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Whippet Good

The new standard for dogsitting has been set. (SLYT)
posted by Lou Stuells on Jun 12, 2014 - 28 comments

Sølar-pøwered flashlights? But wait, there's møre!

The Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery has brought never-before-seen and totally exclusive technologies into the world, such as the Aaltopuck (an ice hockey puck modeled after Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase), the Flower Shell (a shotgun shell that shoots seeds into the ground), the Wall of Sound (an 8000-watt iPod dock) and No More Woof (a device that wraps around your dog's head and translates his or her brain waves to computerized speech).
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 15, 2014 - 11 comments

220 chicken adoptions

“I’ve been cursed at over the phone because we couldn’t take someone’s unwanted rooster.”
posted by spamandkimchi on Mar 18, 2014 - 63 comments

Sinking $35K into the Ultimate Kitteh Playhouse

Here's a well-off gentleman with 18 cats who's transformed his home into a stunning kitty paradise.
posted by porn in the woods on Mar 5, 2014 - 62 comments

Budgies Go Round And Round

Someone in the UK really likes training budgies to ride little rides.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 30, 2013 - 23 comments

I love the smell of cat urine in the morning

BBC: A number of Dell users have complained that their Latitude 6430u Ultrabooks "smell of cat urine" ... Another customer, Hoteca, said: "I thought for sure one of my cats sprayed it, but there was something faulty with it so I had it replaced. The next one had the same exact issue. It's embarrassing taking it to clients because it smells so bad." Other users said they had blamed their cats for the smell. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 30, 2013 - 32 comments

"Evacuate the children, put up the blackout curtains, kill the cat."

Advice to UK animal owners just before World War Two broke out: "If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency." It concluded: "If you cannot place them in the care of neighbours, it really is kindest to have them destroyed." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 12, 2013 - 24 comments

What could possibly go wrong?

The Stanley Hotel, inspiration for the haunted Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining, has announced plans to dig up the pet cemetery on its grounds. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Sep 27, 2013 - 45 comments

Small Dogs In Big Wigs

What was the hottest New York Fashion Week party? Why the first annual NYC Doggies & Tiaras Pageant of course. (NYmag.com/Slideshow)
posted by The Whelk on May 17, 2013 - 20 comments

As a potential role model, I advocate it.

Then Christine stumbled upon a controversial homemade herbal remedy that she credits with enormously improving her dog's quality of life. She's grateful that, in his final year, Sampson weighed in at a robust 106 pounds and lived free of the wracking pain that had haunted him. Whereas before Sampson had been too weak to walk, almost overnight he became a born-again youngster. "He was a puppy again, happy and playful," Christine recalls. "He'd trot around the house with his toys in his mouth, wanting to play fetch!" Legalize medical marijuana for dogs! (Don't miss the great picture of Mason the Vizsla looking very relaxed!) [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Feb 27, 2013 - 50 comments

KING OF ALL THE BOXES

Rufus the Cat had to get some painful ear drops and was feeling pretty stroppy about it so his owner decided to build him a magnificent cardboard box tower to lift his spirits.
posted by The Whelk on Sep 15, 2012 - 77 comments

Doot do do doo do doot do do do dooooo

Kame Chan is a cockatiel that likes to sing. The Chocobo theme! Zelda! Victory!
posted by The Whelk on Jun 22, 2012 - 10 comments

RIP Jack Tramiel

Commodore International founder Jack Tramiel has died. [more inside]
posted by mephron on Apr 9, 2012 - 91 comments

that's one mellow cat

Little parakeet just won't leave kitty alone. I mean, really. Doesn't matter if kitty is drinking, or trying to sleep. He just won't leave kitty alone. I mean, really. Kitty's cool with it, though, and they enjoy the same food. And neither of them are especially interested in the beetle.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 8, 2012 - 55 comments

Bed Dug! Bed Dug!

"Rescue Pet" a comic about the effects of horrible mutating mimic blobs on a strained romantic relationship.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 21, 2012 - 14 comments

No more lonesome rodents

Guinea pigs are sociable animals and Swiss law prohibits owners from keeping the furry rodents on their own. But what happens when one dies? Don't fret, just call Priska Küng, who runs a 'rent-a-guinea pig' service.
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Sep 22, 2011 - 60 comments

Canine CODIS

Poo Prints: DNA Profiling for Pets; "... designed to help communities enforce their pooper scooper rules and give the pet owner tools that help them build a better relationship with their dog." [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jan 3, 2011 - 73 comments

Eeeeeeeeeeee...

Dogs don't understand basic concepts like moving: The adventures of simple dog and helper dog. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Nov 17, 2010 - 96 comments

It's A Dog's Life

Caring about something is about taking the pain and the joy. The pain is hard. Taking the pain, facing it, dealing with it are the ways I think we can show we really care. That we know we care. --Bob, the story of a dog.
posted by Gator on Sep 18, 2010 - 16 comments

tertium non data

Gülnur Özdağlar makes some amazing bowls and other artwork out of a surprising material... [more inside]
posted by klausness on Apr 10, 2010 - 12 comments

Un chiengora andalou

Do you love your dog? So much that you want to make a sweater out of her fur? Know first that this may be illegal in New Jersey. Also, take into account that Chiengora is 80% warmer than wool... so you'd better make it a bikini instead. Need to accessorize? There's always the cat! [ previously | Beware the Sweater Curse! ]
posted by not_on_display on Dec 18, 2009 - 46 comments

Extreme Poodle Grooming Craze

People are dying and grooming their poodles to look like panda bears, camels, and bison. Seriously. I apologize for the SL, but this is too weird not to share. Here's another link or two.
posted by k8t on Aug 28, 2009 - 86 comments

Toronto Humane Society: one out of three is pretty damn bad

At the Toronto Humane Society, veterinarians say animals die suffering unnecessarily in their cages while pleas to euthanize them are dismissed. Dozens of staff, volunteers and veterinarians have quit in protest. ... A note written by a staff member or volunteer on the medical chart of a cat, animal ID A127495, admitted last fall, reads: "Died Oct 19 3:15 am. Gasped and jerked and cried last breaths, because there was no one in shelter to euthanize or treat. This is not humane." ... [THS president] Mr. Trow says he strives to keep euthanasia rates low for ethical reasons. “How can anyone suggest that, because he might be here longer than anyone would want, that it's better to put [a dog] down?” Mr. Trow asked. “I think that's a strange suggestion, don't you? You live here as long as you can.” Images (yes, they're disturbing.) Video of a puppy adopted out with a broken leg. The THS web site. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on May 30, 2009 - 63 comments

Ok, let's see a cat try that.

Sophie Tucker, thought dead for four months, has been surviving alone by living off of feral goats on a deserted island.

Not the actress. She's still dead.
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 6, 2009 - 50 comments

Kingsford goes to the beach.

Meet Kingsford the piglet. He runs, he swims, and he's even litter trained! [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Feb 12, 2009 - 33 comments

Soon California will have doggie discos, I'm telling you.

Songs to Make Dogs Happy. (Or your cat, or bird, or gorilla.) I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it's certainly a....thing that one can buy. Composers have used SCIENTIFICAL STUDIES to create a CD that dogs love. They had a scientist work with them and everything. From that study they perfected tunes like "Squeaky Deaky" and "Scratch my Back". Says one of the musicians, "It's actually a bit nauseating for humans, although people do get addicted to it," said Haynes. "Especially Squeaky Deakey." Doesn't work on everydog, apparently. I can't wait for the mash-ups & remixes.
posted by Salmonberry on Jan 8, 2009 - 31 comments

Quoth the raven, "Halloa old girl!"

"On the clock striking twelve he appeared slightly agitated, but he soon recovered, walked twice or thrice along the coach house, stopped to bark, staggered, exclaimed 'Halloa old girl!' (his favorite expression) and died... The children seem rather glad of it. He bit their ankles, but that was play..." So wrote Charles Dickens, describing the death of his pet raven "Grip," in a letter to a friend. Grip has an interesting legacy. Having served as an eponymous character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge [full text] and subsequently inspiring Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven [full text], Grip has the distinction of being named a literary landmark. His taxidermied body is on display in the Rare Book Department at the Philadelphia Free Library.
posted by amyms on Aug 13, 2008 - 19 comments

Dogs in Wigs

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posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Jun 17, 2008 - 21 comments

Just Squirrels

Kamikase Squirrels / Mission Impossible Squirrel / Pope Squirrel / Twirl a Squirrel / Drunk Squirrel / Dead Squirrel
posted by Huplescat on Mar 28, 2008 - 33 comments

They'll eat lilies?

Dogs , are they gettingenough doggie ice cream? Some brands and flavors are better reviewed than others, but it seems to work well as an aid to training and as a distraction for new puppies. Just lay off the real ice cream (and grapes, raisins, Easter lillies , cat poop, chocolate , etc.)
posted by Smedleyman on Mar 25, 2008 - 25 comments

pet hyenas

The Hyena Men, seen a couple of years ago and now updated: Pieter Hugo's gallery of photographs of people with hyenas and baboons as pets in Abuja, Nigeria.Text. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Nov 3, 2007 - 12 comments

Doody Calls

So you want to own a dog, but without all the hassles of dog ownership? Well, there's always doggy daycare, dog walkers and even bakeries that cater to Cujo. But in the end, you're still stuck with the worst chore of all - picking up all the yard mines that Poopsy has left for you. Not anymore.
posted by itchylick on Oct 3, 2007 - 32 comments

Bunnies!

Can a Bunny be your friend? Move over Tamagotchi, Move over Elmo. He can talk, smell and has a bellybutton. Strange, but kind of cool...unless they turn into this.
posted by bustmakeupleave on Feb 8, 2007 - 30 comments

TPUG

TPUG - The Toronto PET User's Group. Founded in 1979 and still holding monthly meetings. For all your "PET, SuperPET, CBM, B128/256/1024, VIC-20, C64, C128, Plus/4, C16, C65 and Amiga" needs.
posted by GuyZero on Dec 13, 2006 - 16 comments

Ron Jeremy is nicknamed the Hedgehog

When they aren't collecting rings, or defeating the lids of McFlurries, hedgehogs are fine little creatures. Remember your precious Groundhog Day? Where do you think the inspiration for that came from? That's right. After you realize just how cool hedgehogs are, you can't help but making one of those spiny bastards a pet. Just make sure it isn't illegal where you live.
posted by QuarterlyProphet on Sep 1, 2006 - 45 comments

Bye, Baruchito

RIP Baruchito. The flagship hamster of Baruchito's homeCage has passed away after struggling with the stress of a flea infection and the medication applied to it. Baru was just a couple of months shy of three years -- which is a venerable old hamster age. While he may not have been as notorious as certain late pancake-stacked pets, Baru still lived a full life of fuzzy cuteness and aaaawww-inspiring photos. Those of you with hamsters, won't you arrange them now in missing-man formation?
posted by brownpau on Feb 7, 2006 - 17 comments

Ratablog

Ratablog If the rats could type (or more accurately, if they could type actual words and refrain from peeing on the keyboard) they would tell their own stories. They can't, so we will.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 3, 2005 - 10 comments

The art of Jeff de Boer

Pet armour For your dog or your cat. even your mouse!. your rat!
posted by hortense on Dec 26, 2004 - 16 comments

4:20, feline style

How to grow your own weed for your cats ...and you can also use it for tea-time!
posted by WolfDaddy on Oct 9, 2004 - 3 comments

Pets or Meat

Silly carnivores, bunnies are for eating!
posted by NortonDC on Oct 6, 2004 - 40 comments

exotic pet tiger

There has been a sharp rise in interest in exotic pets nationwide. Some people get exotic animals because they think it will be cool or because they saw one on Animal Planet. "I think there's more tigers in the U.S than there are in India or Russia."
posted by stbalbach on Oct 6, 2003 - 10 comments

metapet:

metapet: it isn't friday yet, but by tomorrow you could have some bio-engineered creatures working for you while you play...
posted by ultradian on Aug 15, 2002 - 7 comments

Toss a dog in traffic, go to jail.

Toss a dog in traffic, go to jail.
So, what do you suppose a fair punishment should be? And, consider that dogs, while cute, aren't people.
posted by dwivian on Jun 20, 2001 - 50 comments

Bush Virtual Pet Game Soars in China

Bush Virtual Pet Game Soars in China "In the wake of the downed U.S. spy plane, the Chinese apparently have found a new way to ridicule President George W. Bush - a virtual pet modeled after him" [They need a Palm Pilot to mock Bush?]
posted by Outlawyr on Apr 17, 2001 - 4 comments

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