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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Guy decides to use his drone for one important job: flying a big stuffed bear around

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It’s bird, it’s a plane, it’s a big flying… bear?

Hunter Clearly (@Cyranek_ ) found the best way to use his new DJI Mavic Pro drone by flying a plush bear (known as the Tiny Headed Kingdom Bear, but to Clearly, simply Bart) across the sky. 

Just imagine the horror and confusion on neighbors’ faces. The perfect writing inspiration for the next season of Black Mirror

“I got curious as to how much weight the drone could carry. Googled and found out it could lift two pounds,” said the 19 year old to Mashable. “Me and my roommates were looking around for something to lift, saw the bear. We weighed the bear and found out it was a perfect two pounds.”

And up the bear went. 

Of course, that small-headed bear elicited some pretty choice reactions from a bewildered internet.

The tweet already has over 2,000 retweets and 6,000 likes. Although the bear didn’t stay in the air for too long, it was still a great experiment for Clearly. 

“My job is to make content for the internet so I was hoping it would get shared around,” said Clearly. “I’ve never seen any of my posts blow up this fast though. Definitely made my day waking up in the morning to 1000+ notifications.”

He’s still interested in trying other weird objects and scaring the hell out his neighborhood. 

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Squirrel fails to obtain birdseed but nails its ‘Wrecking Ball’ moment

Don’t you ever say I just walked away. I will always want you” — this squirrel to this bird feeder, probably.

For those not in the bird feeding game, there is a type of motorized, weight-activated bird feeder called the Yankee Flipper, which spins interloping squirrels around in the circle until they lose their grip on its base. Sound wild? It is — but Yankee Flipper videos are all over YouTube.

But there’s never been a Yankee Flipper video quite like this one from YouTuber user Lindsey Jackson. It’s set to Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” and timed flawlessly.

Did anyone else tear up? Okay, that’s fine. Anyway, the clip (which was originally posted in late April) went viral after it was tweeted by @GabbyGeno earlier this week. So far, it’s gotten about 245,000 favorites, which is a lot of favorites for a human, let alone a squirrel. 

It seems like the squirrel should get some birdseed as a prize, maybe? Just spitballing here.

Related: please enjoy this GIF of another Yankee Flipper squirrel. I will be watching it all weekend.

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Squirrel breaks into house and shows no mercy in attacking a police officer

No human or animal is above the law…not even if its a food-stealing rodent. 

Brockport Police Department posted body cam footage of a squirrel resisting arrest after eating cookies from a New York home. The squirrel jumped on the officer before looking for an escape route. 

The Facebook video has over 300,000 views and 3,000 shares. The attack didn’t harm the officers in any way and brought them more laughs than pain. 

According to the post, the squirrel was eventually captured and released with no bail. Don’t underestimate the police department for putting their lives on the line to capture this thief. 

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Dogs at a shelter were sorted into Hogwarts houses to stop breed discrimination

Humans aren’t the only ones that can turn into wizards. 

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando animal shelter is sorting dogs based on their personalities into Hogwarts Houses from the Harry Potter series in order to increase adoptions. 

Everyone, including dogs, deserve a magical destiny. 

“Pawgwarts” was inspired by the famous wizardry school Hogwarts, which, of course, sorted people into four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw.

However, the sorting event got a doggy makeover with houses like Gryggindogs (the brave ones), Hufflefluffs (the loyal ones), Ravenpaws (the smart ones) and Slobberins (the cunning ones). According to ABC News, the dogs are sorted based on their interactions with their toys and each other. 

It’s not surprising that the Florida shelter found out they host a lot of Hufflefluffs, which only makes sense. Let’s face it, all cats are Slytherins.

Once the dog is sorted, they are given their perspective color scarves and charts for potential adopters to view. The main takeaway of the sorting is to eliminate breed discrimination and look at dogs for who they truly are.

(And spoiler alert: All dogs are amazing.)

According to ABC News, the shelter has seen an increase in traffic and possibly sparked a bigger conversation about giving every dog, regardless of breed, a chance to have a family. 

The non-profit even created an online quiz for dog owners to sort their own pets into the Hogwarts houses.

Just imagine what Hogwarts house Lassie is in. Or Bo Obama. The Portuguese water dog is definitely a Gryffindor. 

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Paddleboarder ruthlessly taken down by a reckless dolphin

You never realize just how large dolphins are till one of them body-slams you. 

Andrew Hill, an Australian paddleboarder, came face-to-face (er, body-to-body?) with a dolphin while boarding off the coast of Gracetown, West Australia.

The moment was captured by photographer Lucas Englert, the man behind surfing Instagram account lubricatedsurf. Englert was getting ready to film some surfers when he caught footage of Hill’s encounter with the small pod of dolphins. 

The group of eight or nine dolphins decided to catch the same wave as Hill. As the wave picked up, one of the dolphins leapt out of the water and crashed right into the paddleboarder and knock him right off the board. 

But don’t fear — Hill told 7News Perth that the injury was no worse than what he’s experienced playing rugby.

“Hats off to him,” said Hill about the dolphin. “He collected me really well.”

Presumably, “collected” means something like a tackle in Australia?

Either way, hats off to them both. 

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Bear on couch too damn chill to eat you

Image: courtesy of mandy stantic

Bears don’t have any interest in your miserable standing desks, thank you very much.

Mandy Stantic was visiting a garbage dump in Northern Manitoba last spring when she came upon a black bear sitting on a discarded sofa. Stantic, whose photos just recently went viral, had specifically driven to the dump with her daughter to see the dump (god bless Canadian road trips) when she discovered the bear just lounging.

“The bears are always very active at the dump. This one must have been in the mood to relax after eating his full and climbed up on the couch to get comfortable,” Stantic told Mashable

“Not unusual to see bears at the dump, but to see one sitting just casual like a human was pretty unique and I had to take a picture.”

Image: courtesy of mandy stantic

According to Stantic, the dump is a common hang out spot for the area’s local bears. What it lacks in greenery and pleasant odors it more than makes up for in bears lounging on La-Z-Bears.

All this bear needs is a lava lamp and some frozen pizza to become its spirit human, Al Bundy. 

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Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

This determined little boy just sent out an urgent PSA on behalf of a beloved four-legged friend. 

Six-year-old Roman is calling on his followers to rescue Legend, a deaf and lovable Labrador retriever currently at Skagit Valley Humane Society in Burlington, Washington. The adorable video has more than 18,000 views, and counting.

Roman’s passion for rescuing canines began when he was just 4-years-old, according to mom, Jennifer McConn. 

“He opted to forego receiving presents on his fourth birthday and instead asked for donations so he could give those to a local rescue in Texas,” McConn told Mashable. “It’s kind of taken off since then.” 

McConn said Roman typically enjoys interacting with dogs. He and his mom often make videos to spread the word about pups in need. 

Now, for his latest mission, Roman is determined to find a home for Legend.

Roman and Legend

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Legend is just one of many dogs McConn and Roman have helped. 

In fact, McConn runs her own animal rescue organizations, PAWS & Read and Project Freedom Ride, dedicated to caring for, sheltering, and rescuing dogs from kill shelters in Texas. 

“We transport dogs up to rescues and humane societies such as Skagit Valley Humane Society or to our direct adopters,” said McConn. 

“Typically dogs that are in the humane society are our first priority to visit but there is always one or two non-Project Freedom Ride dogs that pull on our heart strings, like Legend.” 

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Roman is a true example that you can be a hero at any age.

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Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle visited the Met’s Michelangelo exhibition, and there are pictures

Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle stopped by the Met today to take in an exhibition devoted to his namesake, Michelangelo the Renaissance artist.

And the pictures … honestly, they’re works of art in themselves.

The exhibition, titled Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer, features three marble sculptures and over 100 drawings by the artist, along with “complementary works” by other artists. It will remain on display through February 12.

The amphibian Michelangelo looks pretty stoked to be there, as he should. It’s not every day you get to kick off your morning by admiring priceless works of ancient art. 

But we’ve gotta say – of all the Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo is not the one we would’ve pegged as an art lover. What, the Met couldn’t extend Michelangelo a plus-one so he could bring Donatello along?

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We aspire to be as happy as this little girl with a group of puppies

One young girl bravely defended herself against the gentle forces of cute from seven furry puppies and their tiny wet kisses. But sadly, in the end, she lost the adorable battle. 

Proud mom Emily Rook shared an adorable photo of her 8-year-old daughter Sofia, cuddling with a band of precious pups at their local animal shelter. 

Rook, an animal care technician, told Mashable that the picture was taken at the Humane Society of Washington County in Maryland. 

“The shelter was founded in 1921 and continues to care for a wide variety of domestic animals to this day,” CEO Kim Intino told Mashable. “Ms. Rook, upon supervisor permission, brought Sofia to help out during a bring your daughter to work day.” 

According to Rook, little Sofia accompanied her to work at the shelter to help feed and offer company to the animals before they were adopted. 

“This is not typical since the official age to volunteer is 12,” Rook told Mashable. “Sofia helps me with the fosters we take in.” 

Image: emily rook

Image: emily rook

Rook and Sofia have been fostering four-legged friends for more than four years and currently host 10 foster animals, many of which have come from neglectful and abusive homes or shelters. 

Image: emily rook

Sofia’s love for animals prompted her to take on different roles in caring for her furry friends, including feeding kittens and playing with animals in need of socialization and rehabilitation. 

“She is truly an animal whisperer and connects with them in a way that still amazes me,” said Rook. 

According to Rook, Sofia’s plans for the future have animal care written all over it. 

“Sofia wants to always foster animals that need help and would like to work in the shelter environment when she gets older after getting a veterinarian degree,” Rook said. 

We certainly have no doubt this little hero will do great things.  

Image: emily rook

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Football crowd loses its mind as speedy squirrel makes it way in for a touchdown

Animals interrupting sporting events are often times even better than the games themselves.

The crowd went wild during a football game between Kent State University and University of Louisville on Saturday – but it wasn’t the players they were rooting for.

A speedy squirrel delayed the game, making his way down the end zone and scoring his first-ever touch down.  

OK, not really, but the crowd and the announcers were excited nonetheless.

Although climbing trees and hunting for nuts have prepared him for this very moment, the little guy soon tired of running and plopped down on the field for a quick rest. 

Fans expressed their adoration on Twitter for the courageous critter. 

This bushy-tailed athlete deserves a spot on any team.

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House cat attempts face-off with actual lion

Oh, tiny cats. You have the DNA of the big cats, so why not challenge them as if they’re your equals?

YouTube user BigCatDerek uploaded a video of his cat Baggy challenging a lion named Noey who lives in his animal rescue facility. It’s like the cat version of David and Goliath, if the two were separated by a wire fence.

“Baggy,” her owner called out. “You will lose!”

But she didn’t listen. Because Baggy’s a brave, courageous kitty who’s just ready to pounce.

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Getty Images is putting stock photos of real rescue animals center frame for a cause

Jessica, the one-eyed beagle.
Image: Getty Images

For creatives looking to do a little good, a new collection of stock photos featuring rescue animals lets licensees donate to a Los Angeles-based animal shelter with each download.

The project is a collaboration between Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Getty Images, and the Amanda Foundation, a Beverly Hills animal hospital and nonprofit rescue organization that saves animals from kill shelters throughout the city and puts them up for adoption. The collection includes 60 images starring some of the foundation’s neediest residents, all in search of forever homes. 

According to Saatchi & Saatchi LA, every licensing dollar earned off the collection will benefit the nonprofit.

Photographer Christopher Nelson – who has two rescue dogs of his own – shot the collection over the course of a 12-hour day with the Amanda Foundation. 

“I’ve had nothing but rescue dogs my whole life, and I would recommend it,” he told Mashable. “They’re very appreciative when you save them, and it’s just nice to have them around.”

Capone, the chihuahua mix

Image: Getty Images

In a park near the rescue facility, Nelson and his assistant photographed a group of high-energy rescues thrilled by a day in the sun. 

“I would just sit on the ground, and they’d just jump all over me— it was a riot,” he said. “I’ve shot animals before, but they’re all trained, so shooting untrained animals was quite the experience.”

Nelson was particularly taken with a three-legged boxer mix named Oli, who he says was just a few hours from euthanasia when the Amanda Foundation rescued him.

“If I didn’t have two street dogs myself, I would have taken him home,” he said.

Oli, the three-legged boxer mix

Image: Getty Images

Though Nelson also shot Amanda Foundation rescues on a seamless background set up at the facility, casual photographers looking to shoot their own pets should stick with natural settings, he said. As for how to get a shot you’ll love, Nelson says composure is key: “Get down to their level and just be patient.”

But above all, Nelson’s key advice is to stay calm: “Be calm – if you’re calm, the dog or cat will be calm.”

Willow, the Jack Russell terrier

Image: Getty Images

Yang, the kitten

Image: Getty Images

Ralphie, the beagle-chihuahua mix

Image: Getty Images

Bambi, Bette, and Bebe, the dachshund-terrier mixes

Image: Getty Images

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Paddleboarder ruthlessly taken down by a reckless dolphin

You never realize just how large dolphins are till one of them body-slams you. 

Andrew Hill, an Australian paddleboarder, came face-to-face (er, body-to-body?) with a dolphin while boarding off the coast of Gracetown, West Australia.

The moment was captured by photographer Lucas Englert, the man behind surfing Instagram account lubricatedsurf. Englert was getting ready to film some surfers when he caught footage of Hill’s encounter with the small pod of dolphins. 

The group of eight or nine dolphins decided to catch the same wave as Hill. As the wave picked up, one of the dolphins leapt out of the water and crashed right into the paddleboarder and knock him right off the board. 

But don’t fear — Hill told 7News Perth that the injury was no worse than what he’s experienced playing rugby.

“Hats off to him,” said Hill about the dolphin. “He collected me really well.”

Presumably, “collected” means something like a tackle in Australia?

Either way, hats off to them both. 

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Bear on couch too damn chill to eat you

Image: courtesy of mandy stantic

Bears don’t have any interest in your miserable standing desks, thank you very much.

Mandy Stantic was visiting a garbage dump in Northern Manitoba last spring when she came upon a black bear sitting on a discarded sofa. Stantic, whose photos just recently went viral, had specifically driven to the dump with her daughter to see the dump (god bless Canadian road trips) when she discovered the bear just lounging.

“The bears are always very active at the dump. This one must have been in the mood to relax after eating his full and climbed up on the couch to get comfortable,” Stantic told Mashable

“Not unusual to see bears at the dump, but to see one sitting just casual like a human was pretty unique and I had to take a picture.”

Image: courtesy of mandy stantic

According to Stantic, the dump is a common hang out spot for the area’s local bears. What it lacks in greenery and pleasant odors it more than makes up for in bears lounging on La-Z-Bears.

All this bear needs is a lava lamp and some frozen pizza to become its spirit human, Al Bundy. 

Source: http://mashable.com/

Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

This determined little boy just sent out an urgent PSA on behalf of a beloved four-legged friend. 

Six-year-old Roman is calling on his followers to rescue Legend, a deaf and lovable Labrador retriever currently at Skagit Valley Humane Society in Burlington, Washington. The adorable video has more than 18,000 views, and counting.

Roman’s passion for rescuing canines began when he was just 4-years-old, according to mom, Jennifer McConn. 

“He opted to forego receiving presents on his fourth birthday and instead asked for donations so he could give those to a local rescue in Texas,” McConn told Mashable. “It’s kind of taken off since then.” 

McConn said Roman typically enjoys interacting with dogs. He and his mom often make videos to spread the word about pups in need. 

Now, for his latest mission, Roman is determined to find a home for Legend.

Roman and Legend

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Legend is just one of many dogs McConn and Roman have helped. 

In fact, McConn runs her own animal rescue organizations, PAWS & Read and Project Freedom Ride, dedicated to caring for, sheltering, and rescuing dogs from kill shelters in Texas. 

“We transport dogs up to rescues and humane societies such as Skagit Valley Humane Society or to our direct adopters,” said McConn. 

“Typically dogs that are in the humane society are our first priority to visit but there is always one or two non-Project Freedom Ride dogs that pull on our heart strings, like Legend.” 

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Roman is a true example that you can be a hero at any age.

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Farmer’s emotional reunion with his animals after Hurricane Harvey will tear you the f*ck up

You may want to grab tissues for this one. Or three boxes. 

Farmer Lester Morrow recorded the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on his property and graciously posted it on YouTube last week. 

At first, he’s just calmly surveying the damage, but his whole demeanor changes when he spots something in the distance. He starts emotionally yelling for Patty. Who in the hell is Patty?

It’s like a scene in a movie. The first spot of Patty the pig brings him into happy cries. The emotional reunion continued with Morrow finding more of his farm animals. Is someone cutting onions in here?

He was shock to find some of them alive after Hurricane Harvey and even created a gofundme for them. 

We’re glad to see Morrow, his family, and a few of his pets are OK despite the destruction that Harvey brought. 

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Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle visited the Met’s Michelangelo exhibition, and there are pictures

Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle stopped by the Met today to take in an exhibition devoted to his namesake, Michelangelo the Renaissance artist.

And the pictures … honestly, they’re works of art in themselves.

The exhibition, titled Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer, features three marble sculptures and over 100 drawings by the artist, along with “complementary works” by other artists. It will remain on display through February 12.

The amphibian Michelangelo looks pretty stoked to be there, as he should. It’s not every day you get to kick off your morning by admiring priceless works of ancient art. 

But we’ve gotta say – of all the Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo is not the one we would’ve pegged as an art lover. What, the Met couldn’t extend Michelangelo a plus-one so he could bring Donatello along?

Source: http://mashable.com/

Would you get a matching manicure with your cat?

First thing’s first: you should never, ever paint your pet’s claws with actual nail polish. It’s toxic to them! But should you hunger for you and your cat to have matching manicures, there’s a glamorous alternative.

Cristi, a cat owner from California, routinely purchases nail caps for her cat, Wednesday. One day, she found a purple, glittery set the same purple glitter as her own manicure.

Hell yeah.

As it turns out, Cristi wasn’t the only one to have this idea. After another user shared her image, it went viral, and other pet owners started sharing manicure pics, too.

And for those sneering right now, we’d like to point out that, from a logical standpoint, this makes perfect sense. Friends get matching manicures all the time. Pets are the best friends ever. Therefore, it would stand to reason that humans and their pets should have matching manicures.

Checkmate.

[H/T: BuzzFeed]

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Here are the perfect Halloween costumes for your obscure pets

Dressing your puppy as a hot dog for Halloween is great, but what if you have a lizard or a goat or some other kind of delightfully odd pet?

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, the hunt for the perfect pet costume heats up. But depending on how exotic your animal is, you may have trouble finding a winning getup. Fear not, here’s all the inspiration you need to make sure even the most obscure creature can join in the fun. 

Hedgehog Vampire

Have you ever seen a more adorable vampire? Sure, the collar may be too big, but that just adds to the cuteness.

Guinea Pig Freddy Krueger 

Who knew Freddy Krueger could look so innocent? We bet you won’t be having nightmares of this little guy.

Frog Witch

It’s simple, yet effective. All it takes is a tiny little hat, and poof your frog is a witch. 

Ferret Angel

Your ferret can be anything it wants, if it just spreads its wings. 

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Pig Pumpkin

Now your portly pig pal can blend seamlessly into the pumpkin patch. 

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Lizard Taco

Who doesn’t love a good taco, even if you can’t actually eat it?

Bunny Spider

This bunny’s costume will definitely make you forget your fear of spiders.

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Rat Beanie Baby

This may be the easiest DIY costume of all — and there’s a chance your little friend will actually get confused for a stuffed animal. 

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Bearded Dragon Charizard 

If you’ve got a pet lizard, you might as well go all in on Pokémon Go.

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Donald Duck

This is perfect if you love Disney. The resemblance is uncanny. 

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Goat Witch

When your animal is big enough to sport an actual dress, you can’t go wrong with a colorful witch costume.

Happy Halloweenie Bambi

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Guinea Pig Chef

Though we’re not sure this guinea pig can whip up a meal, he sure looks good trying.

Snake Gandalf

There is no better way to pay homage to Lord of the Rings than by popping a tiny wizard hat on your slithering friend.

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Happy Halloween to all you wonderful animals out there!

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Just a wonderful collection of pets with human names

Move aside Mittens, Oreo, Hershey, and Buddy — while typical pet names are cutesy and fun, there’s just something so delightful about giving an animal a very, very human-sounding name.

Amber Zoe sparked this particular bit of pet praise Tuesday, when she posted on Twitter about a neatly named pooch. Shed was utterly pleased to find out that the dog who lives behind her is named Brian. 

There’s just something so charming about expecting a human to answer to a name like “Brian,” but instead seeing a little white dog bounding towards you.

She encouraged owners of pets with human names to share their good boys and girls. Below is just a very small sampling of all the wonderful human-named pets out there.

This charming fellow Ralph not only has a human-sounding name, but dresses up like he’s going to his country club for a round of golf with the boys, as most named Ralph are oft to do. 

Meanwhile, this Ralph is a strong, solid boy. 

Dave, much like human Daves, is cracking open a cold, refreshing beverage.

Frank isn’t here to do your taxes. He’s here to have a nice roll on the lawn.

Here’s another boy named Frank. He’s less interested in financial accounting and more interested in lounging on his human’s lap. 

This Charles isn’t next in line for the English throne, but instead sits in a little basket with a wee flower nestled in his luxurious fur. 

This Jerry looks more feline and less Seinfeld

And this Malcolm doesn’t look like Frankie Muniz.

This Jenny isn’t on her way to pilates, but instead is having a great day at the park. She gets all the exercise she needs by running around and playing fetch. 

The Portias of the world might be found lounging by fancy pools, but this Portia doesn’t mind just lounging on whatever comfortable surface she might find. She’s still just as elegant. 

Burt’s less about cleaning chimney sweeps and more about sitting in very odd and inconvenient places. 

Bruce sounds like the name of a bodybuilder and this good boy named Bruce definitely has the buff figure to pull off the name.

Matt gets into trouble just as much as the typical teenage Matthew. 

Instead of attending fancy prep-school polo outings in the Hamptons, Chester the ferret gets snuggly with his owner. 

This person tried to give their cat the most unappealing name they could think of so they wouldn’t get attached. But Bill warmed his way into their hearts.

And finally Fergus, who looks exactly like how someone named Fergus would look like. 

We hope that all these human-named dogs, cats, and other furry friends are having amazing days. 

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Parkland survivors mock pro-gun senator for protecting dogs from airlines, but not children from gun violence

Cameron Kasky, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the school shooting in Parkland last month, called out Senator John Kennedy for proposing a bill that protects dogs but still opposing gun control laws
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Parkland students are criticizing lawmakers’ quick action to protect animals on flights while ignoring pleas for stricter gun control laws. 

Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, introduced a new bill on Thursday called the Welfare of Our Furry Friends Act (cleverly shortened to WOOFF) that would forbid airlines from putting animals in overhead bins. 

He announced his plans for this bill only hours after an 11-month-old puppy died on a United Airlines flight after a flight attendant forced its owner to put it in an overhead bin, and on the same day as the national student walkout in remembrance of the victims who died in the Parkland school shooting a month ago.  

Kennedy was called out on social media after tweeting about his plans to propose the bill. As a staunch opponent of gun control, the senator’s quick action to protect pets was seen as hypocritical to many people, including Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky.

“I don’t enjoy having to legislate common decency, but by God, I’m going to do it until they take this seriously,” Kennedy tweeted on Thursday. 

Kasky fired back: “17 people got shot at my school and nobody’s taking THAT seriously.” 

Then Kasky asked lawmakers why they didn’t apply the same quick action to students who were killed by gun violence. 

Lex Michael, another Marjory Stoneman Douglas student also criticized the senator’s inaction. 

Others on social media responded similarly. Twitter user Sheryl Reeder responded to a tweet by Kennedy that said “pets are family” with “If pets were being gunned down by an AR-15? Sensible gun legislation in the blink of an eye.”

Twitter user @bonibrat criticized Kennedy’s announcement, calling his lack of reaction to multiple mass shootings, compared to one incident of a dog dying, “an even bigger kick in the gut.” 

This isn’t the first time politicians have been criticized for proposing new legislation while ignoring calls for gun control. Twitter had a similar reaction in February, when New York lawmakers introduced a bill that would require Tide Pods to look less appetizing so that teenagers would be less inclined to eat them. 

The criticism, of course, doesn’t mean that animals shouldn’t also be protected from cruel treatment on airplanes. Kennedy’s bill would impose civil fines on airlines for improperly storing animals in overhead bins. According to a report by the Department of Transportation, United Airlines has been responsible for 18 animal deaths this year alone, making it the airline with the highest pets deaths for the third year in a row. 

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House cat attempts face-off with actual lion

Oh, tiny cats. You have the DNA of the big cats, so why not challenge them as if they’re your equals?

YouTube user BigCatDerek uploaded a video of his cat Baggy challenging a lion named Noey who lives in his animal rescue facility. It’s like the cat version of David and Goliath, if the two were separated by a wire fence.

“Baggy,” her owner called out. “You will lose!”

But she didn’t listen. Because Baggy’s a brave, courageous kitty who’s just ready to pounce.

Source: http://mashable.com/

Getty Images is putting stock photos of real rescue animals center frame for a cause

Jessica, the one-eyed beagle.
Image: Getty Images

For creatives looking to do a little good, a new collection of stock photos featuring rescue animals lets licensees donate to a Los Angeles-based animal shelter with each download.

The project is a collaboration between Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Getty Images, and the Amanda Foundation, a Beverly Hills animal hospital and nonprofit rescue organization that saves animals from kill shelters throughout the city and puts them up for adoption. The collection includes 60 images starring some of the foundation’s neediest residents, all in search of forever homes. 

According to Saatchi & Saatchi LA, every licensing dollar earned off the collection will benefit the nonprofit.

Photographer Christopher Nelson – who has two rescue dogs of his own – shot the collection over the course of a 12-hour day with the Amanda Foundation. 

“I’ve had nothing but rescue dogs my whole life, and I would recommend it,” he told Mashable. “They’re very appreciative when you save them, and it’s just nice to have them around.”

Capone, the chihuahua mix

Image: Getty Images

In a park near the rescue facility, Nelson and his assistant photographed a group of high-energy rescues thrilled by a day in the sun. 

“I would just sit on the ground, and they’d just jump all over me— it was a riot,” he said. “I’ve shot animals before, but they’re all trained, so shooting untrained animals was quite the experience.”

Nelson was particularly taken with a three-legged boxer mix named Oli, who he says was just a few hours from euthanasia when the Amanda Foundation rescued him.

“If I didn’t have two street dogs myself, I would have taken him home,” he said.

Oli, the three-legged boxer mix

Image: Getty Images

Though Nelson also shot Amanda Foundation rescues on a seamless background set up at the facility, casual photographers looking to shoot their own pets should stick with natural settings, he said. As for how to get a shot you’ll love, Nelson says composure is key: “Get down to their level and just be patient.”

But above all, Nelson’s key advice is to stay calm: “Be calm – if you’re calm, the dog or cat will be calm.”

Willow, the Jack Russell terrier

Image: Getty Images

Yang, the kitten

Image: Getty Images

Ralphie, the beagle-chihuahua mix

Image: Getty Images

Bambi, Bette, and Bebe, the dachshund-terrier mixes

Image: Getty Images

Source: http://mashable.com/

Fireball gummy bears are like a shot of candy

Image: etsy

Getting drunk and eating candy are both two joys in life. Getting drunk by eating candy is pure bliss.

While devouring sweetened alcohol in various jellied states is not a new invention, gummy bears infused with cinnamon whiskey is a welcome addition to booze and candy everywhere.

Unfortunately, Haribo and Fireball have yet to strike some multimillion dollar deal to bring boozy gummies to a liquor store near you, but, perspective buyers can find a similar product on Etsy from the store VineGelee.

While you’re likely unable to eat enough of these bears to get a good buzz, the resounding theme from the reviews is that they’re delicious, and they arrive in a timely manner and in great packaging.

The bears are available by weight, starting at $9.95 plus shipping. And if Fireball whiskey isn’t your thing, the shop does take custom orders, if you prefer a specific type of booze.

[h/t:Delish]

Source: http://mashable.com/

Football crowd loses its mind as speedy squirrel makes it way in for a touchdown

Animals interrupting sporting events are often times even better than the games themselves.

The crowd went wild during a football game between Kent State University and University of Louisville on Saturday – but it wasn’t the players they were rooting for.

A speedy squirrel delayed the game, making his way down the end zone and scoring his first-ever touch down.  

OK, not really, but the crowd and the announcers were excited nonetheless.

Although climbing trees and hunting for nuts have prepared him for this very moment, the little guy soon tired of running and plopped down on the field for a quick rest. 

Fans expressed their adoration on Twitter for the courageous critter. 

This bushy-tailed athlete deserves a spot on any team.

Source: http://mashable.com/

Squirrel runs onto Olympics snowboarding slope and narrowly avoids death

Australian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing, saver of squirrels.
Image: Getty Images

A squirrel with a death wish was nearly run over during the parallel giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday.

Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing was in the middle of her run when a squirrel suddenly ran onto the slope just inches in front of her snowboard.

In typical squirrel fashion, the rodent came face-to-face with the moment of impact before deciding the slalom course was a bad place to be. It turned around only after nearly colliding with Ulbing. 

Though the moment was quick, it does appear that Ulbing spotted the squirrel, and possibly adjusted her path to avoid a collision. The world thanks you, Ulbing.

Source: http://mashable.com/

Bear on couch too damn chill to eat you

Image: courtesy of mandy stantic

Bears don’t have any interest in your miserable standing desks, thank you very much.

Mandy Stantic was visiting a garbage dump in Northern Manitoba last spring when she came upon a black bear sitting on a discarded sofa. Stantic, whose photos just recently went viral, had specifically driven to the dump with her daughter to see the dump (god bless Canadian road trips) when she discovered the bear just lounging.

“The bears are always very active at the dump. This one must have been in the mood to relax after eating his full and climbed up on the couch to get comfortable,” Stantic told Mashable

“Not unusual to see bears at the dump, but to see one sitting just casual like a human was pretty unique and I had to take a picture.”

Image: courtesy of mandy stantic

According to Stantic, the dump is a common hang out spot for the area’s local bears. What it lacks in greenery and pleasant odors it more than makes up for in bears lounging on La-Z-Bears.

All this bear needs is a lava lamp and some frozen pizza to become its spirit human, Al Bundy. 

Source: http://mashable.com/

Farmer’s emotional reunion with his animals after Hurricane Harvey will tear you the f*ck up

You may want to grab tissues for this one. Or three boxes. 

Farmer Lester Morrow recorded the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on his property and graciously posted it on YouTube last week. 

At first, he’s just calmly surveying the damage, but his whole demeanor changes when he spots something in the distance. He starts emotionally yelling for Patty. Who in the hell is Patty?

It’s like a scene in a movie. The first spot of Patty the pig brings him into happy cries. The emotional reunion continued with Morrow finding more of his farm animals. Is someone cutting onions in here?

He was shock to find some of them alive after Hurricane Harvey and even created a gofundme for them. 

We’re glad to see Morrow, his family, and a few of his pets are OK despite the destruction that Harvey brought. 

Source: http://mashable.com/

Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

This determined little boy just sent out an urgent PSA on behalf of a beloved four-legged friend. 

Six-year-old Roman is calling on his followers to rescue Legend, a deaf and lovable Labrador retriever currently at Skagit Valley Humane Society in Burlington, Washington. The adorable video has more than 18,000 views, and counting.

Roman’s passion for rescuing canines began when he was just 4-years-old, according to mom, Jennifer McConn. 

“He opted to forego receiving presents on his fourth birthday and instead asked for donations so he could give those to a local rescue in Texas,” McConn told Mashable. “It’s kind of taken off since then.” 

McConn said Roman typically enjoys interacting with dogs. He and his mom often make videos to spread the word about pups in need. 

Now, for his latest mission, Roman is determined to find a home for Legend.

Roman and Legend

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Legend is just one of many dogs McConn and Roman have helped. 

In fact, McConn runs her own animal rescue organizations, PAWS & Read and Project Freedom Ride, dedicated to caring for, sheltering, and rescuing dogs from kill shelters in Texas. 

“We transport dogs up to rescues and humane societies such as Skagit Valley Humane Society or to our direct adopters,” said McConn. 

“Typically dogs that are in the humane society are our first priority to visit but there is always one or two non-Project Freedom Ride dogs that pull on our heart strings, like Legend.” 

Image: jennifer mcconn

Image: jennifer mcconn

Roman is a true example that you can be a hero at any age.

Source: http://mashable.com/

Here are the perfect Halloween costumes for your obscure pets

Dressing your puppy as a hot dog for Halloween is great, but what if you have a lizard or a goat or some other kind of delightfully odd pet?

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, the hunt for the perfect pet costume heats up. But depending on how exotic your animal is, you may have trouble finding a winning getup. Fear not, here’s all the inspiration you need to make sure even the most obscure creature can join in the fun. 

Hedgehog Vampire

Have you ever seen a more adorable vampire? Sure, the collar may be too big, but that just adds to the cuteness.

Guinea Pig Freddy Krueger 

Who knew Freddy Krueger could look so innocent? We bet you won’t be having nightmares of this little guy.

Frog Witch

It’s simple, yet effective. All it takes is a tiny little hat, and poof your frog is a witch. 

Ferret Angel

Your ferret can be anything it wants, if it just spreads its wings. 

A post shared by cristina (@tete_cmm) on

Pig Pumpkin

Now your portly pig pal can blend seamlessly into the pumpkin patch. 

A post shared by @penelopethepig on

Lizard Taco

Who doesn’t love a good taco, even if you can’t actually eat it?

Bunny Spider

This bunny’s costume will definitely make you forget your fear of spiders.

A post shared by Luna (@showbunnyluna) on

Rat Beanie Baby

This may be the easiest DIY costume of all — and there’s a chance your little friend will actually get confused for a stuffed animal. 

A post shared by Maddy C (@stinkyratties) on

Bearded Dragon Charizard 

If you’ve got a pet lizard, you might as well go all in on Pokémon Go.

A post shared by Zullé (@zulletastique) on

Donald Duck

This is perfect if you love Disney. The resemblance is uncanny. 

A post shared by Petcha (@petchanetwork) on

Goat Witch

When your animal is big enough to sport an actual dress, you can’t go wrong with a colorful witch costume.

Happy Halloweenie Bambi

A post shared by Bambi Hunter (@bambithegoatlife) on

Guinea Pig Chef

Though we’re not sure this guinea pig can whip up a meal, he sure looks good trying.

Snake Gandalf

There is no better way to pay homage to Lord of the Rings than by popping a tiny wizard hat on your slithering friend.

A post shared by Petcha (@petchanetwork) on

Happy Halloween to all you wonderful animals out there!

Image: Giphy

Source: http://mashable.com/

Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle visited the Met’s Michelangelo exhibition, and there are pictures

Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle stopped by the Met today to take in an exhibition devoted to his namesake, Michelangelo the Renaissance artist.

And the pictures … honestly, they’re works of art in themselves.

The exhibition, titled Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer, features three marble sculptures and over 100 drawings by the artist, along with “complementary works” by other artists. It will remain on display through February 12.

The amphibian Michelangelo looks pretty stoked to be there, as he should. It’s not every day you get to kick off your morning by admiring priceless works of ancient art. 

But we’ve gotta say – of all the Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo is not the one we would’ve pegged as an art lover. What, the Met couldn’t extend Michelangelo a plus-one so he could bring Donatello along?

Source: http://mashable.com/

House cat attempts face-off with actual lion

Oh, tiny cats. You have the DNA of the big cats, so why not challenge them as if they’re your equals?

YouTube user BigCatDerek uploaded a video of his cat Baggy challenging a lion named Noey who lives in his animal rescue facility. It’s like the cat version of David and Goliath, if the two were separated by a wire fence.

“Baggy,” her owner called out. “You will lose!”

But she didn’t listen. Because Baggy’s a brave, courageous kitty who’s just ready to pounce.

Source: http://mashable.com/

Here are the perfect Halloween costumes for your obscure pets

Dressing your puppy as a hot dog for Halloween is great, but what if you have a lizard or a goat or some other kind of delightfully odd pet?

As the spookiest day of the year approaches, the hunt for the perfect pet costume heats up. But depending on how exotic your animal is, you may have trouble finding a winning getup. Fear not, here’s all the inspiration you need to make sure even the most obscure creature can join in the fun. 

Hedgehog Vampire

Have you ever seen a more adorable vampire? Sure, the collar may be too big, but that just adds to the cuteness.

Guinea Pig Freddy Krueger 

Who knew Freddy Krueger could look so innocent? We bet you won’t be having nightmares of this little guy.

Frog Witch

It’s simple, yet effective. All it takes is a tiny little hat, and poof your frog is a witch. 

Ferret Angel

Your ferret can be anything it wants, if it just spreads its wings. 

A post shared by cristina (@tete_cmm) on

Pig Pumpkin

Now your portly pig pal can blend seamlessly into the pumpkin patch. 

A post shared by @penelopethepig on

Lizard Taco

Who doesn’t love a good taco, even if you can’t actually eat it?

Bunny Spider

This bunny’s costume will definitely make you forget your fear of spiders.

A post shared by Luna (@showbunnyluna) on

Rat Beanie Baby

This may be the easiest DIY costume of all — and there’s a chance your little friend will actually get confused for a stuffed animal. 

A post shared by Maddy C (@stinkyratties) on

Bearded Dragon Charizard 

If you’ve got a pet lizard, you might as well go all in on Pokémon Go.

A post shared by Zullé (@zulletastique) on

Donald Duck

This is perfect if you love Disney. The resemblance is uncanny. 

A post shared by Petcha (@petchanetwork) on

Goat Witch

When your animal is big enough to sport an actual dress, you can’t go wrong with a colorful witch costume.

Happy Halloweenie Bambi

A post shared by Bambi Hunter (@bambithegoatlife) on

Guinea Pig Chef

Though we’re not sure this guinea pig can whip up a meal, he sure looks good trying.

Snake Gandalf

There is no better way to pay homage to Lord of the Rings than by popping a tiny wizard hat on your slithering friend.

A post shared by Petcha (@petchanetwork) on

Happy Halloween to all you wonderful animals out there!

Image: Giphy

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/06/halloween-costumes-for-exotic-pets/

Getty Images is putting stock photos of real rescue animals center frame for a cause

Jessica, the one-eyed beagle.
Image: Getty Images

For creatives looking to do a little good, a new collection of stock photos featuring rescue animals lets licensees donate to a Los Angeles-based animal shelter with each download.

The project is a collaboration between Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Getty Images, and the Amanda Foundation, a Beverly Hills animal hospital and nonprofit rescue organization that saves animals from kill shelters throughout the city and puts them up for adoption. The collection includes 60 images starring some of the foundation’s neediest residents, all in search of forever homes. 

According to Saatchi & Saatchi LA, every licensing dollar earned off the collection will benefit the nonprofit.

Photographer Christopher Nelson – who has two rescue dogs of his own – shot the collection over the course of a 12-hour day with the Amanda Foundation. 

“I’ve had nothing but rescue dogs my whole life, and I would recommend it,” he told Mashable. “They’re very appreciative when you save them, and it’s just nice to have them around.”

Capone, the chihuahua mix

Image: Getty Images

In a park near the rescue facility, Nelson and his assistant photographed a group of high-energy rescues thrilled by a day in the sun. 

“I would just sit on the ground, and they’d just jump all over me— it was a riot,” he said. “I’ve shot animals before, but they’re all trained, so shooting untrained animals was quite the experience.”

Nelson was particularly taken with a three-legged boxer mix named Oli, who he says was just a few hours from euthanasia when the Amanda Foundation rescued him.

“If I didn’t have two street dogs myself, I would have taken him home,” he said.

Oli, the three-legged boxer mix

Image: Getty Images

Though Nelson also shot Amanda Foundation rescues on a seamless background set up at the facility, casual photographers looking to shoot their own pets should stick with natural settings, he said. As for how to get a shot you’ll love, Nelson says composure is key: “Get down to their level and just be patient.”

But above all, Nelson’s key advice is to stay calm: “Be calm – if you’re calm, the dog or cat will be calm.”

Willow, the Jack Russell terrier

Image: Getty Images

Yang, the kitten

Image: Getty Images

Ralphie, the beagle-chihuahua mix

Image: Getty Images

Bambi, Bette, and Bebe, the dachshund-terrier mixes

Image: Getty Images

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/04/getty-images-amanda-foundation-stock-photo-collection/

Farmer’s emotional reunion with his animals after Hurricane Harvey will tear you the f*ck up

You may want to grab tissues for this one. Or three boxes. 

Farmer Lester Morrow recorded the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on his property and graciously posted it on YouTube last week. 

At first, he’s just calmly surveying the damage, but his whole demeanor changes when he spots something in the distance. He starts emotionally yelling for Patty. Who in the hell is Patty?

It’s like a scene in a movie. The first spot of Patty the pig brings him into happy cries. The emotional reunion continued with Morrow finding more of his farm animals. Is someone cutting onions in here?

He was shock to find some of them alive after Hurricane Harvey and even created a gofundme for them. 

We’re glad to see Morrow, his family, and a few of his pets are OK despite the destruction that Harvey brought. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/13/farmers-emotional-reunion-with-pets/