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.
Judy Muhe, a 76-year-old from Palmdale, Florida, suffered a hard fall at home alone with her two dogs. She has Parkinson’s disease and was unable to get up on her own, so she drifted in and out of consciousness on her kitchen floor for two horrifying days. The dogs, Higgins and Dodger, were her saving grace. The two swooped in, laying beside Muhe to keep her warm and to comfort her until a friend arrived and found her on the floor. Muhe told “ABC News” her dogs are “angels on four legs” and “my guardians … I have no doubt they would do it again.” [ABC]
When a fire crew in Lacey, Washington arrived on the scene of a mobile home fire on September 26, they found a family of hamsters trapped in their cage inside the home. The firefighters put out the blaze quickly, but hamsters Oreo, Madonna, and their three babies weren’t doing so well, even as their owner protected one of them in her shirt pocket. The firefighters had trained with local veterinarians and even carried special pet rescue equipment with them, so they whipped out some tiny oxygen masks and turned to their “Pet Emergency Pocket Guide” to restore the hamsters’ health. All but one of the hamsters survived and are back to living their happy lives. The fire was believed to be caused by a dryer malfunction, and the department is reminding its Twitter followers not to leave the house or sleep while laundry is in the dryer. Keep reading »
Greg Krueger has four cats, and he’s spent the past 15 years turning his Minnesota home into a feline fun house. The house has almost 100 yards of raised catwalks, mazes, nooks in the walls for the cats to crawl through, and lots of fancy woodwork. Krueger doesn’t plan to stop adding onto the project anytime soon, and even grows catnip in his garden next the house. Krueger was just diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age 49, and he told a local news station that the syndrome has been the blessing that allowed him to stay so heavily focused on the project. To Krueger, making his kitties feel welcome “feels like we’re a family living here.” Awesome! [People; Oddity Central]