Friday Cuteness Trifecta – Part 3… Golden Retriever Dare Devil Rules!

July 20, 2012

Sadly, this brings an end to the cuteness parade of today. But never fear! There are plenty more cute and adorable animals out there, and as Scarlett O’Hara once said, ‘tomorrow is another day’.

I do love how this dog’s human friends are so thoroughly entertained by spending an evening of getting the dog to jump over them. The dog is like, ‘Ok! PLAY TIME! YAY! Can we do this ALL the time!!!???!!! Can we, can we, can we???’.

He’s also very smart when he gets to the human hurdle trifecta!

And remember, if you’re in the market for a pet, please check out the shelters first. The more dogs and cats that find a forever home, the more places there are for the homeless ones in no kill shelters and it’s one less animal waiting on death row. Plus they’re just so wonderful and full of love.

Watch the video. Enjoy!

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Sadly, Lonesome George, The Very Last Pinta Island Tortoise, Passed Away

June 25, 2012

Lonesome George, the last surviving member of the Pinta Island subspecies tortoises, has passed away at age around 100.

The species is now extinct.

The Pinta Island tortoises usually live for around 200 years, and cause of death is unclear. Lonesome George who lived in the Galapagos Islands was a conversationist icon took with him yet another species from our planet.

The sad news is something that has all animal lovers, and conservationist in mourning. We humans do so much damage to this planet, and while some people work tirelessly to protect endangered species, sometimes this work fails. George was not lonely though. Although repeated attempts to breed him with females from the Espanola tortoises (they’re closely related to George’s subspecies), he had two female tortoise companions with him up to the end.

We hope Lonesome George, now he’s crossed the rainbow bridge, has found all his long lost brothers, sisters, family, and friends.

RIP, Lonesome George.


Cuteness Alert: Baby Otter Tickled!

June 3, 2012

Let’s be brutally honest. Tomorrow is Monday, and that means the blahs for most of us. Getting up early, facing traffic/public transport crushes/warm cocktails from the night before (hey, you never know), and so on. Basically, Monday morning means the rest of the work week dictating to you what your life will be until Friday eve. Mondays are bullies.

To help ease the whole trauma that Monday brings, we have this ridiculously super cute video of a teeny tiny baby otter being tickled.

Yes, tickled. Baby otter laughs, giggles (well, okay, that’s if otters can laugh and giggle, but this one seems like he can. He may be super otter, we don’t know. Yet.), puts his super cute little hands in his mouth to stop himself from being tickled to death. Because, let’s face it: for those of us out there who are extremely ticklish, being tickled is not fun. People think you like it because you’re all giggly, and all stoppy and all writhy. This never means we like it. For some reason, being tickled makes you giggle, but you can’t breathe. Seriously. You can’t breathe. It’s like being tortured in a Monty Python sketch on a comfy chair. Being tickled when you’re super ticklish is horrible.

However, this little otter seems to enjoy it. It’s also on a loop, with really terrible music. So, to cheer yourself up tomorrow turn the sound down low, and play the video. And try not to tickle any hapless or innocent bloggers you may see around.


Help Lorenzo Save Lives Of Shelter Animals Through The ‘Paint That Bus’ Campaign

May 18, 2012

We all love animals, and like to do our bit in rescuing those less fortunate than our pampered pets. Lorenzo Borghese is a major pet lover, having launched his amazing line of high end, organic, specially pH balanced-for-pets shampoos, conditioners, spritzes and all the rest (if you haven’t tried them, you must – you’ll be so glad you did!), and continuously devoting his life to helping those animals in dire need.

Animal Aid USA is holding their Amazing Grace “Paint That Bus” campaign/fundraiser. Their fabulous artist, Ellen Strack, will be painting caricatures of your pets on their donated bus in time for the July 11, 2012 Amazing Grace Caravan to Georgia. And our very own Prince Lorenzo Borghese will be at the helm, driving the bus and leading the caravan!

The bus was generously donated to the MOMS Rescue and Animal Aid USA, by Steve Dash of the Humane Society of Atlantic County.

All you have to do to get a picture of your beloved pet on the bus is to donate $50 (way less than we usually spend on a night out), and email the picture you’d like  on the bus.

For more information, please click here.

 


Puppy Bowl VIII Starts @ 3pm

February 5, 2012


Puppy Bowl 8 starts at 3pm on Animal Planet!

Forget the Super Bowl, this is where the real action (and by action, I mean insane cuteness!) is at. Basically, I know nothing about American football, and I’m not a huge sport fan (although I like soccer and ice skating. Ooh, soccer on ice! Now that’s a game just begging to be played! Can you imagine it? Exactly. Total awesomeness.), but I guarantee I’ll be watching Puppy Bowl. Puppies!

Actually Puppy Bowl 8 is more than puppies. It’s puppies, a kitty and a piggy. There’s also Meep the bird who’ll be doing what birds do best: tweeting! Yes, Meep will tweet all the action. So tune in, sit back and watch the game.

For more information, click on Animal Planet now.


(my pet will always) bring me sunshine

January 21, 2012

Yes, I know this isn’t really about our pets, but it’s so happy, so adorable, so loving it just makes you want to, well, get up and jive. Which is where it’s from – The Jive Aces.

So celebrate happiness tonight (it is Saturday, after all) and stay warm. And remember all that brings you sunshine, in whatever guise.

Oh, and hope my annoying DJ wannabe neighbour’s turn down their ridiculously loud music, because it aint this and I can hear evey guitar thrum.

Hmmm, I think I’ll play this again. Viva Pets!


Don’t Tease The Zebras: Girl Bit By Zebra

January 20, 2012

Before we go any further, I just have this to say: this video is really worth it for the first few seconds where you see her get bit (or kissed as the old guy in the safari park gift shop told her), well, okay, you can go a bit further, I suppose, and get your giggles with watching it all slowed down. Personally, I only made it a few seconds into the slowed down replay on the clip – I have no idea what else may lay beyond those moments. You have been warned.

Yes, the latest thing to go viral is footage of a silly girl who got bit on the shoulder by a zebra in a safari park when she sat in the car, holding food in her hand instead of giving food to said zebra.

The zebra reminds me of the time when I was a kid and my parents drove us up to Parkes in Australia, to visit the radio telescope there (you could listen to the stars, which was awesome – but not the celebrity kind, the ones you see in the sky kind), and we stopped to picnic in a park. There were signs saying ‘Don’t Feed The Emus’. Well, I don’t think the emus read, because they just basically ran about the place snatching food from tables, plates, even barbeques.

Actually, the zebras reaction also reminds me of my cat, when he doesn’t get what he wants. He’ll just bite me and then saunter (or is that stalk, I think that was a stalk the zebra did…maybe it was a stalk-saunter, as in, ‘yeah, you better not mess with me, girl!’) off as if his job was done. Like the zebra, my cat doesn’t do this to hurt, maim or draw blood (note from Marvin: That’s what claws are for).

Anyway, this whole video resulted in the girl, Meagan Sweatman, being flown to wherever it is that Today is filmed (this is indeed hard hitting journalism) and then interviewed over it! Yes, I know.

I say point to zebra. What say you?

 

don’t tease a zebra, or any animal for that matter. These critters are wild, that’s why you’re in a safari park, not a petting zoo, or Zebras R Us. Serious.