Olympic Gymnast Responds To Critics After Posting Dog Kissing Photo

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman recently took fire from her followers on Twitter and Facebook after posting a picture of her kissing her dog on the mouth.

While there were several comments to the gymnast about “lucky dog” and “very cute dog,” with one person on Facebook saying, “The best kisses are dog kisses,” there were also a lot of comments saying “yuck,” “ewwww,” and “Just so you know, dog’s mouths are filthy. You can get a whole host of diseases from them, especially when letting them lick you on the mouth like that.”View image on Twitter

Between the bacteria that a dog naturally carries in its mouth, the things they eat, and pathogens they might pick up on their muzzle from sniffing things, kissing your dog on the mouth does bear some risk. In a healthy adult, that risk is minimal, but it may be a problem for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

As for Aly? She’ll keep kissing her dogs.

Alexandra Raisman@Aly_Raisman

Are some of you really judging me for kissing my dog? Really???? I love my dogs SO much and love kissing them. No shame.

What do you think? Do you allow your dog to kiss you on the mouth? Let us know in the comments!

(H/T: CBS BostonThe New York Times)

12 Celebrities Who Love Dogs Just as Much as You Do

When a celebrity has a soft spot for pups, it just makes them all the more lovable. So we’ve complied a list of some of the most dog-friendly people in the spotlight.

Some share an occasional heartfelt pet tribute, while others dish out a daily dose of puppy love. And a few celebs are so in love with their furry companions that they’ve gone the extra mile to make their dogs their own Instagram accounts.

Here are 12 celebrities who are rightfully obsessed with their dogs:

1. Chris Evans

After saving the world, Captain America likes to go home, change back into Chris Evans, and cuddle up next to man’s best sidekick — his rescue dog, Dodger.

The actor told People he adopted Dodger in 2016, after the two met while he was filming Gifted. “…I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog,” Evans said. He even recorded the life-changing moment in case you want to sob. 😭

Evans uses his Twitter account to give fans a frequent look at his life with Dodger — including highly anticipated reunions after the two have been separated by his schedule, exciting sing-a-longs, and pranks played on other actors named Chris.

One dark day the internet mistakenly thought Dodger had died and the heartbreak was REAL — proof that the inseparable duo is one of the most adored celeb/dog matches around.

2. Tom Holland

This list is not confined to actors who star in Marvel movies, we promise, but we must talk about our friendly neighborhood Tom Holland’s intense love of dogs.

The 21-year-old actor, best known for portraying young Spider Man, is no stranger to sharing photos of dogs on Instagram, including one of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tessa, who he got in 2014 when she was just a lil pup.

Holland is obsessed with Tess and we’re obsessed with his obsession. He brings her to movie premieres, dresses her up as Spiderman, and the two even Facetime occasionally. *swoon*

But Holland’s love for dogs isn’t solely reserved for those he owns. Remember that time he found a stray dog and took it to the vet?! Yes, one day the IRL hero ran into a dog wandering the streets alone and alerted his Instagram followers.

“If it is your dog please let us know. We’re going to take him to the vet to make sure he’s all okay,” Holland said in his story. After getting the dog checked by a doctor, the IRL hero said his contact info was recovered and he would hopefully be returning home.

Now THAT’S some serious puppy love.

3. Jenny Slate 

Once again, this list is not confined to actors who are tight with Chris Evans. Jenny Slate just loves dogs too, okay?!

The actress and comedian posts quality Instagram shots of her faithful Bichon Frise, Reggie, who she adores, and drives around a lot. Sadly, Reggie is having a ruff time health-wise at the moment, so be sure to send him your love.

When promoting Secret Life of Pets in 2016, Slate lovingly told Stephen Colbert about the moment she first saw Reggie. Turns out, the two met “on what was maybe one of the worst days” of her life. Sounds like fate. 

4. Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff and her partner Matthew Koma are also puppy people. In fact, the two recently adopted an adorable dog named Lucy together.

If you’re looking for cute canine content the Younger star often shares photos of herself on adventures with a bunch of adorable pups, not just her own. From taking walks and Facetiming her son Luca, to playful tail-wagging Boomerangs and more, Duff definitely spends a decent amount of time with furry friends.

5. Michael Phelps

When the most decorated Olympian in history isn’t running Instagram accounts for his two sons, Boomer and Beckett, he’s making some content on behalf of the two family dogs, Juno and Legend.

The Phelps fam loves swimming and playing with their pups, and the photos are always ridiculously precious.

6. Ariana Grande

God is a woman, and guess what — she loves dogs!

Ariana Grande is a huge fan of rescue pups and actually owned NINE of them in 2017. They also all have extremely original names, like Toulouse, Ophelia, Cinnamon, Coco, Lafayette, Sirius, Strauss, Pignoli, and Fawkes (who may no longer live with Grande according to some speculation on fan sites).

Hope Pete Davidson loves dogs, too. 

7. The Obama family

The former first dogs, Bo and Sunny, will always hold a special place in history and the hearts of Americans. And though we see far less of the pups now than we did when Pete Souza was constantly snapping pics of them at the White House, the little glimpses we do get are heartwarming.

Like remember that time they were seen walking around in raincoats?! Too. Damn. Cute.

8. Jennifer Garner

If you love dogs and books, Jennifer Garner’s got you covered. She and her intellectual dog, Birdie, spend quality time snuggling by the fireplace, reading books together, and you can join them.

In a delightfully joyous Instagram series called B📚📚KS WITH BIRDIE🐦, Garner suggests books from her reading list and passionately reads them to her pup. It’s perfect. Please enjoy the most recent installment of the show, in which the two enjoy B.J. Novak’s The Book with No Pictures. A great book.

9. Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux is another huge advocate for adopting pets, and he dedicates a large portion of his Instagram account to raising awareness about organizations working to find rescue dogs new homes.

The actor recently introduced followers to his newest rescue pup, Kuma, who was a survivor of Hurricane Harvey. And when Theroux isn’t hanging out with Kuma at press events, he’s promoting local organizations and shelters like Austin Pets Alive!Houston Pets Alive!, and Pilot N Paws, to inspire others to consider welcoming a furry friend into their families.

10. Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is another celebrity who treats her two Chow Chows, Bert and Bernice, like her own children. 

The comedian adopted the brother and sister rescue pups in January after losing her two dogs Tammy and Chunk, and constantly updates her Instagram followers on their lives together. From playtime in the park to couch cuddles and more, Handler shows she’s a very committed dog mom.  

11. Bryan Greenberg

The Mindy Project star, who’s married to actress Jamie Chung, gave his dog perhaps one of the greatest names of all time: Ewok Greenberg.

The actor isn’t shy about telling the world Ewok is his best friend, and posts adorable updates of the two on their daily adventures. Ewok even has his own Instagram account if you’re dying for some extra Good Boy content.

12. Kylie Jenner

There are a lot of pets in the Kardashians/Jenner family, but 20-year-old Kylie Jenner has FOUR furry friends that are all her own.

Though her boyfriend Travis Scott has trouble remembering their names, Jenner has enough love for her pups Norman, Bambi, Rosy, and Harley, for the both of them. She’s even made two of the dogs a joint Instagram account.

It’s truly refreshing to see that even the most famous of celebrities know dogs make the best friends.

12 celebrities who love dogs just as much as you do

When a celebrity has a soft spot for pups, it just makes them all the more lovable. So we’ve complied a list of some of the most dog-friendly people in the spotlight.

Some share an occasional heartfelt pet tribute, while others dish out a daily dose of puppy love. And a few celebs are so in love with their furry companions that they’ve gone the extra mile to make their dogs their own Instagram accounts.

Here are 12 celebrities who are rightfully obsessed with their dogs:

1. Chris Evans

After saving the world, Captain America likes to go home, change back into Chris Evans, and cuddle up next to man’s best sidekick — his rescue dog, Dodger.

The actor told People he adopted Dodger in 2016, after the two met while he was filming Gifted. “…I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog,” Evans said. He even recorded the life-changing moment in case you want to sob. 😭

Evans uses his Twitter account to give fans a frequent look at his life with Dodger — including highly anticipated reunions after the two have been separated by his schedule, exciting sing-a-longs, and pranks played on other actors named Chris.

One dark day the internet mistakenly thought Dodger had died and the heartbreak was REAL — proof that the inseparable duo is one of the most adored celeb/dog matches around.

2. Tom Holland

This list is not confined to actors who star in Marvel movies, we promise, but we must talk about our friendly neighborhood Tom Holland’s intense love of dogs.

The 21-year-old actor, best known for portraying young Spider Man, is no stranger to sharing photos of dogs on Instagram, including one of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tessa, who he got in 2014 when she was just a lil pup.

Holland is obsessed with Tess and we’re obsessed with his obsession. He brings her to movie premieres, dresses her up as Spiderman, and the two even Facetime occasionally. *swoon*

But Holland’s love for dogs isn’t solely reserved for those he owns. Remember that time he found a stray dog and took it to the vet?! Yes, one day the IRL hero ran into a dog wandering the streets alone and alerted his Instagram followers.

“If it is your dog please let us know. We’re going to take him to the vet to make sure he’s all okay,” Holland said in his story. After getting the dog checked by a doctor, the IRL hero said his contact info was recovered and he would hopefully be returning home.

Now THAT’S some serious puppy love.

3. Jenny Slate 

Once again, this list is not confined to actors who are tight with Chris Evans. Jenny Slate just loves dogs too, okay?!

The actress and comedian posts quality Instagram shots of her faithful Bichon Frise, Reggie, who she adores, and drives around a lot. Sadly, Reggie is having a ruff time health-wise at the moment, so be sure to send him your love.

When promoting Secret Life of Pets in 2016, Slate lovingly told Stephen Colbert about the moment she first saw Reggie. Turns out, the two met “on what was maybe one of the worst days” of her life. Sounds like fate. 

4. Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff and her partner Matthew Koma are also puppy people. In fact, the two recently adopted an adorable dog named Lucy together.

If you’re looking for cute canine content the Younger star often shares photos of herself on adventures with a bunch of adorable pups, not just her own. From taking walks and Facetiming her son Luca, to playful tail-wagging Boomerangs and more, Duff definitely spends a decent amount of time with furry friends.

5. Michael Phelps

When the most decorated Olympian in history isn’t running Instagram accounts for his two sons, Boomer and Beckett, he’s making some content on behalf of the two family dogs, Juno and Legend.

The Phelps fam loves swimming and playing with their pups, and the photos are always ridiculously precious.

6. Ariana Grande

God is a woman, and guess what — she loves dogs!

Ariana Grande is a huge fan of rescue pups and actually owned NINE of them in 2017. They also all have extremely original names, like Toulouse, Ophelia, Cinnamon, Coco, Lafayette, Sirius, Strauss, Pignoli, and Fawkes (who may no longer live with Grande according to some speculation on fan sites).

Hope Pete Davidson loves dogs, too. 

7. The Obama family

The former first dogs, Bo and Sunny, will always hold a special place in history and the hearts of Americans. And though we see far less of the pups now than we did when Pete Souza was constantly snapping pics of them at the White House, the little glimpses we do get are heartwarming.

Like remember that time they were seen walking around in raincoats?! Too. Damn. Cute.

8. Jennifer Garner

If you love dogs and books, Jennifer Garner’s got you covered. She and her intellectual dog, Birdie, spend quality time snuggling by the fireplace, reading books together, and you can join them.

In a delightfully joyous Instagram series called B📚📚KS WITH BIRDIE🐦, Garner suggests books from her reading list and passionately reads them to her pup. It’s perfect. Please enjoy the most recent installment of the show, in which the two enjoy B.J. Novak’s The Book with No Pictures. A great book.

9. Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux is another huge advocate for adopting pets, and he dedicates a large portion of his Instagram account to raising awareness about organizations working to find rescue dogs new homes.

The actor recently introduced followers to his newest rescue pup, Kuma, who was a survivor of Hurricane Harvey. And when Theroux isn’t hanging out with Kuma at press events, he’s promoting local organizations and shelters like Austin Pets Alive!Houston Pets Alive!, and Pilot N Paws, to inspire others to consider welcoming a furry friend into their families.

10. Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler is another celebrity who treats her two Chow Chows, Bert and Bernice, like her own children. 

The comedian adopted the brother and sister rescue pups in January after losing her two dogs Tammy and Chunk, and constantly updates her Instagram followers on their lives together. From playtime in the park to couch cuddles and more, Handler shows she’s a very committed dog mom.  

11. Bryan Greenberg

The Mindy Project star, who’s married to actress Jamie Chung, gave his dog perhaps one of the greatest names of all time: Ewok Greenberg.

The actor isn’t shy about telling the world Ewok is his best friend, and posts adorable updates of the two on their daily adventures. Ewok even has his own Instagram account if you’re dying for some extra Good Boy content.

12. Kylie Jenner

There are a lot of pets in the Kardashians/Jenner family, but 20-year-old Kylie Jenner has FOUR furry friends that are all her own.

Though her boyfriend Travis Scott has trouble remembering their names, Jenner has enough love for her pups Norman, Bambi, Rosy, and Harley, for the both of them. She’s even made two of the dogs a joint Instagram account.

It’s truly refreshing to see that even the most famous of celebrities know dogs make the best friends.

Let’s Meet Some of the Best Service Dog Breeds

Service dog breeds.

Service dogs are an increasingly popular topic. There’s a lot of confusion around what exactly a service dog is, and the differences between service dogs and emotional support dogs. Let’s meet five service dog breeds and learn more about service dogs right here.

The heroes of the canine kingdom, service dogs are taking on increasingly diverse roles. We have hearing dogs for the deaf, diabetic alert dogs, psychiatric service dogs, visual assistance dogs, seizure assistance dogs, and wheelchair assistance or brace/mobility support dogs, to name a few. Before we talk about service dog breeds, let’s define what a service dog is.

First, what is a service dog?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service dog as one specifically trained to perform tasks for a disabled individual who would otherwise have trouble completing those tasks. A service dog is expressly trained to assist with his human partner’s particular disabilities. While some mixed breeds are used for service, much work is performed by purebred dogs. Certain temperaments, traits and physiques make it easier for these dog breeds to learn and perform the tasks of a service dog. Let’s meet five top service dog breeds right here.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog.

We can’t make a list of service dog breeds without including German Shepherd Dogs. Photography courtesy Deborah Stern and Rebuilding Warriors.

Of course, we lead the list for service dog breeds. We’ve been serving humanity in countless roles for over a century. We’re a highly-intelligent, loyal and hardworking breed, developed by Captain Max von Stephanitz in late 19th-century Germany. A popular breed for military and police work, we’re also frequently chosen for guide and hearing assistance work. Bred specifically to work with humans, we’re among the service dog breeds that are easily trained to perform many tasks.

Perhaps you’ve heard of our forefather, Buddy, a German Shepherd Dog trained by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in the Alps to lead the blind? Buddy came to the States to partner with Morris Frank, the first American to benefit from a Seeing Eye dog. As sight dogs, we’re trained to guide our handlers with both obedience and intelligent disobedience (ignoring commands that might endanger our handlers). In addition, we’re celebrated deterrents to criminals.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever.

Labrador Retrievers were bred for sport but they’re able to sit quietly too. Photography courtesy Black Dogs Rule and Deborah Stern.

Let’s talk first about energy. Preferably, service dog breeds fall mid-range on the energy spectrum: capable of extensive physical activity, but also ready to sit quietly. While we Labs were originally bred for sport, we were expected to relax with family, too. Our ancestors worked with fisherman off the Labrador Sea shores. Our lively forefathers were further developed in England for hunting and retrieving. Perceptive and good natured, we make outstanding service dogs, whether we’re guiding the vision-impaired or alerting a person with diabetes to sugar levels.

Now let us clarify a frequently asked question about service dogs and service dog breeds. A dog whose sole function is to provide emotional support does not qualify as a service animal. The ADA distinguishes between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. Here’s an example: A dog that provides comfort to an anxious individual is an emotional support dog. But if the dog has been trained to sense anxiety attacks and take specific actions to lessen the attack’s impact, he’d be a service animal.

Never fraudulently represent your dog as a service dog to take him places he isn’t allowed. This poses obstacles to the true service dogs. Service dogs are well trained and well mannered, far more than the typical dog at home, and have to pass tests to be certified. At least 19 states are now cracking down on pet parents who fraudulently pass off their dog as a service dog when he is not.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever.

Golden Retrievers make great service dogs. Photography by Kayla Bertagnolli, as captured at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Before we brag on our breed, let us mention that a large number of prospective service dogs don’t make the cut. While the consistency of traits (within each of these service dog breeds) offers a rather dependable prediction of outcome, all dogs are individuals. Some of us might lack the drive, physical abilities, bravery or stick-with-it personalities needed for service work.

Now, let’s talk Golden history and what lands us on this list of service dog breeds. We were developed in mid-19th-century Scotland as gun dogs for retrieving fowl. Lord Tweedmouth fine-tuned us for a delight in water work, as well as superior retrieving skills. Bred hardy for work, we were yet expected to have a gentle mouth and spirit. No birds to be retrieved? Our working skills and gentle nature transfer effectively to service work. And moreover, we’re a highly biddable breed. That’s code for: we love to learn and please our people.

Some of our service work requires harmonizing vigilance with calmness, strength with tenderness. We service Goldens also readily accept the presence of strangers. But you won’t likely see us wildly greeting new people.  We mustn’t let new people or situations distract us from our important work.

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle.

Standard Poodles make the cut for popular service dog breeds. NOTE: service dogs would not typically be groomed like this. Photography by Kayla Bertagnolli, as captured at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

We may not be the first breed that comes to mind when thinking “service dog breeds.” But us Standard Poodles are a highly trainable, loyal and dependable breed. Our low-shedding coat is also a benefit for allergy sufferers. Developed first in Germany for water retrieving, we’re brainy and obedient, as well as suitably sized at about 45 to 70 pounds for service work.

Our innate curiosity and desire for mental stimulation facilitates our work and responsibilities. We’re eager and ready to problem solve as necessary. No service dog can be rehearsed for every situation that may occur; we need the resourcefulness and intelligence to generalize our training into new circumstances.

Pomeranian

Pomeranian.

Pomeranians are a small but mighty service dog breed. Photography by Kayla Bertagnolli, as captured at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

We’re another breed that you might not traditionally associate with “service dog breeds.” But we’re remarkably enthusiastic and bright small dogs, bred down from the bigger Spitz breeds in the Pomerania region. We’re pint sized, but we’re brave, sprightly and self-assured. Our small size may even come in handy. You may see us accompanying our owners in stores, restaurants or appointments. Some of us may be emotional support dogs, but others of us are service dogs (as defined by the ADA, and nicely explained by the Labrador above).

Of course, with our height and weight, we’re not expected to physically assist individuals with mobility challenges or guide the sight-impaired. But we may assist an individual with psychiatric conditions such as PTSD, or other indivisible disabilities such as autism, diabetes and epilepsy.

Now, remember, that we working Poms may elicit more disapproving looks in stores and restaurants than other (notably bigger) service dogs. Many people suspect our handlers are simply putting vests on us to sneak us indoors. But invisible disabilities are as real as visible ones. While our size is small, our work is extremely important.

A final word on service dog breeds and service dogs

Looking for general info on service dogs? Check out the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners. Interested in the specific canine program (featured in our photos) that helps our veterans? Check out Rebuilding Warriors.

Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Deborah Stern.

Why read breed profiles?

Dog breed profiles help everyone, whether you have a mixed breed or purebred dog, to better understand and improve the quality of your dog’s life. If you have a mixed breed dog, read up on all of the breed profiles that make up your dog. Not sure what breed your dog is? There are a number of easy DNA tests out there to help your find out.

Seniors And Pets

Are you wondering how you are going to care for your pet as you age in place? Are you wondering if you should adopt a pet as you age in place? This guide will help you decide on the best choice for you. Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. In the case of senior citizens, “just 15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol, and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop. Over the long term, pet and human interactions can lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke”. 

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Senior dogs and cats are better for the elderly because they are more calm, quiet, and less maintenance.

senior couple loving on dog


If you are mostly immobile, a cat may be the best option because you don’t have to walk them. A small dog that uses pee pads or a caged animal may also be a good option. Senior dogs and cats are better for the elderly because they are more calm, quiet, and less maintenance. Be sure to have the pet checked out by a veterinarian. A pre-existing illness or disease could drain your bank account or make you sick. For those seniors who want a dog, there are many reasons to be wary of jumping into pet adoption too quickly. The lack of mobility and inability to drive to and from the vet, groomer, or pet store worries them. The initial costs are usually high. They also worry that if and when there comes a point when they can no longer care for the dog, that the dog might be taken to a shelter and eventually euthanized. Many seniors feel like their worsening health condition is a burden, and a pet might possibly add to that.

Finding the right pet for you or your family member is easy, and the benefits can be far-reaching.

infographic about why seniors should adopt pets

There are numerous reasons for adopting a pet. From companionship to security, pets can provide seniors a better quality of live and improve aging in place. Finding the right pet for you or your family member is easy, and the benefits can be far-reaching.

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Pets for Seniors in Illinois created an adoption program that matches senior dogs and senior cats with senior citizens.

senior woman and her dog

Pets for Seniors in Illinois created an adoption program that matches senior dogs and senior cats with senior citizens. They worked out solutions to the issues that seniors have with pet adoption, and the program is very successful. The program pays for most of the adoption fee, chooses calm and housebroken older dogs, and provides support every step of the way. If the animal is not a good fit, the organization will take back the pet and refund any fees. Other humane shelters around the nation are trying to replicate this model.

This Dog a16 Grandma’s Dogs Living Their Blessed Livesnd Bird Are Best Friends and It’s Adorable

1. There’s probably a very specific face that pops into your head when you hear “Grandma’s dog,” even if you don’t know one yourself.

2. You picture a stout lil’ dog living a protected, spoiled life.

3. Grandma’s dogs are always center stage.

4. They’re always sitting on a lap, giving you a look.

5. Grandma usually has a shrine dedicated to them.

6. And wallet-sized photos to show the ladies at the supermarket.

7. And if she doesn’t have wallet-sized photos, it’s because she takes her dog everywhere for people to see themselves.

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8. She doesn’t go lightly on the treats when it comes to her baby.

9. Yet despite all these treats and spoiling, THE DOG IS ALWAYS STILL A MEANIE-HEAD.

10. OR EXTRA NEEDY.

11. You think Gram would put her good pillows on the floor for anyone else?

12. They’re almost always right at her side, getting their special treatment.

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13. And they’re not always the most…photogenic.

14. But Grandma sure thinks they are the light of the world.

15. Even when they resemble Founding Fathers.

16. But no matter what, no matter how weird-looking or spoiled or pudgy they may be, there will always be a special place in your heart for Grandma’s pup.

❤️❤️❤️

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21 Cuddly Cat And Dog Best Friends To Make You Squee

1. These two lovebugs start off their day RIGHT, with kisses and hugs.

2. These two earnest sweethearts.

3. JUST LOOK AT HIS SMILE AND HOW COMFORTABLE THAT KITTY IS!

4. And these two who defy all expectations of “big spoon, little spoon” dynamics.

5. The pair that pancakes together, cuddles together. It’s just fact, people.

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6. These casual relaxers.

7. This (maybe frightening) team.

8. These two who are basically just each other’s puzzle piece.

9. HI LOOK AT HOW CUTE THAT LITTLE KITTEN IS AND HOW FREAKIN’ HAPPY HER DOG IS ABOUT IT.

10. These two who show up in the same spot everyday to cuddle together.

Seriously, Reddit user ErinRSteward said that "they come to [his] house and sit like this every day." I wonder if there is some sort of Romeo/Juliet dynamics going on. WHATEVER IT IS, IT IS ADORABLE.

11. These sweet things are so cute; anyone who sees this and is not immediately jealous is a damn fool.

12. HELLO THIS COMFORTING LASSI MAKES ME WANT TO EXPLODE.

13. And this duo is the cutest literary couple on all sides of the Mississippi.

14. And this cat knows, sometimes to be a best friend, you have to give hugs even if someone won’t ask.

15. Look at this patient pup waiting to lick the bowl! THAT IS TRUE FRIENDSHIP RIGHT THERE, PEOPLE.

16. These two who know the importance of cuddling anywhere, at anytime.

17. And these two snuggle bunnies.

18. GAH nothing is as cute as a best friend pillow!

19. These two who don’t care if they fell asleep at the sleepover first because they did it together.

20. This sassy friend who wants you to keep it DOWN because Cheryl needs her sleep.

21. HI THIS IS ALL THE CUTE ANY HUMAN CAN BE EXPECTED TO HANDLE SO BYE!

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New Puppy Parent? Here’s What to Expect in the First Six Months

The first few months with a new pet are a blissful, exciting, love-filled time, but they’re not without their challenges. It’s not uncommon for new puppy parents to ask themselves, “What have I gotten myself into?” Thankfully, puppy development is well-researched and fairly predictable, and we’re here to help explain it all.

This guide to the first six months of puppy parenthood will walk you through your puppy’s development month by month, from the day they open their eyes to the day they get so big, you’ll wonder why you ever let them sleep in your bed in the first place. Read on for all the help you need to enter new puppy parenthood and raise an awesome dog.

Month 1

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NEWBORN SPRINGER SPANIELS BY FLICKR/PAPERPARIAH

When puppies are first born, they’re dependent on their mamas for everything, and handling by humans should be limited (source). The first couple of weeks is a time to let nature take its course. If you’re getting a puppy from a reputable breeder, you may be making a visit or two to their home during this time to catch a first glimpse at your baby. You’ll see her squirming around with her littermates, nursing, and generally being a cute little slug until around three weeks in, when your puppy’s eyes and ears will be open.

By week four, your puppy will be walking. She should still be with her mom most of the time, but you and/or her shelter or breeder may start taking her on short “field trips” to other parts of the home to experience new and interesting sounds, scents, and surfaces. According to the Houston SPCA, the crucial third and fourth weeks a puppy’s life are known as the exposure period, during which your puppy will be learning all sorts of new stuff, including how to walk, play, and explore the world (source). She’s starting to look more like a dog!

Month 2

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At about five weeks old, your puppy will be playing with her littermates, producing cute little barks, and generally learning how to be a dog. There’s a whole lot of developmental stuff going on in her brain right now: your puppy is learning play and social skills, and gaining physical coordination. At this point, she’s still mostly influenced by her mom and littermates (source), but she’s ready to start exploring the world beyond the teat. By week five, she’s ready for consistent human interaction, and by week six, she’ll probably know who her favorite people are.

During the second month of life, your puppy is also ready to start the basics of potty training. She’s still too small to “hold it” for long, so hourly potty breaks are best, and consistent positive reinforcement when she goes outside. It’s no use reprimanding a puppy for eliminating indoors; remember, she only just started going to the bathroom on her own (her mom was helping up until a couple weeks ago), and it will be several weeks before she has consistent bladder control. This guide from the ASPCA is a good start for potty training from age 5-12 weeks.

Towards the end of puppy’s month two, it’s time to consult a vet about starting vaccinations. Puppies typically get their first combo vaccination around six weeks old. Here’s a basic vaccination schedule for puppies, but remember to talk to your vet and make a plan for your particular puppy.

Month 3

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VIA FLICKR/BULLCITYDOGS

The third month of your puppy’s life is the most important stage for bonding, brain development, and training. Many pet parents won’t even meet their new puppies until they reach eight weeks old, but don’t worry that you missed out: month three is when the fun stuff really starts.

If you adopted your puppy from a shelter or rescue group, chances are she’ll already be spayed by now. Puppies can be spayed or neutered around 8-12 weeks old as long as they weigh at least two pounds. If your puppy came from a breeder or somewhere else, you don’t have to rush into having her fixed; while it’s perfectly fine for a puppy to be altered young, it’s common practice to wait until they’re closer to six months old to allow for more bone and muscle development (source).

Once she’s had her first set of vaccinations, you can start taking your puppy to obedience class, which is a great way to help her gain confidence and skills, as well as give her lots of positive socializing experience. During their third month of life, puppies go through a “fear imprint stage” and traumatic experiences can have lasting impact. It’s important to give them lots of comfortable, positive experiences to help them learn that the world is not as scary as it may seem. This can include meeting lots and lots of new people, being exposed to different environments and noises, and. The ASPCA has a handy socialization checklist to help you make sure your puppy is exposed to all the right things.

Month 4

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By 12 weeks old, your puppy’s personality should be pretty clear. You’ll know if she’s bold or shy, bossy or quiet, etc. Between 12-16 weeks of age, she needs continued socialization to make her as well-rounded as possible. Playing with other dogs will help your puppy develop good social skills, including bite inhibition, potty training, and bite inhibition.

Your puppy is also gaining more and more permanent teeth at this age, which could mean trouble if you don’t know how to handle it. Puppies use their mouths to explore the world, and as their adult teeth come in, they can get even more “mouthy” because chewing just feels so darn good. You can help your puppy use her mouth appropriately by giving her lots of chew toys, and gently redirecting her if she’s mouthy with your hands (more info here).

Month 5

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By this point, your puppy may be starting to push boundaries a bit and starting to act in ways you perceive as “naughty.” Keep in mind she’s simply continuing to develop; during the fifth month of life, dogs establish their place in the hierarchy of their homes and the world at large (source). You can help your pet by “puppy-proofing” the house to keep her out of mischief. This may mean using baby gates to limit access to certain rooms, investing in puppy-proof cabinet latches and garbage cans, and crate training to give you control over when and where she can explore.

Four- to five-month-old puppies are also testing their flight reflexes as they get more brave and exploratory in the world, and at this point, they probably aren’t ready for off-leash play. Positive reinforcement training, including ongoing classes with other dogs and their people, is the best way to keep your growing pup happy, healthy, and well-socialized.

Month 6

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By her sixth month of life, your puppy may be starting to look like a grown-up dog. But don’t worry, she still has plenty of puppy energy left. I’m not gonna lie: month six can be a toughie. You made it through potty training and teething, and now your puppy is officially an adolescent. Like most teenagers, six-month-old dogs can be moody and unpredictable, and may develop a “selective memory” for all the stuff you’ve been working on in training (source). But don’t worry, your puppy is well on her way to being a grown-up, and month six is a herald of good years to come.

If your puppy hasn’t been spayed yet, she may enter her first heat soon. Now is the time to have her fixed. First-time puppy parents can be nervous about having their pets spayed or neutered, but rest assured it’s the most common surgery performed on pets, and the benefits far outweigh the potential risks. You’re not depriving your dog of anything by having her fixed, and in fact you’re decreasing her chance of developing certain cancers and other diseases of the reproductive system. Spaying and neutering helps reduce pet overpopulation, and saves lives in the long run.

Once your puppy reaches six months old, take a moment to give yourself a high-five. You did it! You made it through the crucial first six months of your puppy’s life. Dogs aren’t considered fully mature until around 18 months, or 1.5 years old, so you may still have some work to do. But by now, you have a pretty good idea who your dog is, and chances are the two of you love each other like crazy. So get out there and enjoy life with your new best friend.
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.

Article first seen on – www.rover.com

35 Sleeping Puppies Who Physically Can’t Handle Their Own Cuteness

35 Sleeping Puppies Who Physically Can’t Handle Their Own Cuteness
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1. Oh puppehs, you schweepy? Why doncha just take a little naperoni.
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2. AND THEY’RE OUT! OHMYGHERD SLEEPING PUPPY BUMZ!
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3. OH MY GHERD SCHWEEPING PUG TONGUES.
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4.BIGGER TONGUES!!! AND TEENY PAWS!!!
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5. A PUPPY WITH DUCKLINGS, INTERNET ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME?!
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6. Heart swells….
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7. Heart swells more…
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8. SQUEE! *Tears streaming down face…
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9. GET OUT OF HERE CAT! YOU’RE NOT A PUPPY!
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10. That’s better.
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11. Snorglsdjfkglsdfdszomggzzz
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12. DEM ROLLZ THO
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13. Who’z a lil polar bear pup???
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14. Just. Wanna. Snorgle. Dis. With. Keesess….
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15. THOSE WHISKERS!
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16. DROOPY PAWZ!!!
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17. Stop. It.
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18. DOUBLE PUGS?! I die.
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19. I’ll play fetch with you all day and night, little fuzzbum.
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20. SQUEE! Pom with fuzzy Pom-like toy!
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21.DOUBLE SQUEE!!! Double snuggle bumz…
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22.TRIPLE SQUEE!!! Puppeh king of mah heart.
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23. Get outta town. Just look at the teeny tuft of fur between puppeh toes…
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24. Dat full bellyyyyyyyyyyy…
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25. Alright I’m going to start an exercise where I spell out the first sound that comes out of my mouth: “Ohbruhbruhbruhhhhhhhhhhhh”
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26. “Ayyhhhhohhhhhhhhhhh mai gherrshhhh!!!!!”
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27. *high pitch* “EeeeeeeEEEeeee!”
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28.”Uffuufffuffffuffuffffffffffff!!!!
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29.”Ruvruvruvruvruvruvruvruvruvruvruv…”
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30.”TEENY CHI!!!”
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31. OMG SRSLY???!!
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32. You just keep layin’ there. Mah heart asploded.
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34. SWEET MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND CUDDLY!
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35. My. Heart. Can’t. Take. This. Anymore.
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Oh good! You’re up. Let’s snuggle.

23 of the Cutest Puppy Pics Ever

Over the years, we’ve shown you many a cute puppy picture, but I think the next 23 adorable images top them all. Some of the puppies in these images are so tiny and precious that it can be difficult to wrap your head around the fact that they’re living, breathing creatures! Here’s a massive dose of cute for you:So fluffy!

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LIs he even real?

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Perfect spot for a nap.

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LSleepy boy!

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LAnd another one…

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Can be mistaken for an adorable soft toy

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LHow could you choose?

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L“Walkies please!”

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LAdorably cute dogs come in tiny packages!

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Bathing time.

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L“Hey!”

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Such a cute face.

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L“Get my good side, please.”

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Double trouble!

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L“You’re not old enough to drive yet…”

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Chill-pup.

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LCuteness with a laid-back attitude

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LHaving one is great, but having three is better!

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Time for bed?

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