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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 . Objectively 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…


Sarah Miller’s tribute to her dog is stuck in my head even though it’s a song with no tune

A dog sitting in a large window in a red-brick house, as seen from outside.
A dog sitting in a large window in a red-brick house, as seen from outside.
Photo: Ingmar Larsen via Unsplash

I just feel so warm and happy whenever I read along to this song-poem by the writer Sarah Miller, whose funny, frank, smart personal-plus essays are decade-defining. She writes brilliantly on Winona Ryder’s Forever Sweater, maxi dresses, The Best Abortion Ever, the emptiness of Nancy Meyers kitchens, and now WINDOWBEAR!

Sarah recently starting blogging on Medium, and I’m delighted. These lyrics in tribute to her extremely wonderful dog (I can say that from even though I have never met Sarah or her dog because that’s how “being Twitter mutuals who both have heelers” works) are like if the little songs…


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. …


An Australian wedding photographer who has been out of work came up with an idea for lifting spirits: puppy love!

Two puppies with daisy chain collars are photographed from above, pushing their heads together, round butts on green grass
Two puppies with daisy chain collars are photographed from above, pushing their heads together, round butts on green grass
Flower girls with their mum. Photos: Jumpin’ Jac Flash Photography

During Australia’s strict Covid-19 lockdown period, wedding photographer Jacinta Smith escaped to her parent’s farm in regional Victoria. It was a contrast to her regular life traveling up and down the Eastern coast of the country, running a thriving photography business, and spending more time on the road than in her cozy Melbourne apartment.

While Jac welcomed the change of pace, her creative brain needed to play. She missed the joy and sense of connection she felt at weddings, and wanted to stay active for however long she’d be out of work.

Life on the farm was quiet, but with…


Denise is living proof that you should never judge a rescue dog by their blurry online photo

Denise (a black dog) in front of some white and green flowering bushes.
Denise (a black dog) in front of some white and green flowering bushes.
Photos: Sarah Woodams, unless otherwise noted

No, Denise is not my ancient grandma or a frail old aunt who wears turtlenecks almost every day. She’s my flat coated retriever border-collie chow-chow mix, who we adopted eleven years ago. She may not know it, but from day one Denise has been one of the most important parts of my life.

When I was just 9, a few years after losing our dog Jack, my family decided it was time to adopt a new family member. My dad, used to raising puppies, wasn’t sure if an adult dog would bond with us. After searching through hundreds of dogs…


If you love dogs, you’ll love ‘Dog House: UK’ on HBO Max

A colorful double exposure of three people, each holding a dog.
A colorful double exposure of three people, each holding a dog.
Photos: Channel 4 Television/HBO Max/Warner Media Group

Alan is a genial 82-year-old who recently lost his wife. His daughter is here with him, in the lobby of the nicest animal shelter I’ve ever seen, and they’re talking about his needs to an expert staffer holding a clipboard and taking notes. Alan and Brenda had been married for over 50 years, and for the last seven of those he had been caring for her as she suffered from arthritis and cancer. …


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…


Teachers come in weird shapes and sizes

A chocolate Labrador in a living room.
A chocolate Labrador in a living room.
Sasha. Photo: Keith Hoffman

You can’t always choose your angels

Sasha literally showed up on my doorstep one morning.

I was living in LA, rushing to work when I opened my front door to find a weird-looking, weather-beaten dog staring up at me. I quickly slammed the door between us. It was a pit bull, for God’s sake! I opened the door a tiny bit to take a closer look through the crack. She seemed pretty harmless. Her face was scarred, and she looked like she had recently had puppies.

Pit bulls in the section of LA I lived in often came from hard lives, and it was pretty clear…


I’m going to take the sting out of missing this summer’s parade, just a little

A Westie wearing a fleece hat lined with with rainbow flowers.
A Westie wearing a fleece hat lined with with rainbow flowers.
Photo: MichaelGaida via Pixabay

Not that long ago, my husband and I would march with the Mercy for Animals contingent in Chicago’s Pride Parade. He created this character named Tofu Man (yes, Justin Timberlake’s rip-off) and one year, we were taking the train to Pride and I got it in my mind that we should get some footage of him wearing his homemade Tofu Man costume on the very crowded subway platform. John is such a sport.

When the train arrived, John got swept up in the crowd and smooshed into it wearing this very ungainly costume, and I was separated from him…

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