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Kiko is happy to be in your photo as long as it is clearly *about* her

Kiko the Finnish Spitz dog poses for a photo backwards and upside-down while her disapproving sister looks on.
Kiko the Finnish Spitz dog poses for a photo backwards and upside-down while her disapproving sister looks on.
All photos: Kaya the Shepherd via Instagram

Kiko is a 10-month-old Finnish Spitz puppy who insists on doing things her own way—especially when it comes to posing for her person’s Instagram photos. She lives with her sister Tofu and a wise, patient, and long-suffering White Swiss Shepherd named Kaya who acts as the mother of the group.


From Tortellini to Strudel, these animals named after food are exactly what you need to cheer up right now

Oliebol the dumpling cat. Photo: Lara Campelo

As the subject line of nearly every recent email has indicated, the last year has truly been “trying” (and all of its synonyms) for us all. Objectively and subjectively, the last 12 months or so have been a horrible, steaming-bag-of-horse-shit time.

Despite this, pets remain good. They’ve been our constant companions and in many cases, our stand-in co-workers. They’ve been there to warm our laps, lick our tears, and sit on our keyboards so that they can send messages like “////// —” and “bbbbbbnjsdkl” to our colleagues on Slack.

While all pets are spectacular, there’s something about pets with food…


A photo of a typical bank office showing a grey carpet and office furniture, plus two raccoons looking slightly caught
A photo of a typical bank office showing a grey carpet and office furniture, plus two raccoons looking slightly caught
Photos: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

The one thing we really wanted to avoid in 2020

Nobody’s going to argue that this has been a perfect year, but I think we were all hoping to be able to add 2020 to a long string of international successes in avoiding the calamity of raccoon bank robbers. But with just over two months to go, the unthinkable has happened: An ATM user in Redwood City, California, spotted two masked bandits marauding inside a bank after hours and alerted the local authorities, including the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.


Say ‘peanut butter’!

A cute squinting white dog sits near a foot pedal inside a colorful “photo booth” with an open air top and trees behind them
A cute squinting white dog sits near a foot pedal inside a colorful “photo booth” with an open air top and trees behind them
Photo: Simone Giertz via Twitter

Important news of the day: Inventor Simone Giertz built her dog Scraps a backyard photobooth that is operated by a paw pedal. That’s right folks, you heard me, a paw pedal. This is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of cute stuff in my time. It doesn’t hurt that the portrait-snapping pup looks like a children’s stuffed animal.

A few months ago, Simone introduced her YouTube fans to her new family member Scraps, the newly minted dog-tographer, who was adopted from the San Francisco SPCA. …


I strongly urge everyone, for your own good, to spend more time thinking about this

A priest sits in a lovely garden as a cat approaches him
A priest sits in a lovely garden as a cat approaches him
Photo: Canterbury Cathedral

The world has been moving so fast lately that it can be difficult to remember something that happened last week, let alone three months ago. But it would be a huge mistake for us to memory-hole what is certain to have been one of the most remarkable, important, and game-changing events of this year (for cats), just because our attention spans aren’t quite what they used to be.

To refresh your memories, in the second week of May, a black cat named Leo confidently strolled into the Dean of Canterbury’s cassock during Morning Prayer as if it were the…


Kittens are as cute as can be — here are 3 of my favorite Cat-itudes!

A white-and-tan kitten with bright blue eyes lying on top of a black-and-white kitten on the ground.
A white-and-tan kitten with bright blue eyes lying on top of a black-and-white kitten on the ground.
Photo: Raul Varzar via Unsplash

We’ve already established that puppies are among the cutest creatures in the world, with their heart-melting “puppy dog” eyes. It’s impossible to resist hugging a puppy.

The same can be said for our feline friends, whose little ones never cease to warm the spirit. Kittens come with their own set of traits to love, and a kitten on the schedule at my veterinary practice always adds a fun, adorable spark to my day.

Each little kitten has its own personality, and as a veterinarian, I get to see them all. Here are my three favorites…

1. Curious George has got nothing on me!


a set of vegan-related line drawings on a lavender background: a smiling pig, strawberries, carrots, books, oat milk, etc
a set of vegan-related line drawings on a lavender background: a smiling pig, strawberries, carrots, books, oat milk, etc
Illustration: Arabella Breck

Puppies never fail to brighten up my day — here are 3 of my favorite kinds

Five German shepherd puppies in a wooden basket.
Five German shepherd puppies in a wooden basket.
Photo: Judi Neumeyer via Unsplash

Puppies are amazing. They are designed to melt your heart at first sight. From their tiny button noses, to the way their eyes light up when they play. Everything about them is made to make you want to take them home immediately. There’s a reason that so many people adopt puppies every year, and why puppies never last in a shelter long before somebody snatches them up.

Playing with puppies is hands down one of the best parts of my job. Seeing a new puppy on the schedule is like seeing a bright spot on a cloudy day, and it’s…


If you can get through this post without smiling, you are a stronger person than me

Photo: Anna Shvets via Pexels

These days, everyone I know is coping with more anxiety and stress than usual. Often the internet is a place that makes you feel worse — between bad news about the global pandemic to political arguments and losing friends, there are plenty of reasons to log off. But there’s at least one reason to log the heck on: the puppers of TikTok. These dogs bark, snuggle, zoom, and fail their way into my heart every time I watch these videos, and on days when nothing else makes me feel good, they’re there. I’d like to thank these doggos and I’d…


Look at these faces

LOOK AT THIS FACE. Photos: Jennifer Mishler

The bad news is relentless. I come up with 500 reasons per day to continue in my anxiety right now, not the least of which is the state of not knowing when this pandemic will end, or that (as there have been warnings) more pandemics will be the result of us using animals as we currently do, from wildlife to the billions of animals in factory farms.

I’m lucky enough to be healthy, and so is my family who is staying home with me. We don’t have to go into jobs that put us at risk, and my toddler is…

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