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We Rate Dogs shuts down man claiming not all dogs are good

If you’re going to talk shit about dogs on Twitter, be aware that you are at serious risk of online abuse.

We Rate Dogs, as name suggests, is a Twitter account that “rates” dogs, except the scoring is slightly skewed because all dogs are good dogs. Duh.

If you aren’t following the account yet, you’re missing out on some top-notch, 13/10 pup action. Check out some of these puppers:

Fighting for the all the good doggos around the world, the account will occasionally shut down anyone who tries to say that bad dogs exist. If you’re new to the world of dog memes, it’s a grand old time.

On Wednesday, popular Twitter person and self-described “normal dude” Brandon Zaboklicki a.k.a sexualjumanji, made the mistake of making the false claim that there are some bad dogs in the world.

We Rate Dogs saw, and asked the man to rethink his stance on bad dogs. He did.

The original tweet has since been deleted, but the regret process is still very much intact. Given that We Rate Dogs has 2.69 million dog-loving followers, it’s safe to say he endured the full wrath of dog Twitter.

When reached for comment, Zaboklicki confirmed his recent revelation.

“I think all dogs are good,” he wrote via DM.

With more than 92,000 followers, Zaboklicki is no stranger to some attention on the site, but he described his experience of feeling the wrath of dog Twitter as a “wild night.”

We Rate Dogs is basically the mafia for dog memes.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/13/we-rate-dogs-bad-dogs-shut-down/

These photos of cheetahs and dogs playing will melt your freezing cold heart

It’s common knowledge that everyone on this planet or everyone who counts, at least loves dogs.

They’re fun to be around. They’re a comforting presence. Just one look at their cheerfully lolling tongues and dopey, wagging tails is enough to make you think the world might not be such a terrible place after all.

Well cheetahs and human beings may not have a lot in common, but this is something they do have.

Thanks to a gloriously viral tweet from Andy Stardust, the internet has recently discovered that cheetahs and dogs actually make great best friends.

According to a follow-up tweet from Stardust, pairing “support dogs” with nervous cheetahs is actually not at all uncommon in the States (Mashable has reached out to ZSL London Zoo with some questions about this practice, and we will update this article if we receive a response).

Needless to say, the internet was all for it.

The practice isn’t just restricted to cheetahs, either.

If those photos and gifs haven’t immediately been bumped into your top five most adorable things ever, then it’s possible you need to take a look at yourself.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/28/nervous-cheetahs-support-dogs-friends/

Where 120 people failed, delicious sausages succeeded in reuniting lost dogs

Miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo were lost for four days in Cumbria, England until the smell of sizzling sausages brought them back, Caters reports.

Image: Jim Davis/Caters News

Liz and Graham Hampson were distressed when their fuzzy furbabies went missing on June 16, so they went all out to get their pups back.

The couple’s rescue campaign involved friends, family, mountain rescue teams, and even two drones. Overall, more than 120 people helped in the endeavor.

Over 90 hours later, the dogs still weren’t found. So the family “decided to barbecue some sausages near the spot where they vanished and shouted the dogs names.”

Image: Jim Davis/Caters News

The sausage campaign was successful. Charlie and Theo soon came running through the trees, happily reunited with their family. And also the sausages.

Glad these dogs were able to meat again.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/28/lost-dogs-sausage/

Dogs trained to sniff out cancer are helping Japanese residents

A town in Japan with high rates of stomach cancer is turning to sniffer dogs for help.

Kaneyama, a town in northeastern Japan with 6,000 residents, has Japan’s highest fatality rates stemming from stomach cancer, local reports say.

The town is now taking part in a research programme, in which residents’ frozen urine samples are sent to the Nippon Medical School, just east of Tokyo. At the school, dogs are trained to sniff out signs of disease.

Dogs have some 300 million sensors in their nose, compared to five million in a human. They also have a second smelling device in the back of their noses, the combination of which allows trained dogs to detect cancerous tumours which is said to give out a specific odour.

“Nearly 100 percent accuracy.”

“In our research so far, cancer detection dogs have been able to find [signs of] cancer with an accuracy of nearly 100 per cent,” said Professor Miyashita, of the Nippon Medical School.

There are only five dogs trained to work as cancer detection dogs in Japan, according to a training facility in the country. It costs about $45,000 to train each dog.

Cancer sniffing dogs are not unique to Japan.

In the UK, a major trial was conducted last year at Medical Detection Dogs, where dogs were taught to sniff out prostrate cancer from urine samples. The group claimed to have a 93 percent success rate.

In a training session, dogs are taken around a room with different samples only one sample will contain cancer cells.

When the detect the smell, they are trained to sit down in front of the sample and touch it with their nose.

“We are now understanding the huge potential dogs have,” Claire Guest, founder of the Medical Detection Dogs told news outlet the Huffington Post.

“I think the potential for this is absolutely huge and we’re only just beginning to scratch the surface.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/19/cancer-sniffer-japan/

Dogs can’t decide if they like fidget spinners or not

Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dogs, like all of us, don’t know what to make of fidget spinners, and can’t wait for them to finally go away. Videos of people engaging their dogs with fidget spinners are rapidly becoming the latest trend, for better or worse.

Googling “fidget spinner dog” reveals a bounty of great content, and if there’s one overarching takeaway, it’s that dogs really have no remote idea what to make of them.

Fidget spinner on dog mouth, lol! #fidgetspinner #fidget #fidgetcube

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Dachshund fidget spinner master

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All great, but if there’s one clear winner, it’s obviously this:

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/12/dogs-with-fidget-spinners/

NYC subway riders are finding creative ways to get their dogs on board

A new NYC transit rule went into effect last October, which bans dogs from riding the subway unless they fit inside a “container.”

What the powers that be didn’t realize, though, is just how many dogs fit inside containers. In fact, judging by these photos … it seems like most dogs fit inside bags.

Another one for my dog in a bag in a #NYC subway series.

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Let’s hope that, for the sake of these good boys and girls, no one ever thinks to implement a size restriction.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/07/nyc-subway-dogs-in-bags/

The internet loves these dogs who had a rebellious roof party

Tempted by a cracked-open window, these two dogs escaped the top floor of their home Thursday and had an impromptu party on the roof.

You were not invited to this party (sorry!), but that’s OK. Thanks to the internet, you can still experience it vicariously.

The internet learned about Dog Party through tweets from Mic‘s Cooper Fleishman. Fleishman, in turn, learned about Dog Party from his mother, a firsthand Dog Party witness.

Turns out, the dogs’ owner had not authorized this Dog Party. In fact, she didn’t even know about it. But that’s the thing about parties … they’re more fun if you don’t tell your parents.

Here’s what went down:

And, by popular demand, here are Fleishman’s mom’s Easter buns.

See? Kind of seems like you were there, right?

WATCH: Now you can play fetch with your pet even if you’re stuck at work

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/14/dog-roof-party/

Some very good dogs (and their bellies) raise money for animal welfare

Image: Jason kenzie, tania ryan

There is no greater joy on this earth than the joy of a fuzzy dog belly and er, the thrill of charitable giving.

Luckily, photographer Jason Kenzie and designer Tania Ryan’s The Underdogs Project puts together a creative photography series to satisfy this largely untapped market.

The photo series features dogs from whatever the opposite of a birds-eye view ismeerkat-view, perhaps? A play on the theme of “underdogs” that gave their series its name.

Originally conceived to raise awareness about animal welfare, Kenzie and Ryan have set out to raise funds as well by teaming up with Thank Dog I Am Out, a Vancouver-based rescue society.

Image: Jason kenzie, tania ryan

Image: jason kenzie, TANIA RYAN

Image: jason kenzie, TANIA RYAN

Image: jason kenzie, TANIA RYAN

The photos have been compiled into several calendars with 35 percent of all profits going directly to Thank Dog I Am Out, which saves and re-homes hundreds of dogs from high-kill shelters.

For some bonus close-ups of dog fur belonging to what I can only assume are very good dogs, check out their project promo below:

It’s feels so good when the underdog finally wins.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/13/dog-bellies-charity/

Animal shelter celebrates adopting all their dogs in heartwarming video

One Colorado animal shelter has a lot to celebrate this holiday season.

For two days in a row, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region adopted all of their available dogs.

The group was able to achieve the heartwarming success with their #HomeForTheHolidays promotion, helping them adopt over 25 dogs and 23 cats.

The non-profit shared the news through a triumphant video on their Facebook page, accompanied with the proud message, “What happens when your last available dog gets adopted? Your staff and volunteers jump into the kennels to celebrate!”

The shelter already has new animals in need of homes, and asks that people, “keep those adoptions coming!”

You can adopt, or sponsor an animal’s stay at “Hotel HSPPR” here.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/12/23/animal-shelter-humane-society-celebrates-empty-kennels/

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