Nat Johnson’s new song, “Dog,” is a sweet ode to how lovely it is to have a dog, inspired by all the happy dogwalkers she saw in the park near her home. The just-released music video is a beautiful animation that perfectly illustrates the song’s central theme: dogs can teach us so much. My favorite line: “It’s important to walk/there are friends left to meet.” Perfect. [Brain Pickings]
Meet Gentleman Norman, an elder pomeranian who’s here to teach you about the finer points of male etiquette. Norman knows a thing or two about how to be a proper man — in fact, he’s even published a book about it — so you can definitely trust his advice on tying a tie. [Laughing Squid]
We all know what happens when we try to get too emotionally close to our cats. Imagine how confusing it must be for the dogs who try to make friends with them! When these pups try to be nice to cats, they’re met with annoyance at best, and scratches at worst. We understand, dudes. Oh, do we understand. [Tastefully Offensive]
I’ve always been a little jealous of movie characters who get to spend any amount of time in a comically large animal’s stomach. When Pinocchio got swallowed by that whale, I was like, “Damn, that looks so cozy in there! I would never leave.” I never thought I’d get to live out my weird fantasy, but after finding out that the Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, Idaho is a real place that exists, I have hope. Dog Bark Park is a bed and breakfast that sleeps 4 and is shaped like a gigantic beagle. It was designed and is now run by Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin, a husband and wife team who specialize in carving wooden dog sculptures. After being featured on QVC in 1995 and getting an influx of orders, Sullivan and Conklin used all the profits to construct the beagle B&B of
their my dreams. For less than $100 a night, guests can relax in the belly of the beagle, and then enjoy a complimentary breakfast of homemade granola and pastries (yes, you can eat a bagel in a beagle). Dogs are welcome too, obviously. Road trip, anyone? [Neatorama]
The general public is slowly coming around to the idea that pit bulls and other “bully breeds” are not the violent, aggressive, killing machines that they’ve been made out to be for so long. However, the tide isn’t turning quickly enough for the thousands of sweet bully dogs who are languishing in shelters, passed over in favor of breeds with better reputations. Some truly sad statistics: 40% of all unadopted dogs in shelters are bully breeds, and 22% of shelters immediately euthanize all pit bulls, with no consideration of their personal temperament or circumstances. Photographer Douglas Sonders has spent the last two years working to change that. He started the #NotABully campaign to show the true character of bully breeds, through portraits and stories. Keep reading »
Patricia Cudd, a Colorado woman, has been living in a motel room with her dog Sherlock for the past several years. However, her time there is coming to an end – Cudd has Stage 4 breast cancer and doctors have told her she only has a few months left to live.
She tearfully told 9News, “I laid awake all night because I have so many things I still want to do.” Instead, life has dealt her a hand she didn’t choose. What she can choose, however, is where Sherlock will live after she’s gone. Keep reading »
Meet Bam Bam, a noisy little puppy who does not like bedtime. He tries to resist, but he’s just too tired to keep his little puppy eyes open. Who knew a toddler could be trapped in the body of a French bulldog? [Laughing Squid]
The country music world was rocked last week when news broke that Willie Nelson’s famous armadillo mascot had been stolen. The iconic stuffed animal (I had to read the story, like, six times to figure out it wasn’t a real, live armadillo and must admit I was a bit disappointed), which always accompanies Nelson on stage, was nabbed during a fan meet and greet after a Las Vegas concert. Nelson realized the armadillo was missing after his tour bus had already hit the road back to California. His crew called the venue in a panic, requesting the surveillance tapes to help track down the thief, but apparently the mounting guilt had already proved too much for the armadillo snatcher. The next morning, “an apologetic man” drove up to the resort and dropped off a shoe box with instructions to return it to Willie. Inside was the beloved armadillo. Willie’s kidnapped “pet” might have been stuffed, but other famous folks have had their living, breathing pets stolen out from under them. Click through to read the wild, wacky tales of six other celeb petnappings!
I have a new addition for my Forever Laugh file! This photo has been cracking me up ever since I saw it on DListed the other day. Given that it inspired multi-days-long LULZ for me, I thought it best to share it with you. Please note, while I am totally obsessed with both my dog Lucca and taking regular rock star baths, I don’t think I could ever bring myself to take a joint bath with Lucca. Though the desire to replicate this photo does burn fiercely inside me… [via DListed]
Shout out to my friend Alissa, who snapped this photo yesterday in New York City. This dog is so, so, so chill. He ain’t in a rush to cross the street. Whatever. He’s got hands to hold, paws to cross, and a cute little butt to sit back on. This dog thinks he’s more human than even my dog Lucca does. Respect.