This pup underwent quite the transformation.
Obie the dachshund, from Portland, Oregon, first made headlines in 2012 when he weighed a startling 77 pounds and his new owner set out on a quest to help him lose more than half of that. Nora Vanatta, a certified veterinary technician who rescued him from his previous owners, put him on a strict diet and exercise regimen. It worked and Obie now clocks in at a healthy 23 pounds. To celebrate, Vanetta has released a 2015 calendar chronicling the pup’s journey. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…
When Jonesy the cat stepped into snow for the first time, he wasn’t sure what to think of it, but he couldn’t help but investigate. Luckily for us, his human captured the whole adorable thing on camera, leaps and all! Click through for a few shots from Jonesy’s snowy adventure. [Tastefully Offensive] [Images via Elizabeth V. Bouras]
Back when I was plotting a move to Los Angeles, one of my biggest concerns was figuring out how I would transport my dog Lucca to the West Coast. I am flat-out opposed to ever putting her in cargo, she’s just slightly too big to fit in a carrier that goes underneath the seat and roadtripping across the country would require time away from work I couldn’t take. So, I did some research and discovered that some airlines are amenable to people flying with “emotional support animals” that are not required to be in carriers, so long as the animal is registered and you have the proper documentation (which includes a letter from a doctor/therapist/psychiatrist asserting that the handler has a condition that the emotional support animal helps them cope with). I registered Lucca online, paid for her ID card and official-looking red vest and spoke to my psychiatrist about providing me with a letter — that I ended up not needing, since I decided to stay in New York — that attested to the fact that I have a mental condition (anxiety) and that having Lucca with me while I travel is essential to me being okay. This is of course not totally true. I mean, when I’m having an anxiety attack, Lucca does calm me — but so does Lexapro. I also am not a nervous flyer, though I would be a wreck if Lucca was stuck in cargo for six hours. “Emotional support animals” are basically lower-tiered service animals (lower even than therapy animals, which go to hospitals to visit with sick kids, for example) and the “rights” afforded to them and handlers like me — basically, the right to go where animals are not usually allowed — come from essentially taking advantage of a loophole in the Americans with Disabilities Act. (That’s especially true if you’re fudging about actually needing an ESA in the first place.) It’s neither legal nor illegal, and I, like an increasing number of other pet owners, considered it the best option for getting my small, well-behaved, adorable dog across the country, just this one time. After all, it’s not like I was trying to fly with a howling, pooping pig, you know?
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Meet Charlie. Charlie is a terrier mix who was found on the side of the road in Los Angeles and was taken to a “high-kill” shelter where he had one week to be adopted before he would be put down.
Charlie was believed to be about 3-years-old when he was taken in, and had matted fur entangled with painful burrs. Thankfully, a mobile grooming service came in to give him a makeover to help his chances of being adopted. The groomers completely transformed his look, and just two days after his makeover, Charlie was adopted. Check out his heartwarming transformation in the video above, and check out some other shelter dog makeovers that have allowed them second chances at life here.
Once upon a time, a bunch of prehistoric horror-wolves realized that the clumsy species of spear-flinging monkeys they were snacking on would trade belly rubs and a place by the fire if they occasionally mauled something on command. Since then, man and canine have peacefully waltzed together through the annals of time. Thanks to this relationship, most people think they’re pretty good at understanding dogs: when a pup wags its tail, it’s happy; when it whines, it’s unhappy. That’s why we love dogs — they actually have something like human emotions (unlike cats, who feel only cold contempt, all the time). Read more on Cracked…
Forget the kids— dogs in Halloween costumes are probably the cutest thing ever. This year, TJ Maxx and Marshalls did us a solid and sent over some of the season’s hottest doggy Halloween costumes for our pooches. Amelia’s dog Lucca had three killer costume changes, and the pups of some other Frisky friends also made appearances on the catwalk … er, dogwalk. Check out the gallery of our puppy parade, and be sure to keep your dog’s street cred in check this Halloween by stopping by TJ Maxx and Marshalls for your own canine costume.