You might not think a cat and a bird would ever enjoy a cuddle together, which makes these unusual pet pairings that we discovered on Instagram and Flickr so special. When animals share a home, they learn to trust each other, creating some pretty unique odd couples. Click through for an amazing collection of mismatched pets that truly love one another.
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Photographer Sophie Gamand says she's always loved dogs, but didn't know they would become her main subject. "It started by accident," she tells Yahoo Shine, "I had just moved to Brooklyn from Europe and was looking to shoot something in the neighborhood when I walked into a vet clinic and this little dog peeked around the counter. His eyes were so expressive and worried." Now, three years later, she's obsessed with exploring the intense bond between humans and dogs and says that "dogs provide an endless supply of stories." She does about 50 percent of her work for charity, photographing shelter animals in New York and helping find homes for strays from Puerto Rico for the rescue group The Sato Project.
Her latest series, Wet Dog, is her most popular so far. While some projects take more than a year, she snapped these photos of dogs being washed over one very long, very wet day in September collaborating with Bronx-based groomer Ruben Santana and posted them on her website earlier this month. "I was giggling the whole time behind the camera," she says. Pet lovers from around the world have contacted her to praise the work, but she says a few people accuse her of being cruel or exploitative. "If you have a certain breed and you are living in the city, they have to be washed and trimmed," she counters. "And groomers are the first line of defense: they find cuts and scratches, check their teeth, clean their ears...." The dogs may not be thrilled with being washed, but they accept what their humans want—and that's an aspect that fascinates Gamand. "Some of the dogs in Puerto Rico are so abused and neglected, but if you offer a kind hand, they still wag their tales and come to you with an open heart."
—Sarah B. Weir
Grab your smartphone, carve the turkey, and get snapping. Upload your pictures to Instagram, remembering to tag them with #POPSUGARPets, and next week we'll share our favorite Thanksgiving pet picture. And, of course, follow POPSUGAR Pets on Instagram for pet inspiration and cute pictures of our favorite animals.
Everyone knows a nap is perfectly acceptable after a big Thanksgiving meal. Along with being absolutely adorable, these pictures of pets sleeping are packed with snooze overload. So kick back, gather your friends and family, and click through this darling collection of pets dozing — perfect for enjoying after your Turkey Day feast.
It really doesn't matter what time of year it is — there's always something to be thankful for. Especially good friends. And adorable pictures of animals. Well, and chocolate too. Meet Harlow, a picturesque Weinwaraner, his old friend Sage, and new little addition Indi the Dachshund. They prove there's really nothing more to be thankful for than having a faithful friend.
Harlow and Sage Are Excited to Meet Indi!
Harlow and Indi Size Each Other Up
But Who Can Resist a Dachshund Puppy?
Harlow Likes to Help Indi
They Love Having Fun Together
Indi Sure Looks Happy!
We're Thankful For Their Friendship
And Their Cuteness
And Wish We Could Give Them Both a Cuddle!
Dogs may be silver screen stars, but on the Internet, cats reign supreme. Nowhere is this so evident as on Instagram where #catsofinstagram photos outweigh #dogsofinstagram snaps nearly two to one. But while I can zone out all day scrolling through cute cat pics, a few Instacats in particular have made it on my daily must-follow list. Whether via Hefe or Earlybird, these felines sure let their photogenic personalities filter through!
If you haven't met Darcy, the most adorable little hedgehog around, then here's an introduction. The little cutie resides in Tokyo, Japan, and is often snapped in minimalist poses that are almost dreamlike. If you're not following her on Instagram, do it now. Really. Here are a few of our favorite pictures of Darcy that will make your day.
She's Got Hip Friends
Darcy Can Fit in Your Pocket
And Gets Cozy in Bowls
Darcy Loves a Good Snack
Don't Eat Those, Darcy!
She Enjoys a Good Read
And Befriends Frogs
But Don't Get Caught Playing Cards With This Hedgie
Sometimes we get caught up with stuff and forget our furry friends just love spending time with us. But, even when we're the busiest, pets seem to figure out the cutest ways to let us know they would like our love and cuddles. Check out these 10 pets that have mastered the art of begging for attention.
It's time to stop shopping online. Really.
I'm much more important than updating your Facebook status.
Get out from under the covers and walk me, please.
Could you pencil me into your busy schedule?
Really? Watching this is more important than cuddling with me?
Look, I've already got a string — just wiggle it around a little bit so we can play together.
Hey, there! I'd love to hang out with you!
How can you resist this cuteness? How?
Stop playing that silly game, and look at me.
You're just going to give me this toy and then walk away? Not fair.
Just about everywhere you turn there's a silly animal meme: advice animals, grumpy cats, and puns galore. These cute pictures of pets with commentary are shared like crazy on Instagram. From dogs who can't wait to make breakfast to cats telling it like it is, we've gathered 12 of the silliest snort-out-loud pet memes that guarantee a good laugh.
There's something about cats. They're so fluffy, cute, annoying, standoffish, selfish, and cuddly. It's hard to resist a cute kitty, which makes the following collection of adorable moments just the right thing to get you through your day.