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And some pigeons. Honestly, if you’re a bird, you can audition to be this nice dog’s best friend.

A black duck and a german shepherd dog touch beak to nose in a photograph of the two friends
A black duck and a german shepherd dog touch beak to nose in a photograph of the two friends
Photos: Vendetta and Lemony via Instagram

Vendetta and Lemony are quite close. They share a lot of the same interests, after all, like rainy days, getting lost in the woods, and long walks in nature. But it would be a dramatic failure of journalism to report these facts without also noting that Vendetta is a German Shepherd. And that Lemony is an Indian runner duck. It is also salient, to this reporter, that these two best friends have a pair of sidekicks called Grisella and Heldig, and that Grisella and Heldig are pigeons, who were rescued as babies.


Purrfect harmo-neigh (sorry!)

Champy, wearing a blanket, nuzzling Morris, wearing a tan sweater and perched on a fence post outdoors.
Champy, wearing a blanket, nuzzling Morris, wearing a tan sweater and perched on a fence post outdoors.
Photos: Champy and Morris

When Jennifer Boyle brought Morris the cat home from a shelter 7 years ago, her horse Champy took it upon himself to be the official welcoming committee. After some initial reluctance to make such a large friend, Morris decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth (sorry again!) and jumped aboard. They’re now such fast friends that Morris wakes Jennifer up as soon it gets light every morning so he can go horse-riding.


When there are just so many things that do, we gotta start sharing the un-sucky with each other

A woman with curly hair and glasses leans over a computer, smiling while holding a cat, with a bottle and glass of wine
A woman with curly hair and glasses leans over a computer, smiling while holding a cat, with a bottle and glass of wine
This is how I imagine you, dear reader. Been there, trust. Photo: Matilda Wormwood via Pexels

It’s been easy to get overwhelmed with bad news in recent months, and while it’s important to stay informed and active, it’s also important to give that overstimulated brain a bit of a break. In the interest of sharing with you what helps me, I’ve been collecting examples of things that have happened recently that don’t make the world worse, and might actually bring a smile to your face.

1. Someone’s very lucky mam met this nice farmer who gets so nervous when cars pass by that he has to hold his loving dog’s soft paw.

2. We found Chappie.

3. Maru fit into a new container.

4. I saw my new favorite drawing for the first time.

5. An exception was made.

6. In Auburn, Maine, Covid restrictions have led to a collaboration between the local library and the Humane Society. A series of adoptable cats have been housed in the library’s currently unused teen zone, where library visitors are allowed to say hello. Each cat featured so far has found a new forever home, and I’m wondering if libraries everywhere could please adopt this policy ASAP.

7. This kitten who needed a lap found a lap and this person who really needed a kitten found a kitten.

8. Just my cat, Kristofferson, sleeping next to my desk

9. And this sheep who reminded me of him…

10. Pigeon got to put on her chair!!!!!!!

11. These pups got hitched.


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.


A group of ducks congregate on some garden rocks and shallow water, with green trees and blue skies in the background
A group of ducks congregate on some garden rocks and shallow water, with green trees and blue skies in the background
All photos provided by Unity Farm Sanctuary

Sanctuary Stories

Purchased to provide comfort, cuteness, or social media clout, ducklings are often abandoned as they grow into ducks

Since the spring, Unity Farm Sanctuary co-founder Kathy Halamka has been coping with a sudden surge of new feathered residents. There are 23 of these “lockdown ducklings” now at the Sherborn, Massachusetts sanctuary, but, says Halamka, they are just a small part of a much bigger problem that is impacting sanctuaries across North America: baby ducks used for temporary entertainment during the Covid-19 lockdown, now with nowhere to go.


The dogs think he’s a dog too, apparently

A wide-eyed tabby cat, Kiki, sits looking serious right in the middle of the frame, surrounded by three posing shiba inu dogs
A wide-eyed tabby cat, Kiki, sits looking serious right in the middle of the frame, surrounded by three posing shiba inu dogs
Photos: saki.ibuki.hazuki via Instagram

Kiki is a one-year-old cat who lives with three dogs in Japan, but no one has the heart to tell him. His brother and sisters accepted him into the family as a two-month-old kitten, and have patiently taught him all about life as a dog, which mostly seems to involve eating, going for walks, and posing for group photos that would look good as an album cover.


Vegans of Color

Learn her process for veganizing recipes, her Vietnamese home cooking staples, and find out how to make perfect Vietnamese spring rolls

Lisa Le smiles while posing with a plate of delicious noodles.
Lisa Le smiles while posing with a plate of delicious noodles.
Photo: Katherine Sousa / Two Market Girls

The theory of love languages, coined by Gary Chapman in The Five Love Languages, offers a framework for qualifying one’s preferred ways of giving and receiving affection. These include acts of service, quality time, physical touch, verbal affirmations, and gifting. But some argue that a sixth should be recognized: food.


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.


Would you euthanize your dog for being too itchy?

A yellow Lab holding a chew toy in its mouth as it stands on a wooden deck.
A yellow Lab holding a chew toy in its mouth as it stands on a wooden deck.
Photo: Kyle Stehling via Pexels

It’s summer in the San Francisco Bay Area and everyone is being hit hard by allergies. Every day, I wake up with a massively congested nose and watery, itchy eyes. Unfortunately, I’m not alone. Humans are not the only species to experience allergies — dogs and cats do too.


Each and every one, a perfect portrait

A French bulldog wearing a red shirt and blue “pants” in front of a gray background and looking quite pleased with itself.
A French bulldog wearing a red shirt and blue “pants” in front of a gray background and looking quite pleased with itself.
Photo: Illumination Marketing via Unsplash

For anyone with a pulse, the ultimate compliment is to be compared to one of these majestic creatures; these free spirits; these portraits of perfection—the exquisite beauties we call “Frenchies.”

1. The Girl With the Knitted Hat

A vision in blue and grey, this Frenchie will inspire you to find beauty in the littler things.

2. The Travelers

With their eyes set firmly on the horizon, these Frenchies won’t need supplies on their next great adventure, because they have…

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