Meet the Notorious P.I.G., a micro pot-bellied pig who was rescued from a neglectful home in Florida. There, the little pig was fed only Cap’n crunch and horse feed, but he’s since found happier times in his new home at Brooklyn Cares vet clinic. The pig, who also goes by “Piggie Smalls,” got his name after rapper Biggie Smalls, who grew up just a block from his new digs. When Piggie arrived at the vet he was in very poor health, but now he cheerfully snorts away as he runs around the office and makes new animal friends. “It has been awesome to see the Notorious P.I.G. come out of his shell. Every day he is happier and more social,” Dr. Timothy Mann told DNA Info. Mann has always wanted a pig. These days, Piggie eats lots of healthy veggies, takes regular baths, and is even being trained to use a litter box. It’s a far cry from his lonely days eating sugary cereal in the Florida heat. Pot bellied pigs aren’t allowed to live in New York City homes, but they can live in veterinary facilities, so Piggie spends his days there with Ruby, the dog who is also a fixture at the clinic. When Piggie has adjusted more to his home, he’ll make his way to the front waiting room where he can greet customers. Who knew happy little pigs could be so cute! [DNA Info] [Image via DNA Info/Brooklyn Cares]
Ikea stores in Tempe, Arizona, and Singapore have teamed up with Home for Hope and the Arizona Humane Society to add life-sized cardboard cutouts of homeless animals to its showrooms. The cardboard critters, which are based on real photos of shelter cats and dogs, will be placed in the spots a real-life pet might hang out — on couches, rugs and bunk beds. The cutouts even have bar codes customers can scan to learn more about the animals. So far, all six of the pets featured in the Tempe store have found homes, and more cutouts will be placed in the store starting on July 29. Here’s hoping this spreads to other stores! [Apartment Therapy, Business Insider] [Image via Home For Hope]
Charlie the dog didn’t realize he would make the baby cry when he stole her toy. So he tried to make it up to her the best way he knew how — with more toys. Way to own up to your mistakes, Charlie! [22 Words]
Nick Lamb, an Indianapolis teen, was home alone and fast asleep last Wednesday when a fire broke out in his house. Nick is deaf and wears cochlear implants, but he’d taken them out to sleep, making it impossible for him to hear the loud popping sounds the fire was making throughout the house. Ace, the family pit bull, knew there was trouble and licked Nick’s face until he woke up.
“He woke me up because I couldn’t hear anything and I was asleep and I looked around my room and I smelled smoke and I could see a little bit of smoke in my room,” Lamb told a local news station. He covered his nose and mouth with a T-shirt and left the house with Ace by his side. “I would have never seen this from him. I didn’t see this coming,” Nick’s mom said. The family also has a cat named Pixie, who was still inside the house when Nick and Ace escaped. Firefighters were able to rescue her, and she’s currently at the vet recovering from smoke inhalation, leaving the whole family safe and sound. Amazing. [Daily Mail UK, KHON 2]
Whatever life may have thrown their way, these doggies are happy as can be, barking away and playing catch with a stick. My little pet-loving heart can barely take it. Go dogs, go! [Jezebel]
You know that moment when you’re trying to get into downward dog, only to be interrupted by your actual dog? Apparently, it’s pretty much an epidemic among yogi pet owners. Whether yoga is your thing or not, it’s hard not to giggle at these pets stealing the show while their humans are trying to get their namaste on. [Huffington Post]
In case we didn’t have enough reasons already to love the dogs in our lives [Hi Lucca! -- Amelia], science has found that dog owners’ physical activity is the equivalent to someone roughly 10 years younger. A study published in the journal Preventative Medicine took a look at the lives of 547 elderly people (their average age was 79) living within 60 miles of each other. The participants who had dogs experienced notably lower levels of anxiety and depression, and it was also found that dog owners’ pups had a tendency to encourage them to include physical activity in their day that they otherwise would have skipped. The daily exercise prompted by the doggies can lead to a whole slew of secondary health boosts like a stronger immune system and healthier bones and muscles.
The dogs assisted their elderly humans in overcoming obstacles like bad weather, worries over personal safety, and lack of social support that can keep people cooped up and sedentary. Dog-walking in around the neighborhood was also thought to help study participants stay more socially active by offering them a means of meeting others in their community. Keep reading »
I will never forgive myself for not being at this Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, movie theater last weekend. Several employees from Myrtle Beach Safari decided to give their chimps a night out at BigD movies (yes, that’s its real name) to go see none other than “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.” If I were there, I’d say screw the movie, I’m watching the real monkeys. Keep reading »
Didga the skateboarding cat can add parkour to her resume now, too. The two-year-old cat was adopted at 13 weeks by a pet trainer who’s taught her everything she knows about her talents in feline sports, and this video is her coolest yet. Watch and enjoy (and please don’t try to parkour-ify your own kitty unless a cat-training pro is around)! [Tastefully Offensive]
I’ve seen a lot of cute puppy videos in my day, but this one is especially sweet. A compassionate golden retriever pup can’t bear to see her older pal have a nightmare, so she comforts him in his sleep. The poor thing probably doesn’t even realize he’s just dreaming. BRB, melting into a million pieces. [TIME]