Today is National Pet Day! Thanks to the Internet, animal lovers everywhere are able to share in some of the funniest and cutest pet moments captured in video or GIF form. You don't have to be a pet owner to laugh out loud at some of these dog, cat, and other pet GIFs, but if you are one you can probably relate to a few of them. Sneaky cats, sleepy dogs, and cuddling bunnies are just a few of the stars in these scenes. Check 'em out now!
Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, took the best of show prize at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. His handler, Ernesto Lara, calls the 5-year-old little dog "Joey," but there's another nickname for the fuzzy fella: "monkey dog." Affenpinschers are an older toy breed from Germany known for their, well, monkey-like faces. They aren't extremely popular in the US, but maybe they will be now? After a successful stint in Europe, the award-winning pooch — with personality to boot — took the States by storm and was a big crowd-pleaser last year at Westminster. Now after earning his best in show title, Banana Joe will put up his paws and enjoy a relaxing retirement in the Netherlands, where he was born and bred. See the adorable pics of the top dog now!
With this season's chilly temps, it's especially important to keep your pet toasty and safe. Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, shares some important tips on caring for your furball this Winter:
- Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice. Although it may seem like a fun option to let your pup frolic in the snow, it can prove to be extremely dangerous. Dogs tend to lose their sense of smell in extremely cold weather and become lost. Believe it or not, Winter has the highest rates for lost dogs!
- Thoroughly wipe down your dog when he comes back into the house after being in the snow. It is common for dogs to ingest salts for melting ice as well as antifreeze, which can prove to be very toxic.
- Similar to how you should never leave your dog in the car during the Summer, the same goes for the Winter; a car can act almost like a freezer in the Winter, trapping heat outside and causing your pet to freeze to death.
- Fresh water is a must at all times, as your dog may be more likely to lick ice and eat snow if he/she is thirsty from lack of water. Similar to the above point, it is common for dogs to ingest snow-melting-salts and antifreeze.
Any tips to add?
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If you're an apartment dweller with a dog or cat, you may not have the space for a floor-hogging pet bed. But don't fret, Akemi Tanaka has a chic solution: mount it on the wall! The Curve wall mounted pet bed ($200), which comes in maple and walnut veneer, has a removable, machine-washable cushion cover and provides a comfy resting space for your small, furry companion. With several cover choices (or you can even customize it with your own fabric) and its sleek shape, it saves space without cramping your style. See some of the variations below!
When you're not looking, even the most feuding of furballs can be caught snuggling with each other. And some of the unlikeliest pets — big and small, cats and dogs — can end up pals. I've rounded up my fave BFFs (best furry friends), so take a look!
It's wedding season here on the PopSugar Network, and people aren't the only ones who can get in on the action! When I saw that Boo had participated in his first wedding as a ring bearer, I got to thinking about all the cute pups I've seen head down the aisle. From ring bearers to best
men dogs, having your beloved pooch participate in your big day makes for unexpectedly sweet and sometimes unpredictably hilarious moments. See some of my favorite nuptial pups in this slideshow!
Between Boo, Beast, Luna, Maru, and Giggy, there is some ruff competition for who's the top pet Internet sensation. From box-obsessed Maru to fashionable Luna to Mark Zuckerberg's Beast and Pomeranians Boo and Giggy, to make it as top dog (or cat) it's not enough to be an adorable furball, you gotta have style and social media skills to boot! Click through this slideshow of our favorite pet celebs and then tell us who's your pick!
Designed to look like a giant cupcake liner, Sweet Cake ($212) has many uses, including planter, baby bathtub, and drink cooler. But throw in a pillow and it becomes a pet bed, perfect for small pooches and kitties. Lightweight and durable, this container is made of thick polyethylene and comes in 10 different colors. I think it's cheeky and fun — what do you think?
Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Germany, introduced us to the sweetest little baby leopard! See more pics of Nekama, a baby North Chinese leopard, in my slideshow! And try not to squeal at the lil furball!
It's Petfinder's Adopt the Internet Day, and if you're not looking for dog or cat, why not adopt one of these other fun animals? From bunnies to birdies to horses, I've got all the stats on the less-than-typical pets up for adoption. Check 'em out! And be sure to see all the pets here, there's sure to be one with your name on it!
By self-conscious I don't mean your dog refusing to go outside after you've dressed him in a leprechaun costume for fear the neighborhood pups will make fun of him. The debate stems from a scientific test that's used on people and animals to determine if they are self-aware. The test includes marking the baby or animal and then seeing if he notices the marking in his reflection. Apparently, dogs don't pass. One dog enthusiast felt this was an unfair test for sniff-centric doggies, so he tried to prove that pups are self-aware with his own scent-based experiment, resulting in less-than-concrete findings. Until we know for sure, I'm curious, do you think your pet has a sense of self?
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Last weekend Mark Zuckerberg adopted an 8-week-old Puli, Beast, and promptly created a Facebook fan page for him (no surprise there!) complete with pics of the furry fella. Since National Puppy Day is right around the corner, it's only fitting that we share these snapshots with you! Check 'em out now!
This St. Patty's Day, the other pets in the neighborhood will be green with envy when they see your pup or kitty strut her stuff in a festive collar. Whether you go with a bling-ed out fashion statement like this crystal-covered collar ($39) and glitter number ($15), something understated like this simple striped one ($14), or something quirky and fun like this green beer collar ($24), you'll have one lucky furball this March 17! Shop the rest of my picks by clicking on the images above!
We spotted this amazing cat ramp on Lydiat's OnSugar blog and just had to share it with you! Lydiat's husband constructed this impressive kitty ramp from this design that's simple, attractive, and unobtrusive enough to blend in nicely with the room while providing a way for their feline to get upstairs. Check out my slideshow to see more pics of the finished project!
When I saw CB2's Dangerous Liaisons Rug ($229) — a reproduction of the Canberra Repertory Society's 2009 theater poster for Les Liaisons Dangereuses — I thought the fat-cat floor covering could be a funny and interesting conversation-starter. However, when I showed it to a co-worker (and cat lover), she deemed it "frightening." What's your verdict? Would you sport it in your home?