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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Champion Taco-Eating Pit Bull
My neighbor Jose had just adopted a special pit bull from the local rescue shelter. It had been the faithful companion for five years of Jose’s elderly friend who had passed away a few months earlier. Because pit bulls have a bad rap, nobody wanted the dog, so the shelter planned to put it to sleep. When my neighbor learned that his friend’s faithful companion was about to be killed, he immediately adopted the dog. I don’t know about cats having nine lives, but that dog definitely got a second life.
That dog went everywhere with Jose. The dog’s name was Lucky, but Jose made a point of calling him something like “Lu-key.” Jose even got that large pooch service-dog certified, which meant he could take that dog into the supermarkets and even into the county fair.
Last July, I was assigned to judge the taco eating contest. A few months later the county fair started. Somehow Jose managed to get Lucky into the fair on my judgment day. According to him, the ticket office at first refused to let Lucky the service dog go in, because of all the other animals there. So Jose was sent to the exhibitor’s entrance, where the fair’s president was. After the president argued with Jose a bit, he was left at the gate with Lucky while the fair officials argued about what to do. During that time, exhibitors with other dogs, cats, pigs, and birds of all kinds, came into the fair through that same gate. Lucky looked at those other animals but did not budge from Jose’s side. Not a sound came from him, though other animals sometimes made a racket. The president noticed that and then decided to let Jose and Lucky conditionally come in; Lucky was in no way to disturb the other animals, children, or people.
A local guy named Walt came to the taco eating contest as a participant, not letting his wife know. We had TV-like tables set up with fifteen Mama Juanita’s Taqueria soft-shelled chicken tacos on each one, the best tacos for hundreds of miles. The contestant who at them the fastest won the contest. It happened that Jose and Lucky were the closest to Walt’s table.
Well, no sooner had I blown the start whistle than Walt’s wife screamed out his name, “Walter Higgins! Get over here!” At that shout, he jumped up and bumped over his table filled with tacos, in front of Lucky. Walt then bolted away from that area as fast as a rooster with its tail feathers aflame. Well, Lucky apparently felt lucky, so he jumped the few feet needed to get at all those tacos on the ground in front of him and started gobbling them down. It wasn’t long before all the contest spectators were watching Lucky, some aiming their Instagram-linked iPhone cameras at him. It was only later we discovered that CNN also had a cameraman at that event. Not only did Lucky eat all the tacos, but he was also the first to finish them as well!
Since the top two human taco eating contest champions were state-level champs, it didn’t take the local folk much time to declare, over the protest of those two guys, Lucky the 2015 taco eating contest winner. CNN national news and its website showed scenes of Lucky gobbling up the last of the tacos. The fair’s Facebook page ended up with the greatest number of views in local history. The social media sensation Lucky would become the “picture boy” for the next state fair.
The Day I Met a Baby Gray Whale
In addition to being one of the most curious and intelligent creatures in Earth’s oceans, due to their great size and the fact that they travel vast distances, gray whales are also host to a wealth of scientific data about the health of our oceans. Gray whales have a long history of unique interactions with humans. Most of the time they appear indifferent to us. Sometimes they behave in a friendly way. But during a few points in history, in a small number of locations, legends of gray whales flipping small boats and dragging men beneath the waves have cropped up.
But gray whales can even be dangerous when they do not mean to be. Weighing in at nearly 40 tons, with massive flippers and a huge, powerful tail, gray whales have downed many small boats either accidentally or otherwise. But these fascinating creatures still have a powerful draw for us. They are mysterious, massive, and have eyes which reflect a strangely familiar intelligence.
So when Cheryl and David Kipling set out in hopes of meetings these creatures face to face, it was no small task overcoming their trepidation. Cheryl and David are biologists and run a lab where they study the remains of whales that have been killed prematurely by the actions of humans.
Cheryl explained, “I’ve autopsied the brains of half a dozen gray whales and the one thing that stands out is the size and sophistication of their limbic brain.”
We asked for more clarification on why having a big limbic brain is such a big deal.
She replied, “The limbic brain, in mammals, is the part of the brain that renders emotions. It’s sandwiched between the fore-brain- which is big in humans, and the hindbrain- which controls all of our cravings and reflex instincts. The limbic brain motivates us with feelings. When you look at a puppy and say ‘ahh’ at his big brown eyes, or when you miss a loved one and want to see them, that’s the limbic brain. Judging by the size of their’s, these animals are deeply emotional. They are primarily emotional, in fact- whereas people might be said to be primarily intellect oriented. That’s why it’s such a crime to keep orcas in captivity, separate them from their pods- their families. They suffer intensely.”
Equipped with this new and strange knowledge, going out with Dave and Cheryl to meet the whales felt all the more momentous. Getting out on the water to the right spot where the whale sightings were happening took most of the day. But the weather was beautiful, the water was calm, and we would have been happy even if no whales had shown up. But they did.
The couple spotted a mother and calf breaching the surface some distance off. They were headed in our direction. For several minutes, wonder, anticipation, and- we’ll admit, a little bit of dread were palpable. All I could think about is what I would do if one of these animals accidentally flipped our boat.
But eventually, the mother and calf reached us. They were careening off to the south. But then the baby spotted us and approached our boat. It came right up to the boat and held its long snout out of the water right next to the boat. It just sort of “stood” there. Cheryl and David reached out and stroked the animal’s nose while the mother looked on.
The baby whale turned and looked us over with its oddly small eye, calmly, almost serenely as Cheryl and David stroked her. Then the whales passed as quietly as they came. I’ll never forget the lucidity and the depth of feeling in the eye of that baby whale.
Looking Back at an Eventful Summer for Snowflake the Albino Alligator
The past few months have been quite eventful for one particular albino alligator.
In case you missed it, an albino alligator named Snowflake generated more than a few headlines in recent months.
Back in May, Snowflake was welcomed as a kind of guest of honor after arriving at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. It’s easy to see why Snowflake caused a stir when she first made her way to the Brookfield Zoo.
Due to her albinism, Snowflake can stand out easily even amongst a crowded congregation of alligators. She possesses noticeably white skin that can be likened very much to the look of ivory and her eyes also have a pinkish hue. Those characteristics are typical of an albino alligator.
It is worth noting that Snowflake is also significantly shorter than many of the other alligators that you may be able to see in zoos or swamps. Per ABC 7 Chicago, Snowflake measures about 7 feet long. An average adult female American alligator measures about 8.2 feet tall, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.
While Snowflake was enjoying the attention from visitors at the Brookfield Zoo, an important and exciting discovery was made back at her home.
Snowflake Is Going to be a Mother
In June, Wild Florida announced that the caretakers of Snowflake and another albino alligator named Blizzard found eggs at the pair’s shelter. A total of 19 eggs were found at Snowflake and Blizzard’s exhibit, WFTV 9 reported.
Upon spotting the eggs, the caretakers acted fast to collect and move them to a more secure location.
Wild Florida co-founder and co-owner Dan Munns explained that moving the eggs out of the shelter was a necessary step due to some of the difficulties that the pair of albino alligators may encounter as parents. Munns explained that while alligators typically make for great mothers, Snowflake may not be as capable as some of her counterparts because of the blindness brought about by her albinism.
By securing the eggs themselves, the caretakers can shield them from any predators that may come snooping around. The eggs are being kept in an incubator in order so that they can be cared for in a more controlled environment. The caretakers mentioned that keeping the eggs in an environment where the temperature can remain at a stable level is essential to successful hatching.
Additional Facts about Albino Alligators
The fact that the eggs came from parents exhibiting albinism could very well turn out to be good news for the albino alligator population. Typically, albino alligators are born as a result of two normal alligators who carry the recessive gene for albinism mating, according to Safari Ltd. Since both Snowflake and Blizzard are albino alligators, the chances for them producing offspring that feature the same physical traits could be higher.
The albino alligator population could certainly use a boost. At present, biologists estimate that only around 100 albino alligators could be alive across the entire world.
Albino alligators are rare not just because they are the offspring of parents carrying some uncommon genes. It is also difficult for albino alligators to survive precisely because of their unique appearance.
Unlike the alligators that feature a more common skin color, albino alligators find it incredibly difficult to disguise themselves. That makes them easy prey for predators especially when they are younger.
Because of those struggles they could potentially face in the wild, you will often find zoos and farms caring for albino alligators to ensure that they can live out long and happy lives. While it’s still unclear what kind of offspring Snowflake and Blizzard will produce, there is certainly a fair amount of optimism that they will bring more albino alligators into the world.
If You See a Lemonade Stand, Stop & Get a Drink
In America many kids get their first exposure to running a business and making a sale by the time-honored attempt at running a lemonade stand for a day. Typically attempted in the spring or summer when it’s warmer, the neighborhood lemonade stand has been around for decades, and every generation can remember someone who made a run for it.
So, when Annie McAveeney decided to set up a lemonade stand in her neighborhood, it was not out of the ordinary or a big surprise. She was just going down the same path many other kids had walked before her. However, what was unique about Annie’s venture was that she was running the operation specifically to help other children. It was not your typical business motivation for a childhood entrepreneur.
At her school, Annie became part of an organization named Fill a Heart 4 Kids. The goal is simple – raise money for children so they can obtain school supplies and study normally like many other kids who are able to take such provisions for granted. Every child realizes a need for back-to-school supplies every school year. Whether it be a backpack, pens and pencils, notepads, paper or binders, school supplies are the bread and butter tools kids use regularly to help them learn in school. Unfortunately, many children come from households where every dollar and penny goes toward food or the rent, so there’s nothing left for their school supplies.
The Heart 4 Kids program is intended to fix the missing school supplies problem. And in Annie’s school, it was implemented through the lemonade challenge, an approach that allowed children to be involved versus spectators and help directly themselves. But Annie’s role was more than just setting up her own lemonade stand. She was also assigned to be a proselytizer, distributing powdered lemonade all over her neighborhood in Chicago, encouraging others to sell lemonade for the cause as well. In this way, one child became the catalyst for the action of many children, encouraging adults to get in on the act as well.
The combined effort in Annie’s Chicago area was exponential. Because so many people got involved with such a simple venture, 30,000 new tools, supplies and bags were able to be purchased for needy kids so they can engage with school. It was a sizable success. And the difference versus the generic government help program for the same was that the community was involved with the Heart 4 Kids program. They became involved in helping their neighbors. And the winners were the schoolchildren who were able to benefit from the effort, pick the supplies they needed, and go to school with a fully-equipped backpack for class.
So the next time you see a lemonade stand manned by some kids hollering for you to stop and buy a drink, do it. You never know whom you might be supporting with that simple lemonade drink on that hot day.
Your Older Brother Meets You Everday After School …In a Different Costume.
Siblings have been well known for doing weird things to each other. It’s the kind of experience that can shape memories and their opinions of each other for a lifetime and be brought up well into their senior years with either laughter, anger or both. So, it’s no surprise that Noah Tingle, as an older brother, would likely leave an impression on his younger sibling. However, it’s the way that Noah went about this time-honored behavior between brothers that stands out as so different.
The fact is, Noah is a persistent fellow. And he wanted to make an impression on his younger brother, Max, that would last a lifetime. This intentional act took planning, and a lot of different resources. Because, as Noah figured out, it takes a lot of creativity to stay with the program that he came up with.
The first day Noah’s plan went into effect, his younger brother had no idea what was in store for him. It was a normal day of going to school, getting on the bus, sitting all day in class, yearning for those midday breaks, and then the bus ride home. Except that’s where things went different. When Max got off the schoolbus at his stop only to find his older brother standing at the stop waiting for him, in a full costume, his senses went into def-con 5 mode. The 12-year-old didn’t know whether to laugh or get back on the bus. Worse, the costumed goof came running at him with arms wide open for a big hug. Scary!
This wonderful, crazy, insane, scary, funny experience continued every school day. And while Noah’s younger brother got used to the idea of his older sibling waiting for him, each day was a new costume. From the obvious and easy ones like Santa Claus, a football player and a dinosaur to the more complicated ones like Star Wars’ Chewbacca, Noah was diligently at the bus stop to make his brother’s day.
Not only did Noah completely make his brother embarrassed by the whole affair, he also made Max the talk of his own school. The younger brother wasn’t the only kid on the bus every afternoon, after all. So Along with Max, every other kid on the bus got to see the costumes as well, something the younger brother wasn’t going to live down anytime soon. And, over time, Max started looking forward to the surprise each day and what new costume Noah could come up with a day’s time.
Their mom got in on the act and began posting photos of the outfits on social media. No surprise, it gained a quick audience and big following, making Max’s “ordeal” now a bit of a national even and story of life on the Internet. Folks even got in on the act helping Noah out by sending him costumes they came up with or procured, so the older brother would haven’t to be entirely on his own keeping the gig going. There have been some real knock-outs as a result, enough to be contenders for a future Burning Man trip probably.
Once Noah goes away to college the costume parade will end, but Max’s memory of the entire affair won’t. It’s the kind of thing siblings talk about for decades to come. And that’s what Noah wanted for his brother to remember him by.
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