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July 18, 2013 1:57 PM   Subscribe

Having a rough day? Have a live look in on these future labrador service puppies. With a webcam hosted by Explore.org (previously, with bears), Warrior Canine Connection is a non-profit that specializes in training service dogs for wounded veterans.

The current crop of puppies is nearly 6 weeks old. They'll soon be transferred individually to puppy parents who will help them with their early training. From there, they'll be placed with veterans with psychological injuries like PTSD to train further. Finally, they are placed with veterans with physical injuries.

If they're sleeping, just watch for a few minutes... it doesn't take much for them to get biting, playing, and fighting.
posted by disillusioned (35 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm an avid puppycam watcher, so I've recorded a couple of short clips of particularly hilarious or endearing moments as well and put them up on YouTube (so, technically self-links):

Puppy take down.
Puppy stair pull.
"Please stop biting my face."
Puppy Battle Royale.
Olive (mom) can't catch a break...

I don't have any affiliation with Explore or WCC, but I have three monitors at work so I usually have the cam on in the background.

Sorry for a few of the clips stuttering a bit... took me awhile to figure out that my screencap software doesn't like writing to my primary drive.
posted by disillusioned at 2:00 PM on July 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Puppy take down.

Oh, man! Give us a warning for NSFW brutality.
posted by yoink at 2:03 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


PUPPIES
posted by pxe2000 at 2:07 PM on July 18, 2013


Yellow one: Here, let me shove my face into your neck.
Black one: No, that won't work. I'm going to shove my face into your neck.
Yellow one: Dammit, I called this neck first. I'mma shove my face into it.
Black one: Nyo.
Yellow one: FACENECK!
Black one: NECKFACE!
Yellow one: Fine, I'm going over here to put my face in this one's butt.
Black one: WAIT WHAT you mean we can sleep in butts now?!?! Being a puppy is the best!
posted by phunniemee at 2:16 PM on July 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


My dentist habituates future service dogs when they are still puppies, in her office. A dentist's office is full of weird smells and weird noises and stressed out people, so it's a great place to determine which dogs are tempermentally unsuited for the work. Plus, as a bonus, when you go in to get dental work done, there are puppies.
posted by KathrynT at 2:18 PM on July 18, 2013 [25 favorites]


This is like one of those SAT mindteasers where you have to arrange each puppy so it's lying on another puppy but it may only touch each puppy once.

Puppy puppy puppy

So seriously if there was a TV network or streaming station I could throw on my TV of cute animals doing things, I'd never turn it off.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 2:22 PM on July 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


TOO MANY SQUEES

SHUTTING DOWN
posted by brundlefly at 2:23 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Indeed, much of the politics of being a puppy seems to be who is sleeping on who and in what position. Fascinating.
posted by ishrinkmajeans at 2:25 PM on July 18, 2013


MUST HUG ALL PUPPIES
posted by elizardbits at 2:26 PM on July 18, 2013


My partner just sat up and was like, 'why are you making that noise? Are you in pain?'

NO THE PUPPIES ARE HAVING A PUPPY FIGHT AND THEY ARE TERRIBLE AT IT

ONE OF THEM FELL ASLEEP MID FIGHT

THE OTHER ONE IS CHEWING ITS EAR
posted by emmtee at 2:27 PM on July 18, 2013 [6 favorites]


PUPPY IS CHEWING SECOND PUPPY'S FOOT!

PUPPY HAS SECOND PUPPY'S FOOT ALL DOWN ITS THROAT!

Now second puppy is just rolling back and forth on its back. I think the foot is actually a rudder.
posted by janey47 at 2:34 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


My puppies won't wake up. :(
posted by thinkpiece at 2:37 PM on July 18, 2013


So seriously if there was a TV network or streaming station I could throw on my TV of cute animals doing things, I'd never turn it off.

There was a man who tried to make this dream come true. He was crushed by the soulless minions of orthodoxy. This This American Life segment is his story.
posted by sparklemotion at 2:39 PM on July 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Also the phrase "puppy enrichment center" is hilarious because it really means PLACE FOR PUPPIES TO POOP AND THEN FALL ASLEEP ON TOP OF IT
posted by elizardbits at 2:40 PM on July 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ahh! Thank you. That just made my day 40% better.
posted by RokkitNite at 2:47 PM on July 18, 2013


They're all awake now!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:57 PM on July 18, 2013


Also the phrase "puppy enrichment center" is hilarious because it really means PLACE FOR PUPPIES TO POOP AND THEN FALL ASLEEP ON TOP OF IT

I am hereby renaming my couch my "enrichment center." Except replace "poop" with "drop oreo crumbs all over myself." I might even put up a sign.
posted by phunniemee at 3:04 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


There are people with my puppies. I do not approve.
posted by jontyjago at 3:05 PM on July 18, 2013


STOP PETTING THE PUPPIES THEY ARE WORKING
posted by mullacc at 3:06 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man, these guys are never going to catch any salmon, are they?
posted by yoink at 3:06 PM on July 18, 2013 [6 favorites]


I got my puppy when he was about 10 weeks old and have been taking him to puppy classes and/or play groups ever since (he's now 7 months old). I say it's to socialize him, but really, it's so that I get to spend an hour or two every week watching floofy, gawky, excited puppies jump all over each other. It's the best therapy ever. I now take him to regular dog parks too, but it's not the same. I don't know what I'll do when he grows out of puppy play!
posted by lunasol at 3:11 PM on July 18, 2013


I'm only a little embarrassed by how much pride I take in lining up classical music bits to my puppycam YouTube clips. But the Puppy Take Down makes me literally laugh out loud every time I see it, mostly because she literally just goes straight backwards in a most amusing way.
posted by disillusioned at 3:36 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wonder what I'm doing wrong? When I click on the "puppycam" link, I get to see bears hunting for salmon in Alaska.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:58 PM on July 18, 2013


I wonder what I'm doing wrong? When I click on the "puppycam" link, I get to see bears hunting for salmon in Alaska.

Click the picture of the puppy with brick in the background below the player. (Not scrunched nose puppy.)

They use a weird redirect scheme that sometimes doesn't work. Bearcam is pretty great too, though. Far less cute.
posted by disillusioned at 4:03 PM on July 18, 2013


Just this week I was on a flight when a man, obviously ex-military, came on board with a yellow lab as his companion animal. I was immediately sad that he would need the help, but also really, really happy to be sharing the flight with a dog, since I was missing mine.
posted by drewbage1847 at 4:44 PM on July 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


really, really happy to be sharing the flight with a dog

I have a puppy, and I've flown with him a few times now. He stays in a little carrier under the seat. Even so, I always ask the people in my row if they're cool with sharing a space with a dog, since you never know who has deathallergies or whatever. Responses usually range from "yeah, that's cool" to "OMG PUPPEH." This is on Southwest, so I can sit anywhere.

One time, though, this lady was not having it. I asked, and she said something to the effect of, "absolutely NOT! Get that...thing away from me!" and glowered at me. OK, no problem, I'll go find another seat. I don't want to sit next to you anyway, since you've pretty clearly established that you are satan.

I ended up sitting a couple rows back next to a really well-mannered (and skinny, yay seat room!) tween who spent the entire time reading. Horrible lady ended up sitting next to a woman with a toddler on her lap, and spent the entire flight getting shrieked at and having greasy crumb hands smashed into her hair.

I believe in Karma now.
posted by phunniemee at 4:53 PM on July 18, 2013 [18 favorites]


I glimpsed puppy belly!!!

Puppies are probably the cutest around this age, but pity it's such a short period during which you spend most of it trying not to die of frustration as you learn to communicate with a small, non-human creature. By the time good habits are established, puppy's pretty much a dog. Sigh.
posted by peripathetic at 5:19 PM on July 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Puppies are probably the cutest around this age, but pity it's such a short period during which you spend most of it trying not to die of frustration as you learn to communicate with a small, non-human creature. By the time good habits are established, puppy's pretty much a dog. Sigh.

Cuteness is a survival mechanism. If puppies were ugly and unlovable, no one would put up with them.
posted by JDHarper at 6:41 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


currently in the previous link bear cam there is a mom and 3 tiny cubs on the river's shore. omg soooo cute :)
posted by supermedusa at 6:54 PM on July 18, 2013


JDHarper, I bet the puppies' mothers would. And maybe animals of other species as it appears in the news from time to time.
posted by peripathetic at 6:59 PM on July 18, 2013


Today has indeed been an incredibly bad day for me, and watching this is instant zen mind-clearing therapy. Puppies are ... powerful medicine. Thank you for sharing this little bit of happiness, silly as it sounds.
posted by jake at 7:50 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


That one that just darted onscreen was neither a labrador nor a puppy. IMPOSTER!
posted by phunniemee at 6:52 AM on July 19, 2013


Guys, the puppies are back and they are SO BAD at having gross motor skills.
posted by phunniemee at 7:12 AM on July 19, 2013


Seriously!!!??? Is this a life option? I love this so much.

Puppies rule.
posted by Sophie1 at 7:43 AM on July 19, 2013


In other cute news: Abandoned Shih Tzu puppy adopted by Siamese cat
posted by homunculus at 10:34 AM on August 8, 2013


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