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R.I.P Hannah

Dogs are too amazing to let go, but sometimes it happens and they will forgive you.For about two months Hannah has been having seizures, they were small and nothing to worry about, but they gradually got worse. (Alternate link) [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 22, 2016 - 38 comments

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll plotz

Anon and his hermit crabs is an emotional roller coaster and might even be true. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 31, 2016 - 21 comments

They’re personable, they’re entertaining, they know their names.

Like to watch baby tortoises eating watermelon, strawberries, or tiny pancakes? They've become a huge problem.
posted by AFABulous on Jul 31, 2016 - 25 comments

Bulldogs on skateboards

Harley the bulldog almost wipes out but saves it as usual. (Bonus: Harley's highlights) [more inside]
posted by bologna on wry on Jul 13, 2016 - 11 comments

People with their pets and phones in the bathroom

Cats vs. Bathtubs
posted by The Whelk on Jun 3, 2016 - 55 comments

I can haz bording pazz?

More than 80,000 people have been forced to flee the raging fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, two airlines have relaxed their rules about animals in aircraft cabins, offering a chance for all family members to stay together onboard.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy on May 12, 2016 - 21 comments

Louie gets his own Jurassic Park!

[SLYT] A guy built a mini version of Jurassic Park for his pet tortoise "I made a miniature Jurassic Park for my Leopard Tortoise Louie. It has grazing areas with seeds planted to grow as the weather gets better, a pool for him to drink/swim about in, visitors center and the Jurassic Park Gates. "
posted by Tarumba on May 3, 2016 - 17 comments

post-traumatic stress and the expansive anatomy of empathy

"...parrots, among the oldest victims of human acquisitiveness and vainglory, have become some of the most empathic readers of our troubled minds. Their deep need to connect is drawing the most severely wounded and isolated PTSD sufferers out of themselves. In an extraordinary example of symbiosis, two entirely different outcasts of human aggression — war and entrapment — are somehow helping each other to find their way again." What Does A Parrot Know About PTSD? [NYT] [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Mar 22, 2016 - 25 comments

A Farewell to the Dog Who Helped Him Off the Streets

   Raymond Goynes went uptown to see Sonja one last time on March 8, a sunny Tuesday morning. He let himself into her owner’s penthouse duplex in Hell’s Kitchen. Sonja, an 11-year-old wheaten terrier, was sprawled on the wool kilim rug in the living room. Her head rested on a towel.
   “Look who it is, look who it is!” Sonja’s owner, Mary Kilty, cried.
   “Miss Sonja!” Mr. Goynes called out. For the first time in an hour or so, the little tan dog raised her head.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Mar 19, 2016 - 16 comments

"He’s not a normal gator. He has never been a normal gator."

A Florida woman (unknown if there is a relation to Florida man) said state officials are making her give up her beloved pet alligator — a gentle giant named Rambo who is potty trained, understands sign language and loves to dress up in costumes — because he’s grown too big.
posted by terrapin on Mar 18, 2016 - 71 comments

Queen of Cups

Harley is an umbrella cockatoo. She loves cups. No, wait, maybe she hates cups? Anyway, Harley has a ton of cups. (mlYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator on Mar 8, 2016 - 27 comments

Team Ruff or Team Fluff?

The top 10 similarities between the Super Bowl and Puppy Bowl [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Feb 7, 2016 - 16 comments

"No more I hear thee purr and purr as in the frolic days that were"

Cat Funerals in the Victorian Era: "During the early 19th century, it was not uncommon for the mortal remains of a beloved pet cat to be buried in the family garden. By the Victorian era, however, the formality of cat funerals had increased substantially. Bereaved pet owners commissioned undertakers to build elaborate cat caskets. Clergymen performed cat burial services. And stone masons chiseled cat names on cat headstones." Ends with a lovely elegy for Peter, aged 12, by poet Clinton Scollard. [more inside]
posted by fraula on Jan 24, 2016 - 8 comments

HOP | SING | EAT

Your frog's name is Gugget. They are a Orange-Banded Tree Frog. Cherish this frog. Begin Frog.
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jan 22, 2016 - 30 comments

Time For Some Cute - Pets and Kids

As the year draws to a close, and with all its highs and lows, maybe it's time to just sit back and say: awwww.
posted by marienbad on Dec 30, 2015 - 16 comments

How smart animal shelters aim for zero kill.

How smart animal shelters aim for zero kill. Some shelters are euthanizing far fewer animals than others, and it's not because they have more funding: they're adopting different, smarter practices, including feline Trap-Neuter-Return, emphasizing spay and neuter in communities, encouraging owner retention, and making adoptions easier. Initiatives like Target Zero and The Million Cat Challenge help make it possible for cities achieve greater live-release rates. "In five years, Jacksonville’s shelter went from saving less than 30 percent of its animals to saving 90 percent, including many more dogs than before."
posted by Violet Hour on Dec 23, 2015 - 10 comments

Polly-glots

Hundreds of languages are spoken in Nigeria - so which one do you teach a parrot?
posted by ChuraChura on Dec 2, 2015 - 22 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

The World’s Biggest Pet Store Has 250,000 Animals

Zoo Zajac is a 130,000 sq ft (120,77.4 sq m) pet store in a small town in Germany. The owner, Norbert Zajac, got his first pet, a golden hamster, when he was 4 years old. He started breeding and selling animals at 8 years old. Today his pet store is officially recognized as the largest in the world and has a selection of animals better than many zoos. They stock 250,000 individual animals of 3,000 different species.
posted by 2manyusernames on Aug 22, 2015 - 13 comments

The Cat Who Hunts for Dinner

"...So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence."
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 7, 2015 - 34 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

no idea how these people got toupees wedged onto their cats, or why

1. Brush your cat 2. Form the hair you brushed into a toupee and place toupee on cat 3. Share & tag @trumpyourcat or #trumpyourcat
posted by NoraReed on Jul 11, 2015 - 39 comments

A lick is NOT blep 🐈

When 'meh' just won't do: blep. But maybe you're not a cat person. In which case: blop. And yes, there is a place for all other animals - meet blup. (Previously.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 1, 2015 - 19 comments

"Are you going to finish that?"

Pictures of Pets Looking at Food
posted by Doktor Zed on May 2, 2015 - 34 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

One down, eight to go

Cat cheats death, claws his way out of his grave days after burial. Bart, a Florida cat who was hit by a car, returned to his neighborhood after being presumed dead and buried. He is now being treated for several injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 1, 2015 - 54 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

Wait a sec. Do two make a row? Just curious.

Animals sing "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" SLYT. What it says on the Xmas tin.
posted by kinnakeet on Dec 14, 2014 - 3 comments

My Pet The Giant Snail

My Pet The Giant Snail
posted by Nevin on Oct 31, 2014 - 36 comments

I might as well call this “Don’t Read This Article”

How to Know When it’s Time to Euthanize Your Dog
The most important thing to be alert for is The Look. It’s capitalized because it is a Real Thing. At some point near the end of its life, your dog will make eye contact with you. There will be something about that particular eye contact that you will recognize when you see it. Your dog will tell you, as clearly as if they had it notarized, that they are ready to go.
At Dear Prudence, Pet Euthanasia and Can I Lie About It?
...the subject of euthanizing her has come up at home and briefly in the vet’s office. Is this wrong? And if we decide to go down this path, am I obligated to be honest about why she was put down when relatives and friends ask?
posted by almostmanda on Sep 5, 2014 - 97 comments

They Ate What?

Animal hospitals in Texas, Florida, and Oregon won Veterinary Practice News’ ninth annual radiograph contest, which awards prizes for x-rays of unusual items found in pets' stomachs. [more inside]
posted by item on Aug 31, 2014 - 33 comments

Stay. Stay. Nope! Nope! Nope! Nope! NOPE!

Pets Interrupting Yoga. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 12, 2014 - 24 comments

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY BIG DOG PEPERONIE!!!!

Blue-Tongued Skink is serenaded during his birthday feast. (SLYT)
posted by zscore on Jul 6, 2014 - 22 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

That's why you don't let the puppy sleep on your head

22 Adorable Before And After Pictures Of Animals Growing Up [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Feb 25, 2014 - 47 comments

Man bites dog

"My dog bit my child" A thoughtful post from blogger Lola the Pitty with excellent tips on how to monitor play and help kids to successfully interact with family pets. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Feb 18, 2014 - 106 comments

A Dingo Ate Australia

Australia’s prowling predator is either a vicious wild dog that attacks children and devours farm animals, or a loving and devoted pet as cuddly as a kitten. It just depends on whom you ask.
posted by Chutzler on Jan 14, 2014 - 16 comments

Horse Fancy Dress Ideas

Do you have a horse that you want to dress up in a costume but can't decide which costume? Then check out the Horse Fancy Dress ideas blog. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 20, 2013 - 26 comments

Owls are high maintenance

Top Ten Reasons you Don't Want an Owl for a Pet [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 11, 2013 - 70 comments

You were always my favorite to boop.

Presenting Reddit's most adorable, most tentative, cutest hyper-specific subreddit: Boop. Best of Boop.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 22, 2013 - 40 comments

Pet condoms, because it just makes sense.

The next best thing to neuticles Now available at popular dog parks Bring Quarters
posted by boilermonster on Sep 29, 2013 - 48 comments

Cat-Friend vs Dog-Friend - part 2

More reasons why you might not keep your friends around if they acted like your pets. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 26, 2013 - 20 comments

Studio Pet of the Month

Cool out with some photos of pets sitting on mixing boards - behold Tape Op Magazine's 'Studio Pet of the Month' gallery. [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Aug 21, 2013 - 6 comments

Raccoons Can't Fight City Hall

Mark Brown, costar of a viral video perhaps best known as "Hillbilly Dances with a Raccoon", is seeking a pardon from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R), after his pet raccoon Rebekah was placed into state custody. (Previously) [more inside]
posted by Benjy on Aug 14, 2013 - 45 comments

Abbie the Cat, 1997 - 2013. He had a posse.

Abbie the Cat [Has a Posse] passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Started in 2001, the blog of Abbie the Cat was sometimes irregularly updated, but almost always written from Abbie's point of view. Readers were warned of Abbie's impending death on July 22 by Rob, Abbie's owner. (Previously.) [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jul 31, 2013 - 52 comments

Dinosaurification

Challenge: draw a dinosaur body on cardboard and have your pet stick his head through it. The Best Western Denver Southwest facebook page is having a contest for pets as part of dinosaur drawings.
posted by dog food sugar on Jul 19, 2013 - 24 comments

Fred Ni, dog publicist...

The dog "basically just sat in that Quebec shelter for over a year and no one looked at it... And overnight here – I post about it, 8 people show up - and it gets adopted the next day." Fred Ni, who blogs at Pound Dogs, talks with the Toronto Standard.
posted by dobbs on Jul 13, 2013 - 55 comments

Look out, there are llamas!

People who keep llamas as pets will readily offer you any number of reasons: llamas are quiet, they’re gentle and affectionate, they don’t take a lot of work to maintain and, for outdoor animals, they don’t smell bad. Most people start with two or three, since llamas are sociable and don’t like to live alone. But as Katrina Capasso, a llama owner in Ballston Spa, N.Y., discovered, “They’re like potato chips.” It’s hard to stop at just a few. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jul 3, 2013 - 46 comments

Nosewise and Pangur Bán

Fido and Spot weren't always generic dog names. Dogs and cats (and monkeys, birds, etc) have been kept as pets for a long time, and medieval pet names can sound very strange or oddly familiar to modern ears. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Jun 29, 2013 - 36 comments

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