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!
While cats and GIFs offer a good laugh, cats and kids offer a serious awww. Since nothing compares to this cute combo, we found some of the sweetest shots that capture purrfect moments. These pictures (and the puppy snaps, too!) are guaranteed to make your heart melt and cheer up your day for the better!
While they're more commonly referred to as "man's best friend," pups often become kids' first and best buddies. And if there's anything more shareable on social media than babies or dogs, it's the combo of the two together. We scoured Instagram and found some of the sweetest shots that illustrate puppy love at its very finest. Take a break from the daily grind — we guarantee an instantaneous ear-to-ear grin!
Yes, you found your costume, but your furry pal may be at wits end trying to find his or hers. Give Fido a hand by making a costume for him this Halloween. Not only will you impress people with your artistic talent, but you will also be saving megabucks by making your own. Click on to get inspired by some of the best DIY pet costumes around.
—Additional reporting by Sara Yoo
Cat furniture has a well-deserved reputation for being, well, ugly. Thankfully, cat owners have taken matters into their own hands and onto our favorite secret source — Etsy. It turns out that there are plenty of stylish cat beds available, especially for the modern design lover. The best part? Your feline friend is guaranteed to love them too.
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When your cat twitches its tail and fixes you with a cold, glassy stare, it means:
A. I want a tickle.
B. Let me out.
C. Could you please die now, so that I can eat your remains.
Kitties are notoriously inscrutable beasts, but now a video posted by Cat Protection, the leading nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom devoted to feline welfare, can help you decode some of your cat's mysterious behaviors.
According to Cat Protection's research, humans display a "worrying lack of knowledge" about the body language of cats, and particularly, their distress signals. Forty-nine percent of cat owners don't know that licking the lips indicates that a cat is stressed, and 38 percent don't understand that flattened ears are a sign that a cat is frightened and needs a place to hide.
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"Cats are often considered to be independent and able to look after themselves, whereas dogs are usually perceived to 'need' their owners," says Cat Protection behavior expert Nicky Trevorrow. "The reality is that while cats are pretty good at surviving without us, they do, of course, have needs. If these aren't met, it can lead to stress and behavioral problems."
Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have discovered the receptor protein in human cells that triggers cat allergies. They anticipate that new drugs will be developed to bind the protein and prevent people from having an inflammatory response.
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"It has long been known that cat allergies are caused by people reacting to cat proteins secreted by the salivary or scent glands being transferred to the fur," Dr. Clare Bryant, lead researcher, told Yahoo! Shine. "Other allergen — for example, house dust mite allergy protein — triggers a receptor protein in host [human] cells, and we wondered if cat allergen would have similar effects. We did not expect this to happen because the cat allergy protein is very different to the house dust mite protein, so we were very surprised to find that it triggered inflammation through the same receptor."
Last summer, a photo of a man cradling his elderly dog in Lake Superior pierced the hearts of millions. Schoep, a shepherd mix who turned 20 on June 15, passed away on Wednesday, but his image will remain a lasting tribute to the deep and loving bond that can run between humans and their canine companions. Owner John Unger posted a brief Facebook statement on Thursday, saying, "I breathe but I can't catch my breath...Schoep passed yesterday."
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Unger adopted Schoep, named after a popular Wisconsin brand of ice cream, when he was 8 months old. He told the Daily Mail that the puppy was huddled in the back of his cage and showed signs of abuse. Slowly, Unger and his then-fiancée worked to gain the pup's trust and help build his confidence. Unger's relationship with the dog was mutually giving from the start: When Unger's girlfriend left him, he said he plunged into a suicidal depression, and the pup pulled him out. "To be honest with you, I don't think I'd be here if I didn't have Schoep with me," he told the Mail. "He just snapped me out of it. I don't know how to explain it...I just want to do whatever I can for this dog because he basically saved my a--."
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!
Up until a [few] months ago, no one would believe a monkey in a shearling coat would shop at Ikea.
But ever since Darwin, the well-dressed rhesus macaque monkey, escaped from his human mom's parked car and entered a Toronto Ikea with the same panicked expression seen on humans at the furniture outlet, we've learned that nothing is impossible.
So what first-world problems is the Ikea monkey facing in 2013? There's an ugly custody battle, a new home with none of the luxuries of suburban life, and too many Facebook pages to keep track of.
"Hello world!!! Thanks for bringing me to Story Book Farm!! You all rock...I just wish I had a mommy to help me through these tough times!!" writes Darwin, or rather Darwin's Facebook "translator" at the animal sanctuary where the ten-month-old primate now resides.