As much as we love videos of dogs being reunited with their owners returning from a deployment, sometimes a simple screen shot is all you need. Airman Justin Jones captured the moment that his dog Kiba first saw his face on Skype after he was deployed in 2011. And the best part? Justin and Kiba have since been reunited in person. I can’t even imagine the excitement of that moment! [Reddit]
Vogue never fails to make me feel fat, poor, wrinkled, and frumpy. Dog Vogue, on the other hand, makes me feel like doing a happy dance. Dog Vogue was created by photographer Sophie Gamand, who had “acclaimed pet couturier” (yes, that’s a thing) Anthony Rubio dress a group of chihuahua models in couture outfits and snapped pictures of the surprisingly elegant results. Check out all the high-fashion canine editorials at Striking Paws.
Normally when a celebrity adopts an animal (or, um, child) we are happy knowing they have now entered Fat City. Except, that is, when the adoptive parent is Justin Bieber. We have only just gotten over his irresponsible and inhumane treatment of his pet monkey and his pet hamster, both of which he abandoned.
Well, now he’s gone and bought a bulldog puppy (above). Keep reading »
You’ve probably seen pictures from the Creative Pet Grooming World Championships, that takes place annually in Hershey, PA, and thought, A dog that’s styled to look like a Muppet? MORE PLEASE! Well, that’s what I thought. You might have been disturbed by these insanely groomed dogs, which would also be a natural reaction.
Coming next week to UK TV (god, they have the best stuff!) is a documentary which goes behind the scenes of extreme dog grooming. “Doggy Styling,” follows creative pet groomers like Su Eld-Weaver, the UK’s top dog coiffeur. Her poodle Dobby took the prize this year with a Memoirs of a Geisha-inspired look. I’ve included a picture of Dobby after the jump for your viewing pleasure. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
There is one nightmare that every New Yorker is terrified of experiencing: falling (or getting pushed) onto the subway tracks. For Cecil Williams, 61, that nightmare became a reality on Tuesday when he fainted while standing on the 125th street platform and fell down onto the tracks.
But, see, Cecil Williams is blind. So right after he fell, his service dog, Orlando, jumped right down on the tracks with him. A bystander told The New York Post, ”[Orlando] was kissing him, trying to get him to move.” Keep reading »
Pets! They’re weird. Weirdest of all, perhaps, is the unspoken dynamic between cats and dogs. Believed to despise one another, so much so that there is an animated movie about it (and a sequel!), it’s really much less of an outright hatred and more just an implied narrative of canine fear. Most cats don’t even do anything; dogs are just inherently terrified of them. Sittin’ at the top of the stairs, at the end of the hallway, on the kitchen counter … wherever cats may be, dogs refuse to pass them. The fear seems unfounded until the dogs are actually coaxed into moving — then you see that a cat’s strongest instinct, its most base pleasure of all, is to snag a dog’s tail in passing. Woof! I submit as proof this excellent compilation, entitled “You Shall Not Pass, Dog.” It is just over 3 glorious minutes of silly dogs with the fear of God in ‘em as they attempt, and fail, to venture past sitting cats. [via Time]
Norwegian photographer Torgeir Berge was stunned when his dog Tinni met a wild fox in the woods, and instead of fighting with it or chasing it away, seemed to enjoy its company. The fox, who was eventually named Sniffer, also showed an immediate affection for Tinni. The two animals quickly became best friends, and a real-life version of “The Fox and the Hound” was born. Keep reading »
Elwood, the eight-year-old Chihuahua/Chinese crested mix who won the title of World’s Ugliest Dog in 2007, passed away this weekend. According to his owner, Karen Quigley, the perpetually unimpressed-looking pooch died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day. Though he has been experiencing some health problems, he was seemingly doing well. Elwood was lucky to have Quigley as his owner; she adopted him at nine-months-old, saving him from being euthanized because the breeder though he was “too ugly” to sell. Sob! After winning the coveted title of World’s Ugliest Dog, Elwood went on to become the focus of a children’s book teaching acceptance and appeared at over 200 events raising money for animal rescue groups and nonprofit organizations. ”He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good. It was wonderful,” Quigley said. “He will truly be missed.” RIP Elwood! [NBC New York]
Last week, we discussed how to amp up your holiday wardrobe with a fabulous accessory. Now it’s your dog’s turn! This red and green plaid bow tie collar will get your pooch ready for all the swanky Christmas parties on his calendar. Or just, you know, hiding under the table begging for scraps of ham. Either way, he’ll be one dapper doggy. [$28, Etsy]