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History of The Day: Rare Photo of 'The World's Most Loyal Dog' Emerge
Via: The Japan News
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A rare photo of Hachiko, the Japanese Akita dog know as the "World's Most Loyal Dog," has emerged 80 years after his death.

The story of Hachiko and his owner Uneo dates back to 1920's Tokyo, where it is said Hachiko would wait every day at the train station for Uneo to arrive back home from work.

This happened every day, until 1925 when Uneo unexpectedly died while at work.

Hachiko couldn't understand that his owner had died, so he stood watch at the train station for 10 years until his death in 1935.

Most photos of Hachiko (like the one above) only show him standing alone, but the new photo shows his surroundings.

The photo shows the dog blending in naturally at the station, and is totally different from other memorial and closeup photos.

When Hachiko is pictured alone, the environment around the dog is unclear. Almost all shots of the dog with people were taken as memorial photos.

The photo found recently was taken around 1934 by the late Isamu Yamamoto, a former bank employee who lived in the Sarugakucho district in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. That year, the first statue of the dog was erected in front of the station and Hachiko attracted public attention as a faithful dog.

Hachiko is a true icon, receiving tributes and statues across Japan.

Good boy, Hachiko. Good boy.

Via: YouTube
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Here is a pug playing the drums to Metallica's 'Enter Sandman.'

There is really nothing else much to say, except that this is the greatest pug that has ever lived.

Here's the pug in GIF form in case you're into that sort of thing.

If you too believe that pugs are the superior breed of dog, check out our pug archives. Miles and miles of slobbery, snorting pugs for as far as the eye can see.

Good Boy of the Day: Tom Hardy Took His Dog To The Premiere Of 'Legend'
Via: Daily Mail UK
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Tom Hardy's dog Woody is the real star.

After arriving on the red carpet at London's Leicester Square for the premiere of his film Legend, Tom showed off his best bud—an adorable mutt named Woody.

The star was also joined by his wife Charlotte Riley, who is expecting a child. But all eyes were on Woody.

The lovable pooch even took his chance in the spotlight to show off his bird-chasing skills. Just how long until Woody makes an appearance in one of Hardy's epic dub smashes? The public needs to know.

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Newborn of the Day: Couple Takes Baby Pictures with Their New Dog to Get Their In-Laws to Shaddup About Kids Already


You know when you're in-laws/parents/everyone won't stop asking when you're going to have a child? 

That's just how Matt and Abby felt, so they thought they would respond with this tongue-in-cheek, yet still SUPER ADORBS, photoshoot

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Dog owner makes aa
Via: henrywconklin
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Henry Conklin loves his dog and wants to share the canine's voice with the world. Modern social media and Conklin's technological know-how make that possible.

The mathematics/computer science undergraduate student at the University of Virginia regularly engages in competitive programming and decided to use these skills to make a Twitter account that his dog Oliver could 'control'.

@OliverBarkBark tweets every time Oliver barks.

Conklin describes the process by which he achieved this feat on his website:

By connecting a Rasberry Pi, a wifi dongle, and a microphone, I was able to make a system that automatically detected, filtered, and published each and every one of Oliver's deafening vocalizations.

The full process from bark to tweet takes three steps. First is recording. I have the raspberry pi listening continuously and triggering a recording once it hears a sound over a preset volume. Oliver barking is by far the loudest thing within several miles, so the volume threshold should be sufficient. However, the recordings are still triggered occasionally by unwanted junk. To guard against this, I needed to perform a second step to filter the barks from the junk.

I took a machine learning approach to filter out the barks. I built a model using the pyAudioAnalysis library and around a day's worth of barks (about 20). I then set up a bash script to run every ten minutes, classify each recorded sound, and forward the barks on to the next step.

Finally, the barks are forwarded to the twitter api (using python-twitter) and posted under the handle @OliverBarkBark (be sure to follow!). Currently the tweets are random strings composed of "bark," "ruff," and "woof." I plan to replace that with a bark-to-text translator that will likely produce similar results but be more accurate to Oliver's actual voice.



Being the cool guy that he seems, Conklin also made all the code it took to accomplish this publicly available.

He said the next step is puppy podcasting.

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Weight Loss of the Day: This Brazilian Stray Pup Has Quite the Transformation After a Kind Clinic Takes Him in



A Brazilian stray dog had quite a tough life on the street that left him with no exercise and extra helpings of unhealthy food.

Once ridiculed for his 80 pounds as he made his way around with great difficulty due to bad joints and breathing problems, the committed canine has a new leash lease on life.

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Via: How ?!
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The force is strong with this one.

A little kid is jumping around in front of some caged dogs at a pet shop when one of the animals decides to take action.

Watch as the boy tumbles backwards to the ground as the dog leaps towards the glass.

Jedi dog FTW.