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It’s A Myth! These Dogs Break The Stereotype About Dogs Hating Cats

Instant Friends

These pals met one sunny day by the lake. She was a stray but as soon as puppers saw her she was a forever friend. Now the two enjoy their happily ever after keeping their hapless owner awake each morning with tag and chase! The kitty sure is lucky to meet her family that day.

The Safest Nap… Ever

These buddies fell asleep after playing and the results look like this may be the safest napping kitty in the world. And arguably the cutest.  Even big ole puppers like this have a soft spot when it comes to the tiniest of furry creatures. Thank goodness for it too, because now we get images like this on a bad day to show that the world is a pretty neat place!                       

No One Can Possibly Be More Comfortable Than This Kitten! 

A Saint Bernard is one of the largest dog breeds, and their hair seems to make up half their mass. There is no cat bed that could possibly be more comfortable for this little kitty than this massive fluffy pooch who does not seem to mind his guest one bit.   

Lazy Days and Sundays … Can Be Too Cute! 

These pals look like they went a little to long the last time they played. Or maybe they are both equally bored and tired waiting for their human to return home. Either way, this bored stack of fur reminds me teenagers looking for entertainment on a slow summer day. Lets hope their human brings home the pet’s version of Pizza and a movie for them to enjoy after their day of waiting for attention.

In Sickness and In Health 

The story behind this image is sad and heartwarming. This sweet dog was diagnosed with cancer, and his cat sibling who did not give him a ton of attention in the past (Just some here and there) suddenly has all the cuddles and love for the dog. No one knows exactly why the change in behavior, but doggie is not complaining.

Bundles of Energy Can be Too Much, But Doggo Just Goes On

 This monstrous looking beast is actually a big ole puppy at heart. Rottweilers are known for home defense and being large and intimidating, but these two kittens show that they are just sweeties at heart. They love their big sibling, and he tolerates their shenanigans even at nap time.

Snuggles in The Street

 These pals may have an age difference, and in a year this puppers may turn into a mountain that towers over the orange cat, but at his particular place and time they are best friends enjoying a purrfect snuggle in public. Even when the puppy is larger, he will likely still go ga-ga each time he sees his best friend.              

Three’s Perfect For A Nap

Just look at the smug face of this cat as she prepares for her morning nap between her two bodyguards and best friends. They may go crazy when they are awake, but at nap time you can barely tell them apart in their bundle of fur and snores. Even groups of cats and dogs can get along when they want to. 

Too Much Beauty in One Picture

 These buddies have been blessed with some stunning good looks. And they seem to compliment each other perfectly despite being different species. When they go for walks they turn heads, but at home, they are just the apple of their human’s eye. And each other’s best friends of course.

Sometimes it Takes Time 

This image shows new friends. One is already in love with his little snuggle pal. The other? Tolerant at best. The cat is unsure what it thinks of this unabashed adoration, but give the kitty a day and the roles will likely be reversed.

Um? Is that Dog Melting? 

This pup is sleeping so deeply with his cat pal as a blanket that it looks like he is just melting. The adorable picture captures the moment of complete rest and relaxing so well that I think need to go find a furry  pal to take a nap with.

Secret Rendezvous

This grown cat and calm dog do something highly unusual. They leave their homes to meet at a stranger’s house and hang out together. The owner of the house has seen them with such reliability he was able to snap a picture. Who knows what their home life is, but this is their hangout and what happens in stranger’s yard stays there. We can’t help but wonder if they live together and pretend to be mortal enemies in front of their human.

Still Playtime for Puppers 

This puppy does not want to be done playing so he gets up on the cat’s level to negotiate some more chase time. The cat seems less than amused at his big begging eyes, but surely she will leap down and join the fun soon.

Bath Time 

Grooming is a key way that cats show affection to their young and loved ones. Apparently, this dog makes the cut and is seen as a family member because his feline pal loves to wash him after play time. or maybe he just don’t smell so sweet.

A Bed Made For Three 

This small bed is clearly not for the huge boxer that has taken it over. His kitten pals don’t seem to care though. They say “the more the merrier”, in fact they seem to enjoy the extra warmth.

Kitty on The Bottom 

Even though the pup is larger than his kitty pal he still thinks he is the size he was when they met and will climb upon his feline bedmate to nap. The cat doesn’t seem to mind but the dog looks bewildered that his bed has shrunk.

Arrggg Matey

 This big old dog did not have a pirate hat for dress up so it appears that his kitty pall stepped up as a hat and eye patch in one. This adorable image has been shared across social media as proof that dogs and cats are best friends for life.

Don’t You Say A Word To My Fluffy Best Friend! 

These pals look like they would stand up for each other through thick and thin. The matching smug, yet adorable expressions makes this picture almost to much cuteness to handle in one day!

Just One of The Gang! 

When mama dog added a bundle of new pups to the family, the cat could have responded with hisses and scratches. Instead she joins the fun at feeding and snuggle time and seems to enjoy her new pals. The mama dog, on her part, could have responded defensively and instead welcomed kitty to the bunch. The new happy family is heartwarming to see.

Snow Pals Forever! 

These buddies love to go outside together after being cooped up from the cold. But they don’t try to each run in different directions, no they enjoy the fluffy chilly weather together before returning in for a long winter’s nap by the fire to dry their fur and wait for their next play date in the yard.

Well, This Is My Life Now!

The expression on the dog’s face says it all. He may have an interloper in his bed but he is so excited to have a new friend that he does not even care. The cat looks pretty happy to be near the big friendly beast as well.

Proud New Siblings.

Like the dog in the other picture, this cat looks proud and pleased with his new puppy. Who says pets always get jealous when new animals come to stay? Maybe the jealousy is proportional to the age of the new pet?

Hidden Kitty, Can You See Her? 

This picture is so relaxing to stare at, I want it hanging on my wall! The fluffy cat almost blends in too well with her snuggly dog pal, if her eyes were closed she may be invisible in a pile of fur. How long did it take you to see her?

So Fluffy!

This huge dog looks like he could gobble up his kitty pal. But he never would, in fact he would defend her if needed. And the cat feels just the same about her big old warm bed and yard playmate.

Rock-a-Bye Kitty?

Aw, look at this golden holding his kitten in his arms like a careful older sibling with an infant. The kitten don’t seem to mind one little bit as she relaxes back against him with her tiny ball. This picture tells a whole story itself.

Friends Come in All Sizes

These pals have such a size difference one could imagine the kitten getting plump on the large dog’s crumbs alone! The larger dog may be sized to make even grown humans nervous but this kitten could not care less. Her buddy is the perfect size to play on.

Friends in Good and Bad Times Alike

When this dog has to have a procedure that required an Elizibethian collar a.k.a. cone of shame, his kitten friend made the best of it and climbed right in with him. What a lesson for us humans to join our friends when they can’t fit in with us but still need a pal.

We Can Share!

These pals share their toys, their bed, their humans, and their fun. This is not to say that they don’t enjoy a rough game of chase and chew but they show that friendship has plenty of ups and downs and toys are the most fun when shared with a friend.

Who Needs a Whole Couch? 

Not these pals. Or maybe the cat is sitting on her doggie friend so she has reasonable deniability when asked if she got on the furniture? Either way they look pretty comfortable all piled up on the bright blue couch.

Friendship is Art

This image looks like something that belongs in a museum exhibit. But it is just another day for these pals enjoying a ray of sunshine by their shared window. Who knows what plans they are planning for later that day when their human goes to work?

We Don’t Know Where One Ends and The Other Begins

These pals look so much alike, and they are together so much that they are just a shadow when they lay together for a nap. Cats and dogs can be friends and when they have the same exact same shade of fur, apparently they can become one, at least in pictures.

Warm in Winter

These pals have snuggling down to a science. And can save their humans money because they are more than happy to share the same pet bed. It may look like an awkward pose for the cat but if you lean in you can hear the roar of her purring as she sleeps next to her best pal in the world.

Be Still My Soul

Jack Russel’s are known for being very excitable breeds, and this one is no exception. He loves to play with his best friend and kitty but equally so his kitty is the only one who seems to be able to calm him enough to cuddle and relax as well.

Great Balls of Fur 

You can barely tell which is the cat and which is the dog in this bed full of balls of furry pals. At nap time they all seem to take the same form and sleep calmly next to each other. When awake it is another story altogether and it is chasing and playing all day long.

Is There Something in My Ear?

This picture is too cute. It is almost as if the dog tucks his kitty friend in under his arm with his warm floppy ear as a blanket when he’s ready to nap, just to know his cat will be safe. The kitten looks like a bored child at nap time.

Who Rescued Who? 

This rescue dog was welcomed immediately by the large family cat. It was like he knew that the puppers needed a little extra love and attention. The buds are still snuggling pals to this day, and the rescue puppy has forgotten his cold nights in a cage.

Attention!

These pals are on high alert ready to jump at whatever comes their way. Whether it’s a pile of food, a sweet treat, or even a play session from their human they are ready to tackle it together with gusto because life’s more fun when your pal is there to enjoy it with you. I wonder how long it takes the kitty to topple down when her noble stead leaps up? 

Stop and Pose! 

This puppy and kitten will grow up together and continue to play but right now it is hard to get them to stop for even a moment. When they do stop and look at the camera the results are stunning just look at the cute and mischievous faces of these pals? It makes me want to go get a bunch of puppies and kitties just to watch them play all day long.

Too Perfect

The complimentary colors of the dog and cat, the shading, the flower pots lined up with random pops of contrasting colors. This picture is just perfect. It should be painted and framed, or duplicated into a poster of an ideal moment in time. Whoever lives here with these pets is lucky to bask in such a pretty setting, and these pets are lucky to have each other to play and snuggle with.

Welcome to The Family! 

Love at first sight is what this cat experienced when she saw her new family member. But just look at those big brown puppy dog eyes, can you blame her. I think my reaction would be a big hug as well. And the dog just looks relieved to finally be home at last, and that her family loves her instantly.

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Dog Trainer and Dog Groomer Get Married Accompanied By Their Best Friends

Kelly Taylor

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Weddings Are for Sharing With Loved Ones

When people get married, they spend one perfect day with their most loved friends and family. While many people only think about their human friends and family, there are a lot of people who could never imagine starting this important new chapter in their lives without their beloved pets. In fact, many people might have to admit, if they were being honest, that they loved their pets more than some of the relatives who came to the wedding, especially if they felt obligated to invite some relatives they rarely see and barely know.

Some People Already Spend Their Lives With Pets

Anyone who works full-time as a dog trainer or groomer already spends most of their working days with animals. They see dogs all day long, and they make the choice to do so because of many reasons. Working with pets is rewarding on many levels. Especially if you see the same dogs again and again, you form a close bond. Communicating with pets is therapeutic and generally far less stressful than dealing with humans. The people who work with dogs don’t get sick of dogs and try to go home to a quiet house; they tend to have larger pet families than average.

A Dog Trainer and a Dog Groomer Tie the Knot

Paul and Annette Anthony are typical in that they work with dogs as a profession, and they have a large pet family. On the day they got married, their family consisted of 2 humans and 9 canines. Both Paul and Annette admitted that their pets were more to them than just fun — their beloved dogs also helped them get through rough times in their lives, including personal tragedies. Annette’s German Shepherd Pesci is even an emotional support animal, helping her to deal with severe anxiety and depression. There was no way that their pets were going to be left out of the most important day of their lives going forward.

Canine Best Man

Paul’s service dog Finn has earned his retirement. Finn has competed in over 40 events, earning titles and even setting records. He was also there for Paul when Paul developed PTSD after being at the scene of the deadliest plane crash in Pennsylvania’s history. Finn was the one who helped with the proposal, giving Annette the ring with a note asking her to marry his dad. It was only fitting that Finn ended up being one of the best men at the wedding too.

A Family Affair

All 9 dogs walked down the aisle and stayed throughout the ceremony. Annette’s dog Pesci even came to comfort her during the ceremony when she started to cry from happiness because he wanted to make sure his momma was all right. Whether you want to use your dogs in the ceremony as ring bearers, best men, or flower girls, or if you just want them to be present, it makes sense to have your pets help you celebrate such an important day in your life.

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An Alligator Comfort Pet…Wait Wait What?

Shannon Jackson

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Joie Henney is the first to admit he has issues. Suffering from repeated deep depression, he has regularly had to seek out help to get out of deep funks that could become seriously negative. However, while many folks use counseling, pharmaceuticals or support groups, Henney has an odd comfort pet for emotional support. He has an alligator.

Personal pets are well-known for their mental health benefits, especially for people who otherwise suffer significantly from loneliness and isolation. And that emotional bond is not restricted to ordinary pets like dogs or cats. Many farm animals have been known to provide emotional support as well, like horses, ducks and even pigs. Some even had fictional made about the same. However, no one until Henney has specifically identified an alligator as a comfort pet.

Alligators are normally treated and placed in the category of dangerous predators. They are typically cold-blooded, no pun intended, killers that will snap at anything they consider food, including people. As it turns out though, Henney is also an alligator expert. So he knows a bit more about big lizards than the average person.

Dubbed, “Wally,” Henney’s comfort pet is a wayward fellow who first crossed paths with Henney when Wally mistakenly parked himself in a pond at the local Florida Disney World. Obviously, Wally and Disney visitors were not a good mix, so Henney was brought in to remove the confused alligator. Under state law, relocated alligators can’t just be dumped in the wild again once they’ve been exposed to developed human areas, so Henney adopted the fellow instead. Wally can’t complain much; he gets a steady diet of raw chicken legs and Cheetos at Henney’s home in Pennsylvania.

Henney isn’t an idiot about alligators either. From his own training and experience, Henney knows alligators will snap at anything near their face or head. Wally, for some reason, was not a snapper. In fact, Wally doesn’t like to close his mouth. The odd behavior might explain why the alligator ended up at Disney World, unable to function normally in the wild. So, Henney figured out that Wally was very different and treated him accordingly. In his own words, Henney would describe their friendship and bond as very unique and special.

Um…what?

Henney himself has been through a lot. Having lost a number of close friends and relatives, he’s been through the ringer with depression and many times would feel very down day to day. For some reason, Wally picked up on this and clearly made it evident he was there to help and comfort Henney. How was that signaled? Well, Henney would be sleeping on the couch and, since Wally was never kept in a cage, the alligator would find a way to get up on the couch and park himself on Henney. At least he didn’t bite.

Some could argue the alligator just wanted to warm up on Henney since cold-blooded animals can’t regulate their body heat well, but Henney has decided it’s something more. These days, Henney brings Wally with him wherever he goes, whether it’s on a walk or a visit to the doctor. Of course, they do have to keep their distance from folks, and the duo use the drive-through option a lot. Henney did get married as well, and Wally was the ringbearer. That said, no one was quick to grab the ring from the big lizard.

And for Henney, Wally has been a lifesaver, keeping the alligator expert out of depression and looking forward to tomorrow.

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Population of Endangered Lemurs Is Growing At New Zealand Zoo

Kevin Wells

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On October 11th, Wellington Zoo’s primate manager announced that their population of endangered ring-tailed lemurs had more than doubled after their four females gave birth to two sets of twins.

Endangered ring-tailed lemurs, found in Madagascar, have been at Wellington Zoo for less than two years. They obtained Zeus, a male lemur, early this year with the goal of increasing their population.

Lisa Ridley, the primate manager, said that they were not 100% confident whether they’d succeed in breeding the four adult female lemurs since they were all first-time mothers.

“We’re ecstatic that we’ve had four sets of twins, and they are all very healthy,” she said.

The first set of twins was born in August and the second, smaller set was born last week.

The number of ring-tailed lemurs in the wild is decreasing. A contributing factor to this decline is that female ring-tailed lemurs are only interested in mating a couple of days per year.

Ridley said that the window for breeding is very small, usually only 24 to 36 hours. She added that Zeus is a relaxed and respectful male who understands his role within the group.

Ridley said that the zoo was unsure what sex the young lemurs were; they try not to disrupt them until they are older, in order to find out what their sex is.

Once they reach maturity, it is likely the new males and Zeus will be divided to create a bachelor group, which occurs in nature.

Ridley said that Zeus would be used for breeding for several more years before being replaced in order to stop the genetic pool from shrinking.

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A Funny-Named Bat Gets Australian Top Honors

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When winning an election, it helps be popular. That was the case for one particular mammal. Over the period of a month and a half, or six weeks, a massive voting event occurred. Some 50,000 animals were included on the ballot. And only one of them was going to be the winner. If selected, the particular animal would be voted as the Australian Mammal of the Year, and the 2022 selection would be the first one of the event in history, a pretty hefty title even if that particular mammal had no clue about its significance.

As it turned out, with a whole lot of voting and wondering and finally a selection, the winner turned out to be, hold tight, the Southern Bent-Wing Bat. Yes, a flying animal won the honors for being the inaugural mammal chosen for the title above.

The dingo was assumed to be a favorite, but that contender fell by the wayside pretty quickly in the early weeks. Day after day, week after week, the Bat just kept climbing the ranks and holding on, almost as if playing out a voting version of what it’s been doing in nature, surviving as a microbat and an endangered species.

In real life, the Southern Bent-wing Bat doesn’t live in such a glamorous hallway or venue as the voting podium online. Instead, it’s a cave-dweller, making a home in the stretch between the southeast part of South Australia as well as Victoria. Sizewise, the Bat is extremely small too, only measuring some 5 centimeters in terms of body length. It’s practically a feather in terms of weight.

Like other bats, the Southern Bent-wing Bat uses its ears and echo-location to find its way while flying, as well as to hunt. The Bat can definitely see, but all of its primary sensory work happens with ears and listening. It’s also a long-distance flyer, usually traveling well over 70 kilometers at night to find insects for dinner.

While they are extremely proficient at using body heat and consolidation of numbers to create the perfect breeding and maternity environments in caves, easily boosting the humidity and heat for new pups, the Bat species in general has been significantly harmed by encroachment of development and the loss of viable cave systems for homes. The population is at serious risk of decline, with a 97 percent collapse expected over the next two or three decades without serious protection.

The goal of the contest is to boost awareness of the most endangered animals worldwide, an Australia has a significant share of them, found nowhere else and in short number where they are. As a result, by boosting people’s awareness through the contest, the hope is that it will also increase conservation efforts for the species that are endangered, ideally reversing the trend if possible.

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Baby Giraffe Surprise for Zoo Visitors

Renee Yates

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When you go to the zoo, you expect to see animals from the other side of the world, get a bit sunburned, eat some overly expensive park food, and feed some peanuts to the farm animals. You don’t expect to get a front row seat to nature at work. That’s exactly what happened to visitors who happened to be watching the giraffes at Milwaukee County Zoo and who got the odd but amazing miracle of seeing a new giraffe come into the world.

The mother to be until the special day was a giraffe named Ziggy. She was expected to have her baby soon, but the exact day was still a surprise and hard to predict. As it turned out, Ziggy’s new baby decided to arrive just before lunch at 11:40am. The staff were alerted the giraffe mother was in labor, and everything went into operation to prepare for the arrival. Less than an hour later, a new baby giraffe was born. And, amazingly, by 1:40pm that same baby giraffe was up and walking around. It is amazing how fast animals start fending for themselves versus humans, who take years before they can even move properly. The Milwaukee County Zoo got the announcements out online within minutes of the arrival.

Even for the Zoo staff, the giraffe’s sudden arrival still caught folks a bit off guard. Mainly, the speed of the birth caused folks to scramble. The last time a giraffe was born in the Zoo was somewhere in the 1990s. Lots of other animals have had births, but giraffe newborns are extremely rare, maybe a once in a generation event.

As for a name for the new giraffe, the Zoo staff will get the privilege. Some hoped it might be a contest, but the staff who worked so hard to make everything run smoothly with little warning earned the right.

As for new arrivals in 2022, the new giraffe was not alone. Spring heralded a big wave of new animal arrivals at the Zoo. That list included a new baby seal, two jungle birds and a second giraffe baby that ultimately was named Poppy.

For some Zoo visitors, the birth was a bit of an abnormal experience. Most times, animal births are kept out of sight. The newborn animal just appears one day after it’s been cleaned up and is able to walk. In this case, however, Ziggy’s baby was born in front of everyone. Some of the visitors weren’t used to seeing nature play out in raw display. As for the mother, Ziggy could have cared less about privacy. She was in her home, and her baby was going to happen regardless of the Zoo staff’s wants or schedule.

And as for the giraffe baby, he’s healthy and doing just fine, nursing with Ziggy and growing every day.

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