Meet Penelope Popcorn, an Instagram star whose clothes are probably more awesome than yours (and mine!). At first I was as weirded out by her pictures as you probably are, but now I can’t decide whether I’m more impressed by her adorable name or her array of hair ribbons.
Penelope is a 28 lb., potty-trained household pet to a family of three living in California. The one-year-old Juliana purebreed‘s owner says she’s been dressed up and had her nails painted since she was very young, so posing for photos is routine. According to her owner: Keep reading »
Today in Animals Doing Weird But Oddly Endearing Things: Bibia the cat loves tapping his paw on anything made of paper. Once a newspaper or paper bag is in front of him, he touches it over and over and over again repetitively Really, it’s almost like Bibia has got kitty obsessive-compulsive disorder. Maybe Bibia likes the sound of his paw brushing against it? One thing’s for sure: this kitty can’t stop, won’t stop. [Laughing Squid]
Magician Rick Lax knows all kinds of nifty tricks, or as Gob Bluth would say, illusions. He’s probably used to receiving a major reaction from his audiences who are impressed by his skills of trickery. But in this video, Rick goes up against his toughest critics: cats. Their visible boredom as he pulls out all the stops to get their attention is a feeling of rejection every cat owner knows. After all, kitties are snobs. [Laughing Squid]
These days we have plenty of evidence that civilization is going to hell in a handbasket: Farrah Abraham’s erotic novelist career, elected officials making laws based on the belief that women are nothing more than barely sentient baby factories, the continuing existence of James Franco. BUT WAIT! There is finally a reason to celebrate, a beacon of hope in a dark world, the chosen one that will save us all — it’s a goat/sheep hybrid called a geep. The geep (rhymes with BEEEEEEEEEP!!!) sprang forth from the torrid love affair of a sheep and a goat in Ireland. According to the surprised farmer who discovered the unlikely progeny, the geep is quick, mischievous, wooly, and in perfect health.
Check out a video of this magical creature in action after the jump, and let me know if you want one of the “I BEEP FOR GEEP” bumper stickers that I’m making after work today. [Want. -- Amelia] Keep reading »
Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? She’s trying to tell you — through her body language! Graphic designer, illustrator and cat lover Cindy Suen created this adorable video as a guide to the ways cats communicate with us. Watch it for a whole new perspective on your kitty’s feelings. [Laughing Squid]
When I saw you out of the corner of my eye scampering across the parking lot, I didn’t expect you to restore my faith in the universe. You seemed like just another squirrel, narrowly dodging cars, going about your squirrel business, but then I noticed something strange in your little squirrel paws.
“What is that squirrel holding?” my boyfriend asked, but before he could even finish the sentence, we both realized the answer was more glorious than we ever could have imagined.
“That squirrel,” I gasped, “is holding a mini corndog.” Keep reading »
Adopting my dog Lucca from a shelter nearly eight years ago is, hands down, the best and most gratifying decision I’ve ever made. While I would never suggest that the love I feel for Lucca is greater because of it, I do think the experience of rescuing a dog, rather than buying from a breeder or a pet store, is very special and meaningful. Back in 2007, I didn’t know what kind of dog I wanted. I don’t think I really cared about a “kind.” I had some loose requirements — a Mastif wasn’t going to work in my studio apartment — but mostly I wanted to find a dog I connected with and who connected with me. It was about finding the right dog, with “right” based much more on intuition rather than a list of breed qualities. This feeling is what photographer Theron Humphrey has captured in his series “Why We Rescue,” featuring photographs of 50 people who adopted their pets and the stories behind those adoptions. The series aims to change perceptions about how loving shelter pets can be. Keep reading »
Frivolous celeb selfies might actually do some good in the world, if Dallas Pets Alive (DPA) has anything to say about it. The nonprofit aims to make no-kill shelters the norm in Dallas, TX, and to find homes for rescue dogs. Their oh-so-brilliant marketing geniuses have gotten into the habit of #muttbombing, or reposting celebs’ selfies (and normal folks’ pictures too!) on their Instagram account with a shelter dog photoshopped in. So far, stars like Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Fallon, and Miley Cyrus have been featured, and their Instagrams are that much better for it. Besides being hilarious, the project is also effective — about half of the dogs featured in the first few days of the campaign have been adopted. I’m rooting for a “Real Housewives” #muttbomb next! Check out more photos at the links! [Huffington Post; CultureMap; Dallas Pets Alive]