In anticipation of the Easter holiday — and treats — put down that giant chocolate rabbit and press play on these videos instead. Unlike your judgmental cats or sweet, welcoming dogs, bunnies have a distinct appeal that's hard to put your finger on. Perhaps it's because they're normally so placid that when they do something out of the ordinary, we explode with "oohs" and "awws." Whether it's a bunny eating a flower Thumper-style, bunnies competing in a show-jumping course, or just a bunny in a bowl, our minds are blown that they're doing something other than pooping. Click through to see our roundup of the best bunny videos on YouTube and treat yourself guilt-free!
Spring is fast approaching, which means it's time to refresh your wardrobe, but don't forget about your dog. The Spring 2013 runways showed some prominent trends for this season, from pretty pastel hues to graphic black-and-white stripes and punk-inspired wares. And, of course, Spring shopping wouldn't be complete without one (or a few) really cute yet sturdy raincoats. Now that you've got your Spring-cleaning out of the way (or not — we won't judge), click through and shop our top picks for the hottest, most on-trend Spring apparel for your four-legged friend.
Our cats can be a little judgmental sometimes — or all the time. While your pooch may jump all over you when you come home from work, it's more likely your cat will be waiting for you by her food bowl with a "what took you so long?" look on her face. If you ever ask your cat to sit, lie down, or roll over, she probably looks you up and down as if to ask, "Are you serious?" And it's this "I can't be bothered" attitude that we love so much about our feline companions. Even if they look at us like we're just idiot humans, we know that they're just lookin' out. Hey, sometimes we need to be put in our places. Click through to see 13 cats judging you.
His name is Tupac Shacorgi — enough said. Based in LA (where else?), this little Instagram star is not your average Pembroke Welsh Corgi. While most Corgis would paw at the opportunity to have tea and biscuits with Queen Elizabeth, Tupac prefers doing shots of Patrón Silver and chilling in hoodies with his main homie, Sir Cornelius Kirby. He may be short in stature, but he's big on attitude (hey, a dog's gotta survive on those mean streets). So just sit back, put on some "California Love," and learn what it means to be West Side for life when you click on.
The newest (and cutest) dog breed in the spotlight is the affenpinscher. When Banana Joe was crowned best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday, the whole world was asking, "What is that funny-looking little thing?" This toy breed is marked by its scruffy, monkey-like face, so it's no surprise that affenpinscher literally translates to "monkey terrier" in German. If you're considering adding an affenpinscher to your family, you'll want to consider some pros and cons.
At an average weight of seven to 10 pounds, this little dog has a big heart and even bigger character. According to this Dogs 101: Affenpinscher video on Animal Planet, "The affenpinscher is spunky times 10." They are extremely playful, adventurous, intelligent, and even a little mischievous. Because of their small stature, they make perfect indoor dogs and travel well, but they can also be easily injured due to their size. Affenpinschers are also prone to ailments, including eye, teeth, hip, joint, thyroid, and heart disease, which could rack up a high vet bill. And maybe because they're so spunky, these little fellas can be difficult to housebreak.
Whether or not you're in the market for a new pet, we've culled some pics of this peculiarly cute dog for you to pore over. Click on and get to know the affenpinscher.
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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and there's no better time to express to your pets just how much you love them. (Not that you shouldn't be expressing it all year long.) Often associated with sweet treats, plush gifts, and lots of cuddle time, this holiday is practically made for our animal companions. February has plenty of excitement for you and your pet, but take the time and do something special on Feb. 14. We've narrowed down some drool-worthy gifts to make your Valentine's Day shopping a little easier. Click on and start the love fest!
Just in time for New York Fashion Week, a fresh style-setter arrives on the scene, but there's something different about this guy: he's a dog. Meet Menswear Dog, a 3-year-old Shiba Inu with a penchant for high fashion. Need advice on how to style your man's chunky cable-knit cardigan with his rugged Winter boots? Menswear Dog has the answer!
To get to know this chic pooch, just keep reading.
As we stock up on beer and nachos for football's biggest day of the year, canine fans are also getting ready for game day. So before we watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, we're getting in the spirit by checking out the biggest puppy pigskin fans on Instagram in their NFL best. Just like everyone's favorite puppy event, the Puppy Bowl, Instagram is filled with playful pooches ready to score a touchdown. Whether they're rooting for Jim or John, one thing's for sure: these dogs have major team spirit. Click on and get ready to say Harb-aww!
Jan. 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day, and we're here to help you celebrate with some funny videos starring the bushy-tailed creatures. In addition to learning some amazing facts about these ubiquitous critters, why not celebrate them by taking a look at how they've touched our lives? Over the years, there has been no shortage of squirrelly influence on pop culture. In honor of the holiday, we're reliving all of our favorite squirrel moments, everything from countless car commercials to Carrie Bradshaw's hilarious but apt comparison to their less-cute cousins. Click on and go nuts!
Make 2013 the best year ever for you and your pet by including him in your resolutions. Last year was a doozy, what with a superstorm, a heated presidential election, and the highly anticipated apocalypse. So in the new year, don't lose sight of your priorities. Make sure both you and your pet are healthy, and spend as much quality time as you can with your best pal. If you're both aiming to shed a few pounds, then tackle that exercise and diet regimen together. Who knows? Maybe having a furry partner will allow you to finally stick to your resolutions.
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.
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.
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.