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The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

We have long asked whether we are alone in the universe. But clearly we are not alone on earth. The evolution of intelligence, of empathy and complex societies, is surely more likely than we have hitherto considered.
posted by roolya_boolya on Oct 5, 2015 - 23 comments

Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution

Sophie Gamand has created a photographic series of pit bulls wearing flower crowns to challenge the common association of pit bulls with violence. Inspired by Rococo and Baroque traditions of portraiture, the photographs reveal another side to these often-maligned dogs.
posted by Athanassiel on Oct 4, 2015 - 184 comments

38 Saint Bernards breathing

Lasqueti Island in British Colombia is home to about 350 year-round human residents and a whole bunch of Saint Bernards. [more inside]
posted by minsies on Oct 3, 2015 - 28 comments

this season's melting dogsquirrel look

The Google DeepDream makeup tutorial that nobody asked for. If you want to look like something hallucinated by a computer, here's how. (Halloween? I suppose you could do it for that too.) Neural network nightmares previously and previouslier.
posted by moonmilk on Sep 30, 2015 - 9 comments

Hear that lonesome whistle howl

Eugene Bostick built a train for his dog friends. More video here.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Sep 24, 2015 - 39 comments

“...lot of dogs dont like black people but theyre fine w/everyone else.”

Our Racist Dogs by Kelly Mays McDonald [The Awl] Why do certain dogs attack certain people? Because they’re weaponized.
“Weaponized dogs are ever-present in humanity’s long legacy of colonialism and slavery. They have fought alongside many instances of human atrocity to perpetrate acts of physical and psychological violence that supersede the scope of a simple gunshot. European colonizers of the New World notably trained their dogs to “relish Indian flesh” by explicitly feeding them the bodies of the victims after a battle. Throughout America’s early history, slave masters and bounty hunters adopted bloodhounds as the primary means of tracking down runaway slaves by scent, which is widely depicted in popular media. What is left out of the popular narrative, however, is the fact that when they encountered people on the run, the dogs were often trained to bite and tear the flesh of slaves to hold them there until they could be shot, shackled and dragged back to their masters for public lynchings and beatings.”
posted by Fizz on Sep 18, 2015 - 31 comments

Two Dogs One Ice Cream Cone

Two Dogs One Ice Cream Cone. (SLYT)
posted by kmz on Sep 17, 2015 - 24 comments

why he lick me

God Bless The United States Of Police Horses Licking Dogs [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 8, 2015 - 24 comments

best friends, best cuddlers, pyjama wearing blanket hoggers

Playing with bubbles, frolicking outside, after a bath, taking a nap. Meet Darren and Phillip, a pair of sweet Staffies from Brisbane: The Blueboys! [h/t]
posted by divined by radio on Sep 2, 2015 - 12 comments

A "Wonderously Wonderful" Film with the "Strangest Cast[...] in History"

There exists a film whose trailer tantalizes the brain; a film whose English dub, believed to have been created by the notorious K. Gordon Murray (his previous lies - he is described as a "flim-flammer" who ran a "kiddie circuit"), has eluded even the most fervent afficionados of strange cinema. Thanks to the people of Sweden and a translator known only as Doctor Death (and fixes from uploader Justin Sane - you can see the translation by turning on captions), you can enter the world of The Secret of Magic Island: the live-action children's film starring an all-animal cast.
posted by BiggerJ on Aug 31, 2015 - 14 comments

Find the porn, boy! Find it! Get the porn! Good boy!

Dogs can find people. Dogs can find cancer. Dogs can find porn.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Aug 26, 2015 - 43 comments

Happiness is a warm puppy... holiday. It's National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day! Here are NDD's 20 ways to celebrate this, the finest of all holidays. For the next ~30 hours, you can post a photo of your pup to the National Dog Day Facebook page (or any other social media site) with the hashtags ‪#‎NationalDogDay‬ and ‪#‎DogDayCutestDog‬ to enter them into a quest for the title of Cutest Dog... IN THE WORLD. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Aug 26, 2015 - 54 comments

Bulldog + box

Scientifically minded bulldog seeks to answer the age-old question: "Is it possible to walk around holding a box in front of your face?" [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 10, 2015 - 51 comments

White God

How did they get those dogs to do that? "Hundreds of dogs rise up against their oppressors in this visually stunning, one-metaphor-fits-all Hungarian drama... a film featuring 274 dogs, no CGI, and a pair of canine protagonists who consistently out-emote their human co-stars."
posted by kliuless on Aug 9, 2015 - 32 comments

Canine Facial Recognition Area Identified

You Seem Familiar Probably not news to us dog owners, but Emory university researchers have confirmed via fMRI that dogs have a specialized brain region for facial recognizance. These are days of miracle and wonder, this is the long distance call.
posted by mrdaneri on Aug 5, 2015 - 31 comments

They say, ‘I never saw a Jew with a dog before!’

Meet Brooklyn's Fearless Hasidic Dog Walker [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 4, 2015 - 57 comments

"We never forget them, they're always with us."

Inside a Dog Retirement Home [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 27, 2015 - 27 comments

Beagle wins.

Real dogs pranked by fake dog (SLYT)
posted by griphus on Jun 25, 2015 - 20 comments

This Gene, and Carl my training partner.

This is obviously the reason you came to Metafilter today: videos of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu demonstrations featuring a big, friendly pitbull. Supplemental material:
posted by entropone on Jun 1, 2015 - 32 comments

Dog Dancing

In a relatively unknown sport, humans and dogs dance together. Headquartered in Germany, DogDance International says it's a fast-growing dog sport. Enjoy Sandra and Lizzy dancing; she says it's the perfect sport. The 2012 world championship finalists. Two 2014 finalists, and one more with that giant fluffy dog.
posted by stoneweaver on May 26, 2015 - 35 comments

It's Me or the Dog

On the pros and cons of letting your dog sleep in your bed (NYT).
posted by Short Attention Sp on May 4, 2015 - 76 comments

Canines are cool, too, MetaFilter!

The title of this collection is wrong. These are dogs at their doggiest.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 1, 2015 - 29 comments

Can't stay for long, just turn around and I'm gone again

An oral history of The Littlest Hobo, Canada's greatest TV show.
"My second episode was a few years later, as a DEA agent who was tracking some drug smuggling that was going on in a movie unit. So I was undercover as a vampire in this movie. And the dog was helping me unearth the bad guys."
posted by frimble on Apr 25, 2015 - 42 comments


dogs with tongue sticking out a little
posted by NoraReed on Apr 24, 2015 - 62 comments


29 Dogs Who've Just Made Poor Life Choices
posted by griphus on Apr 22, 2015 - 31 comments

“But Tibetan mastiffs are so 2013.”

Once-Prized Tibetan Mastiffs Are Discarded as Fad Ends in China [New York Times]
“Then there is the Tibetan mastiff, a lumbering shepherding dog native to the Himalayan highlands that was once the must-have accouterment for status-conscious Chinese. Four years ago, a reddish-brown purebred named Big Splash sold for $1.6 million, according to news reports, though cynics said the price was probably exaggerated for marketing purposes. No reasonable buyer, self-anointed experts said at the time, would pay more than $250,000 for a premium specimen.”
posted by Fizz on Apr 17, 2015 - 34 comments

There is a different dog under there.

15 Dogs Before And After Their Spring Haircuts
posted by griphus on Apr 15, 2015 - 47 comments

Some Squee For Your Monday

A monkey meets puppies for the first time.
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 30, 2015 - 35 comments

I'm really good at... sneezing on your mouth

If Cats Were on OKCupid
[ via | via | for dogs ]
posted by not_on_display on Mar 26, 2015 - 19 comments

What to do with a cart and no horse?

Hitch the cart to a dog, of course. Dogs (and sometimes goats) were used to pull small carts in much of Europe, usually by people who could not afford to keep horses. The heyday of these small dog-drawn carts was in the 19th century, when dog carts were commonly used in places like England, the Netherlands, and Belgium to deliver milk and sometimes other groceries. In fact, the Belgian Army even experimented with dog-drawn carts toting machine guns during WWI. Previously. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Mar 23, 2015 - 30 comments

Together, they fight crime!

Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has dedicated her career to photographing animals and wildlife. In one of her most recent projects, Brandt shot photographs of a highly unlikely pair of friends: Ingo, the Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (Napoleon), the one-year-old owlet.
posted by Lexica on Mar 21, 2015 - 9 comments

unmute for full effect

Maple is a majestic dog on Vine; she is musically accompanied by her owner, Trench
posted by NoraReed on Mar 19, 2015 - 20 comments

William Wegman Presents the Hardly Boys in "Hardly Gold"

"A bottle of nerve manna, a disappearing golf ball and some rocks...it all adds up to the Hardly Boys' toughest case yet. The Hardly Boys have returned to Rangeley Lake for another relaxing summer at the Hardly Inn. Fishing, boating, tennis and their friend Chip Mason await them, but the boys soon find themselves enmeshed in a perplexing mystery that puts to the test their sleuthing skills and secret dog powers..." [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Feb 27, 2015 - 6 comments

Dogs. Big Dogs.

SB Nation reviews the dogs in Westminster's "Working Group"
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 18, 2015 - 31 comments

"Oh no! You've found my only weakness!!"

Dogs Sitting on Cats [slyt | Turn Off Annotations]
posted by quin on Jan 31, 2015 - 36 comments

SPCA Dogs are Smart

So smart we taught them to drive a Mini.
posted by quin on Jan 21, 2015 - 24 comments

What my dog does when I leave

So, my buddy got a GoPro. We decided to put it on my dog to see what he does when we leave.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 21, 2014 - 49 comments

It's like eating with a bunch of animals

Sometimes getting together with family for the holidays feels like the entire event has gone to the dogs (and cat).
posted by hippybear on Dec 18, 2014 - 10 comments


Baby Elephant gets Frustrated Chasing a Dog. [slyt | cute]
posted by quin on Dec 14, 2014 - 14 comments

(Canine) Guardians of the Corpse Ways

Guardians of the Corpse Ways is a thorough one-stop resource for all of your canine Underworld mythological needs. Why did countless cultures associate dogs with the realm of the dead? Here's a tiny sample: "The essence of the hellhound is his intermediary position - at the border of this world and next, between life and death, hope and fear, and also (given its pairing with the dog of life) between good and evil. For this role, the dog is perfectly suited, being the domestic species par excellence, the tamed carnivore who stands midway between animal and human, savagery and civilization, nature and culture [26]. 'The growl of the hellhound is yet another expression of this liminal position, for the growl is a halfway station between articulate speech and silence. It is a speech filled with emotion and power, but utterly lacking in reason. Like death itself, the hellhound speaks, but does not listen; acts, but never reflects or reconsiders. Driven by hunger and greed, he is insatiable and his growl is eternal in duration. In the last analysis, the hellhound is the moment of death, the great crossing over, the ultimate turning point.' [27]" [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Dec 6, 2014 - 8 comments

Walter Benjamin for Children

Walter Benjamin presented "True Dog Stories" on September 27, 1930, as part of Radio Berlin's youth programming. Thoughtful but sometimes oblique commentaries on human society, Benjamin's radio shows have been called "Enlightenment for Children" and "NPR for weirdos," but an interview with the editor of their recent translations into English gives much greater context. Some essays have been re-recorded in German (including the dog episode, track 16), and Börne's original poodle letter is also online.
posted by Monsieur Caution on Dec 4, 2014 - 4 comments

R.I.P. Bobby Keys 1943-2014

Legendary saxophone player Bobby Keys has passed away at the age of 70. Best known for his work with the Rolling Stones, with whom he played and toured for over 45 years, his resume is a who's who of classic rock royalty. Keys has appeared on albums by George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, BB King, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marvin Gaye, Warren Zevon, and many many more. [more inside]
posted by rocket88 on Dec 2, 2014 - 27 comments

"Bonding with owners is much more important for dogs than other pets,"

"Dogs don't just seem to pick up on our subtle mood changes — they are actually physically wired to pick up on them." A recent neuroimaging study shows how closely tied to humans dogs have become over the last 30,000 years.
posted by quin on Nov 24, 2014 - 57 comments

And then the Golden Retriever is like

posted by fuse theorem on Nov 20, 2014 - 39 comments

And then it happens again, when you’re sixty or seventy.

"A child’s body is very easy to live in. An adult body isn’t. The change is hard. And it’s such a tremendous change that it’s no wonder a lot of adolescents don’t know who they are. They look in the mirror — that is me? Who’s me?

And then it happens again, when you’re sixty or seventy."
Ursula K. Le Guin on Aging and What Beauty Really Means
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Oct 26, 2014 - 42 comments

Really, really old dogs

"Photographer Pete Thorne has discovered that, just as photographing the elderly can make for powerful portraits, the same can be said for old dogs as well. His “Old Faithful” photo series takes a warm and intimate look at man’s best friends as they live out their golden years."
posted by Jacqueline on Oct 23, 2014 - 27 comments

Dogs reenacting U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments

If there is any justice in the world, this will revolutionize the way you consume Supreme Court news. Fed up with the Supreme Court's refusal to allow cameras at oral arguments, John Oliver has proposed an alternative to existing television coverage that relies on artists' renderings of the justices. Oliver has released more than ten minutes of raw footage of dogs dressed up like the members of the Court, and has challenged news outlets to use the footage to create less-boring recreations of oral arguments. [more inside]
posted by heisenberg on Oct 22, 2014 - 32 comments

Five seconds of pure joy in dog form

A pair of dogs team up to retrieve a tennis ball from a backyard swimming pool. I could watch this all day.
posted by scalefree on Oct 15, 2014 - 20 comments


Let me introduce you to Barkwire.com, a social network in which residents of the small town of Shaggy Butte rate their favorite four-legged friends, and gossip about all the gang fights and animal murders. Wait, what?

Written by Josh Boruff, who's become known 'round these parts for his interest in assigning ratings to dogs, Barkwire is an unexpectedly-engaging drama which plays out across user comments on social networking pages. Its first "season" [chapters 1-16], written in 2008, revolves around the emergence of the nightmarish El Cráneo Negro, who plunges the town into fear. Its second "season" [chapters 17-now] started earlier this year, and revolves around the unsolved murder of the much-loved Hope. (My advice: start with the newer story first.)

But the town of Shaggy Butte does not stop with Barkwire. There's more. Much, much, much [more inside]
posted by rorgy on Oct 9, 2014 - 17 comments

Cats drink water "as if they're doing the equations in their head."

NPR's 2010 story about "the conclusive study of how cats drink." With videos. [more inside]
posted by artsandsci on Oct 2, 2014 - 49 comments

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