I took an obedience class with my Maltese and he's not-so-bad at doing things. He can sit. He can give paw. He can spin. But he can't skateboard, run backwards, or do handstands. These dogs can. These Australian Shepherds are amazing! Check out their tricks below and comment to let us know which video is your favorite.
Dogs in love is cute, but dogs in love who inspire their owners to fall in love is even cuter. Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, of England, met when their two service dogs, Venice and Rodd, took a liking to each other during a dog training course. Though there were other dogs in the class, Venice and Rodd were fond of one another — which eventually led to Claire and Mark becoming quite fond of one another, too. Check out the video here to hear about the "101 Dalmations"-esque romance in real life. (Pongo and Perdita would be proud!). In the meantime, a photo of the dogs in love (credit to DogHeirs.com):
Now that our Independence Day celebrations are over, we're talking about weird baby names, dogs who perform good deeds, and kid movies done right.
Unique baby names
Last week, everyone was up in arms about the news that Kim and Kanye had named their first daughter North... West. Not that it matters what I think, but I don't hate it. I think it's kind of funny. Anyway, this week, it came out that 146 other babies in the U.S. joined the "unique baby name" bandwagon — they were all named Khaleesi, a made up word from the George R. R. Martin "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and HBO's "Game of Thrones" television series. The name means "queen" in the Dothraki language. To be fair... Daenerys Targaryen AKA Khaleesi has definitely had some of the best scenes in all of "Game of Thrones." So I will reserve my judgment.
With how frequently dog videos get posted here, I don't think it's much of a secret that we love them. They can't help that they're so adorable and smart and funny! So this week, we pay homage to dogs, with a special dog-themed post. Check out dogs giving their masters a warm welcome, a dog playing the best game of fetch ever, and a commercial that will make you want to run out and get a dog of your own.
Dogs welcome soldiers home
Soldiers coming home is enough to make anyone emotional. Capturing that on video for everyone to see adds an extra dose of emotion. Add a reunion with beloved pets and some upbeat music into the mix, and suddenly it's just good feelings all around, forever. This compilation video, which surfaced earlier this week, features dogs of all kinds, but my favorite is the huge doggie at the end who's so happy to see his human that he gives him a big ol' hug.
Animals were in the news kind of a lot this week, so I wanted to just roll with it with What People Are Talking About (animal edition!). It's appropriate considering this week dogs FINALLY got their own app! Where My Dogs At is a social networking app that lets dog owners connect and share things like dog friendly spots and photos of their pets. (For real.) This week, we're talking about a dog that survives a tornado, cats become the latest fashion accessory, and a surfing dog is so awesome he'll make you cry.
Dog survives tornado
In undoubtedly one of the most emotional reunions ever, a dog and its owner found one another in the aftermath of the horrific Oklahoma tornado. While giving an interview with CBS about the tornado's devastation, Barbara Garcia shared the story of how she and her dog were huddled inside their home, taking cover in their bathroom. The two were separated in the chaos and Barbara assumed her dog had been lost to the tornado. But just moments into the interview, her dog pops up, alive, in the rubble! Barbara, with the help of the CBS news crew, is able to free her dog, resulting in a totally amazing (and slightly tear-jerking) reunion.