Pup Naki’o lost all four of his feet to frostbite when his owners abandoned him in a foreclosed house (monsters). A kind vet fit him with prosthetic limbs and he was adopted, and now he lives happily in Colorado Springs. So if you’re having a rough day today, just think about Naki’o — if he can get through it, so can you. [i09]
When I think about what might happen if I tried to put a pair of support hose on Colonel Mustard, well, it would not end well. Apparently putting pantyhose on dogs is something of a mini-trend in China. Sorry dogs of China, but these photos manage to meet at the crossroads of hilarious and weird and vaguely unsettling, which makes them perfect. A couple more after the jump!
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Jessica sent me a link to an article about a trend in China where people dye their dog’s fur to look like another animal, probably thinking I would find it cute. But I don’t and let me tell you why. Okay, sure, I’ll start off by acknowledging that there is obviously something cute about a dog dyed to look like a panda or a tiger. But frankly, this is low hanging cute fruit. Sort of no duh, you know? So with the cuteness, lazy and absurd as it may be, acknowledged, I am here to speak up as an advocate for dogs everywhere: LET PUPS BE PUPS. Your dog is adorable as he or she is naturally and though I am not a dog psychologist, I can only assume physically altering your pooch’s appearance so he or she looks like an entirely different breed of animal is probably pretty bad for the pet-esteem. Do you really want your dog to think, “Mommy wishes I was a Bengal tiger” or “If only I was a real panda, Daddy would love me more”? Of course you don’t. So let’s make a pact on behalf of our pets to not partake in this trend. Deal? And thanks for hearing me out. [Global Post]
Some total jerkwad took a couple of dachshund puppies and stuffed them into a garbage bin behind a church. They were discovered and taken to Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, but they needed a foster mama to take care of them. So the folks at Rocky Ridge paired the pups with a capybara named Cheesecake. Say what now?
Capybaras are basically oversized guinea pigs, and the largest rodent in the world. And, it turns out, really good at being foster moms. Animals don’t really care what species their caregiver is, so the puppies seem totally fine with their new mom. And while Cheesecake isn’t up for adoption, the puppies definitely are. [Dogster]
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Dogs. Sigh. They can be so dumb. Sometimes they eat their own poop. Sometimes they eat cat food. And sometimes they eat things even dumber than poop or cat food, such as 111 pennies. You read that right. One-hundred and eleven. Jack, a 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier in New York City (pictured), scarfed all these Abraham Lincolns and then started to barf. His owner, Tim Kelleher, rushed his dog to the vet, who discovered with an X-ray that Jack’s stomach was a poochy piggy bank. Via an endoscopy surgery, the vet removed all the pennies five at a time. He’s like the dog version of that man who died after winning a cockroach eating contest! Luckily Jack is okay and was not poisoned by all the zinc in those coins, as zinc is toxic for dogs. And I suppose his master is lucky Jack did not have a taste for dollar bills. [NJ.com; CBS Local]
When Sean Norman’s bull terrier slipped into Pam Nkosi’s yard and bit her seven-year-old daughter, she felt that it was an act of racism. “I feel that the dog is racist. The way it behaved. It shows that it was not familiar with other races,” Nkosi said.
Norman initially denied that his dog bit the girl, accusing another dog of biting her and finally, claiming that the girl fell into a hedge. But a doctor confirmed the dog bite was from Norman’s bull terrier. Nkosi claims that Norman never checked in to see how her daughter was doing or offer to pay for any of the medical bills. An SPCA inspector didn’t comment on whether or not the dog was “racist” but said the case was being investigated. Keep reading »
Well, what do we have here? Allow me to introduce you to Banana Joe, this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show. The five-year-old Affenpinscher snagged the trophy over the crowd favorite, an English sheepdog named Swagger. Best in Show judge Michael Dougherty said of the upset, “This little fella seemed to want it a touch more. He’s a fantastic Affenpinscher, with a fantastic face, a great body.” That he is! (I nominated him for today’s Hump Day Hottie, but as you can imagine, I was overruled.) My favorite thing about Joey (that’s what his handler calls him) is his little tongue, which lives outside of his mouth. So darling. A few more gloriously time-wasting photos of the Westminster winner, after the jump! Keep reading »
Guys have a lot of trouble dressing stylishly, no? Some are a bit to Johnny Tries Too Hard, and others wouldn’t know a cufflink if it bit them on the face (cufflinks usually don’t bite, but you never know). Enter Menswear Dog, a sartorially-inclined fashion animal, ready to set the malefolk of the world straight. Check out a couple more of his tips after the jump! [Mashable] Keep reading »
There’s one reason and one reason only that I actually get excited for the Super Bowl each year … no, not the promise of taut man asses you can bounce a quarter off of — the Puppy Bowl! Animal Planet holds their epic puppy playtime extravaganza every Super Bowl Sunday and it’s always incredibly squee-worthy — and they’ve finally released the starting lineup of pawed players. Ravens versus 40ers? Pshaw! It’s all about Biscuit versus Fitz! Hmm, or Tuck versus Trinket. Now, I usually root the dogs which most resemble my girl Lucca, but truth be told, I wouldn’t kick any of these cuties out of bed for biting my toes. Click on through and tell us who your faves are!