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Even the greatest works of art look even better with a nice Australian Shepherd

All photos: Eliza Reinhardt via Instagram

Finnegan “Finn” Reinhardt is a Texas-based Australian Shepherd dog who has spent the last year brilliantly recreating famous works of art with his best friend and roommate Eliza. Eliza’s keen artistic eye, sense of humor, and skills as a painter are a perfect complement to Finn’s years of practice at being an exceptionally good boy, and the pair have collaborated on dozens of magnificent artistic homages, using just materials they have at home to recreate various masterpieces.

Finn and Eliza’s earliest works are more literal, finding paintings of women and dogs to recreate, but as their journey has progressed they’ve…


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.


If we had only stopped to think, we might have realized that this was inevitable

A white rabbit eating the carrot nose of a small snowman outdoors on the snow.
A white rabbit eating the carrot nose of a small snowman outdoors on the snow.
Photo: Hannah B via YouTube

In retrospect, it was hubris that led us all to believe we could somehow give our precious snowmen carrot noses without incurring dangerous interest from local bunnies, and it has only been sheer good fortune thus far that has prevented the inevitable from happening. But our luck has run out. Our pride and our recklessness have caught up with us. Our snowmen—defenseless against the ravenous cottontails who lurk in the darkness, drooling with carnivorous rapacity at the very sight of an orange protuberance in the snow—are under attack.

Footage of this recent incident is not easy to stomach. A mother…


In an abysmal year, these cats showed us hope and resilience, and (in one case) climbed into a pair of pants

Photo: Master Poe Poe via Instagram

The cats, at least, did nothing wrong in 2020. In fact, they distinguished themselves, and we would be remiss if we did not take a moment to acknowledge them. These are the most important cats of this most difficult year. Let us celebrate them and sing their praises.

30. Pant-Leg Cats

If like so many of us you have often felt unequal to the challenges of this year, remember that we all put our pants on one leg at a time and that for at least one of us, that’s gonna result in two very scratchy surprises.

29. Whole Mouthfuls Cat

Each moment of joy is…


A revealing look at the furry, miraculous goofballs we share our world with

A sweet looking dog with a goofy expression, tongue out, poses in front of a “guard dog on duty” sign
A sweet looking dog with a goofy expression, tongue out, poses in front of a “guard dog on duty” sign
This year’s winning photo, by Elke Vogelsang. All photos via Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Nature is full of wonders, and the splendor, variety, and majesty of the animal kingdom is a miracle that ought to inspire reverence in even the most cynical among us, but the fact is that some of these guys just didn’t get the memo. …


Make sure you have plenty of ice

Pink neon lights in the shape of “and breathe” in cursive, mounted on a wall of greenery.
Pink neon lights in the shape of “and breathe” in cursive, mounted on a wall of greenery.
Photo: Max van den Oetelaar via Unsplash

November 3 is going to be one of those stressful days where a big part of the stress is in knowing that it’s only going to get more stressful as the day progresses, which means that it may be time to think about deploying what I like to call “radical self care.” This means preparing yourself by sleeping right, getting your mind right, and making sure that everything you put in your body during the day itself is geared towards creating that salutary equilibrium that is precisely at the midpoint between seeing only one of everything and hugging the toilet.


Some tongues are just too beautiful to keep hidden away

A Siamese cat with a flat face and blue eyes, sticking its tongue out.
A Siamese cat with a flat face and blue eyes, sticking its tongue out.
Photos: Neko Ikiru San via Instagram

A custom that is shared by humans and cats alike is the one where we keep our dang tongues in our mouths unless we’re using them for something. But like many such customs, this is simply something we’ve all kind of collectively landed on as a way of behaving and not, as it turns out, the law. And such is the fragility of our norms that it only takes one obstreperous malcontent to plunge us all into a topsy-turvy mayhem-world where some of us don’t keep our dang tongues in our mouths, ever.

The transgressor, in this case, is a…


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.


One artist’s simple but delightful vision

On the left, an older gentleman with unkempt hair and a gray scarf; on right, a gray and black cat with a similar expression
On the left, an older gentleman with unkempt hair and a gray scarf; on right, a gray and black cat with a similar expression
Photos: Gerrard Gethings via Instagram

Gerrard Gethings is a British photographer who finds his muse in animals. His animal portraits are designed to show the personality and character of the subjects, bringing out their unique features and idiosyncrasies to show a real individual. As he says of his work:

Familiarity often makes us forget this, but when you get up close and capture every soulful detail in the eyes of a dog, cat or horse, then you start to remember where it came from. They seem important and individual again.

And although Gethings’s latest project is at its core about similarity, the effect is to…


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. …

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