Russian Couple Adopted An Orphaned Bear 23 Years Ago, And They Still Live Together

Meet Stepan, a domesticated bear who lives with his humans Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko in Moscow, Russia. The Panteleenkos adopted Stepan when he was just a 3-month-old orphaned cub. He was found by hunters in a forest all alone and in a very bad condition, so Svetlana and Yuriy decided to give him a home.

23 years later, Stepan has grown into a loving bear who helps around the house by watering plants and loves watching TV with his humans. “He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all,” said Mrs Panteleenko. “We have never been bitten by Stepan.”

Stepan eats 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day! But the goofball manages to stay in shape thanks to his love for football. He also keeps himself busy with acting in films and posing for photoshoots. Continue reading

Land of the Strays in Costa Rica Is Heaven For Dog Lovers

The Land of the Strays could be the title of a low-budget horror movie, but the reality could not be further from the truth. Otherwise known as Territorio de Zaguates, The Land of the Strays is in fact a paradise, at least for dogs and dog-lovers.

It’s a privately funded, volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter in Costa Rica. So far, so conventional. What makes this shelter unique however is it’s message. Territorio de Zaguates, whose advertising campaign carries the message “when you adopt a mutt, you adopt a unique breed”, wants people to think differently about mix-breed dogs.

Mongrels are often deemed inferior to pure breeds, but the shelter believes that championing their mixed status is the key to helping them find homes. Each dog for example is given its own unique breed, so instead of being nondescript mutts, the animals become exotically-named rarities. Ever wanted an Alaskan Collie Fluffyterrier? How about a Fire-Tailed Border Cocker or a Chubby-Tailed German Dobernauzer? If so then you know where to go! Continue reading

Fox Village In Japan Is Probably The Cutest Place On Earth

Apparently, Japan is covered in magical and irresistibly cute animal sanctuaries. We’ve heard about the bunny island and cat island, but there’s also a fox village, where six different species of fox romp and play together in a battle for your attention (and probably for your food, too).

This magical oasis of foxiness is called Zao Fox Village, and it’s located in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture. For 100 yen (or about 85 US cents), visitors are provided with food, but because the foxes are not domesticated, they are cautioned against hand-feeding them or bringing small children.

As is the case in the West, foxes in Japan are considered to be sly tricksters. However, some in Japan also believe them to have mystical powers or that hey are messengers of Inari Okami, the Shinto deity of fertility, prosperity and rice. If you’re not convinced, you can check out these magical fox photos!

zao-fox-village-japan-1

19 hilariously inquisitive dogs who just want to say hello

Dogs are some of the most nosy animals we have the pleasure of owning as pets. And the following shots of doggies remind us of this quality one more time — they all want to say hello. And we’re more than happy to get acquainted!

Tell us the password first, then we’ll let you in…

I’m picking up the scent of a new friend!

Please, don’t board up the fence. I love staring at you every day.

We saw the hole and we thought — well, why not see who’s on the other side?

I expect you to come by here every morning to have a chat with me.

Woah, you’ve got a huge back yard! Can I dig a hole and come play?

I can’t see you, but I know we’re going to be best friends!

Open the gate, open the gate, open the gate, and let me in!

We love you!

I think I’m stuck…Little help here…

I spent two weeks digging this hole so I could see what you look like…

I just wanted you to know how much I love you.

Come over here and give me a kiss, neighbour!

One day we’ll break down this wall and be together forever!

I’ve been waiting here all day for you to come home.

It’s time to get rid of this fence. It’s a barrier to our friendship!

I’ll wait here until you come back. I couldn’t bear to miss your return!

Well hello there! I say, you’re beautiful and I’m rather charming myself…Let’s be friends!

At last, the world beyond the garden fence! Fascinating!

23 Heartwarming Photos Proving That Your Kids Need A Pet

Every kid needs a pet. A pet provides companionship, but did you know that there are other good reasons for letting your child have an animal friend?According to parenting.com, pets also help kids with learning, they encourage nurturing, keep kids healthy, and build up family bonds. This is on top of them providing comfort and giving shy children something to talk about with others.

This list features some of the cutest kid-and-pet pictures around. Does your family have any pets?

every-kids-need-pets-1

15 Photos That Prove Dogs Love You No Matter How Much Money You Don’t Have

More than a year ago we made a post about homeless people and their dogs. Amazed by their four-legged friends’ unconditional love, we decided to turn the post into an open list so you could contribute as well.

Once a dog forms a close relationship with a caring owner, their loyalty can be unbreakable, and they will stick with their owner through thick and thin. And unlike us, dogs don’t pass judgment on people who are down on their luck or homeless. This post is a tribute to homeless dogs, who love and stick with their homeless owners no matter what. Continue reading

The 15 Most Popular Dog Breeds Of The Year

Your dog is the best dog, and that’s a fact. But certain breeds slept on the couches and lapped up the toilets of American households more than others this year, making them the most popular. The folks over at DogVacay, a dog-sitting and boarding company, looked at their own data and Google’s to compile the top breeds of the year. Check out their infographic below and then, whether they made the list or not, give your pup a loving scratch behind the ears.

THEN & NOW: This Dog Destroys Every Stuffed Animal Except This One

Meet Luca, the Alaskan Malamute that loves to destroy her toys! Karissa Lerch, from Durham in North Carolina, always wanted a dog, but couldn’t afford one while in college. She got a toy dog from Toys-R-Us instead, and when she could finally afford a dog, gifted the toy to Luca. The two became inseparable.

“I passed the stuffed animal down to her and she has kept it by her side at all times ever since,” said Lerch online. “It’s her baby 🙂 She carries it around everywhere and always has it with her when she goes to bed.” Continue reading

The Unlikely Friendship Of A Dog And An Owl

I wouldn’t have believed that an owl and a dog could become best friends until I saw these surprising and adorable photos by Tanja Brandt, a professional animal photographer and collage artist in Germany. Ingo the shepherd dog and Poldi the little owl seem more than happy to cozy up to each other for photoshoots bathed in golden evening light.

If you like these photos, be sure to visit Brandt’s site, because Ingo has a whole lot of beautiful friends, be they other shepherds or other fierce birds of prey besides Poldi. Brandt creates animal photos and collages professionally, so she seems to have a lot of cooperative models to work with!

Though these photos certainly are adorable and unique, Ingo and Poldi aren’t the only unusual animal friends out there! Continue reading