Prepare the Kleenex, for this is maybe the cutest story ever. Back in 2012, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, who are both blind, met after they each signed up to be paired with seeing-eye companions at a guide dog training program in the UK. For two weeks, they worked extensively with their Labrador retrievers, Venice and Rodd, and during that time, the dogs developed a deep fondness for each other. “The trainers said that it was the romance of the course, the two dogs,” says Claire in the video above. “They’d always pull towards one another, ignore all the other dogs.” Venice and Rodd’s burgeoning relationship led Claire and Mark to spend more and more time together on doggie playdates, and sure enough, soon romance began to blossom between them as well. Last weekend, Claire and Mark were married, with their dogs/matchmakers acting as ring bearers during the ceremony.
“I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love,” says Claire. “Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates.” Cutest foursome ever. [The Dodo]
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 »
American Eagle Outfitters has developed the “first-ever matching clothing line for dogs and their owners” and while we would normally roll our eyes at any attempts to dress like your dog, we are genuinely smitten. “American Beagle Outfitters” (HAHA) released a lookbook featuring pups of all breeds decked out in AEO gear and it is is beyond adorable. The line is set to hit stores later this spring — unless the whole thing is a big April Fools ploy, because, I mean, it’s almost too cute to be true. Either way, shoppers who sign up for the waiting list will receive a discount on purchases and a dollar from each order will be donated to the ASPCA.
Check out the lookbook’s canine models (and weigh in on which outfit Amelia should buy for Lucca)! [Duhhhhh, the puppy Baja hoodie worn by Ace (above) FTW! -- Amelia] [Fuck off, Mom. -- Lucca] [Fashionista]
Some call it animal abuse, others call it MAGIC. Either way, the confused pups in this video by magician Jose Ahonen have no idea where their treats went. Where are the treats?!?! [YouTube]
A Chinese businessman (not the man pictured above, however) broke records this weekend when he bought a puppy for almost $2 million — more than anyone has ever paid for a pet dog. What the hell is this costly canine? A 200-pound Tibetan Mastiff, who will grow up to look something like a giant fluffy teddy bear. Hey, if the price is right. Keep reading »
Sophie the English bulldog puppy has a total grasp on the “roll over” command … and like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going and going. Wow, I wish I was as exited about anything as she is to roll down a green, grassy hill. Roll on, Soph! [YouTube]
This baby girl gorilla, born on Wednesday night at the San Diego Zoo, needs to be cuddled immediately. She. Is. So. Cute! Her 18-year-old mother went into labor but was not making any progress, so veterinarians at the zoo delivered this little cutie via a rare C-section. In no time at all, the 4.6-lb. gorilla was wearing a blue baby hat, sucking on her fingers and mugging for the cameras. Congratulations to mom and baby and to whomever got to swaddle her in a blanket and give her an oxygen mask to chew on, I hate you. [Washington Post]
Freestyle skiier Gus Kenworthy rescuing a litter of stray puppies off the streets of Sochi was one of our favorite stories to come out of this year’s Winter Olympics. And now, after a ton of red tape, bureaucratic wrangling, uncertainty, and a little bit of tragedy, those puppies have finally arrived at their new home. Kenworthy’s friend Robin Macdonald stayed in Sochi almost a month after the Olympics ended to ensure the dogs would be cared for and accompany the brood on their journey home. Unfortunately, one of the puppies became so sick and malnourished in a Sochi shelter that it passed away before it could make the trip. Luckily, the rest of the dogs (three puppies, their mom, and another stray) are now settled in Denver, healthy and happy. Kenworthy, Macdonald, and a few of the rescued pooches made an appearance on The Today show this morning to share the rest of this crazy and heartwarming saga. Kenworthy brought home a silver medal from Sochi, but he also saved the lives of 5 dogs who almost certainly would have died otherwise. He has a lot to be proud of. [Today]
The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, is enlisting the help of the public to choose names for their new lion cubs. The male cub goes by Doc, but the three female cubs have yet to be named.
The options are… Keep reading »