12 Heartwarming Before and After Photos of Adopted Dogs

BeforeNAfterAdoption is one of my favorite subreddits. With over 35,000 members, the community is described as:

‘a place to share the amazing difference a loving family can make on an abandoned animal.’

Nearly a year ago we shared a gallery of before and after adoption pics and we wanted to follow up with more heartwarming photos shared in the last year that truly show the difference a loving family can make!

If you enjoy this gallery be sure to head over to /r/BeforeNAfterAdoption for hundreds more stories with happy endings :)

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Animal shelter celebrates adopting all their dogs in heartwarming video

One Colorado animal shelter has a lot to celebrate this holiday season.

For two days in a row, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region adopted all of their available dogs.

The group was able to achieve the heartwarming success with their #HomeForTheHolidays promotion, helping them adopt over 25 dogs and 23 cats.

The non-profit shared the news through a triumphant video on their Facebook page, accompanied with the proud message, “What happens when your last available dog gets adopted? Your staff and volunteers jump into the kennels to celebrate!”

The shelter already has new animals in need of homes, and asks that people, “keep those adoptions coming!”

You can adopt, or sponsor an animal’s stay at “Hotel HSPPR” here.

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Puppies Or Food? 8+ Pics That Will Make You Question Reality

Sometimes you have to stop everything you’re doing and start questioning things, like, is this a chihuahua or a muffin? Labradoodle or fried chicken? Puppy or bagel? These are the tough questions Karen Zack is raising on her twitter @teenybiscuit.

Karen describes herself as a “media production workhorse,” and she must really know her thing. Her funny animal and food comparison tweets are going viral all over the Internet.

Have more uncanny dog comparisons to add? Upload your pics! Instagram’s brunch photos will never look the same again.

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Jimmy Fallon’s puppies predict a landslide Super Bowl victory this year

With Super Bowl 50 just days away, Jimmy Fallon is turning to his most trusted advisors to predict the winner.

Its a time-honored tradition at Fallons Tonight Show to let puppies call the winner of major sporting events.Not only do they amuse us for sport, but they get to munch on all the kibble they wantand Fallon has a hell of a lineup.

If the puppies have anything to say about it, itll won’t just be a clear victoryit’ll be a landslide.

But make no mistake. Right or wrong, this year’s puppies called the Broncos to win it all.

Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

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16 animals that are totally not dogs

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Oh, are you looking for dogs? You have come to the wrong place.

You see, there are no dogs here. Not even one dog. All the dogs are elsewhere, and none of them are here.

If you’re looking for dogs, please go somewhere else. Sure, there are lots of animals here, but none of them are dogs.

Here. We’ll prove it to you.

No dogs here. Just two rabbits.

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And a nice red lobster, who is also not a dog.

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Please stop looking for dogs and let this sheep and cow enjoy their day.

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Insane that you would think this spider is a dog.

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What, have you never seen a squirrel before?

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Please leave this shark alone. You’re scaring him.

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There is nothing out of the ordinary about this group of sheep. Thank you for asking, though.

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How dare you insinuate that this fine fish or mermaid is a dog?

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Nice try, but this is Cerberus, the three-headed guard of the underworld.

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This is Big Bird.

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Are you trying to ruin Christmas? Let the reindeer do his job.

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We don’t know what these are, but they are certainly not Dalmatians wearing hoodies.

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This is a person in a dog costume. Don’t be ridiculous.

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OK, whatever. We see there’s no reasoning with you.

Good luck searching for dogs. We truly hope you find what you are looking for.

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44 Obnoxious Photos Of Rich Dogs That Have A Better Life Than You

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These shelter dogs and cats had the best Christmas ever

Christmas is a hard time for so many creatures, hoomins and non-hoomins alike.

These shelter dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa had the time of their lives, however, when staff members allowed them to select a special Christmas toy from underneath the shelter’s Tree of Life.” The shelter sets up the tree every year to help benefit the animals.

While some of the animals in the video have been adopted, others are still looking for homes.

Here’s to 2017.

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Fluffy Samoyed puppies bravely fight off evil wind-up toy frog

This little wind-up frog is no match for two of the fluffiest, cutest, most ferocious 8-week-old Samoyed puppies in the world.

Watch as the siblings battle the evil toy with their merciless poofy paws and their deafening roars. After countless attempts to hop away from its attackers, the frog waves its white flag and is carried off by one of the giant beasts like a well-earned trophy. Poor frog didn’t know what was coming and ended in defeat.

Victory to the pups! Huzzah!

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Experience: my dog rescues cats

We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats

Molly is the worlds first trained cat detection dog. Her job is to rescue missing moggies. We had been looking for a dog with a particular temperament and intelligence to join our team of pet detectives for 18 months. We had scouts out and had spoken to the countrys top breeders.

We needed a quick learner; one small enough to fit into the nooks and crannies cats hide in. Mostly, we needed a dog with no desire whatsoever to chase cats.

I came up with the idea in 2014. Ihad been doing the job for 20 years and my business, Pet Detectives, was getting around 30 calls a week about missing cats. When cats go to ground, they go into a comatose-like state and if they are not found quickly, within a fortnight, they often dont survive after being rescued.

One particular couple who called me had bought their cat after struggling to have children. We found it in a neighbours garden shed, but it later died. Seeing them so bereft was a tipping point for me.

I worked in the police as adetective inspector for many years, and had seen dogs search for drugs and bombs and help with murder investigations. I figured, if a dog can be trained to find amphetamines, then it can be trained to find cats.

We found Molly, an 18-month-old black-haired cocker spaniel, on Gumtree. She was a giveaway. The ad said: Needs a good home, cannot cope. If cocker spaniels are not stimulated they become uncontrollable. She had been passed from pillar to post and had three owners in under two years.

I first met her in February 2016, at the home of Medical Detection Dogs, the charity that would help train her. We had already rejected 12 dogs without seeing them. Three others didnt make it through initial training: one was too timid, one got car sick and the other was too inclined to chase.

At first, Molly was anxious. But she had intelligent eyes and was a problem-solver. She was also hyper and fixated on catching tennis balls. She had the right temperament: abright working dog from a breed with a natural disposition to search for game. We just had to channel that instinct into finding cats.

She had to be cat-tested, so we took her to a farm with a dozen cats to see if she would chase them. She didnt even bark. Her focus was on interacting with her handler.

Her training took nine months with experts, including two doctors of canine behaviour. This had never been done before. She was aquick learner. The first phase was lab training, where we taught her to isolate scents. She then worked with a behavioural specialist who taught her to understand signals and commands. The final stage was teaching us to work together.

On assignments, Molly is trained to pick up cats scents from their bedding. When she finds the missing cat, she lies down to signal success, so as not to scare them, but you can see her trembling with excitement. She gets rewarded with her super-treat: black pudding.

Her first success was in February this year. A tri-coloured moggy had been sighted six miles from home on the roof of a garden shed. Molly quickly picked up her scent on the grass. I sent her across the back of 30 gardens until she started clawing at a fence. She charged across the lawn to a summer house and lay down. The cat was inside. The owners were over the moon and quite amazed by her.

Molly has helped to rescue 11 cats so far, and our search success has increased by a third. She wears afluorescent harness and has her own abseiling kit, which we once used to lower her over a 10ft wall. Were getting special boots made to protect her feet in outbuildings where there may be nails or glass.

Many people said that training a dog to rescue cats was crazy; that all dogs chased cats and it couldnt be done. Nothing has felt quite so rewarding as seeing it work. People are fascinated when they watch Molly at work, but shes not fussed. She still doesnt know that those things with four legs that she searches for are called cats. To her, itis just her favourite game.

As told to Deborah Linton

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Happy dogs of all sizes frolic in a leaf pile

Right now, we’re in the middle of the dog days of summer, with temperatures exceeding ten million degrees. But think about this: what if it were autumn?

More specifically, what if we had crisp fall leaves? Also, what if dogs were playing in those leaves? And they were very happy? And no one was sweating?

Sorry, is this cruel? Anyway, here are some dogs playing in a leaf pile. Please try to stay cool.

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Puppy Brain Scans Could Help Pick the Best Bomb Sniffers

If you've been in a large crowded place with a fair amount of security, you've probably seen bomb-sniffing dogs at work. (You may have even petted the puppers.) Dogs have long been used for detecting contraband and explosives, but attackers have made advances in body-worn explosive technology, forcing law enforcement to evolve too. This means enlisting a new type of canine defense: Vapor Wake dogs. These highly-trained, specially-selected animals, typically Labrador retrievers, sniff the air as people walk by to detect even faint trails of explosive particles that could indicate a body-worn bomb. This allows just a few canines to check tens of thousands of people. You may have already seen one out in the wild, at work for Amtrak, the New York Police Department, or at a certain Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Because this technique is so specialized, the dogs involved must undergo intensive training from a young age. So before investing in that two-year process, behavioral researchers at Auburn University (where the Vapor Wake training technique was originally developed) want to know if they can identify the behavioral and neurological indicators of which puppies will make good Vapor Wake dogs. To do that, they're putting really cute puppies in fMRI machines. You know, to save the world.

"The best dogs, the ones that become the Vapor Wake dogs, by about six months and sometimes as early as three months we start seeing differences between those dogs and the dogs that don’t graduate to that same level," says Jeffrey Katz, a cognitive behavioral researcher at Auburn who is leading the research into Vapor Wake puppies. "We're starting to see a number of factors that are predicting success. The newest are in cognitive tests at different time points that involve various domains—physical skills, social skills and some general descriptor tasks. Think of it as a battery of intelligence tests for dogs."

Dog Days

In one cognitive experiment the researchers put a treat on top of a small box and have a dog approach and eat the treat while a person stands by watching. Then researchers put a treat inside the box, but the dog can still get it out. Finally, they put a treat in the box and lock it so when the dog approaches she can't access it. In the first two phases of the test, researchers look at how quickly the dogs get to the treat; in the third phase, it's about how quickly and how often the dog looks between the nearby person and the box to try to signal to the human that they need help getting the treat out. By 11 months, dogs that spend more time "gaze shifting"—looking at the box and then looking at the person—are more likely to eventually become Vapor Wake dogs.

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The research is also expanding into neuroimaging to see if measuring brain activity from various stimuli can reveal anything about which dogs will succeed as Vapor Wakes. Researchers have been investigating what parts of dogs' brains are active while they process different types of information. In some experiments they show the dogs pictures of familiar and unfamiliar people making happy, angry, and neutral faces, and then measure the dog's response. Though the imaging work is still in the early stages, Katz says it has shown some promising correlations between measurements from the behavioral studies and certain types of brain activity.

The group hopes to form a roadmap for developing neurological indicators of success from these types of connections. And another long-term goal for the research would be to expand into genetic studies of the dogs as well. If the researchers could uncover genetic markers that predict which puppies will graduate from Vapor Wake training it would be the easiest and cheapest indicator to check at scale.

Research on using fMRI in dogs is still evolving, and experts say it is important to be wary of over-extrapolating. When studies use pet dogs as subjects (a common practice to increase test pool and reduce the costs of boarding dogs), they inevitably have wide variation in their histories and home environments, which can impact findings in unexpected ways. Vapor Wake puppies come from a more controlled environment, but still have variations as their training goes on. And even basic things like training a dog to lie still for an fMRI in the first place can skew the population sample in studies, because dogs that can't stay still can't be scanned. fMRI studies in general, regardless of subject, are also expensive to conduct, which limits sample size. Katz's group has imaged 37 dogs so far, a reasonably robust number.

Nose Knows

The benefit of using fMRI along with behavioral studies is the potential to catch indicators of success or failure even earlier. "The value of doing this type of research is if you wait or rely entirely on a dog’s behavior, it’s too late in a sense," says Greg Burns, a researcher at Emory University who has been working with dog fMRI for years, including in a 2017 study that looked for neurological indicators of successful service dogs. "Some switch has flipped in the dog’s brain and they’re doing something you can observe, but you’d like to have more insight beneath the surface before something is apparent from the behavior."

Burns notes, though, that it's valuable to combine behavioral studies with fMRI data to get a fuller picture and corroborate findings. "If we’re talking about detection work, the dog is not just a nose, it's not just a portable sniffing device," Burns says. "There's a sentient creature on the end of that nose and that creature has to communicate with human beings and do all sorts of cognitive processing."

The more options handlers have for assessing puppies and tailoring their Vapor Wake training, the more dogs can be deployed in the field for bomb detection.

Vapor Wake dogs also may be in the field a long time and their skills need to have staying power. VWK9, a private company, manages and reassesses every Vapor Wake dog each year to confirm its performance quality. So researchers are hoping they can eventually unlock the key to determining which dogs will succeed for the long-term. "fMRI research can have weaknesses—if you work data long enough you can get stuff out of it," Katz says. "So what's key is to be able to take fMRI data, behavioral data, genetics, all the different techniques that you have, and if they all start converging on the same explanation, then you start to have a good story."


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Google Photos can now recognize the lovable faces of your cats and dogs

I wish this was one of the approximately 8,000 dog photos on my phone.
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Google knows that your phone holds untold gigabytes of snapshots of your favorite animal friends. So the search giant is making it even easier to group those pics all together.

The algorithm behind Google Photos will now be able to recognize your Very Good dogs and cats automatically, and will group the reams of photos you’ve taken of them just like it does with pics of people. Google announced the new functionality in a blog post, which is alone worth a read for the sheer number of paw puns pulled off in five short paragraphs. 

You’ll also be able to assign a label to each grouping of pet photos, so when you’re in need of an Instagram-worthy pupper shot, you can just search your photos by your dog’s name. 

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Google claims you’ll be able search your photos by breed, too, but the company acknowledged to BuzzFeed that the algorithm could have trouble differentiating between multiple animals within that parameter. You’ll also be able to search using 🐶  and 🐱 emoji through all of your animal images, whether they’re actually your own, or just the funny cat pics you download from the internet.  

The new search and organization features are only available for dogs and cats, though. If you love your horse or iguana or massive rideable python, you’re sadly out of luck. You’ll have to organize those pics yourself.       

Source: http://mashable.com/

10+ Times Golden Retriever Puppies Were The Purest Thing In The World

Golden Retrievers are one of the most pure things on Earth. I mean, everyone knows they’re super friendly, they love everyone, and they’re ohhh-sooo-adorable. So, what could be better than a pic of a Golden Retriever, one may ask? Well, of course – only a picture of a retriever puppy…

Bored Panda has made a compilation of photos showing Goldies when they’re still little pups. Are you an owner of a Golden Retriever puppy? Don’t keep all that cuteness to yourself – upload a photo below and shared it with fellow BP readers.

The Facebook study about cat v dog lovers misses the point: pets are gross | Ijeoma Oluo

The world isnt divided into cat and dog people, but pet and petty ones

To celebrate International Cat Day this week, Facebook put its best and brightest to work on this groundbreaking study: cat people are single; dog people like horrible movies.

As I read through the descriptions of things cat people like reading The Hobbit alone in a basement, apparently I was like, Thank god Im not a cat person. And as I read through the things that dog people like watching Duck Dynasty in a group I was definitely like, Dogs are the worst. I am, as scientifically confirmed by my dislike of all the things cat people and dog people love (including cats and dogs), not a cat or dog person. But try as I might, the cat v dog debate is not one Ive been able to avoid.

Ive always been a little surprised how often it comes up. Yes, I know its supposed to be lighthearted fun, but its still everywhere. Ive been asked if Im a cat or dog person in job orientations, on online dating questionnaires, at cocktail parties. My answer has usually been, Im whatever type of person doesnt ask pointless questions.

And as I was rolling my eyes in judgment of the tastes of both types of people as described in the Facebook study, I realized there are two types of people in the world, but they arent dog people and cat people: they are pet people and petty people, and Im the latter.

I scorn both cat and dog people alike. I wrinkle my nose in disdain at your pet pics. I judge your movie choices whether you are a cat person who loves Alien or a dog person who loves the Blind Side. I laugh inwardly at whatever music it is you listen to (which this study didnt cover, but Im going to go ahead and be petty and assume its awful, whatever it is).

I dont want your dogs slobber on me, and I dont want your cats hair on me. I cant tell if that picture you posted on Facebook is of a new cat or an old cat because all cats look like cats to me. I will not attend your pet weddings. I will not celebrate your pet birthdays. And unless your pet has learned how to tell some great jokes, I firmly believe it has no place in dinner party discussion.

And, petty as I am, Im really sick of this cat v dog discussion excluding people like me. So, using Facebooks ultra-scientific information on cat and dog people (pet people) and my own personal knowledge (petty people), Ive decided to reframe this data in a way that includes me and my petty brethren. Youre welcome.

Books and movies

Cat people tend to like sci-fi and fantasy, while dog people like books about love and animals, according to Facebooks data wizards. That is: pet people like books and movies. Petty people like Twitter beefs, Instagram fights and YouTube response videos.

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TV shows

Cat people like anime and cartoons, while dog folks like shows with oddballs, like Duck Dynasty or One Tree Hill. To which petty people say: Lol, seriously One Tree Hill? In 2016?

Relationship status

Cat people are more likely to be single, and dog people are more likely to be paired. That is, pet peoples relationship status: they have one. Our relationship status: petty.

So the next time youre at a dinner party and you feel the urge to ask about cat and dog people, instead ask: Are you a pet person or a petty person? A pet person will answer you by immediately digging their phone out of purse or pocket to show you 500 pictures of their cat laying on various surfaces, like all other cats in the entire world. A petty person will blink at you slowly and sigh.

Because whether a pet person likes their furry house animals to crap in a litter box or prefers that they crap out in the yard, they are being judged equally by those who do not like animal crap at all.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Insanely cute puppy is a 10/10 in the smile department

We may have a next social media dog in the making. Is there anything a dog can’t do?

The answer is no. Dogs can do everything, including smile.

Blink and you’ll miss this dog slowly smiling directly at the camera, like only the cutest of cute things can do.

Give it a bone because this pooch just won our hearts. This Twitter video was posted on Sept. 5 and it already garnered 141k retweets. We can totally see why.

Can someone look at me the way Hoss looks at its owner? Thanks. 

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Queen makes dogs’ dinner of corgi hierarchy

Animal psychologist reveals Queens feeding rituals for favourite pets, including homeopathic and herbal remedies

The Queens corgis, which have been described as a moving carpet preceding her as she walks round her royal residences, have become almost as emblematic of the British crown as their famous owner.

So few will be surprised to learn that Her Majesty likes to treat them like royalty, dispensing succulent dishes of steak, rabbit or chicken from individual menus and served from silver and porcelain borne by a liveried servant.

A stickler for protocol, she employs a rigid pecking order, with each receiving their dishes in order of seniority.

The fascinating secrets of her corgis daily dinner ritual is revealed by animal psychologist Dr Roger Mugford in a forthcoming special edition of Town & Country, dedicated to the Queens 90th birthday on 21 April. Having worked for the royal household for decades, Mugford has long observed the sovereign and her cherished pets at close quarters.

At feeding times, each dog had an individually designed menu, including an array of homeopathic and herbal remedies. Their food was served by a butler in an eclectic collection of battered silver and porcelain dishes, he writes.

As I watched, the Queen got the corgis to sit in a semi-circle around her, and then fed them one by one, in order of seniority. The others just sat and patiently waited their turn.

She has owned about 30 of the dogs during her long reign, breeding them from her first, Susan, given to her as an 18th birthday present by her father, George VI, and mother, Queen Elizabeth. They have since become a non-negotiable part of her life, though Prince Philip has been heard to exclaim: Bloody dogs. Why do you have so many?

When young princesses, she and sister Margaret, invented the dorgi, by cross breeding her corgi, Tiny, with Margarets dachshund, Pipkin. At the time, the Kennel Club snootily observed: The dachshund was evolved to chase badgers down holes, and the corgis to round up cattle. If anyone loses a herd of cattle down a badger hole, then these are just the dogs to get them out.

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Princess Elizabeth with her first pet corgi, Susan, at Windsor Castle in 1944. Photograph: Getty

The corgis have featured in portraits, official photographs and on a golden jubilee Royal Mint crown. They have their own Wikipedia page, and the question What are the names of the Queens corgis? consistently ranks among the top 10 most asked questions on the British monarchys official website.

When Monty, 13, died shortly after starring in the James Bond/Daniel Craig sketch of a parachuting Queen during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, obituaries praised his on-screen tummy roll.

The Queen made a decision to stop breeding her dogs in recent years, so their numbers have declined. She now has just two corgis, Willow and Holly, and two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan.

Mugford told how the monarch showed deep compassion for her pets and was dismayed by any cruelty to animals, and took a dim view of US President Lyndon Johnson, who picked his dogs up by the ears.

When shes talking about her dogs or her horses, you see a completely different side to her: she relaxes. Dogs are great levellers, and theyre not influenced by social status, which must be a great relief to her. No wonder she enjoys being around them, he writes in the spring issue of Town & Country, which goes on sale on Thursday.

Royal staff have been known to take a less indulgent view of the dogs as they frequently tripped over them while forced to roam her palaces and castles armed with blotting paper and a soda siphon to clear up any little accidents. A few have also been on the receiving end of a sharp nip to the ankles.

One footman, in revenge, was once reportedly said to have spiked the dogs food with gin and whisky then watched them teetering tipsily around the palace gardens before his crime was discovered and he was dismissed.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Photos Capture Happy Pets On Their Birthdays!

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Star Wars Halloween costumes for your pets, because they deserve to go trick-or-treating too

Who's a good Wookie?
Image: Rubie’s Costume Co.

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The galaxy may be far, far away, but Halloween is sooner than you think. It’s time to get those costumes figured out. Look no further than the Star Wars universe.

The only thing better than seeing a dog on a normal day is seeing a dog dressed up in a geeky costume for Halloween. Each of these Star Wars pet costumes come in small, medium, large, and extra large, so regardless of if you have a Maine Coon cat, Chihuahua or a bulldog, the nerding out possibilities are endless. 

A Bantha Not very cute in the movies, very cute as your dog

Make your dog feel very important as the noble steed for its Tusken Raider up top.  Anyone who doesn’t understand this costume is pure bantha fodder. (If only they could produce blue milk.)

A Dewback – Because we can’t get enough of riding costumes

Dogs have a way of making even the ugliest Star Wars creatures look cute. Let your dog become part of the Galactic Empire for a night by escorting an Imperial Sandtrooper around. 

Yoda ears – Judge me by my size, do you?

Cats love getting dressed up, right? If you’re having trouble getting the ears on your fur baby (I mean, have you met a cat?) remember this Yoda wisdom: “Do or do not, there is no try.” 

(Want a full Yoda costume for your pet? Check out the hilarious standing version here.)

Ewok – The good, the bad, and the fluffy

This one was probably obvious, but we had to include it. If you’ve got a teddy bear resembling cat or pup, an Ewok costume is too perfect to pass up. 

Princess Leia – Because costumes that make pets look like they’re walking on two legs are the funniest thing ever

You: I love you.

Your pet: I know…now please take this off of me.

(You can also get the Princess Leia buns separately if your pet isn’t feeling the dress.)

Darth Vader – I find your lack of treats disturbing

Perhaps the most recognizable costume on the list, your pet is sure to look impressive…most impressive. *Heavy breathing*

Jedi robe – For the pups in training

Having trouble teaching your dog tricks? Put him in this robe, put a treat on his nose, and say “Patience you must have, young Padawan.” A good boy, he is.

R2-D2This IS the droid you’re looking for

Your dog or cat will make the perfect droid companion as R2-D2 while you dress up as a Skywalker, Queen Amidala, or C3PO.

Chewbacca – *Cue Chewie noise*

The only thing cuter than dressing your pet up as Chewie is if you dress up as Han Solo with them. The best part is that when you return from the Halloween party, you can say “Chewie, we’re home” and then chuckle to yourself.

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Overloaded college students turn to Facebook to give away pets

College students do too much. Theyre in a unique part of their lives hopping from class to class, balancing internships and part-time jobs. They have an infinite amount of student organizations at their fingertips and somehow find time to live by a social calendar. On top of all these commitments, the fact that some of them can handle owning a pet is a mystery.

The truth is many find out they cant. But that doesnt stop the romantic idea from forming. A roommate speaks the thought into the air, it gets momentum, and becomes a doable possibility in everyones heads”I can totally skip class to walk the dog so he doesnt chew up my shoes again,” or “sure, I can eat Ramen to afford a trip to the vet this month.”

They often end up at an animal shelter, having made a pact on the car ride there that they wouldn’t walk out with a pet. Before they know it, they’re on their way home with the furriest member of their tiny, student apartment household.

University of Texas student Kendal Tieu and her three roommates found themselves in a similar situation in October when they heard about a free adoption weekend at the Humane Society in Austin, Texas.

I wanted one but I knew realistically it wasnt a good idea. It was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, Tieu told the Daily Dot.

Once they set eyes on a three-month-old black lab pup named Maggie, they were sold.

But after a couple of weeks of Maggies messes and pent-up energy from not being able to go outsidedue to their complex’s policy barring them from owning pets and the puppys lack of a parvo vaccinethe roommates were forced into a corner.

Someone would message the group and they would be really upset and you could tell they would be really upset over what Maggie did or having her, Tieu said. So someone was like, ‘Well we should really sit down and talk about it.’

The group decided it would be best to return the dog to the Humane Society. They tearfully drove Maggie back that afternoon.

Tieu and her roommates are hardly the only students who have experienced such a predicament. Countless pet postings are shared on UT Pets, a Facebook page that connects pet lovers and owners who attend the University of Texas. The group features everything from pet-raising tips, veterinary care suggestions, and cute pictures of animals. Students who find themselves incapable of keeping a pet turn to the page to post informal adoption notices, often shaking up this animal-protective community.

Just today, UT Pets is ripe with 423 postings for petsthe majority of them students needing to give away an animal. (Some are pet supplies on sale.)

Even if these people were irresponsible, theyre going to have to give up the pet somehow, said Kelsie Grimes, founder and administrator of UT Pets. I would rather have it go to a responsible UT student than just go to a shelter where you never know whats going to happen to it.

Its not hard to be seduced by the benefits of owning a pet. Having a furry pal to take on refreshing walks has a therapeutic effect on your average, stressed college kid. Those study breaks go a long way to maintaining mental health and wellness. When tragedy strikes, pets are a useful friend to have around. Eighteen percent of college students reported that their pet helped them through a difficult time, according to a research study at Ohio State University. The top reason students cited as being the most useful part of owning a pet is that it helps counter loneliness.

University of Texas sophomore Madison Holloway feels the same way about her puppy.

When I come home and Im having a bad day or Ive just bombed a test and I walk in through the door, hes just so happy that Im back. Holloway said. He doesnt even care. He just wants to cuddle and play. Its kind of the best thing ever, having something unconditionally love you.

Having a lighter schedule than usual this semester, she determined she would have the time necessary for raising a puppy. At the end of Christmas break, Holloway met Finn, a six-week-old Australian shepherd puppy, who is now an 11-week-old Instagram celebrity.

We made him an Instagram and we started taking him places around campus and taking cool pictures of him and then posting it to it, Holloway said. A few weeks and 34 photos later, Finn garnered a 2,215-person following. All these students are watching Finn grow up online.

~vibes~ on this beautiful Friday afternoon!!! #happyweekend

A photo posted by Finn (@finn_and_tonic) on

Holloway has nailed the balance between student life and being a pet parent, budgeting an extra $150 every month and planning breaks throughout her day to come home and check on Finn.

If you have to regularly balance a busy schedule and are considering owning a pet, keep these warnings in mind:

“If you have a giant block scheduledont get a puppy. It wont work out well for him,” Holloway said. “Hell be unhappy, he wont get enough exercise and everything.”

It’s also helpful to research the breed ahead of time, according to Holloway. If you’re an active person, it’s safe to get an active dog. If not, then you’ll risk not being able to keep up with your dog’s exercising needs.

But it’s not all about considering the pet. After owning Maggie as a college student, Tieu said research and communication between people sharing a space is the big problem students don’t consider.

“If you live with roommates you guys should talk it out more,” Tieu said. “Even if youre just by yourself, if youve never had a dog before or maybe youve had a dog but your parents mainly took care of it, you should do more research beforehand just so you know what youre getting yourself into.”

Photo via University of Liverpool Faculty of Health & Sciences/Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

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

Just a load of animals enjoying pancakes because humans are weird

Humans aren’t content with tossing pancakes and eating them in a civilised fashion on Pancake Day. They must also put pancakes on their pets.

On Pancake Day, people are sharing photos of pancake #FoodPorn, but they’re also sharing photos that are guaranteed to brighten your day. People are sharing adorable and slightly weird photos of animals wearing and eating pancakes.

Here’s a kitten eating miniature, kitten-sized pancakes.

A post shared by Thomas (@thomastheragdoll_) on

Um, here’s a hedgehog eating a pancake. You’re welcome.

And, a cat checking out a blueberry-topped stack of pancakes.

Here’s a dog with a pancake that looks just like him.

A post shared by Banjo (@precious_banjo) on

Here’s another blueberry-loving pet.

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Pugs love pancakes too.

Oh nothing, just a rat called Rolo with a teeny-tiny pancake.

Happy Pancake Day one and all!

Source: http://mashable.com/

Pot-loving dogs: why cannabis extract is the new trend for our pets

Advocates say CBD, a cannabis extract, can be used as medical marijuana for ill or anxious dogs

High summer is hell for my goldendoodle, Monty. At the park, grass seeds and burrs catch in his woolly mop of black fur. The pollen and dust set off his skin allergies.

The heat more severe every year in the Pacific north-west cuts fetch time in half. Worst of all, in our hometown of Portland, Oregon, July is the month of fireworks. Monty is usually affable and calm. But in the weeks around the 4th, and even sometimes into early August, hes regularly sent skittering down the stairs to the garage by the pop of a rocket or the sizzle of a fountain of sparks. Sometimes hell stay down there in the dark for hours, resisting treats even bacon.

At my local bar, where Monty is allowed on the patio, one of the staff told me months ago that she fed her pomeranian treats made from CBD, an extract from cannabis plants. She used them around the 4th to calm him down and beat the heat.

No stranger to the products of Oregons burgeoning pot industry myself, I wondered if her prescription might work with a rather larger dog.

Internet searches seemed promising. Advocates, entrepreneurs and even scientists have advocated CBD as a treatment for a wide range of canine and feline maladies from allergies to anxiety. There are widely-repeated industry claims that the pet market for CBD doubled between 2008 and 2014, with further projections of 3-5% annual growth in the market.

CBD is not psychoactive in humans, unlike THC, the compound that gets people and other animals high.

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Max Daddy ponders the big questions. Photograph: Jason Wilson for The Guardian

But like THC and other compounds in cannabis plants, CBD interacts with the human and mammalian endocannabinoid system. The precise effects of CBD on our bodies are a matter of extensive ongoing research, but advocates of marijuana as a medicine have long held that CBD can treat epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety and other maladies.

A selection of recent findings suggest that it may be useful for humans in treating problems like PTSD, chronic pain and the psychological effects of long-term cannabis use.

CBD also supposedly moderates the effect of THC, so it has been deliberately cultivated in certain strains and introduced into extracts on the theory that it creates a smoother high. (Informal testing supports this view.)

I wanted to find out more about how CBD could help Monty. My first port of call was with another Portland resident an English bulldog named Max Daddy, who is the face of a newly launched range of CBD remedies.

Max Daddy is no stranger to commerce, and this is not his first brush with fame. He is the live-in associate of another English bulldog, Zelda, who may be one of the best-known dogs in the country.

The current Zelda is the third in a line of dogs with the same name owned by Carol Gardner, a serial entrepreneur, author and former advertising executive. She started a company called Zelda Wisdom in 2000, which put pictures of Zelda the first in costume on greeting cards.

Hallmark sells 75m [Zelda] greeting cards every year, Gardner says at her home in Portlands west hills.

Zeldas fame has made her a hometown hero a statue of Zelda dressed as a Beefeater sits at the entrance of Portlands upscale Heathman hotel.

When Zelda the third came along, Gardner added a male rescue bulldog, Otis. When he died, Gardner says, Zelda was devastated. So they rescued a second male, Max Daddy, who had previously been imprisoned at a puppy mill.

He was kept in a cage for his first five years. He was kept for breeding, all they wanted from him was money.

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Max Daddy studies a spot on the floor intensely. Photograph: Jason Wilson for The Guardian

Max Daddys health issues were worse than Gardner realized. He had severe joint problems and significant pain. His patellas are not really attached to anything, Gardner says.

When she picked him up in Illinois, he came with a fistful of drugs, from Prozac to painkillers. Gardner thought there had to be a better way.

She started researching CBD and tried it out on Max Daddy. It was natural, it didnt have the side effects of drugs, she says.

She liked the results but found the products inconsistent. She decided to hire chemists and develop her own line. Now, she says, Max Daddy is off his prescription meds and seemingly doing well. Zelda also takes it, and Gardner says it has reduced her anxiety.

When I met Max Daddy, he certainly seemed relaxed. He cheerfully submitted to yet another photo session, then jumped on the couch and drifted into a snore-filled sleep. Gardner credits it all to the CBD.

This year, Gardner and her business partners started selling the treats she has developed at fireworks stands in the Pacific north-west ahead of the 4th.

We have been amazed by the results, Gardner says. She plans to go national with a treatment she says is a near-panacea.

But what does the science say? At Colorado State University, the veterinary school has the wheels turning on a long-term study of the effects of CBD on pets, including any therapeutic benefits. So far, the results are encouraging.

A team led by Dr Stephanie McGrath found an 89% reduction in epileptic seizures for dogs treated with CBD. They are moving on to study CBD as a treatment for osteoarthritis in dogs, and are recruiting for a larger epilepsy study.

When I got home I tried Max Daddys treats on Monty. (Although Gardner says they offer a more consistent dose than other products, the treats, made with organic ingredients, are still very minimal doses for a 55lb pet.)

Although no fireworks have exploded recently, I did notice that Montys preternatural chill seemed to deepen after taking them. When we went to the park to play fetch, he didnt drag me in the way he usually does. A beloved visitor was not jumped on in the way the visitor usually is. Monty stopped scratching as much.

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Max Daddy becomes inexplicably hungry. Photograph: Jason Wilson for The Guardian

While the jury is still out on the stronger claims of the CBD sellers, for now it appears that the treats do little harm, and there is emerging evidence that they may well do some good for certain conditions.

There is still, however, the delicate matter of the law.

Although marijuana has been legalized in the west coast states, Colorado and elsewhere, it is still illegal under federal law; as a consequence, pot products cannot be carried across state lines, and weed businesses still have problems with banking.

Many people in the burgeoning medical industry think CBD is different, based on their interpretations of the Drug Enforcement Administrations public advisories on the matter. The DEA says otherwise. A DEA spokesman, Special Agent Wade Sparks, says: CBD is a schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning as far as the federal government is concerned CBD remains in the same legal category as meth or heroin.

If there is limited enforcement, its because of the varying prosecutorial stances of federal prosecutors, especially in states where pot is legal, and the priorities forced on the DEA by epidemics of meth and opioid use.

I think reasonable taxpayers understand that we devote our resources to the most pressing issues in the community, Sparks says.

Although CBD products are widely available even in states where pot is not legal, people possessing or using it, as well as anyone shipping it across a state line, are taking a calculated legal risk.

Nevertheless, CBD has long been used in medical marijuana for humans. The legalization of recreational and medical pot up and down the western seaboard of the US, and now in Canada, means that it has become a key product of a massive international growth industry.

Urban dog owners ask a lot of the animals who live with them. Our environments are full of objects and situations that stress dogs out.

Our schedules dont always match up with our dogs needs for affection, attention and exercise. And our neighborhoods are full of humans who, for reasons best known to themselves, enjoy explosions. All of these things are a source of anxiety for our animals.

If CBD is proven to be as useful as its advocates believe it is, it may be revolutionary. In the meantime, it could at least be a salve for owners who, like me, cant stand to see their dogs in distress.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Savage trade in underage and illegal puppies highlighted by UK charity

The Dog Trust has evidence of hundreds of designer dogs smuggled in appalling conditions into the UK from eastern Europe

Thousands of designer puppies are being smuggled into the UK every year as part of a 100m black market that could expand further because of pressure on border controls, a leading dog welfare charity has warned.

Dachshunds, chow-chows, pugs and French and English bulldogs are regularly being brought illegally into the UK from central and eastern Europe with falsified pet passport data and fake vaccination records boosting the risk of foreign canine diseases spreading to the UK dog population according to the charity Dogs Trust.

The puppies typically underage are transported in inhumane conditions in cars, vans and minibuses for thousands of miles to be sold via online adverts to unsuspecting consumers in the UK. The majority are brought from breeding farms in Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, smuggled into Britain via Eurotunnel shuttle trains (arriving in Folkestone) and ferries (arriving in Dover) in the small hours of the morning.

Figures from the Dogs Trust reveal that one in every 10 puppies smuggled into the UK will die within their first three weeks here. The charity first highlighted the influx of puppies from central and eastern Europe in 2014, following a relaxation of the rules of the then pet travel scheme in 2012 for the purposes of EU harmonisation. Over six months 382 illegally imported puppies were seized at Dover and Folkestone although no prosecutions ensued but the trust says this is the tip of the iceberg.

Since December 2015, the trust the UKs largest dog welfare charity, which cares for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year has also provided care and support for illegally imported puppies through their time in quarantine. The RSPCA is supporting the trusts new campaign launched on Thursday to make consumers aware of the issue.

Dogs Trust says its investigations have revealed the lack of resources available to the agencies based at the ports. It fears many puppies are entering the country only because there is not sufficient funding to provide adequate staffing at the ports or for the costs of quarantine.

Deciding to get a puppy is a huge responsibility that should not be a snap decision, said Runa Hanaghan, the charitys deputy veterinary director. Nobody would dream of buying one if they knew it would have to go through appalling conditions to get to them. The figures from our landmark quarantine pilot make for grim reading; around one in 10 smuggled puppies are at risk of dying within their first three weeks in the country and those that do survive have suffered terribly in the process of getting here.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

Fox News Contributor Charlie Hurt: Trump Calls Women Dogs as a Compliment

A Fox News segment on Tuesday went off the rails when a contributor suggested that President Trump is actually complimenting women when he publicly calls them dogs.

The discussion on Americas Newsroom originally focused on how Monday evenings MTV Video Music Awards took aim at Trump, but quickly pivoted when Fox News liberal commentator Marie Harf argued that the show proves how young voters are fired up like we havent seen them, over guns, over immigration.

She continued: And look, Donald Trump says incredibly offensive things. Suddenly we want standards for everybody else but not the president, who calls women dogs.

Fox News contributor and Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt quickly came to the president's defense, however, saying Trumps infamous comparison of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman to a dog was actually a friendly gesture.

He called her a dog as a compliment, Hurt said before seemingly suggesting that it was similar to referring to a friend as my dog.

Fox anchor Eric Shawn immediately shut down Hurt, who, while swiveling in his chair, let out a self-satisfied laugh as the panel derailed.

Thats not a compliment, Charlie, Shawn said. Thats not a compliment.

Last week, President Trump praised his chief of staff John Kelly for firing that dog Omarosa after the former aide began releasing audio of secretly recorded conversations in the White House Situation Room.

It was far from the first time Trump referred to a woman as a dog. In the past, the president called Arianna Huffington a dog who wrongfully comments on me, and referred to actress Kristen Stewart as having cheated on [Robert Pattinson] like a dog.

Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com

Picture of the Day: Puppy Nap

Photograph © Dave Jordano

Seen here is a sleeping puppy on a porch in Eastside, Detroit. Photographer Dave Jordano shared the picture on Facebook after learning he had been shortlisted for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize back in June for his Detroit – Unbroken Down series which we featured on the Sifter in October.

On December 1, 2015, Jordano was announced the winner of this year’s publicly voted prize and will receive C$50,000 in addition to a six-week, fully funded residency in Canada. The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s most significant award for contemporary photography, recognizing photographers from around the world whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years.

Born in Detroit in 1948, Jordano currently lives and works in Chicago. He received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974 and has worked as a successful commercial photographer since 1977. Jordano returned to fine art photography in 2001, when he began the series Chicago Bridge Project.

In 2010, in response to the negative press coverage of his hometown, Jordano began a photographic series bearing witness to what has survived Detroit’s struggles and those who are left to cope with it.

His series Detroit – Unbroken Down is the subject of a Powerhouse Books publication, released this fall. Jordano’s photographs are held in several public, private and corporate collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

If you’re interested in learning more about the winning series, be sure to check out our interview with Jordano here. Congrats Dave!

Source: http://twistedsifter.com/

Smashing Car Windows Is Now Legal In Florida To Save Pets

The drops of sweat evaporate instantly as they hit the police car’s hood, but with your cheek pressed against the metal, ears ringing and wrists sore from too-tight handcuffs, it’s the crunching of glass underfoot that you remember during sentencing. If only someone would give you a glass of water. A radio squawks something about backup. You just wanted to help. And now this.

Are you a Florida resident? If the above story sounds familiar, then you can finally breathe easy. Effective as of August, thanks to the “Unattended Persons and Animals in Motor Vehicles” House Bill 131, you will now be able to free unattended persons or animals from a locked car.

Here’s what you need to know. Be sure to:

-first check that the vehicle is locked;
-call 911 or law enforcement before entering the vehicle or immediately after doing so;
-use no more force than is necessary to break in;
-and remain with the person or animal until first-responders arrive.

Get ready to get cracking!