Tuna the Instagram dog star is still melting hearts


It’s a canine rags to riches, really.  Homeless dog found on the side of the road. Foster parent and dog fall in love and they live happily ever after.  But…not so fast.

The dog is named Tuna, and his pet parent Courtney Dasher saw something in this Chihuahua/ Dachshund that many likely would’ve likely walked passed in a shelter.  Guess Tuna gets the last laugh because not only is the little guy an internet star, (1.9 million followers) internet meme, author, and world traveler but he also spreads a very important message.

We chatted with them to see..How This Pet Lives!




(Video) Dogs Can Actually Share (even if it’s ice cream)

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.

Pumpkin the Raccoon Thinks She’s a Dog

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.


(Photo Gallery) Wife Leaves and Takes All But the Dog, Guy Responds With Incredible Photo Series

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.


Photo Gallery: Dogs Mimic Their Pets


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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!