SNL’s Funny Dog Skit

Who’s your dog’s inner human?

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live presented one of their more delightful and silly sketches with “Joan Song,” a sweet, goofy ode from Aidy Bryant to her dog-boyfriend Doug, played alternately by a memorable deadpan senior Chihuahua and by guest host Harry Styles (the former One Direction star). Bryant stars as Joan, a long-suffering woman unlucky in love before she finds a hot new guy, I mean, dog. Joan sings the endearing qualities of her sweater-wearing Chihuahua and wistfully ponders what kind of man her little dog boyfriend would be. Next thing you know, he transforms into pop sensation Harry Styles! It’s surreal and amusing and try as he may, Harry can’t really compete with that adorable dog. Have you ever wondered … who’s your dog’s inner human?

Families Are Welcoming Shelter Dogs Into Their Homes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be surrounded by friends and family while enjoying delicious food. However, for many shelter dogs, it’s just another uneventful day. It’s not fair that so many dogs need to spend holidays like this alone, so Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) decided to do something about it. Four years ago, they reached out to the community to find shelter dogs a foster home for Thanksgiving.

During the first year, Christie Chipps Peters, the shelter director, announced this special Thanksgiving event. Before she knew it, 35 animals had already found a loving home to celebrate Thanksgiving in. They get a delicious meal and they all get plenty of love on this special day.

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“People who’ve never considered fostering before reached out to us, so excited to host one of our animals,” Peters said. “More than half of the animals that year were adopted, either by the family themselves or someone who met them through the family.”

If the family chooses to adopt the dog that they’ve hosted for Thanksgiving, the shelter waives the adoption fee for them. Lots of these families have happily adopted their foster dogs, allowing them to have a forever family for the rest of the holiday season.

A Yearly Tradition

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This is the 4th year that RACC has done this Thanksgiving tradition, and it is likely to continue for years to come. The number of animals that have found homes for the holidays has just about tripled since the first year! More and more animals are having happy holidays thanks to kind foster families. 

“It’s a fun twist to a traditional fostering situation for people who might’ve never done it before,” Peters said. “The shelter provides the supplies you need, such as food, medication, and a crate, and the following Wednesday after Thanksgiving, the [dog] comes back. But a lot of the times, the [dogs] never have to come back to the shelter.”

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This year, the shelter is pairing animals with families from November 18th to the 21st. That way, every animal will be matched with the perfect family by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Once a dog finds a family, a note is posted on their kennel at the shelter: “I’m on Thanksgiving holiday! Check out my other friends that still need a foster!”

Many people have sent heartwarming emails to the shelter about how much they appreciate this event. Not only do these dinners help make dogs happier, but sometimes the dogs help make Thanksgiving more exciting for humans as well.

If you are looking to host a dog for Thanksgiving this year or in any of the years to come, please reach out to RACC. No dog deserves to be alone on Thanksgiving, so every kind foster parent can make a difference.

Image: @Richmond.Animal.Care.and.Control/Facebook

Not in the Richmond area? Click here to see a list of other shelters around the U.S. that have participated in holiday foster programs in previous years – check with them to see if they’re running the program this year!

H/T: thedodo.com
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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

The percentages of nutrients shown in the guaranteed analysis section on a pet food label (protein, fat, fiber, moisture) are expressed “as fed” – meaning, as the food is delivered in its package. Some percentage of the food is comprised of moisture (water), which of course contains no protein, fat, fiber, or any other nutrient. […]

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

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Maintenance Worker Can’t Help But Play With Tenant’s Adorable Dog Before Leaving

The trend of dog-friendly work places is on the rise, and I’ve got to say that I’m personally all for it. Breaking up a long work day with some snuggles and pats sure makes the rest of it easier. Plus there’s plenty of proof that playing with a dog is immensely therapeutic.

Not everyone has an office or regular workplace to go to, however. Some people’s workplace happens to be other people’s homes. The best part about that is the likelihood one of those homes is the residence of a dog.

A home security camera video making the internet rounds shows one such residence, home to a sweet tiny white pup named Jax. In the video, a maintenance worker with a shopping cart full of supplies stands near the apartment door. He’s approached by a very eager and very fluffy little Jax.

Jax, in his own home, clearly doesn’t recognize that someone is doing paid work here. He just wants to play!

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Clearly no one can resist this little guy’s approach, and the worker bends down to give him hugs and scratches. He scoops the little guy right up, and it’s hard to say who seems more excited about that.

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Watch the full wholesome video below!

This video of Jax and his new friend was shared on Reddit under the sub Reddit r/MadeMeSmile. In the comments, a few others who work in maintenance confirmed how valuable encountering dogs during their work days can be. One user, ac1dre1gn77, admitted he preferred interacting with tenants’ dogs to them.

“The best part of being a subcontractor was homeowners dogs. I didnt have to get along with the people i was doing work for, but I HAD to get along with the dogs. Most of the time the people would be at work when I got there. Is always come in and play with the dogs for a few minutes even before putting drops down. I kept treats in my truck. Id spend some time before id leave with them too. People can be jerks. Dogs are genuine all of the time.”

Another user @haldyson echoed his same sentiment.

“I’m a delivery driver and being able to play with all the different customers dogs that I see every day is my favourite part of my job!”

Here’s to all the pups like Jax who have made us feel good while we’re on the clock!

H/T: Reddit
Featured Image: @thund3rbolt/GfyCat

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

The percentages of nutrients shown in the guaranteed analysis section on a pet food label (protein, fat, fiber, moisture) are expressed “as fed” – meaning, as the food is delivered in its package. Some percentage of the food is comprised of moisture (water), which of course contains no protein, fat, fiber, or any other nutrient. […]

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25 Adorable Christmas Ornaments for Dog People

1. You Left Paw Prints On My Heart Ornament ($12.99)

Because our fur babies deserve a special place on the tree. ❤️🌈🐶

 

 

2. A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog Ornament ($12.99)

A beautiful, precious picture frame ornament for your tree! Insert a favorite photo of your pup. Update it year after year! A gorgeous keepsake ornament – makes a lovely gift!

 

 

3. Sparkling Red Paw Ornament ($12.99)

This beautiful ornament will remind you of your pup’s precious paws. ❤️🐾

 

 

4. My Favorite Christmas Pup Personalized Ceramic Oval Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3.25 inches tall

 

 

5. Silver Paws Frame Ornament ($12.99)

🎶Silver paws, silver paws, it’s Christmas🎄time in the city.🎶
Celebrate the holidays with this keepsake picture ornament. Perfect for any pet lover!

 

 

6. Furever Home First Christmas Personalized Ceramic Oval Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3.25 inches tall

 

 

 

7. Dear Santa Personalized Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

8. Pawprints On My Heart Personalized Ceramic Heart Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

9. Jingle Bells Santa Dog Holiday Decoration ($5.99)

This cute and festive wooden pup will add rustic charm wherever you put him. Use as an ornament, hang on a door knob, hang on the wall – put this adorable guy anywhere!

 

 

10. Mini Paw Stocking Ornament ($3.99)

Too cute! This pawdorable stocking ornament will be the perfect addition to your Christmas tree! 🎄

 

 

11. Breed USA “Choose Your Breed” Ceramic Star Ornament ($12.99)

 

 

12. Holiday Watercolor Wreath Personalized Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

13. Heart Paw Watercolor Personalized Ceramic Heart Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

14. Santa Paws Personalized Ceramic Oval Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

15. Santa Paws Pup Frame Ornament ($6.99)

Put your most favorite picture of your pup in this cheerful frame ornament and your tree trimming will be complete!

 

 

16. Holiday Flannel Personalized Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

17. A House Is Not A Home Personalized Ceramic Oval Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

18. Red Bone Personalized Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

19. Multicolor Bone Personalized Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

20. Gingerbread Personalized 2019 Ceramic Heart Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

21. Love Paw Ceramic Heart Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3 inches tall

 

 

 

22. Ye Olde Christmas Personalized Ceramic Heart Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

23. Ugly Sweater “Choose Your Breed” Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3 inches tall

 

 

 

24. Multicolor Furever Home Personalized Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

Personalize yours with your very own dog’s name! **Personalization does not allow commas, apostrophes, or ampersands**

 

 

25. Gingerbread Paw Ceramic Heart Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3 inches tall

 

 

 

26. Noel Heart Paw Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3 inches tall

 

 

 

27. Santa Paws Ceramic Circle Ornament ($12.99)

  • 1-sided design
  • Crafted from high quality ceramic material
  • Ribbon for hanging included
  • 3 inches tall

 

 

 

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After Losing His Dog Man Goes To Shelter, Adopting All The Dogs Nobody Wanted

From Darkness into the Light

After a hard loss of one of his fur babies that left an emptiness he just couldn’t fill, Steve Greig had the heartwarming and inspiring idea to go to the local shelter and adopt the “least adoptable” dog they had.

Steve told the Dodo,

“I was just so distraught about [that death]. A month or two went by and I still felt so horrible about it. I decided that the only way I would feel better was if something good happened that probably wouldn’t have happened if he had not died.”

Enter Eeyore, who, at the time, was a 12-year-old chihuahua with heart and knee problems. Eeyore’s adoption sparked a legacy for Steve who has continued adopting senior dogs and has become a voice for pups that are the most often overlooked.

A Blended Family

The Wolfgang, as Steve affectionately calls his clan, doesn’t stop with dogs. He has a potbelly pig named Bikini, a chicken named Betty and throw in some rabbits, because why not? As you can imagine, there is snuggle time 24/7 and plenty of shenanigans!

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Hope everyone has a happy Easter.

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Early Mornings and Unconditional Love

It’s not easy though. Steve gets up before the sun every morning to make the whole gang breakfast, which is no easy feat. This is a particularly daunting task because many of them require special diets and assistance eating.

Take Englebert for example. A tiny and feisty little guy with no lower jaw. Steve served him soft food and often formed it into small food “mountains” in order to help Englebert eat. Have a quick peek at Steve’s Instagram and you’ll quickly realize that he and Englebert shared an unbreakable bond. Steve recently shared the gut-wrenching loss of his dear friend Englebert.

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“That afternoon as we were leaving the vet, after more tests and new plans, in my arms, in the parking lot, when it was just the two of us, he said goodbye, and then he was gone.”

Love Knows No Limits

Steve will stop at nothing for his babies. He admits he isn’t the most mechanically inclined. However, his lack of mechanical knowledge didn’t stop him from assembling a wheelchair for Doris. Doris is a spunky and sassy little girl who came to him with heart problems and kidney disease. The fearless leader of this pack, Steve, made the wheelchair complete with pink and purple accents just to her liking. Steve admits Doris can be a little bashful when it comes to pictures. Because of this, she often pretends to sleep when the camera comes out. Luckily, she was so excited to show off her new wheels so she gladly struck a pose!

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When I was in high school I took some apptitude test that said I should stay away from any occupation that required mechanical skills. My mother, fully aware of my limited abilities in that area, got a big kick out of those test results and put them up on our refrigerator, I assume to remind her never to let me work on the family car. So, knowing that, I'll just let you guess how long it took me to put this wheelchair together and whether I might have used language not entirely suitable for a children's author. Doris has very weak back legs so I'm hoping this will give her a little bit more mobility around the house. But she's really kind of a miracle. She came to me with a bad heart and then she developed kidney disease, two things that are very hard to treat at the same time. About four months ago her test results were so bad our vet wasn't sure she'd make it through the week. But here she is, doing great and handing whatever life throws at her, including a poorly assembled wheelchair. #goodattitudepoorapptitude

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“About four months ago her test results were so bad our vet wasn’t sure she’d make it through the week. But here she is, doing great and handling whatever life throws at her, including a poorly assembled wheelchair.”

The More the Merrier

Just like Doris, it doesn’t appear Steve plans on slowing down anytime soon. He recently expanded his family and welcomed John Henry, a rescue from True & Faithful Pet Rescue Mission in Venice, Florida. The pair were united at the airport and shared an instant connection. John Henry made himself at home and quickly became one of the best-dressed babies in the bunch!

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Explaining John Henry's name: When I was in 4th grade a new kid transferred to my elementary school named Ronnie. His family had a lot of money but that kind of thing doesn't set up barriers when you're only 10. We found out we had the same sense of humor and we quickly bonded. I wanted to call him after school to see about getting together that afternoon. My exact words were, "Hey do you have a phone?" His exact response was, "We have several." I thought it was an odd response for a 10 year old kid but I called him anyway and we became best friends for the next 40 plus years. At that time he had a little white pomeranian dog named John Henry. I always thought that was such a cool, strong name for a little, spunky dog. My friend Ronnie passed away from cancer almost 2 years ago and naming this rescue after his childhood dog felt like a nice way to think about him again, and at the same time honor Englebert, who will never truly leave my side. Englebert's name by the way, before I adopted him was Henry. It just all seems to fit. #whatsinaname Enoch and John Henry

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New Life, Who This?

He chose the name John Henry in memory of his best friend of 40 years who recently lost his battle with cancer. As if it was meant to be, Steve’s beloved Engelbert was also named Henry before Steve adopted him. The name John Henry seemed like an obvious choice, perhaps as if Englebert himself had sent John Henry to join the family.

“I almost always rename the pets I adopt. I read somewhere that a pet associates their name with the person calling it, not with themselves… I don’t know if that’s true or not but I like the idea of having a new name to go along with their new life,” Steve said.

When Steve and the Wolfgang aren’t busy cuddling or posing for cute pictures, Steve works as an accountant. Also, he and the gang promote several dog rescues including Maxfund Rescue and Susie’s Senior Dogs.

In addition to posing for pictures for their 821,000 Instragram followers, the family has also been working on their new book, The One and Only Wolfgang.

h/t: The Dodo
Featured Photo: @wolfgang2242/Instagram

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How to Compare Nutrient Levels in Canned Dog Foods with Dry Foods

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18-Year-Old Rescue Dog Stays Alive To Meet His New Human Baby Sister

Few people hoping to adopt a dog from a shelter are there looking for older dogs. It’s devastating how these adoptable dogs’ ages can work against them like this. Senior dogs can make for the most wonderful life experiences, no matter how old they are when they come into yours.

If you’re not sure, the story of Beth and Michael Clark and the dog they rescued at 17-years-old will undoubtedly convince you.

In December of 2015, the couple visited Friends Of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control in Millersville, Maryland to drop off donation blankets and supplies. They left with far more than they dropped off, in the form of a 17-year-old dog named Rocky.

Rocky had appear as a stray at the shelter six times since 2012. Beth told Today she just couldn’t bear the thought of Rocky living out his remaining days in a shelter.

“I saw this gray-faced, skinny dog and I said to my husband, ‘We’re getting him.’ I was not about to leave that old man to die in a cage.”

He may have been an old dog, but he showed the Clarks how capable he still was of providing unconditional love and support.

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Not long after adopting their pup, Beth became pregnant with her first daughter. Rocky was quite literally Beth’s rock as he supported her through late stages of pregnancy.

“Rocky didn’t really notice until I started showing, but he was so gentle with me and he adjusted really well with all the baby stuff coming in. When I wasn’t feeling good, he was always near.”

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When the couple officially announced their pregnancy, they let Rocky’s face make the announcement.

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As the months went on, Rocky’s health started to decline significantly. At one point, he was rushed to the emergency vet where the family learned he might have a tumor. The last thing they wanted was for their pup to be hospitalized. They wanted him to recover at home, surrounded by love. And he did bounce back.

The day finally arrived for baby Hazel Clark to enter the world. The proud parents brought her home, excited for her to meet her now 18-year-old dog brother.

“He sniffed her and placed his head near her. It was beautiful and I cried.”

After the glorious introduction of dog to baby, Rocky’s increasing health issues became apparent. As dog parents often do, the Clarks knew in their hearts that their beloved dog needed to be put to sleep. They called up a veterinarian right away.

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That night, Rocky died peacefully beside his loving family, new member and all. His family believes he used all of his strength to hold on until his new baby sister arrived.

“We loved him more than words can describe and we still have a very hard time adjusting to him not being here.”

Friends Of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control shared the most tear-jerking Facebook post about Rocky and his generous adoptive parents after he passed. The post, written in the form of a letter, addresses young Hazel specifically.

“Before [Rocky’s death] happened, your sad mom and dad took a picture of the two of you together. Someday, they will show you that picture, and tell you how wonderful and how loved your first dog was, even though your lives only overlapped so very briefly.”

This old dog, formerly doomed to live out his days in a shelter, made a huge impact on the Clarks’ lives.

“We were more than thrilled to adopt Rocky. Just because he was a senior doesn’t mean he didn’t have a personality. It didn’t mean he couldn’t be a family dog or go out and enjoy the world. Senior dogs are amazing dogs — they may need a little help, but they will love you so much.”

If you need to take a break to compose yourself after reading this story, I’d understand.

H/T: The Animal Club
Featured Image: @FAACAC/Facebook

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