I always feel a little heartbroken when I see flyers for missing dogs and cats tacked up around the city, especially because you never get an update as to whether they’ve been found. But maybe this flyer — from cat owners rejoicing in having found their lost pet — will start a trend? So relieved for Mr. Mittens and his owners! [The Daily What]
My dog Lucca is my best friend, the apple of my eye, the wind beneath my wings. But I’m a dog person in general and like to keep myself up to date on the furry friends of Hollywood’s best and brightest. Sometimes a celeb’s dog is actually their better half. I’m not saying that’s the case with all 15 of my favorite celeb dogs, but these pooches certainly win their owners points in my book.
I pretty much love anything comically oversized, and that goes double for animals. So you better believe I’m a little bit obsessed with Zeus, the 44-inch tall Great Dane that took top honors as the tallest dog in the world. The Otsego, Michigan, pup is just three-years-old, and stands 7-feet 4-inches when on his hind legs. He weighs a lean 115 pounds, and eats up to 12 cups of food a day (aw, a growing boy!). “Zeus is an awesome dog,” said his owner Denise Dorlag. “The only downside is that everything costs more; the food, medicines, transport. We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot – he leaves bruises!” We bet! [Discovery]
You might have heard that scientists discovered a new breed of monkey in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of which was apparently being kept in captivity by a local schoolteacher like it was no big deal. You might have also heard about a woman in Spain who attempted to restore a 19th century fresco by Elias Garcia Martinez, but ended up botching it beyond belief. What do these two things have in common? Keep reading »
Sad movies exist in every genre. Romance is obviously full of weepers, and plenty of dramas have enjoyed yanking your heart out and showing it to you as you stagger out of the theater. Even an action or sports movie can reduce the tough to tears if done right. (“Field of Dreams,” anyone?)
But there’s one little genre that seems hellbent on making us cry, and that’s animal movies. They’re fiendishly clever about it, too, luring you in with promises of being child-friendly, heartwarming and fun before killing off a fuzzy protagonist or two. They’re worse than horror movies, because at least horror is honest about the body count.
In honor of taking the plunge (again!) with ”Finding Nemo 3D,” we have compiled nine of the most heartbreaking animal weepers in cinematic history. Read it only if you have something soft to hug. Read more…
This is Obie, who is quickly gaining fame in his quest to lose weight and become the Dachshund Biggest Loser. His story began when a relative of his owners, an elderly couple in failing health, asked the Oregon Dachshund Rescue for help. They’d been showing Obie love with food and were unable to provide him with physical activity, and now this pup was in trouble. The organization posted a plea on Facebook: could someone foster Obie and help him get healthy? Nora Vanatta, an EMT and veterinary technician from Portland, stepped up to the plate, and when Obie arrived from Seattle, he weighed a whopping 77 pounds. Now this sweet pup is in the process of losing 40 pounds on a low-fat, high-protein diet, and inspiring other overweight canines to get fit with his “Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition” Facebook page, which already has over 33,000 fans. “My hope is that he can be an inspiration to any person or animal trying to lose weight,” says Vanatta. Obie, we’re all cheering for you. [OregonLive]
Is there anything better than puppies? No. The answer is no. [YouTube]
Stop what you are doing right now and prepare to squeeeee your heart out. It’s time for a baby panda belly rub! The baby panda born in July at the San Diego Zoo had his third medical examination recently to ascertain the gender (it’s a boy!) and enjoy a good old belly rub. This sweet little guy is finally getting fuzzy and adorable, so you know what that means: time to donate to the Send Jessica To The San Diego Zoo Fund! Please give generously. [Guardian UK]
Remember the weird social experiment that was Chatroulette? It’s mostly populated with dudes who want to show their wangs to strangers, which is why we’re way more into the animal version of Chatroulette, appropriately titled Catroulette. Catroulette shows you tons of live video feeds of cats doing exactly what cats do — scratching themselves, grooming themselves, looking bored. But the best part? Every cat on Catroulette is up for adoption! Most of these cats seem to live in Germany or something (so international!). But even if you can’t adopt, it’s a great timewaster. So many adorable buddies! [Catroulette]
If you’re anything like me, you think Lil Bub is maybe the finest cat thing on the planet. The perma-kitten with stunted legs, bug eyes and a perpetually limp tongue has become an insta-celeb in influential cat video circles. Which is why Vice up and decided to make a documentary following Lil Bub’s provocative exploits. We can’t wait for the full-length Bubathon, so in the meantime, here’s a Bubful teaser. Stay tuned! [YouTube]