Here at Sugar, we love our four-legged friends — maybe even more than we love celebrities. So PetSugar is taking a break from ogling Boo and Grumpy Cat to fawn over our own pets. Besides, we have our own Boo lookalike and plenty of adorably grumpy felines who deserve celebrity status. Click through and get to know 76 of our very own Sugar employees' pets.
A lot has happened in the aftermath of last week's holiday-themed episode, with the most significant change being Sister Jude's major demotion. She wakes up shackled and restrained in a cell as a Briarcliff patient, in one of those "this is my worst nightmare realized" kind of scenes. Too bad for her, it's reality. You could call it karma, but I call it a setup. While things may be looking grim for Sister Jude, Lana and Kit get their first real chance at escaping Briarcliff, Bloody Face, and the electric chair.
But a silver lining is never what it seems on American Horror Story, and the gruesomeness doesn't let up this week, either. At least we get an explanation for the aliens (finally!), and it could be connected to that other seemingly rogue story line: Dr. Arden's Nazi experiments. Let's break down the most insane moments after the jump.
There's nothing cuter than animals playing their hearts out in the snow. The Winter setting may give you the chills, but the sheer joy on these animals' faces will make you feel all warm and fuzzy. From puppies rolling around in the frost to wild horses running across a frozen meadow, we've culled the happiest animals playing in the Winter wonderland. Curl up by the fire and click on!
The Winter can be a risky time for animals, but with a few tips and precautions, you can winterize your pet to keep him safe and warm in the most frigid temperatures. Keeping your pet indoors may be the easiest solution, but your dog still needs his exercise, and your outdoor cat will want to keep her normal routine. Weathering Winter elements like snow, ice, and salt takes more than picking the trendiest pet parka; read on for a few simple and important safety tips for winterizing your pet.
If your pet must be kept outside:
- If your dog has an outdoor house, then make sure it's elevated and dry and preferably insulated so that drafts don't creep in. And, of course, furnish it with warm, comfortable bedding.
- Add a pet door to your garage so that he can have access to extra shelter, and provide him with a nice doggie bed in a clean, dry area. Also, make sure to keep poisonous chemicals like antifreeze and rodenticide out of his reach.
- Check periodically to make sure that your pet's water is not frozen, and use plastic bowls instead of metal ones, as your pet's tongue could freeze and stick to metal, à la Ralphie in A Christmas Story.
- This may sound crazy, but check under the hood of your car before you start the engine. Cats are known to seek shelter in car engines when temps are low. Usually banging the hood or honking the horn is enough to startle them out of their hiding places.
- Outdoor pets will require more calories in the Winter to produce body heat, so make sure to keep his food bowl more stocked than in the Summer.
For more tips on how to keep your pet safe in frigid temperatures, just keep reading.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Briarcliff in the latest episode of American Horror Story. Instead of tinsel and ornaments, however, the asylum tree is strewn with dentures and hair bows with the hair still attached. And Santa? After the last two episodes introduced the little serial killer girl and the angel of death, "Unholy Night" gives us our newest creepy character, a family-murdering Saint Nick (played by a darkly magnetic Ian McShane) who ends up locked in a room with Sister Jude and a closet full of whips.
Whatever has been simmering inside Sister Mary Eunice finally boils over, and she gets even more blood on her hands. Dr. Arden seems to struggle with her lost innocence, and for the first time ever, we see him and Sister Jude working as an odd-couple team. But it wouldn't be an episode of American Horror Story without some jaw-dropping surprises. Let's break down the most insane moments after the jump.
We can't stop following cute cats on Instagram, but perhaps the most photogenic are the smush-faced breeds. (And by photogenic, we mean adorably grumpy-looking.) Brachycephalic cats, including Exotic Shorthairs and Himalayans, are becoming increasingly popular Internet stars as photo-sharing owners proudly show off their furry companions. Maybe it's because they look like walking, meowing stuffed animals with their cartoonish features, but for whatever reason, the newest face of Instagram is smushed. Click on to ogle our favorites!
While you're chowing down on a turkey with all the fixings this Thanksgiving, let your pet indulge in his own turkey dinner. Instead of throwing scraps of your food under the table, give him a proper treat. Check out these tasty turkey treats for cats and dogs, from a superhealthy wheat-grass-infused version to one that mimics a plate of turkey and cranberry sauce. Whichever one you choose, your pet will surely be thankful.
This holiday season, give your cat one of these fun scratching posts and give your $1,000 sofa a break. Not only will your kitty be spending more quality time with her new present and less time with your furniture, but also, she'll love the unique shapes and features of these popular scratchers. So click through now to browse our picks, and tell kitty to sharpen her claws.
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.
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.
Haven't visited Mother Nature in a while? There's no better time than now, as National Wildlife Refuge Week comes to a close this weekend on Oct. 20. Every day should be spent celebrating the beauty of our wildlife refuges, but no other week in the year is as jam-packed with wildlife events and activities. Here's everything you need to know about National Wildlife Refuge Week and how you can join in on the action and get wild.
- Since President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has been preserving habitats for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 1,000 species of fish. In addition to providing protection for wildlife and plants, refuges also encourage and offer comprehensive, hands-on interactions with nature.
- Beyond preserving wildlife and providing recreational nature activities, refuges have far-reaching impacts that affect more than just wildlife. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, "They also have an important role in human communities. By providing healthy habitats for wildlife, refuges improve water quality, relieve flooding, improve soil quality, and help trap greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change."
- There are 553 wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts across the US, spanning 150 million acres of protected habitats, and most of them are open to the public. There is at least one wildlife refuge in every state, so anyone in the country can take advantage of this annual celebration. To find a refuge, use this locator to see what's available in your state.
- National Wildlife Refuge Week events vary from refuge to refuge, offering something for every kind of nature-lover. For the active type, there are adventures like hikes, bike rides, and races that combine nature watching with a healthy dose of competition. For those who want to learn about their surroundings, refuges are offering a wide variety of educational programs like bird watching and wildlife photography. For more information, check out the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services' official calendar of events.
This Halloween, we can expect to see lots of guys and gals dressed up as Scooby-Doos, Hello Kitties, Scruff McGruffs, and a whole range of sexy kittens. So it's only fair that our four-legged friends dress up like us for a change. On Wednesday, leading home goods and pet items company Wayfair announced its projections for the most popular pet costumes for Halloween 2012, and three out of the top five are human costumes. Inside, we have proof that this trend is huge. Click through now and see what happens when cats and dogs emulate humans and transform into little police officers, jesters, businessmen, and even brides. The result is unsurprisingly adorable, and you know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
You may have seen the video of two sea otters holding hands that is now a cute-animal hall of famer, but you may be surprised to know that there is a pragmatic reason behind the hand-holding. Perhaps even more surprising, sea otters play a key role in the fight against global warming. And sure, they're considered to be one of the most playful animals of the sea, but did you know that they have an unexpected feisty side, too? They may be known for their stuffed-animal-like cuteness, but there is so much more to the sea otter that makes them one of the most fascinating, important, and resilient animals in the world. Here are seven reasons why these furry mammals are otterly lovable.