Get ready to squee and cry at the same time. Little five-month-old Lentil was born with a cleft palate and a cleft lip, and was the only member of his litter to survive. Because of these issues, Lentil wasn’t able to eat or drink on his own. He needed constant care and so Lindsay Condefer, a volunteer with the French Bull Dog Rescue Network of Philadelphia, brought Lentil to live with her, and blogged about the experience on the Facebook page My Name Is Lentil. This adorable pup quickly developed a fan base that has grown to over 90,000 followers — and now he’s giving back. Lentil had surgery to correct his cleft palate but still has a cleft lip, and his “different” appearance has led him to volunteer with a program where kids with certain conditions meet animals with the same conditions. ”It’s sort of a pet therapy where people can relate a little bit more with those pets that have gone through things that they’ve gone through as well,” said Dr. Jesse Taylor, a plastic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who consulted on Lentil’s palate surgery.
Lentil is a serious rock star at the hospital and has already visited with hundreds of children. Pfeiffer, 14, who has a genetic condition called Saethre-Chotzen syndrome which affects the shape of the head and face, told CNN, ”He doesn’t look like, you know, a regular dog. So that kind of makes him special, so it probably makes kids who have something that I have, makes them feel special.” So wonderful. Video above! [CNN]
I believe this video of of Gibson, the French bulldog who appears to be bewildered by the flatulence coming out of his own ass, counts as a Mercury retrograde reward. It certainly lifts my spirits considering I’ve often felt the exact same way: deeply confused. Yes, about farts. But also about other things. I’m sure Gibson understands what I mean. I’ve often dreamed of having a pet who understood me on a deep level like that. Since my dog Mandy passed away in the late ’90, I haven’t had a dog connection like that. Gibson, be mine. I don’t care that you’re a gassy canine. We will fart together and be confused about life. [Videogum]
I have mixed feelings about alpacas because when I was growing up I lived next door to an alpaca farm, and let me tell you: those creatures are moodier than the vampires from Twilight. However, this photo, taken on shearing day at a German alpaca farm, is placing me firmly on team pro-alpaca. I mean, look at those smooth bellies and fuzzy little heads! After the jump, check out some mugshot-style closeups of the freshly shaven herd that literally made me say, “Squeeeeee!” out loud. Keep reading »
You were thinking you needed some sort of work diversion that combined your love of cats with your passion for wintry weather? Oh good, because there’s Catflakes, a website that provides users with hours of simulated cat-snowflake-hybrid fun. Catflakes allows you to adjust the type and speed of your catflakes, so you can enjoy a light dusting of catflakes, or a heavy blizzard of catflakes, take your pick! And in the event that cats really bum you out, well, there’s a special Grumpy Cat-flavored option just for you.
So yeah, if you need me, I’ll be enjoying the catflakes for the next few glorious hours. [Catflakes]
A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise.
The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo’s Friedrich Aquarium. Read more on Huffington Post…
Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani was struck by the way some pet owners managed to look like their pets, and vice versa. Are we drawn to animals that in some way resemble or reflect our inner and outer lives (and if so, what does Colonel Mustard say about me?). Magnani did some swift Photoshopping and created this portrait series, titled Underdogs, which explores the hidden connections between people and the pets we choose. Keep reading »
My neighbors have an 8-week-old pug puppy that is perhaps the cutest creature who has ever graced this Earth. Right now its head is a bit too big for its body, so as it toddles around the yard it usually tips over, and then just starts chewing on whatever is in the immediate vicinity of where its mouth landed. Oh, and its name is BELUSHI. Seriously, I can’t even handle how cute this dog is. Whenever I see it come out in the yard I just stare at it moaning like Tina from “Bob’s Burgers” until my boyfriend is like, “Seriously, you have to stop doing that.” I wouldn’t be surprised if this dog takes out a restraining order against me at some point.
My love for Belushi made me want to write something pug-related, and I was reading up about these little dogs I thought, Hey, why not a list of fun pug facts?! Because sometimes I like to pretend I write for Highlights magazine instead of The Frisky. Ready for a pug fact party? Here we go! Keep reading »
So okay, he’s got a little bit of a humpback and his head might be a bit too big for his body, but is it really fair to crown Walle, the beagle/boxer/basset mix from Chico, California, as the world’s ugliest dog. One judge apparently said that Walle “looked like he’d been Photoshopped from other dogs.” But how does Walle stack up against other past contestants:
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Do you know what a rat king is? It’s a half-myth, sort-of, kind-of real thing where a bunch of rats get their tails stuck together. You can click here to see an actual specimen, but warning, it’s one of those things — like a snake opening a fucking door by itself — that you can’t unsee.
According to folklore, rat kings are considered a bad omen. A very gross, bad omen. But what of the Squirrel King?
Oh, the Squirrel King, you say? What’s that? Click through to find out. Keep reading »
This week, we were dismayed to learn that large snakes can open doors on their own now. But there is a silver lining. Before you get swallowed in one gulp by a python, The Little Prince-style, this adorable otter can crawl into a vending machine and fetch you an icy cold Diet Coke. So, kind of a wash. [Laughing Squid]