals, too) that you can find on Etsy. And if you’re crafty, you can even try your hand at this yourself!

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This cuddly onesie is cute enough on its own, but babies grow quickly.

We always advocate donating gently used baby clothes to babies in need, but if you have one that holds special memories, there’s something else you can do…

They can be turned into adorable stuffed animals!

The bears are custom-made using a garment or blanket of the customer’s choice, so no two are ever alike. This bear even incorporates the little dino feet from the original onesie.

The bears can be made using clothing of any size, and these onesies with the feet are the most common, since many of them are fleece and make great “fur” for a stuffed bear.

Each artist has their own unique style and approach to creating the bears, too, so you’ll see a variety of faces and body shapes, but they’re all very sweet! This style features jointed limbs so the bear can be posed.

The bears are a great way to preserve a favorite garment, like this pretty floral one, and also serve as a great memory of babyhood days.

Customers can also create bears using more than one garment, usually if the garments are very small and they want a larger bear. They can also select custom colors for the faces and details.

And because baby clothing is made of soft, cuddly fabric, you’re guaranteed a soft, cuddly bear that a child can play with and treasure for years.

And when they get even older, the now grown-up babies can even pass these along to their own children, or keep them as childhood treasures.

Many artists also use the feet of the onesies for the feet of the bear. Because honestly, those little feet areadorable.

Many artists will also incorporate the decorations that gavetheonesie its character and made it memorable.

Of course, a Memory Bear doesn’t always have to be a bear. Any animal can be created out of the fabric, like this plump whale…

Bunnies are a popular choice, too.

And while they might outgrow the need for a blanket, a cute new toy can be enjoyed for years!

You can see many more examples of Memory Bears (and other animals) on Etsy.

If you have kids or grandkids who are growing up too quickly, check out this unique way of celebrating their babyhood.

And don’t forget toSHAREthis great idea with all the parents and grandparents you know!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/memory-bears/

An Old Dog Hilariously Avoids The Love Of A Tiny Baby

When you bring a new baby into a home with any dog, you’re going to have to get the two used to each other before you let them play together.

Sometimes dogs are incredibly kind, caring, gentle, and friendly with the new additions to the family. They immediately become the very best of friends, and never leave each other’s side.

Other times, though, your pup won’t be as friendly. In these cases, you need to very, very slowly introduce the baby to the dog until they warm up to each other. Sometimes, they’ll eventually become friends, as some pups are stubborn and resistant to change.

When this old pooch met the new baby in his household, he wasn’t rough or mean to him. However, he also wasn’t all too keen on him, either.

As the friendly, curious child crawls toward the cute pup, the dog seems pretty indifferent. When the kid gets too close, though? Clearly this child is not a natural born babysitter.

I know some people like this dog, don’t you? They’d rather just be left alone to their own devices, rather than be bothered by a drooling baby.

Maybe he was just having an off day, or maybe he really doesn’t like him. Either way, I’m sure this little one will find plenty of other animal friends in his years to come!

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/old-dog-no-baby/

Mom Captures Adorable Moment Between Bulldog Puppy And Baby Human

There’s something special about the friendship between a baby human and a little puppy dog. Maybe it’s because they’re both so new to this big planet, or maybe it’s because they’re both so innocent and pure; whatever the reason is, all that really matters is the result. And the result is absolute adorable videos like the one below!

It was a beautifully peaceful weekend afternoon when Mom came across this adorable sight. It seems like her little boy and his best friend in the whole world had both gotten themselves comfortable in the baby human’s little swing. These two best friends truly love each other, and when you look closely at their faces throughout the video, you’ll see just how much they enjoy each other’s company.

Mom asks her babies if they love each other, and while neither the baby nor the dog is able to answer just yet, something tells us we know exactly what the answer would be! These two are already the best of friends, and something tells us as they both get a little older they’re going to become even closer than they are today. This little boy has a best friend that he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Thank goodness Mom thought to film this beautiful moment, the whole family will surely cherish these two for generations to come!

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/puppy-baby-swing-love/