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.
Treat your pet like a royal this holiday with a gift fit for a king. Money is no object when it comes to your loyal companion, so go ahead and splurge. To help you truly pamper your dog or cat this holiday season, we've rounded up 18 of the most luxurious pet gifts, including a shampoo created by an actual royal. Click through and happy shopping!
We humans will never tire of seeing two very different animals cuddling, nuzzling, or just hanging out. While our species is mostly limited to befriending our own kind, the sky's the limit in the animal kingdom. Their bonds transcend the boundaries that we normally face (language, culture, class, social ranking, etc.), making their friendships more pure and totally worthy of celebrating. No matter the difference in appearance and size, mammals will befriend birds, predators will befriend their prey, and even cats and dogs — the most extreme of arch nemeses — will find their way into each other's arms. Click through for our newest batch of the most unlikely yet sweetest interspecies friendships.
As your kids head back to school, make sure another important member of your family gets the education he deserves — your dog! If your pooch has not had formal training, enroll him in the best school (your home) and get started with these quick tips. Training is not only practical, but it will also achieve lasting results while allowing you and your dog to form a closer relationship — and some quick and easy lessons will go a long way. So read on to see our quick tips for training your dog.
- Get started training your pup with tiny treats.
- Move on to choosing training words carefully.
- Mix things up and slowly start removing treat rewards.
- Don't forget to train for being in public.
- Train your pup hand touch training.
Capybaras exploded onto the scene with the emergence of YouTube star Caplin Rous, and suddenly the world was introduced to the most morose species on earth. As you can see from Caplin Rous's documented life, getting to swim in your own pool, eating popsicles, and generally living the good life can be rough. Capybaras can't help but feel that the weight of the world falls on their shoulders, so sometimes, they just need to be cheered up — and maybe treated to a day at the spa. Scroll down to see 16 pictures of the most dejected capybaras ever.
1. "Can I help you?"
2. Sleepy bara says, "Leave me be!"
3. Baby bara tries to cheer up mama bara, but she's indifferent.
4. "Are you serious right now?"
5. This is what two capybara friends hanging out looks like.
6. "Mmm, more grass. How exciting."
7. Behold, an entire family of grumps.
8. Here they're trudging through swim lessons.
Animals better recognize, because lately they've been stepping a little far into human territory. And we don't mean coyotes in our backyard or pigeons in our attic. We're talking about the truly ambitious ones, the ones that want to be us. But listen up, furry ones: us humans are often imitated, but never replicated. Nevertheless, here are nine silly animals who totally think they're one of us.
Sorry, buddy, but you do not belong at the table. You eat your dinner crouching on all fours, from a small bowl on the floor, and you spill half your food all over the tiles. That's how it works.
Silly dog, you can't drive. You don't even have thumbs.
Dude, don't you have better things to do than watch reruns of Rin Tin Tin at 3 a.m.?
Parkour! This squirrel is so extreme, but he's still a squirrel. Not intimidated at all.
I let you use my computer so you can research organic treats, not look at long-haired Himalayans all day. You should really get out more.
For more animals acting a fool, just continue reading.
The White House released a photo of beloved First Pet Bo on its Instagram account today with a caption that references one of our favorite movies, Mean Girls. In the photo, Bo is sitting in the Oval Office with a tennis ball in his mouth and a wistful expression on his face. Without saying a word, we can tell exactly what he's asking for. But the caption gives him a rather disappointing answer: "Bo, stop trying to make fetch happen." Apparently, the White House can be a lot like high school. Don't worry, Bo — you're still the most popular dog there.
We love following cute animals on Instagram, especially animals with smushed faces. After bringing you our favorite smushed-faced cats, we had to give our canine friends some love, too. And there were plenty of lovable grumps online to choose from. While we wish we could unforrow all those brows, for now, we'll have to cheer them up by following them.
Sweltering Summer days are on the horizon, so before you head to the pool to cool down, read our tips on how to keep your furry buddies from overheating, too.
- Make sure your dog or cat is well-hydrated. Soaring temperatures and being in the sun will dehydrate your pet fast, so make sure their water bowls are full, and if they spend a lot of time outdoors, keep a water bowl outside as well.
- Try to walk your dog early in the morning or at night, when the sun isn't blazing. If you have to walk him during the day, protect his paws from hot asphalt with dog booties. While exercise is always important for your dog, you can ease up on the intensity during the hot Summer months.
- Speaking of exercise, take advantage of lakes and beaches, or even doggie pools, in the Summer and kill two birds with one stone. Not only will your dog be getting plenty of exercise, he'll also keep cool while splashing in the water. Oh, and it's also a great way to have fun and bond, so make that three birds with one stone.
- Since your cat would probably rather sweat it out than jump into a body of water, look to other ways of cooling her down. A simple technique is to dampen a towel with cold water and gently pet your cat with it from the top of her head to her tail. You can also place the dampened towel in a cool spot in your house for her to lie on. For extra comfort, you can create a cool retreat out of a cardboard box (let's be honest, all cats love boxes). Line the box with a light fabric and place it in a cool corner of the house. You can spruce it up even more by tossing in some of her favorite toys or an ice pack stuffed inside a sock for extra chill.
For more tips on how to keep your pets cool in the Summer, just keep reading.
If you're looking to fill that empty space above your mantle with some vibrant family portraits, don't forget to include your pet. They are part of the family, too, after all. Etsy offers a variety of custom pet portraits in all mediums — even 3D! All you need to do is send in a picture of your dog or cat (or bird or chinchilla) and the artist will send you back a finished masterpiece. Click through to see our favorites, and get decorating.
—Additional reporting by Tara Block
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!
As if the ominous name didn't clue you in, death caps are very dangerous. This species is responsible for the majority — 95 percent! — of fatal mushroom poisoning of people and pets. Now that Summer is in full bloom and you're taking advantage of hikes in the woods and trips to the park with your dog, there is no better time to learn about this deadly fungus and how to avoid it.
Not commonly found throughout the US, the fungi have been reported in areas as wide-reaching as upstate NY and New Jersey over to southern Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you're taking a walk with your pooch, know how to recognize and avoid Amanita phalloides (the death cap's scientific name). They grow year round and thrive in moist environments commonly found on the roots of live trees. Although the above picture is one example, exact identification is unreliable because their appearance can vary. Translation: don't eat, or let pets eat, any wild growing mushrooms.
Learn how this affects your pets and how it should be treated when you break.
You've been so careful to slather on the sun protection this Summer, but don't forget about your dog. Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to sunburn and even skin cancer. If you're going to spend all day on the beach together, take these precautions and look out for some symptoms that might signal sunburn on your dog.
Protection: Luckily, there are sunscreens for dogs that make preventing sunburn easy. Try an all-natural lotion like GNC Pets ($12) to protect your doggie's skin before your next sunny outing.
Symptoms: Some symptoms that show your dog might be sunburned include redness of the nose, ears, or tummy, dry, cracked, or curling ears, and constant scratching and whimpering. If you witness any of these signs, call your vet immediately.
Home Remedies: If your dog's sunburn is minor and hospitalization is not required, whip up some home treatments to soothe your dog's discomfort. Aloe vera and witch hazel are both great for sunburn relief; just gently rub or dab onto the affected areas. Vitamin E is great for preventing scarring, and herbal moisturizers like this SheaPet option ($16) are great for rehydrating your dog's skin.
Such a lovely season doesn't come without dangers. From scorching sidewalks to balmy sunlight, plenty of perils lurk right in your neighborhood. Read up on the following six hazards and learn how to prevent and treat them, so that you can keep your dog safe and healthy this Summer.
Remove a tick
Soothe paw burns
West Elm is known for its modern and chic home furnishings and decor, but who knew that it had one of the cutest pet collections we've ever seen? We're so smitten with these products — which include accessories, toys, and shampoo — that we're highlighting six of our favorites. If you're in the market for a new gift for your dog, step inside and shop West Elm's adorable pet collection now.
Summer is almost here, and instead of hiding out in your air-conditioned house all season long, take your dog outdoors for some fun in the sun. While Summer poses some potential dangers to your pooch, there are plenty of things to do that will allow him to stay safe while enjoying the warm weather. Click on for five Summer activities that will have your dog barking for joy.
Take a break from looking at food porn on Instagram and ogle these animals instead. Some you may recognize (like "the most famous dog on Instagram"), some you might be meeting for the first time (like Hero the action dog), but all will melt your heart. From a little girl and her tabby cat sidekick to a flying hedgehog, click through now to see the cutest animals on Instagram.
And speaking of, POPSUGAR Pets just joined the Instagram party, so be sure to follow us!
Meet the most smiley animal on earth: the quokka. A native of Australia, the quokka is a marsupial in the macropod family (along with wallabies and kangaroos) with a permanently positive outlook. Its most distinct characteristic is the appearance that it is always smiling. If you're feeling blue or just having a bad day, look no further. Click through to get an instant mood-booster and learn a few fun facts about quokkas while you're at it!
Animals make the best accessories — and we mean live ones! The fashion industry has taken notice of how photogenic and chic our four-legged friends can be, and the result are some wildly colorful — and adorable — editorials and ads. Check out everything from our fantasy Prada ad to some very well-accessorized pooches to an up-and-coming Pomeranian that could give Boo a run for his money and click on to see what happens when fashion and animals collide.
Photos courtesy of Tous, Avenue32, and AnOther Magazine
Already a megastar in the world of Internet cats, Lil Bub is now a Hollywood A-lister too. At the Tribeca Film Festival to debut her documentary, Lil Bub & Friendz, which is about its famous title character and her contemporaries, like Nyan Cat, Grumpy Cat, and Keyboard Cat, Lil Bub attended the directors brunch on April 23 and rubbed elbows with the one and only Robert De Niro. The legendary actor was so happy to meet Lil Bub — who is a legend in her own right — he scooped the "perma-kitten" up in his arms and proudly posed with her.
Below is a poster for the feline documentary.