Last week, Tiny the dog found himself in big trouble.
The Royal New Zealand Navy rescued the small pooch from a log drifting out to sea on Thursday.
According to the New Zealand Herald, crew from the Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea spotted the distressed pup standing on floating driftwood in Smokehouse Bay, Great Barrier Island.
What is Grumpy Cat's answer to every question ever?
In theory, it certainly seemed like a match made in heaven – the world's leading cat behaviorist and the world's craziest cat.
In reality, however, things turned out differently for Jackson Galaxy, host of the Animal Planet show My Cat From Hell, and a 22-lb. feline named Lux, who made headlines around the planet in March when he allegedly flipped out on his owners, forcing them to call 911 for help.
"In the 20 years I've been doing this, I've never met a cat like Lux," Galaxy tells PEOPLE of his time spent trying to help the troubled feline, which viewers can see in an episode airing on Saturday, June 14. "I can say without hesitation that Lux is the most complicated character I think I've ever dealt with."
There's one paw-some student from a middle school in San Antonio, Texas's Northside Independent School District who won't be signing any yearbooks this year.
His name is Taxi. He's the adorable service dog of seventh grader Rachel Benke, and he's landed himself a spot in this year's yearbook.
So beloved is the pup by Benke (who has had epileptic seizures since birth), faculty, and students that his picture was placed right next to hers, just like another student. It's quite the honor for the Lab/golden retriever mix, who Benke's mother, Teresa Benke, describes as a "guide dog dropout" because he didn't succeed in guide dog training.
California Chrome is one horse on a hot streak! With the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes behind him, the 3-year-old thoroughbred is just one race away – the Belmont Stakes on Saturday – from becoming the 12th Triple Crown champion, a title that hasn't been given since 1978.
Named for the "chrome" white marks on his hair, he has the potential to be the first California-bred horse to take home the title.
Ruby Mae knew something wasn't right.
During an early morning walk with her owner Leslie Green, of Port Huron, Michigan, the dog made a beeline for a neighbor's porch. There, an hours-old infant – with his umbilical cord still attached – was wrapped in bloody towels, just waiting for someone to help.
"She wanted me to go up [to the porch]," Green told Detroit's WDIV news. "So I get up there and I see this little dinky face, and I was freaked out."
Police told the local news station that the dog spotted the baby just in time: Had he been left outside any longer, the infant likely would not have survived.
Purr-fect is the best way to describe Craig Armstrong's unique mountain-climbing partner.
He adopted the stunning black feline named Millie from an animal shelter in Park City, Utah, and she is all he ever wanted in a sidekick.
"I go on a lot of weekend climbing adventures. I always figured when I have a pet friend, I'll take her with me," Armstrong tells Bored Panda. "It never seemed odd to me, just seems like something I'd do with my pet, take her places."
Ah, mothers: They're there for you when you need advice, a meatloaf recipe or, you know, a lift from the side of a busy highway.
Likewise, a baby bear got some much-needed help from Mom after the cutie nearly faced traffic near Kootenay National Park in Canada.
The mama bear comes to the rescue, reaching over the barrier to swoop up her little one in her mouth, reports FOX 59. She even manages with another cub by her side – motherhood, after all, is the ultimate balancing act.
Igor's family was leaving on a jet plane to Thailand. They knew when they'd be back again, but the poor little bulldog didn't.
So the patriarch of the family, from Lillestrom, Norway, decided to do something extra special for their adorable bulldog, who waited for them at a kennel while they vacationed.
He brought home to Igor.
In this YouTube video uploaded by a paint supply company, Igor's dad, Kai, secretly transforms a dog kennel into a little slice of home – complete with the family's couch, pillows and pictures lovingly placed throughout – so the pooch will be comforted by familiarity while he's temporarily living at his home away from home.
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