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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Massive 53-pound snapping turtle rescued from a drain pipe

Image:  Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

A massive 53-pound snapping turtle was rescued from a drainpipe in Texas after it became stuck.

A man was exploring a new development in Hockey, Texas, when he discovered the stuck turtle and phoned the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas, ABC 13 reports.

The SPCA arrived on the scene and identified the turtle as a threatened alligator snapping turtle. They then called the Rosehill Fire department to help with the rescue because the pipe was too thick to open without heavy machinery.

Image: Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

The fire department arrived and used the jaws of life to spread the pipe so that the turtle could be removed. Unfortunately, after the turtle was removed several other alligator snapping turtles and other animals were found stuck in the pipe.

The massive turtle blocking the pipe was still alive and was taken to the Wildlife Center of Texas to receive medical attention.

BONUS: This 800-pound alligator wandered into shopping center

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Adorable little kid attempts to fend off attack by 3 adorable puppies

New puppy day is an exciting day for anyone, especially a kid.

So, when AJ’s parents were introducing the boy to his new puppy, they decided to hit him with cuteness overload.

After surviving the beagle puppy tackle, AJ eventually left with his new puppy, which he named DJ.

The two seem to be getting along just fine.

Bonus: Can you find the potato in this sea of hamsters?

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Rogue cats steals the spotlight in interview with Latvian mayor

An online Q&A session with Nils Uakovs, the mayor of Latvia’s capital, Riga, was all well and dandy until a fluffy feline made its debut and casually crashed the interview.

Uakovs is an animal lover and has two cats living at Riga’s Town Hall building, so sometimes this means things can get a bit unpredictable. The cat got a little thirsty, strutted onto the scene, and boldly sipped out of the mayor’s cup like it owned the place.

You can see Uakovs trying to stare his pet down so it’d get the hint. He tries to remain cool, but can’t keep a straight face after the adorable interruption.

Cats rule everything around us, even Latvian government work.

[H/T: Independent.ie]

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Jimmy Fallon has puppies predict the winner of Sunday’s big game

Nine puppies, two bowls of food, only one winner.

Jimmy Fallon honored the beloved tradition of having puppies predict the winner of Super Bowl LI on The Tonight Show Thursday night.

Nine squirmy little puppies, including crowd favorite Gary Frick Jr., have chosen. And the winner is…

The Atlanta Falcons!

Can’t argue with these pups. We’ll have to wait for Sunday night to see if they’re really cut out for this job.

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Watch baby humpback whales swim in warm Atlantic waters

The same process that turns the ocean blue also helps humpback whales find the coziest spot for raising their precious 1-ton calves.

Water molecules absorb all the colored photons of light (red, orange, yellow, blue) and the photons’ energy. Water then turns that color energy into heat precisely what the blubber-less calves need to grow strong.

PBS explores this interplay between color and energy in its new series Forces of Nature, which premieres Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

In an exclusive clip shared with Mashable, scientists explain why the Dominican Republic is one of the few breeding and calving zones of the North Atlantic humpback whale.

North Atlantic Humpback whale in the Silver Bank Marine Reserve, Dominican Republic.

Image: pbs/forces of nature

The Silver Bank Marine Reserve, about 56 miles off the island, is exposed to the full power of the tropical sun. The sun’s photons heat the brilliant blue seas to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or 26.6 degrees Celsius.

“It’s a warm, safe place to give birth, and the reason that’s the case has to do with the color of the ocean and the wavelengths that have been absorbed,” Bill Gardner, vice president of programming for PBS, told Mashable.

As if baby whales weren’t enough to tug at your heart strings, the United States announced last week that most populations of humpback whales are no longer on the U.S. endangered species list.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said global conservation efforts over the past four decades have helped nine of 14 humpback population segments rebound from historically low levels.

2016 Humpback distinct population segments.

Image: NOAA

Forces of Nature, a BBC co-production, will explore Earth’s mysterious and intricate forces in four episodes: “Shape,” “Color,” “Motion,” and “Natural Elements.”

The series aims to “illustrate that the Earth is a system; everything is interdependent,” Gardner said by phone. “It goes down to the molecular level.”

The “Color” episode, which airs Sept. 28, will also feature birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, whose plumage helps them blend into the rainforest or attract mates. A segment on the Serengeti in east-central Africa will explain why the ecosystem’s forests, swamps and grasslands are lush and green.

A Maasai cattle herder surveys the grasslands of the Serengeti plains in Tanzania.

Image: pbs/forces of nature

Color is a tangible, active thing that carries the energy of the sun,” Gardner said.

The exclusive preview shows that while humpback whale calves thrive in the Silver Bank reserve’s warm waters, for adults the area is essentially an underwater food desert. Mothers have little to feed on and instead live off a snack pack of blubber.

Once calves grow their own thin layer of fat, the whales will head thousands of miles to the north to the Gulf of Maine and other feeding grounds.

In the North Atlantic, the light of the sun is much weaker and waters are frigid. But the ocean is stocked with the tiny crustaceans, plankton and small fish that humpbacks prefer to gobble.

“Color is something that we all take for granted, and what we wanted to help demonstrate is that there’s more to it than we initially think,” Gardner said.

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Dolphin at SeaWorld leaps up to grab woman’s iPad from her hands

This dolphin doesn’t care if you want to stay dry or have a working iPad.

A video taken at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, shows a dolphin leaping out of the water to grab a woman’s iPad right out of her hands.

The woman who appeared to be filming or photographing the dolphin quickly retrieved her beloved technology from the pool and went on her way.

Though his iPad destruction got some laughs, the dolphin still had some spunk left in him, so he decided to heavily splash everyone in the surrounding area.

Just another reason why you shouldn’t take public pictures with your iPad.

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Rare drone footage enlightens scientists on feeding behavior of blue whales

One small flight for drones has the potential to be one giant step for science … just ask researchers at Oregon State University.

A group of scientists at the university recently captured rare footage of blue whales feeding in the Southern Ocean off New Zealand via drone.

The stunning footage, narrated by Leigh G. Torres, expedition leader and principal investigator with the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State, provides a great deal of insight into what whales eat and how they decide what food is worthy of their time.

In a press release, Torres explained the footage clearly shows the blue whales’ “lunge-feeding” process of suddenly lunging forward to eat a massive pack of krill.

“Our footage shows this [lunge-feeding theory] in action,” said Torres. “We can see the whale making choices, which is really extraordinary because aerial observations of blue whales feeding on krill are rare. The whale bypasses certain krill patches presumably because the nutritional payoff isnt sufficient and targets other krill patches that are more lucrative.”

“We think this is because blue whales are so big, and stopping to lunge-feed and then speeding up again is so energy-intensive, that they try to maximize their effort,” Torres continued.

As for the unique perspective, the investigator gave a big thumbs up to drone usage, explaining they’re a “great way to film [the whales’] behavior without disturbing their behavior at all, unlike other aerial methods like a helicopter or a plane, which cant hover or make a lot of noise.”

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Video of a duck battling a hawk proves that ducks are super birds

If a dog let kittens play with its tail and this rhinos let a goat hang out on its back, then it should come as no surprise that farm animals also have their share of interspecies friendships.

Reddit user JasonsKetoAccount caught footage over the weekend of his pet duck Felix scaring off a hawk who’d attempted to prey on Felix’s chicken friend.

In a comment on his post, JasonKetoAccount writes that when the other birds heard the hawk approaching, they scattered. You can actually see the birds in their cage having a fit when the predator swooped into the yard.

Naturally, the caption “Super Duck” is a fitting one.

BONUS: Adorable Kittens Recreate Classic Horror Films

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Intense footage shows three whales breaching just feet from kayakers

A few kayakers got a little too close to three whales showing off their jumping skills last week in British Columbia, Canada.

According to the video, the group was safely observing a mother nursing her calf off the coast of the Penn Islands when the whales descended into the water and out of sight. Initially, the kayakers were at a safe distance, but when the whales suddenly breached the surface, they were much, much closer than before.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do when the humpbacksdecidethey’re going to move,” Heather Lawrence, who filmed part of the clip told the CBC.

The calf breached first, which was impressive enough, but the mother whale was the real showstopper.

“The baby jumped, and that was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ But then the mom came up right away and she’s humongous compared to baby,” said Lawrence.

Fortunately, the whales did not hit or injure any of the kayakers as they were showing off their impressive bellyflop skills.

Lawrence also explained to the CBC that when the mother whale breached, she immediately dropped her camera to paddle away from the whale as the guides instructed.

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These Puppies On Swing Sets Will Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again

Compared to the long workdays and endless errand-running of human life, we tend to think our pups are pretty pampered. But with all of that pressure on their paws from taking long walks, and the stress that comes along with waiting to be fed, even our dogs deserve to put their feet up every once in a while. Next time you’re at the park with your pooch, why not help them take a load off and swing the day away? The pooches in the video below love it! Click play and get ready to watch the cutest thing you’ll see all day.

Those French bulldogs swinging together made me squee! Plus, that husky with two-toned eyes was so pretty.

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Bros ruin beautiful shot of humpback whales in San Francisco Bay

Bro, check out these sick whales.

A group of humpback whales were spotted near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay on Thursday a beautiful sight for anyone who appreciates nature.

A local ABC 7’s chopper was there to capture the event, which was ruined by some area bros who were just trying to catch some sick air.

According to ABC, marine biologists believe that the whales were attracted to the bay because of an increased number of anchovies swimming near the shore, not to see any sweet tricks.

Don’t worry, though. One of the kite surfers fell right after coming extremely close to one of the majestic sea beasts just trying to score a meal.

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Dogs filmed stealing clothes off a washing line are having so much fun

To be fair, this sounds like a fun game to play, if you’re a dog.

Angela Cipriano from Sydney, Australia, knew that one of her dogs were stealing clothes off the washing line in her backyard, but didn’t realise that both her beloved, cheeky doggos were involved. But she learnt, thanks to the magic of CCTV.

Doges causing absolute havoc, like a pair of naughty, scheming clothes bandits we’ll never get sick of it.

Much clothing. Such washing line. Wow.

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Lucky seal jumps on a boat to avoid hungry pod of orca whales

That is one lucky seal.

A clever seal desperate for its life found an interesting escape route recently, using a few unsuspecting humans and their boat to seek refuge from a pod of hungry orcas.

In the clip, uploaded by YouTuber Kirk Frase who did not specify the location, the men on the boat appear to be photographing the seal hunting. When suddenly, the sea dog hops on to the back of the boat.

“Just stay there,will you? Fucking stop jumping off,” one man says to the seal. Apparently the seal had already jumped on the boat, then jumped off again and realized that was a terrible idea.

The YouTuber also posted a series of clips of the incident, which shows the seal returning to the boat from the water once again as at least three orcas circle the boat.

In another clip the seal again retreated to the water and attempted to use the boat’s engine to shield itself from the killer whales.

Fortunately this story has a happy ending, for the seal at least.

In the last clip uploaded to the channel, the group can be seen congratulating the seal as it swims off into the water.

“Well done, bud. You survived,” one man can be heard yelling.

Mashable has reached out to the video owner for additional information and comments.

Bonus: Corgi butts in slow motion

Happy Monday! Here are some #corgi butts in slow motion.

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There now exists a guide to making an axe out of gummy bears

Have you ever been chopping logs out in the woods and wondered, brushing sweat from your brow, “Why is this axe made from boring wood instead of colorful gummy bear candies?” Well, it exists now.

This gummy bear axe handle is an unusual DIY from Youtuber Peter Brown, a self-described “geek with a full set of power tools.” But it ends up giving the handle a unique stained glass effect. And now that we live in a post-gummy-bear-axe world, you have no excuse not to fill your axe with tiny, colorful bears.

Warning, though: Brown says that the gummy bears aren’t strong enough to make the axe particularly sturdy. So it’s just for show, until someone invents industrial-strength gummy bears.

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You guys gotta get a look at the size of this leatherback sea turtle

Nice.
Image: Facebook,  Pippa Partington

Damn, you guys gotta get a look at this turtle.

Two people from New Zealand were on a boat and they saw this big turtle and filmed it. Good on those two because wow, I would not have believed them if they didn’t have it on camera.

I mean, hell yeah at the size of this thing. Throw some wheels on this guy and you’ve got a Toyota Camry, you know what I mean? You could eat a Thanksgiving dinner with your whole family on the back of this guy.

Pippa Partington and her husband Craig spotted the turtle (a leatherback sea turtle, to be exact) off the coast of Mangawhai on December 6.

Dang.

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11 puppies that are better than people, to celebrate National Dog Day

“I said LEFT Susan”
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Dog’s are “man’s best friend” for a reason. They’re smart, unflinchingly loyal and have more personality in their paws than most reality TV stars will ever muster.

Aug. 26 is National Dog Day. In homage to the greatest animal to ever roam the earth and sleep at the end of our beds, here are 11 puppers who prove beyond reasonable doubt that dogs are better than humans.

This eager pooch not only races to greet their kid friend when they returned from school, but carries their bag like the world’s most courteous and hospitable pet-porter

“I love you I love you I love you oh my gosh I can’t believe you’re home oh my gosh I love you.”

Image: imGUR InfamousElGUAPO

Teensy Buck struggles with hiccups. He has the confusion of a brandy soaked professor and the cutes of… well, a puppy struggling to understand what the hiccups are.

Remorseful doggo struggles with how reluctant his owner is to forgive him. “Please just looove me.”

A puppy comforting and older dog through a nightmare just might be enough to turn your concrete heart into a plush pillow of feelings.

Rev’s been played the same Adele song since being a tiny pup. According to their owner, whenever this tune plays, the pitchy pooch joins in with tenacity of a late-night karaoke sesh.

If anyone acts this excited to see you, you must marry, adopt, or kidnap them and keep them forever.

Free diving? No problems! Breathing is for suckers.

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This dog understands the importance of secrets.

When dogs remind humans of our their purpose in life. To serve dogs.

This pup proves useful in case your fire alarm fails – she’s got a hybrid woof/wail absolutely nailed.

Ride sharing is so 2015. Hop in for a spin with Porter the driving dog.

Look even this cat wishes it was a dog (though it doesn’t want you to know)

Finally, a reminder that while dogs acting like humans is oft’ adorable, humans barking at dogs is just confusing. Happy Dog Day!

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This Lion quickly learned that giraffes are not to be messed with

Giraffes are more badass than they look.
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LONDON If someone asked you to predict the outcome of a pack of lions hunting a fleeing giraffe, you probably wouldn’t bet too heavily on the giraffe.

But that’s where you’d be wrong.

As we found out during Sunday’s episode of Planet Earth II, giraffes are significantly tougher than their spindly frames suggest.

Early on in the episode, David Attenborough narrated a scene in which a hungry pack of lions were hunting down a giraffe.

“The giraffe has the speed and stamina to outrun the pride,” said Attenborough. “But it’s being chased into a trap.

“Up ahead, the lead female waits.”

Turns out the trap wasn’t as effective as the lions were hoping, though.

Twitter really got behind the giraffe.

There were some inevitable jokes.

The clip made some people realise just how easy they’ve got it.

All in all, though, this person probably summed the whole thing up best:

The lesson? Don’t ever get on the wrong side of a giraffe.

BONUS: This tent could help millions of homeless people

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Pet squirrel valiantly defends owner’s stuff when burglar breaks in

It turns out dogs aren’t the only animal that’s fiercely loyal to their humans. This past Monday, the local Idaho ABC news station reported on the town’s new hero: Joey the pet squirrel.

When a burglar broke into owner Adam Pearl’s home, Joey apparently sprang into action, scratching and attacking the intruder. The culprit later told police that Joey bothered him the entire time he was in the house.

Though usually only dogs get the honor of being good boys, we can confidently say that Joey is also a very good boy.

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Tiny human snake catcher will put your fear of reptiles to shame

While you’re scared by the mere thought of a snake, this little fella is mastering their capture without breaking sweat.

Two-year-old Jenson Harrison has been busy catching snakes on the Gold Coast in Australia, and he’s been dubbed “little snake boy” for his reptile-handling efforts.

His parents, Tony and Brooke, are professional snake catchers. Jenson has been following them around on the job while also juggling kindergarten.

“Within 24 hours of being born he was under Brooke’s arm, catching snakes … every single day since then he’s been surrounded by snakes one way or another,” Tony told 7 News.

It’s not just snakes: Jenson can handle various other scaly beings, including goannas and blue tongue lizards.

Being creepy AF animals to most of us, it’s no surprise that some people haven’t been super approving.

“A lot of people are concerned, they look at it and think that it’s dangerous,” Tony told the news outlet. “We watch him like a hawk, because he is very enthusiastic and if we didn’t watch him it wouldn’t be long before he went and grabbed something that would grab him back.”

Jenson only gets to touch harmless snakes, while his dad handles the more dangerous ones.

But the little cutie is getting an important life lesson, thanks to his dad: That “all creatures and all life is very, very precious.”

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Surfer is super pumped to be body slammed by a dolphin

Seems like all you can do is laugh when you get whacked by a dolphin.

Surfer Sam Yoon was ecstatic when he was knocked off his board by the aquatic mammal off Duranbah Beach, in Australia’s Tweed Heads. The dolphin was leaping in front of a wave and collided with Yoon as it dived back into the water.

“You see that? It landed on my head, shoulders and the back. It was like, full on,” Yoon told 9 News Thursday, while reacting to iPhone footage of the collision.

Image: 9 NEws

The animal can be seen trying to avoid Yoon, tilting to its right mid-air. Yoon tried to get out of the way too, but it was too late.

“I knew that he realised he’s gotta do something too. I was like, f*ck this, no way I can get away from this,” he laughed.

Yoon was not injured, and kept surfing after the collision occurred. He thinks the dolphins might’ve communicated with each other after the incident, avoiding him every time he was paddling.

That’s one cool surfing story to tell the mates, we admit.

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Duke the dog to start third term as mayor of small Minnesota town

Hopefully he has a human chief of staff.

Duke the Great Pyrenees is the only dog that’s ever been elected mayor in America, and he proudly serves the people of Cormorant, a tiny Western Minnesota town with about 1,000 residents. He was just reelected for his third year-long term.

According to WDAY 6, Duke, 9, is nearing the end of his second term. At the 6th Annual Cormorant Daze festival this past weekend, Duke celebrated his inevitable reelection.

Locals say Duke has a high approval rating.

“I don’t know who would run against him,” Karen Nelson told WDAY 6. “He’s done such great things for the community.”

According to Duke’s owner David Rick, the pup was originally elected by accident via write-in votes. Only 12 votes were reportedly cast in that 2014 election.

We have no idea what Duke’s policy initiatives are, or if Cormorant has term limits, but we wish the Mayor and his town well.

BONUS: Happy Monday! Here are some #corgi butts in slow motion.

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Dolphins hydroplaning at super speed will make you want to be a dolphin

Just when you thought dolphins couldn’t get any smarter or cooler, they show up every other animal in the kingdom and hydroplane like the speed demons they are.

In this video uploaded to Youtube by BBC Earth, dolphins in Western Australia hunt for fish by zooming along the shoreline in the most majestic, speedy fashion.

According to the video, dolphins usually stun their prey by slapping it with their tails. But for these dolphins, the fish are just a bit out of reach. So to capture their dinner, they wind up by vigorously pumping their tails to gain speed, and then hydroplane at super speed to grab the fish.

No, the video isn’t sped up – those guys are really going that fast.

There’s little room for error because if this strategy goes south for the dolphins, they could end up stranded on the shore.

But life in the ocean works as it does on land – “fortune favors the brave.”

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‘Bulb Bandit’ turns out to be a squirrel with a taste for Christmas lights

This is the story of how a squirrel stole Christmas.

Margaret Rican and her Seattle home has been targeted by a thieving squirrel that she has dubbed the “Bulb Bandit.” In a series of YouTube videos, Rican documented the pesky rodent taking colorful bulbs out of a string of lights wraaped around her home’s deck.

“He has stolen 150 in 24 hours, carefully and precisely chewing through the wires to steal the bulb and bury them around the neighborhood,” Rican explains on YouTube.

While it’s humorous to think that there’s a Christmas-hating squirrel roaming the streets of Seattle, the story takes a sudden depressing turn when you realize this poor squirrel probably thinks the bulbs are actually food.

“We want to believe that this little varmint is decorating his nest, but really, we think that he believes these to be food,” Rican wrote. “He’s the hardest working rodent we’ve ever seen, and we are really pulling for him, and hoping he survives this winter.”

Stay safe out there, Bulb Bandit.

[h/t: UPI]

BONUS: Introducing ‘Hamster Things’

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Cats aren’t the only ones freaked out by cucumbers

A scientist once told me that trying to get researchers to collaborate is like herding cats. According to a new video, cats and scientists may have more in common than you might think.

Videos of cats freaking out over cucumbers have been a meme on the web for some time. But last week, the meme became quite popular and many cat behaviorists piped up to warn pet owners not to try to scare cats with fruits and vegetables, because its really rather mean.

And, if you live with a scientist, you should probably heed the same advice. Those cucumbers are pretty startling.

Screengrab via Aubrey Kelly/YouTube

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Brewery gives employees ‘puppy parental leave’ and everyone else major job envy

Image: brewdog

How does spending an entire week playing with a puppy and getting paid for it sound to you? Too good to be true?

We’re here to inform you that there is a company which allows their employees to do that. Yes, that exists.

Companies all over the world have stepped up their game to ensure a high quality of life for their employees by offering all sorts of competitive perks and benefits. But we have found the one company that has every other place beat, hands down, no question.

BrewDog, a brewery based in Scotland, announced on Monday that it would be instituting “Puppy Parental Leave” across their company.

“We know only too well that having a new arrival whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog can be stressful for human and hound both,” BrewDog stated on its website. “So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working weeks leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”

If it were possible to give an entire company a hug, we would be doing it to BrewDog right now.

Their announcement also came with this adorable video explaining the policy.

As you may have guessed by the brewery’s name, dogs are an essential part of the identity of BrewDog. Indeed, the brewery was founded by two men and a dog.

“Ever since Bracken, the original Brew Dog, first watched James and Martin mash in batch number one of Punk IPA back in 2007 dogs have been central to our way of life,” the brewery mentions on its site.

BrewDog also encourages its employees to bring their dogs to work. Their main office in Scotland boasts 50 “office dogs.”

How does anyone get any work done there?

While the brewery is headquartered in Scotland, they are planning on opening up another brewery in Columbus, Ohio. And just a reminder, the puppy paid leave policy extends to all employees anywhere.

We’ll just leave their careers page here for you for easy access.

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