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7 Photos of Pets Then & Now That Will Melt Your Heart

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7 Photos of Pets Then & Now That Will Melt Your Heart

Update 02/24/2014 08:45 PM Originally posted 02/24/2014 04:15 PM

Remember when your cat was just a ball of fluff that fit into the palm of your hand? Or when your puppy unwittingly did floppy somersaults because he hadn't grown into his massive feet?

Until we can figure out how to bottle up all that painfully cute youth and sniff it whenever we're having a bad day, here's the next best thing: 7 then-and-now photos of cats and dogs.

The shots of pets with their owners young and then old makes us crack the goofiest smile – and then swim in a pool of tears under our desks. Whoever decided that pets have to get old should be forced to watch Lassie reruns for the rest of their lives.

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Surf Dog Makes Terminally Ill Teen's Wish Come True

Update 02/24/2014 05:00 PM Originally posted 02/24/2014 02:00 PM

A dog helped make a terminally ill teen's biggest wish come true.

Caleb Acosta is a 15-year-old teen from Apopka, Fla., who has stage four brain cancer that has spread to his spine. He really wanted to hang ten with surf dog Ricochet, the world's most famous surfing golden retriever.

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The Daily Treat: Ohio Woman Rescues Cat Found Frozen to the Road | Animals & Pets, Pet News

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Ohio Woman Rescues Cat Found Frozen to the Road

Update 02/19/2014 04:45 PM Originally posted 02/19/2014 01:15 PM

Things are not always as they appear, and luckily for one kitten, a passerby stopped to take a second look.

Dara Taylor of Elyria, Ohio, was driving to work on Monday when she found a gray kitten frozen to the road in northeast Ohio and rescued it. She says she initially thought it was a chunk of ice and was shocked when it tried to move.

"As I got out of the car, I could hear him meowing so loudly and pitifully and his little heart was beating so fast,” she tells The Chronicle-Telegram.

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Keyboard Cat, Lil Bub to Appear on Puppy Bowl

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Keyboard Cat, Lil Bub to Appear on Puppy Bowl

Originally posted 01/03/2014 09:30 AM

Just when you thought Puppy Bowl couldn't get any cuter ...

For the show's 10th year, Animal Planet has booked some very familiar faces to make an appearance: YouTube stars Keyboard Cat and Lil Bub. The musically inclined cat will perform during the halftime show, reports EW, while Lil Bub will "check in throughout the game."

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Meet the Top 10 Internet-Famous Animals of 2013 | Funny Pets

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And 2013's Most Internet-Famous Animal Is ...

Originally posted 12/17/2013 04:50 PM

Another day, another honor for Grumpy Cat – though we doubt it will manage to bring a smile to her face.

The fickle feline (real name: Tardar Sauce) topped Google's list of trending Internet-famous animals in 2013. She was followed by Lil Bub, Tuna the Dog and Grumpy's Christmas music video costar, Colonel Meow.

It's certainly been a great year to be a cat, with Lil Bub winning Best Feature Film at the Tribeca Film Festival and Grumpy Cat landing a movie deal.

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Pod of Whales Stranded, At Least 10 Dead in Everglades National Park

PHOTO: Dozens of Whales Stranded in Everglades

Update 12/04/2013 03:50 PM Originally posted 12/04/2013 01:00 PM

Wildlife officials are heading to a remote area of Everglades National Park to help pilot whales stranded in shallow water.

On Tuesday, officials found 20 to 30 pilot whales either beached or stranded in waters in a remote area of the Florida park near Highland Beach in northern Monroe County.

Rangers helped some of the whales, but about 10 were beached late Tuesday.

Park spokeswoman Linda Friar says six of the whales were pushed back into the water. As of Wednesday, 10 whales died.

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Dog Rescued From Rubble Nine Days After Tornado Hit Central Illinois

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Dog Rescued From Rubble Nine Days After Illinois Tornado

Originally posted 11/30/2013 02:20 PM

A 6-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner.

Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from the dog, Dexter, when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington, Ill. Montgomery combed through the wreckage multiple times but turned up no sign of Dexter.

Nine days after the storm, a neighbor who was looking for his cat, also missing, with the help of a group called Rescuing Animals in Need sent Montgomery a Facebook message to tell him Dexter had been found partially buried in debris where the apartment building used to stand.

"He said, 'I've got your dog right here,'" Montgomery recalled in a statement released by the Illinois National Guard. "As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going."

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which Thanksgiving Foods Are Okay to Give Your Dog?

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Thanksgiving is here once again, and while you're ready to dive into some turkey and stuffing, there's one member of your family whose preferences you're maybe not so sure of: your dog.

On this special day, don't be afraid to include your best furry friend in the festivities, just be mindful of certain foods that can make Fido sick – and find out which are just as delicious for him as they are for Mom and Dad.

Our friends at Dogster have put together this infographic to answer the eternal question, "What can dogs eat on Thanksgiving?" Give it a gander before serving your feast:

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New Breed of Dog Promises a Puppy Face That Won't Age

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New Breed of Dog Promises a Puppy Face That Won't Age

Originally posted 11/21/2013 02:00 PM

Imagine the ideal designer dog. It would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out and longevity bred in. And, most important, it would never lose its puppy face.

Enter the "cava-poo-chon." The breed is the newest and latest in the decades-old search for the dog-face fountain of youth and perfect pet accessory. But the American Kennel Club does not recognize the new trend as an official breed, and one expert calls some specially bred small dogs expensive "gimmicks."

"There's always been a market for these forever-ish young dogs," said veteran trainer Steve Haynes (of Fidelio Dog Works Austin, Texas), who is working with 50 first-generation cava-poo-chons.

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Rupee Becomes First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest

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Rupee, the First Dog to Climb Mt. Everest, Is Also Monumentally Cute

Update 11/13/2013 12:30 PM Originally posted 11/13/2013 11:30 AM

Rescued dogs have found their poster pup!

A once-homeless dog named Rupee is believed to be the first canine to make it to the base camp of Mount Everest at 17,000 feet.

Rescued by Joanne Lefson from a garbage dump in Northern India, Rupee was malnourished, dehydrated and on the verge of death when she found him.

"When I saw him on that dumpsite, he couldn't have had more than an hour to live. He couldn't even walk 10 meters without collapsing," Lefson, an animal activist, said in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

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