Adopting my dog Lucca from a shelter nearly eight years ago is, hands down, the best and most gratifying decision I’ve ever made. While I would never suggest that the love I feel for Lucca is greater because of it, I do think the experience of rescuing a dog, rather than buying from a breeder or a pet store, is very special and meaningful. Back in 2007, I didn’t know what kind of dog I wanted. I don’t think I really cared about a “kind.” I had some loose requirements — a Mastif wasn’t going to work in my studio apartment — but mostly I wanted to find a dog I connected with and who connected with me. It was about finding the right dog, with “right” based much more on intuition rather than a list of breed qualities. This feeling is what photographer Theron Humphrey has captured in his series “Why We Rescue,” featuring photographs of 50 people who adopted their pets and the stories behind those adoptions. The series aims to change perceptions about how loving shelter pets can be. Keep reading »
Frivolous celeb selfies might actually do some good in the world, if Dallas Pets Alive (DPA) has anything to say about it. The nonprofit aims to make no-kill shelters the norm in Dallas, TX, and to find homes for rescue dogs. Their oh-so-brilliant marketing geniuses have gotten into the habit of #muttbombing, or reposting celebs’ selfies (and normal folks’ pictures too!) on their Instagram account with a shelter dog photoshopped in. So far, stars like Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Fallon, and Miley Cyrus have been featured, and their Instagrams are that much better for it. Besides being hilarious, the project is also effective — about half of the dogs featured in the first few days of the campaign have been adopted. I’m rooting for a “Real Housewives” #muttbomb next! Check out more photos at the links! [Huffington Post; CultureMap; Dallas Pets Alive]
Meet Bumper and Willis, two rescue pit bulls, take nicely to photo booths. When they sat in from of photographer Lynn Terry’s camera, they knew exactly how to pose.
Bumper, the pup on the right, “came from a not-so-great area of St. Louis,” and a “gentleman tried to fight her … [but s]he wouldn’t engage,” according to owners Jason and Kelly Garrison, who found her at a local pit bull rescue. Willis, her companion in the photo, joined the Garrison family as a foster pet, but soon became a permanent member of the home. Willis’ mother was pregnant with him when she was rescued from a 500-dog fighting ring in 2009, and he was born about two weeks later. Keep reading »
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new favorite Olympic athlete: Gus Kenworthy. Not only is the 22-year-old skier super talented on the slopes (and in possession of a pair of adorable pink cheeks that I kind of want to pinch — does that make me old?), he’s also a lifelong animal lover who has been using his downtime in Sochi to rescue stray puppies. Total dreamboat status, right? Kenworthy lost his beloved dog Mack just last year, so when a friend in Sochi texted him about a litter of strays living underneath a media tent, Kenworthy rushed over to see how he could help. After locating the puppies and tweeting some seriously cute photos, Kenworthy set to work figuring out how to bring the homeless pups back to the states with him. Keep reading »
Today in “Things That Make You Go Awwwww“: the story of Xander, a little pug from Klamath Falls, Oregon, who lost his eyes in an accident at age 1. Xander was living at an animal shelter when he charmed his way into the hearts of two shelter volunteers, who couldn’t resist taking him home and making him part of their family. It wasn’t long before his new owners, Marcie and Rodney Beedy, realized their pet had a special gift for lifting people’s spirits wherever he went. They enrolled Xander in American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Program, and after three weeks of training, he became a certified therapy dog. Despite his lack of eyesight, Xander is thriving in his new role, always seeming to know exactly what kind of nurturing people need, whether he’s at a school, hospital, or nursing home. “A lot of times he’ll hear a child crying at an event and he’s bolted several times, at least 500 feet over to this child to comfort them,” says Marcie, who wears a bell around her leg to let Xander know she’s near. Check out a couple adorable pics of Xander in action after the jump, and follow his mission of love and comfort on Facebook! Keep reading »
Ivan Cruz spent most of his life praying that one day he’d wake up and not be gay anymore. Instead, one day he woke up with a realization that was even more surprising: he felt ready to come out. After telling his mom, sister, and friends, he decided to make a video about his coming out story, with a special twist — the story is told through the eyes of his dog, Thor. So freakin’ cute. [YouTube]
This pup has looked in the mirror for the first time and he is so confused about what he sees! It’s almost as if he’s worried about setting his “twin” free! I feel kind of bad for laughing at him, but there’s really nothing cuter than a golden retriever puppy. [Except a Lucca puppy. -- Lucca] [Jezebel]
I walked into a posh, new restaurant in Alphabet City and asked a guy in a black suit (amidst other guys in ratty chinos and un-tucked oxford shirts) about my reservation. Like a gentleman, he laughed and explained in a sexy Aussie accent that he wore a suit because he was a sharp dresser, not because he was a host at this restaurant. Blushing cheeks, a good laugh and I had Jack’s phone number.
Jack the Australian had cool, blue eyes and black hair, and if I need to say more than that, I can. He was an air traffic controller. An extra cool, rom-com worthy job. He quickly racked up bonus points; funny in a dorky way, up for anything, including flea markets and whiffle ball, and actually used dish soap. He even had a continual Scrabble game going with his elderly neighbor. Keep reading »
It all started as a joke, as so many brilliant performance art projects do. Chris Naka thought it might be funny to recreate a romantic movie scene with his boss’ dog, Wrigley, and snap a photo to entertain his coworkers. Who could have guessed that Naka and Wrigley would have such amazing chemistry that the man and the pooch would start spending almost every lunch hour posing in various iconic embraces? So far the duo has recreated scenes from “Ghost,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and many more. Click through to check out some of our favorites! And Lucca, start practicing your “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy” speech now, because I know what I’m doing on my next trip to NYC… [People]