Meet the Notorious P.I.G., a micro pot-bellied pig who was rescued from a neglectful home in Florida. There, the little pig was fed only Cap’n crunch and horse feed, but he’s since found happier times in his new home at Brooklyn Cares vet clinic. The pig, who also goes by “Piggie Smalls,” got his name after rapper Biggie Smalls, who grew up just a block from his new digs. When Piggie arrived at the vet he was in very poor health, but now he cheerfully snorts away as he runs around the office and makes new animal friends. “It has been awesome to see the Notorious P.I.G. come out of his shell. Every day he is happier and more social,” Dr. Timothy Mann told DNA Info. Mann has always wanted a pig. These days, Piggie eats lots of healthy veggies, takes regular baths, and is even being trained to use a litter box. It’s a far cry from his lonely days eating sugary cereal in the Florida heat. Pot bellied pigs aren’t allowed to live in New York City homes, but they can live in veterinary facilities, so Piggie spends his days there with Ruby, the dog who is also a fixture at the clinic. When Piggie has adjusted more to his home, he’ll make his way to the front waiting room where he can greet customers. Who knew happy little pigs could be so cute! [DNA Info] [Image via DNA Info/Brooklyn Cares]
Ikea stores in Tempe, Arizona, and Singapore have teamed up with Home for Hope and the Arizona Humane Society to add life-sized cardboard cutouts of homeless animals to its showrooms. The cardboard critters, which are based on real photos of shelter cats and dogs, will be placed in the spots a real-life pet might hang out — on couches, rugs and bunk beds. The cutouts even have bar codes customers can scan to learn more about the animals. So far, all six of the pets featured in the Tempe store have found homes, and more cutouts will be placed in the store starting on July 29. Here’s hoping this spreads to other stores! [Apartment Therapy, Business Insider] [Image via Home For Hope]
You know that moment when you’re trying to get into downward dog, only to be interrupted by your actual dog? Apparently, it’s pretty much an epidemic among yogi pet owners. Whether yoga is your thing or not, it’s hard not to giggle at these pets stealing the show while their humans are trying to get their namaste on. [Huffington Post]
In case we didn’t have enough reasons already to love the dogs in our lives [Hi Lucca! -- Amelia], science has found that dog owners’ physical activity is the equivalent to someone roughly 10 years younger. A study published in the journal Preventative Medicine took a look at the lives of 547 elderly people (their average age was 79) living within 60 miles of each other. The participants who had dogs experienced notably lower levels of anxiety and depression, and it was also found that dog owners’ pups had a tendency to encourage them to include physical activity in their day that they otherwise would have skipped. The daily exercise prompted by the doggies can lead to a whole slew of secondary health boosts like a stronger immune system and healthier bones and muscles.
The dogs assisted their elderly humans in overcoming obstacles like bad weather, worries over personal safety, and lack of social support that can keep people cooped up and sedentary. Dog-walking in around the neighborhood was also thought to help study participants stay more socially active by offering them a means of meeting others in their community. Keep reading »
It’s such a special feeling to have a friend whom you know will always have your back. These animals understand first hand. See them all on Huffington Post…