What people are talking about (animal edition!): dog survives Oklahoma tornado, cat bearding, Surf Dog Ricochet

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.

Cat bearding

Cat bearding

Remember planking? And owling? And stocking? If not, then you're probably one of the lucky ones who seemed to miss these photo trends all together. But the newest trend in photos is this strange thing called "cat bearding." Cat bearding features photos of people and their cats. The subjects are so perfectly posed that it looks like the cat's nose and mouth (and body) are actually part of the human's face... thus resulting in the cat's fur making up a person's "beard." Get it? It's pretty perfect for the internet, considering how much everyone loves cats, so it was really only a matter of time before this emerged. No idea how this came about, but it's at least a little funny. And a lot weird.

Surfing dog helps kids

I'm serious when I say this video is an emotional rollercoaster. This ESPN video features the friendships between children with special needs and a service dog named Ricochet. Ricochet is not a service dog in the "traditional" sense, but rather, a dog who helps those with special needs learn to surf. Also known as "Ricky," Ricochet is able to figure out how to use her weight to balance the board and make surfing a reality for some who might otherwise be unable to engage in the activity. One child, Ian, who was a surfing prodigy as a young kid, was unable to surf on his own after a tragic accident that also killed his parents. But he was able to get back in the water, thanks to Ricky. "Ricochet helped me not be scared anymore," Ian said. The video is seven minutes long, but absolutely worth it.


What were you talking about this week?

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