So, who doesn’t love ice-cream?! Yep, dogs do too. Lori sent us this video of her two German Shepherds, fresh from a hike, with an ice cream cone as their treat. Lori Kelling says, “They are good sharers.” We agree! Sarge is the big dog, and Shadow is the pup. Send us your funny pet videos or pics, but you’ve gotta make us laugh until our stomachs seriously hurt.
I know, I know this picture may seem unbelievable to many of you. The concept to me took a while to grasp. A donkey who actually lives with a family? It is true. I know that I will have many, many cool and unique experiences as my crew and I explore the country and world discovering how pets live. The word “pet” is starkly different for people around the world.
To discover there’s a donkey who lives on an alpaca farm with a menagerie of animals doesn’t sound out of the ordinary. However to discover this donkey, named Joplin, roams free inside the home as his little hooves make that clippity clop sound that echoes throughout their beautiful home–well that’s a different story! Going into the story I had one thought, and leaving their farm I had quite a different opinion.
Be sure to check out “How My Pet Lives,” Episode 2 next Tuesday, November 17th!
The spookiest time of year is approaching, and many dog and cat owners enjoy including their four-legged family members in Halloween fun. Some pet owners even keep the holiday thrills going year-round by giving their animals Halloween-inspired names. Ranging from adorable to spine-tingling, several Halloween-related names have become especially popular.
In an effort to highlight this new tradition, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC has gathered the most common Halloween-themed dog and cat names from its database of insured pets across the U.S. The top Halloween-themed names, in order of popularity, include:
These aren’t the only Halloween-inspired names that stand out. Pets Best has also identified a number of other creepy monikers from its pet database that deserve honorable mentions. These include:
– Witch Baby
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If new or prospective pet owners are considering a Halloween-related name for their dogs and cats, Pets Best suggests identifying holiday treats, monsters and decorations that fit their animals’ personalities or looks. It also doesn’t hurt to simply pick something fun about the holiday that people love.
She’s not your average picking-through-the-trash raccoon. No, you can’t tell Pumpkin anything, and you certainly can’t tell her she’s not a dog.
Late last year, a very unusual bundle fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp’s backyard: a month-old raccoon.
She was very weak, and had broken her back leg. Kemp waited, but when the raccoon’s mother didn’t return she decided to take her in.
Kemp lives in Nassau, Bahamas, where there are no raccoon rescues and it’s legal to own them. Determined to give the tiny cub her best possible chance, Kemp and her daughter, Laura Young, raised the little raccoon just like one of their own. They fed the cub, whom they named Pumpkin, every few hours round the clock and kept her warm and toasty, just like her mom would have.
“Raising her was (and still is) a full-time job,” Young told The Dodo. “They are so unbelievably intelligent, very aware, and I would say they are even able to express emotions.”
Now Pumpkin lives with Young, her husband, William, and their two rescue dogs, and appears to be as happy as can be. Her adventures are chronicled on her Instagram account, where Young and her friends post photos of Pumpkin’s daily life.
Pumpkin knows how to use a toilet, and also happens to think she is one of the family’s pet dogs.
Note: Raccoons do not usually make good pets and are illegal or restricted in much of the U.S. While rabies is not considered a threat to land animals in the Bahamas, raccoons in the U.S. are major rabies carriers, and if they bite someone will almost always be put down for rabies testing (which makes human contact dangerous for them). They are also extremely active, curious and destructive animals and, as with any wild species, do best in the wild whenever possible. If you do find an injured or baby raccoon in the U.S., please contact your local wildlife rescue for help.
When a marriage ends, it’s pretty heartbreaking for all involved. Rafael Mantesso was left feeling pretty abandoned when his wife walked out on the marriage taking the cookware, furniture, photos and house decorations with her. Fortunately, she did leave the dog behind – a man’s best friend – but that was pretty much it.
Left alone in an empty all-white apartment, it was almost destined that Mantesso produce something spectacular to fill the blank canvas that now surrounded him both emotionally and physically. His bull terrier, who his wife had named Jimmy Choo after her favorite shoes, provided him with the inspiration to pick himself up, move on and make the best of the situation.
Rafael’s best friend began taking snaps of Jimmy around the house and when he one day collapsed in a glee-overdosed bout of exhaustion, Mantesso took a marker to the wall that he rest against and created a new world. This was the moment he felt his long-dormant inspiration for drawing, for art, for life – returning.
The series is intended to be fun and tongue-in-cheek, portraying Jimmy dreaming of shoes, relaxing with a Martini and even donning the decks. The illustrations are certainly eye-catching and the juxtaposition between the bold pops of colour and the crisp white walls honestly depict Rafael’s personal journey from total nothingness to this rejuvenated self, rediscovering a former passion and zest for life.
Out of all the worldly possessions one can have, none can quite equate to the value of a loved pet – and if that’s paired with a passion such as art, well that’s just a bonus. Enjoy the rest of the photo gallery.
Just about everyone loves trains, so why wouldn’t dogs?
80-year-old Eugene Bostick would soon find out. He retired 15 years ago, and like many retirees had extra time and wasn’t sure what he’s do with that free time. It didn’t take long.
Bostick started caring for dogs no one else wanted. It was a calling he took seriously. Though he never imagined he’d end up dedicating his free time to caring for abandoned dogs, but the calling was too great. The Fort Worth, TX native told The Dodo, “People sometimes come by and dump dogs out here, leaving them to starve. So, we started feeding them, letting them in, taking them to the vet to get them spayed and neutered. We made a place for them to live.”
Bostick found a new way to keep his canine family, which had grown to 9 dogs, entertained. “One day I was out and I seen this guy with a tractor who attached these carts to pull rocks. I thought, ‘Dang, that would do for a dog train,'” said Bostick. “I’m a pretty good welder, so I took these plastic barrels with holes cut in them, and put wheels under them and tied them together.”
It evolved into a special dog train for his pooches. Plus, it’s a super easy way to take all of them on trips through town.
“Whenever they hear me hooking the tractor up to it, man, they get so excited,” said Bostick.”They all come running and jump in on their own. They’re ready to go.”
Although Eugene, who says, “I’m getting up in age,” isn’t sure how long he’ll be able to go on conducting, for now, he’s just pleased that his passenger pups, who have been through a lot, are safe and able to have a swell time onboard his slick invention.
People looking like their pets and pets looking like their people is 100 percent real — there’s several studies done by behavioral scientists over the last decade backing this up — and German photographer Ines Opifanti makes that even more clear with her ongoing photo series, “Dog People.”
For the project, Opifanti asks owners to mimic their pets’ facial expressions. Her results are uncanny: These pets and their owners so clearly belong together!
Opifanti writes, “While I don’t believe in the common folk wisdom claiming dog owners become similar looking to their dogs over the years, I do believe that they become really, really good in interpreting their pets’ subtle mimic.”
While this may be true also, researchers believe the real reason dogs resemble their pets (and vice versa!) is that choosing a pet can trigger an owner’s parental instincts. When a person sees a “little, helpless, non-verbal creature that looks like them,” says social psychologist Nicholas Christenfeld of the University of California-San Diego to FastCo. Design, those nurturing instincts may spring into action. So a dog = a baby, and often, our children look like us.
Or hey, we attempt to look like them. There’s always the extreme case or two, like this makeup artist who transformed herself into a twin of her Siberian Husky!