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Man brings his own cheese plate to football game, because hot dogs aren’t good enough

Sometimes you’re too fancy for a limp, overpriced hot dog.

Like this dude who brought his own cheese platter during an Australian rules football match between the Melbourne Demons and St Kilda Football Club on Sunday.

Look, we’re not going to lie, bringing your own cheese platter for instant consumption sounds like quite the idea. The occasion however, is a little questionable.

The platter features avocado, blocks of cheese (perhaps a blue?), cured meats and a baguette on a wooden board (!), according to a person claiming to be the man’s friend on Reddit. Ooh la la.

And of course, seems like people are into the idea. Well, some of them at least.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/14/cheese-platter-football-game/

How dogs and drones are slashing rescue times in thewake of natural disaster.

An unlikely dynamic duo is changing the game for Swiss rescue operations needing to move quickly after natural disasters.

Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images.

Dogs…

Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images.

…and drones.

Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images.

The Swiss Federation of Civil Drones has partnered with the Swiss Association for Search and Rescue Dogs (REDOG) to complete a handful of missions — including one this week.

On Aug. 23, 2017, journalists at a press event were being shown how the dogs and drones work together during a rescue exercise on a grassy plain outside Zurich, when, incredibly, an actual landslide occurred in the Swiss Alps near the Italian border.

Drones and dogs were among the resources deployed to the region — a popular area for hikers.

As of this writing, eight people — from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland — were still missing following the landslide that rocked the remote village of Bondo, CNN reported.

The tragic event — which forced an estimated four million cubic meters of mud and rock plummeting down the side of the Piz Cengalo mountain in southeastern Switzerland, the BBC reported — illustrates how vital it is to have resources like trained dogs and drone technology at the organizations’ disposal.

Both organizations aim to eventually have drones complement the dogs’ work on every rescue event.

“This allows us to have an eye in the air and a nose on the ground,” REDOG president Romaine Kuonen told AFP.

In the wake of natural disasters, drones are particularly helpful at scanning areas unsafe for people (and dogs) to venture, such as the dangerous terrain surrounding cliffs. At the same time, dogs are especially handy at sniffing out those who need rescuing in heavily wooded areas, where operating drones can be difficult.

Allowing dogs and drones to, in a sense, divide and conquer larger areas in the precious hours following a natural disaster — where rescue teams are racing against the clock to save lives, as they did in the wake of the Swiss avalanche — is truly changing the game.

Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images.

“The main benefit is to gain more time, to be more efficient and to be faster to find the missing person,” Dominique Peter of the Swiss Federation of Civil Drones explained to AFP.

Stay up to speed on the news unfolding in Bondo, and learn more about Swiss efforts to combine dogs and drones to save lives in a video by AFP below:

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/how-dogs-and-drones-are-slashing-rescue-times-in-thewake-of-natural-disaster

Good Samaritans in Houston haul 21 dogs to safety in a single boat

After Hurricane Harvey, a group of good Samaritans came to the rescue of dozens of good dogs.

Houston resident Betty Walter found herself stranded in floodwaters in the wake of the storm. She was also sheltering 21 dogs (some of which belonged to her neighbors) and wasn’t sure how they would all get to safety.

Luckily, the dog rescue crew came along. They loaded all 21 dogs on the boat — Walter walked alongside — and hauled everyone away.

“I was worried there was too many dogs on the boat and it would tipped [sic] over,” Walter wrote in a Facebook post. “I told them I would stay behind and for them to make 2 trips. They said NO we are taking all and you. We had 21 dogs on this boat.”

To get out, the humans had to slog through water higher than her head, she added.

Eventually, Walter and all 21 took shelter at a crew member’s house in nearby Kemah, Texas. At the time of writing, they were all doing fine.

WATCH: Smiling rescued donkey is so happy to be back on solid ground

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-dog-boat-rescue/

Bright blue dogs might be pollution’s weirdest effect ever.

What the heck is going on here?

One of these things is not like the others. Image from Business Insider/YouTube.

Sometimes people like to call the (pretty darn adorable) Australian Cattle Dog a blue heeler. But some stray dogs from the city of Navi Mumbai, India, just turned really blue. We’re talking bright, cotton-candy Smurf blue.

The suddenly blue pups have become big news, popping up in stories from a number of different news organizations, including the Hindustan Times, Daily Mail, and Business Insider.

What could have turned the dogs such an an unnatural color. The short answer? Pollution.

These dogs are from the city’s Taloja industrial area, which is home to nearly 1,000 different pharmaceutical and industrial factories. According to the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, one of the companies has been illicitly dumping blue dye into the local Kasadi river. When the dogs went in the water to look for food, they inadvertently gave themselves one of the trendiest new looks of 2017.

“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” Arati Chauhan, who runs the animal protection group, told the Hindustan Times.

The group says they’ve seen about five dogs who’ve been affected and reported the problem to a pollution control board. The board says they’ve identified the source and have told the company to fix it.

So far, there’s no word on whether the dye is dangerous, nor whether other animals have been affected, although the animal protection group is worried about wider effects.

The images are dramatic, but unfortunately, it’s rarely this easy to spot pollution.

Though the dyes were dramatic, many types of pollution are much harder to spot. The Kasadi river, for instance, already had as much as 13 times the safe amount of industrial pollutants in it.

Back in the United States, as many as half of our waterways may be in poor condition, according to a 2013 EPA report. The Trump administration has also pushed to rollback Obama-era water protection rules.

Regular monitoring and enforcing of pollution levels is important. We shouldn’t have to rely on wild packs of aquamarine dogs to let us know our rivers’ health.

Watch Business Insider’s video explainer below:

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/bright-blue-dogs-might-be-pollutions-weirdest-effect-ever

Sad BBC news reporter very unhappily presents footage of happy, surfing dogs

It’s silly season in the UK, which means the media is abundant with funny and frivolous stories to make up for the summer’s slow news and one reporter in particular is just completely over it.

BBC News presenter Simon McCoy is so over it in fact that not even a story about the World Dog Surfing Championship can get a smile out of him. He even prefaces the segment with, “Just bear in mind, it is August,” setting up the clip with as much silly season enthusiasm as he can muster.

We didn’t think it was possible to be this unhappy while reporting on surfing pups, but sheesh, were we wrong. Is he talking about pups or the stock market?

His exasperated sighs can be heard over clips of the event a stark juxtaposition to the footage of happy doggies splashing carelessly in the waves. This man has had it with all the silliness.

Maybe he’s seen one too many dogs surf and now he’s unimpressed. Perhaps he had higher aspirations to only report on cats and now he’s stuck doing dog stories.

Dogs surfing = BORING. Tough break, dude.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/07/bbc-presenter-unhappily-presents-surfing-dogs/

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 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/

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