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Via Tim Ruivo
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Hi everyone, 

Just wanted to wish you a happy New Year, and to get things off on the right paw, here's a really cute dog with human hands to ring in the New Year with. 

Be safe and make strong choices! 

- TDW

Via Storyful
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Move over, “Man,” because dogs have found a new best friend, and it’s polar bears.

Yup, in spite of everything happening to polar bears right now, such as losing their homes and attempting to jump from one melting ice sheet to the next, this polar bear took time out of its busy schedule to comfort a dog.

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Putting aside their differences for even just a few moments, this polar bear and dog, who we will now refer to as “The Power Friends,” sat and enjoyed each other’s company in Northern Manitoba, Canada last weekend. Local hero David De Meulles caught the whole exchange on his phone.

"I had no idea what was going to happen, and then sure enough he started petting that dog, acted like he was a friend," David De Meulles said. "I just so happen to catch a video of a lifetime."

"It was a beautiful sight to see, and I just can't believe an animal that big would show that kind of heart toward another animal."

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There’s a lot we can take away from this monstrous beast repressing instinctual its urge to kill long enough to take in the natural beauty and splendor of another living creature. Even if it’s unable to put together rational thoughts or express its feelings orally, on some level this polar bear thought, “I fear not this small creature but understand it has wants and desires like me.” So to the dog must think, “This is my friend, and I want to play with my friend.”

And play they did.

Run free, “Power Friends.” Run free and may we all learn from your connection

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Trick of the Day: Stay! Dogs Reclaim the Mannequin Challenge

After years of doing tricks, like "Stay" and "Play Dead" for free, dogs are finally cashing in on one of those old tricks.

Joining the Mannequin Challenge a little late, but still totally welcomed, dogs have been crushing the challenge for the past day or so. Sure, you could say their owners are the real winners for finally turning their cameras on their dogs for a change, but they're just so cute not to give it to them. I mean, who's a good boy?

Your move, cats. Or don't move, cats.

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Scottish runner Leonard was taking part in the 4 Deserts Gobi March 2016, when a small stray dog decided to become his "running mate".
Via The Dodo
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Scottish runner Leonard was taking part in the 4 Deserts Gobi March 2016, when a small stray dog decided to become his "running mate".

The puppy ran ran more than half of the 155-mile race, refusing to leave Leonard's side. The new owner named the doggie "Gobi" and is in the process of getting her home to Scotland. Altogether now: Awww...

(Image: 4DESERTS.COM/OMNI CAI)

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This dog can teach a kids how to get their kid brothers - pronto!

image dogs hugs The Most Depressing Study Claims That Dogs Hate Hugs
Via @jasongay
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The worst news ever has just been released: dogs hate hugs. It stresses them out because they aren't able to run away if they need to. 

Psychologist and noted dog behaviorist, Stanley Coren, analyzed 250 pictures of dogs showing "signs of stress" and found that 81.6% of them seemed really uncomfortable according to his article in Psychology Today. As depressing as the news is, it kind of makes sense when you look at the pictures:



via Psychology Today

Via POLITICO
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You know that vaguely Nazi-esque gesture that Donald Trump has started to make people do in order to swear allegiance to him?


via @wpjenna

Yea, that's the one! Well, one guy must have thought it would be cute to get his dog to pledge his vote as well and the dog was NOT HAVING ANY OF IT!

Good dog!

dogs truck video This Dog Learned to Drive a Truck, but Not Very Well
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Witnesses saw this dog drive a semi-truck all by itself over a tree and into a car. Police say the dog must have put the idling vehicle into drive while the owner was in a nearby store.  No one, including the dog, was hurt. According to this video, he was even jumping and playing right after the accident:

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Most people don't have time to watch every single Oscar nominated movie, even if you just stick to the nominees for best picture. However, EVERYONE has time for puppies. That's why you'll be glad you watched this video where puppies have replaced the stars in every nominee for best picture. 

Via Gaga2Mars
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This adorable stray puppy needed surgery before she was ready to be adopted. Lucky for her, a very kind surgical assistant was there to comfort her as she was waking up. The original post by BARCS Animal Shelter explains what happened in this sweet video:

Baby Meesha was coming off her anesthesia and was a little scared because her body felt so weird. BARCS Surgical Assistant Dennis Moses took her out into the quiet hallway to comfort her. One of our awesome volunteers just happened to be walking by to capture this sweet moment. Thank you to Dennis and all the staff who work long, tireless hours in the background of our shelter—saving lives and loving the animals. (Turn on the sound, it will melt your heart!)


They also included a follow up post showing Meesha happily snuggling with her new family. 


via BARCS Animal Shelter

cute dogs rescue This German Shepherd With a Shortened Spine Is a Champion for Special Needs Pets Everywhere
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Quasimodo has Short Spine Syndrome, a very rare condition among dogs. It's exactly what it sounds like, he was born with a spine that's shorter than a normal dog because he is missing some vertebra. 



His condition doesn't cause him pain but he does need special medical attention for other health conditions. He's been getting lots of love from foster homes since being rescued. Now that he's in the care of Second Hand Hounds he's managed to bring some much needed attention to the organization that rescues dogs (and cats) in dire need and places them in foster homes.