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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…


On depression and sunshine

Wildflowers in Valley Spring, Texas. Photos: Summer Anne Burton

Editor’s note: I’m the editor and founder of Tenderly, Summer Anne Burton. If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that we haven’t been publishing as often as usual lately. Mostly, that’s been because of my personal problems, some of which I talk about here, and some of which are private. But, we’re coming back! I’ll be blogging here on a near-daily basis and we’ll be bringing in new contributors and your favorite columns are all coming soon. I’ll be writing a bit more next week about what Tenderly has in store and how you can be part of…


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.

As any self-respecting duck/dog dynamic duo with pigeon…


They’re the closest thing to a dog in the cat world

A sleepy brown Maine Coon with a white nose and paws lounging in a cat bed in front of a sliding glass door.
A sleepy brown Maine Coon with a white nose and paws lounging in a cat bed in front of a sliding glass door.
Photo: Zulie Rane via Instagram

Three years ago, I had the difficult task of persuading my now-husband to get a cat. He was adamantly a dog person — he liked cats, but he was convinced they were inferior to dogs as house pets.

Now, he loves both our cats with his whole heart, but when I was trying to convince him, I found the best method was to find a cat that met his needs.

He said cats weren’t loyal? I found a breed that was. He said he wanted to walk a dog? I found a cat breed that loves walks. He said dogs…


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 beloved pets to wild creatures, a series of stunning photos of the amazing animals we share our world with

Photo: JJNMatt; all photos via Agora

Earlier this year, the photography app Agora challenged photographers to submit photos of living creatures from around the world for a contest focused on celebrating the diverse and precious life on our planet. More than 13,000 photos were submitted to the contest before the winner — a dazzling photo of an iguana by Indonesian photographer JJN Matt—was crowned.

From an absolutely charming shot of an arctic fox cub trying (and adorably failing) to look tough to a magical image of a highland cow storming through a misty heather field in the Netherlands to a heartbreaking photo of a devoted dog…


Debunking common misunderstandings with actual scientific explanations for feline behavior

A gray striped cat with green eyes looks up from a round cardboard cat nest
A gray striped cat with green eyes looks up from a round cardboard cat nest
Photo: Ethan Brooke via Pexels

Cats are mystical animals. Pop culture would have you believe they’re capricious, confusing, clever, and conniving. Cat people (or the people who belong to cats, in more accurate terms) have struggled for millennia to understand cats and their mysterious appeal to humans.

The problem with mysticism, of course, is that it gives rise to conspiracy theories that somehow end up being treated as fact — or even policy, in certain cases. …


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…


Boosting their traffic can help save lives

A cat sitting on top of a pile of newspapers, against a yellow city wall
A cat sitting on top of a pile of newspapers, against a yellow city wall
Photo: Nathan Riley via Unsplash

What could possibly be better than cute cat blogs?

Cute cat blogs that help cats.

With cat videos forever basking near the top of the viral content pyramid, the entire world loves to be entertained by these amazing creatures to no end. But true cat lovers care about more than just entertainment. We want to see every cat in the world looked after and happy. We want a world where no animals are left hungry and alone.

As per the latest estimate, 10 million cats live abandoned or stray in the UK alone. …


Our dog died and nothing else has seemed to matter as much ever since — aka where I’ve been for three months

A black dog reclining in the author’s lap in a hammock above bright green grass
A black dog reclining in the author’s lap in a hammock above bright green grass
Jessie. Photos: Summer Anne Burton

I haven’t been getting anything done since election day. Like, nothing. I’m an extrovert, someone who derives a lot of my energy, creativity, and joy from socializing with others, and the pandemic had already squished my characteristic joie de vivre into a pebble before last November’s election night, triggering anxiety and depression that I was already treating with new medications and mostly-failed attempts to change my less healthy habits. …

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