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]
Brace yourselves, fellow animal lovers (dogs over humans any day, am I right?), because this story isn’t about to go down without a tear in the house. Jon Byler Dann, his wife, and their four young children took to their basement for refuge from the deadly storm that annihilated their hometown of Washington, Ill. The Byler Dann family was safe — but one crucial member of the pack was nowhere to be found. Keep reading »
Finally, after much delay, it’s time for another episode of “Ask A Single Dog Owner,” in which I, with my trusty furry sidekick Lucca, answer reader questions about pet ownership! Have a question for me? Email email@example.com. And there’s an exciting addition to the series — Lucca is now doling out her own little nuggets of wisdom. Watch above!
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Here is a puppy chewing on stairs, because who doesn’t need to see a puppy chewing on the stairs? Nobody, that’s who. The stairs must taste pretty good because that little guy just won’t quit. My favorite part is when he takes a break and yawns because, well, chewing on things is pretty darn exhausting. [Jezebel]
I have dire news. According to the Britain Kennel Club’s breeder’s association, corgis may soon become an endangered dog breed. So not okay. What would the world do without our most beloved smiley little munchkin dogs? I don’t think Tumblr could continue to function without corgi GIFs. They’re the Queen of England’s favorite breed, after all! This year, only 241 Pembroke Welsh Corgis were registered in Britain, short of the 300 needed to keep them from being considered vulnerable. Many breeders abandoned their corgi pursuits after the UK banned the practice of cutting off part of their tails in 2007. Corgi lovers everywhere are in panic mode, and People Pets has even supplied a corgi “a-paw-calypse” plan. Internet cat video indulgences just wouldn’t be the same without some adorable YouTube footage of corgi antics to balance out the fun. Someone, please help! After the jump, 15 corgi GIFs that will remind you why these precious pooches need saving. [People; AFP] [Image of corgi via Shutterstock] Keep reading »
We’ve been kinda down on public marriage proposals recently, but turns out there is one major exception: when 16 pugs are involved. A London man wanted to propose to his girlfriend on a recent trip to New York City, but he didn’t want to go it alone, so he contacted the NYC Pug Meetup Group to ask for backup. The group responded with 16 pugs adorned with heart-shaped balloons, who happily pranced around the couple while he popped the question. Needless to say, she said “yes.” [People]
Dream job anyone?! British 27-year-old Emma Gray is not a shepherdess; she has just become the first woman in history to win the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League. The storied championship has never had a female winner in its 40 years. She began shepherding while helping out at her parents’ farm in Scotland as a young girl, and has been breaking boundaries ever since as Britain’s youngest in the profession. Gray told the UK’s Daily Mail:
“I am really proud to be the first woman to have won the trials and I feel overwhelmed by it all … I was one of only a handful of women taking part; it is a very male-dominated sport, so it feels like an amazing achievement.” Keep reading »