Today might be Hug a Bear Day, but if there's one rule you can count on while camping or hiking, it's that bears don't take kindly to embraces. In fact, if you encounter an adorable grizzly, polar, or kodiak while out on the trail, you should avoid eye contact and walk slowly away so as not to provoke or startle them. And even if you encounter a huggable-looking baby bear, get away while you can because his protective (and much larger) mother is undoubtedly nearby. Bear cubs sure are cute, though, so we thought we'd celebrate this unusual holiday with a roundup of cuddly ursine photos. And if you get the urge to give one a squeeze, please grab the nearest pal or teddy bear instead!
Kristen Stewart stopped by Live With Kelly and Michael in NYC today. She chatted about the upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2 but also shared personal snaps of her pups. Kristen adopted a new rescue dog named Bernie to join her first dog with Robert Pattinson, Bear. Watch as Kristen talks about her "obsession with rescuing the pooches" and shares how Bernie is getting along with Bear.
While residents of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and surrounding states trudged through flooded streets and sought shelter during Hurricane Sandy, their loyal dogs braved the storm right by their sides. As these photos show, natural disasters like Sandy are a reminder of what the most valuable possessions in life really are. Here's a look at the brave canines who kept their owners company during the largest Atlantic hurricane to date.
Recently, Lauren Conrad couldn't resist the big brown eyes of a puppy in need at her local animal shelter, and really, who could blame her? Puppies, kittens, and other young animals tend to be adopted first because they are just so darned cute. But this means that shelters often overflow with older animals who can make even better companions than their baby-faced counterparts. As the parent of a 14-year-old Jack Russell whom I raised from a pup, I can tell you that I look fondly on her wild and wacky days at the dog park, but I appreciate these last few golden years of mellow neighborhood walks and long afternoon naps.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, so in honor of all the older ladies and gents who still need a loving home, I'm providing a handful of reasons why you should consider adopting an aging pal and a few ways you can make them feel right at home.
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As we head into the waning months of 2012, it's easy to get caught up in the hullabaloo of the start of the holiday season. But rather than allowing it to be a stressful time for your pet, get him involved in the celebrations! Between Election Day flair, Movember mustaches, and Thanksgiving turkey, there are plenty of opportunities for your pet to represent this festive eleventh month.
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If this year's Tompkins Square Park Halloween pet parade proved anything, it's that there are oodles of creative pet costume ideas out there. Who knows what you'll find when you turn a dark corner tonight . . . a Grinch? Spaghetti and meatballs? Mr. T? Google just released its list of the top 10 Halloween pet costume searches during the month of October, and while some are standby favorites, others might surprise you. In any event, at least you'll know what four-legged creatures to expect when things go bump in the night!
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Get your pets into the spirit of Day of the Dead, or honor the memory of an old furry friend. More than just Mexico's answer to Halloween, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is essentially partying with the dead. A national holiday in Mexico, and observed in other regions in Latin America and Europe, the two-day holiday on Nov. 1 and 2 honors the departed in a celebratory manner, remembering loved ones through funny anecdotes and happy memories. Family members come together to remember the deceased by building altars and "welcoming" the spirits of loved ones home. So why should your pet be excluded from the family fun? Here are 15 great finds from Etsy that will help your kitty or pooch get festive or help you honor a dearly departed pet.
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is not quite over, and Lauren Conrad is doing her part to help the abundance of pooches looking for love all across the country. Stopping by her local shelter last week, the style icon unexpectedly scooped up a friend for her other rescue pal, 4-year-old Chloe. Dubbed Fitz, the teeny pup seems to be getting along splendidly with his new family and living the good life, taking plenty of naps and even helping mom with the laundry.
Of course, there are plenty of adorable adult and senior dogs who need homes, too, so don't pass up a companion with a little gray on his nose. In the meantime, we can still gush over this aww-mazing pup!
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