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]
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’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]
Maymo the lemon beagle had a birthday, and his humans treated him to 100 bouncy balls as a gift. One ball would have been exciting enough, but one hundred!!? What more could a dog dream of? Maymo is so excited that he tires himself out and we don’t blame him. [Gawker]
I never thought watching a dog’s little feet booking it on a treadmill would be so endearing to watch. This Sheltie has found himself a creative way to cheat on his exercise, and judging from the look on his face, he’s pretty proud of it! [Tastefully Offensive]
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s not working out so well for this puppy either. After the dog — who looks to be some sort of extra kissable pit bull — got his adorable head stuck in the center of a tire rim, his owners brought him (and the tire) to the local fire station in East Bakersfield, California. Luckily, the firefighters lathered the little guy up with some cooking oil and were able to free him safely. When it doubt, ask a hot fireman for help, as I always say! [Splash News] [Photos: Splash News]
Phillip and Sue Lauer have (at least) two big passions in life: their pugs Roxy, Blue and Bono, and the book/TV series “Game of Thrones.” Naturally, like any decent dog-obsessed nerds with a lot of time of their hands, they’ve meticulously recreated the HBO show with their pups playing the various characters, including Jon Snow, Joffrey Baratheon and Daenarys Targaryen. There’s even a puppy-sized Iron Throne that took two full days to make! Impressive. [Buzzfeed]
Money — and social media pressure — talks! The family who bought a deployed soldier’s dog on Craigslist — without his knowledge — has agreed to return the Shiba Inu named Baxter to the family of his rightful owner. Friends and family of Colorado Army Specialist Robert “Robby” Gabbert say that after mounting social media pressure and a $1,400 reward offer, the family has finally come to their senses and have returned Baxter to them, where he will be cared for until Robby returns from overseas.
Robby had left Baxter in the care of his then-girlfriend, but when he learned she was having issues taking care of the pup, he arranged to have Baxter sent to stay with his parents. Unfortunately, for reasons that still escape me, the girlfriend sold Baxter on Craigslist instead. Initially the family who bought Baxter refused to give him back, as they said their children had “become attached,” but there’s no doubt that the public outcry over this story helped change their tune. (Let’s also hope this story further dissuades people from buying animals on Craigslist. It’s shady as fuck, people.) Here’s to Robby and Baxter being reunited ASAP! [The Daily Dot]