Who needs a rubber ducky? Not Iris Grace Halmshaw, a 5-year-old British girl – and art prodigy – who was diagnosed with autism in 2011. She and her therapy cat, Thula, have become inseparable, with the friendly feline tagging along for painting sessions, bike rides, and, yes, bath time.
"Their connection was evident on the first day that Thula arrived [about a year ago], and they have been best friends ever since," says Iris's mom, Arabella Carter-Johnson. "She joins in with all the activities."
A Labradoodle named Gracie fell 200 feet off a cliff in Oregon – and survived.
Dog owner Michelle Simmons says Gracie and another dog were playing on a trail in the Columbia River Gorge in Cascade Locks, Oregon, when Gracie went over the side of the cliff.
If home is where your heart is, then Cleo the cat definitely belongs with her owner Nancy Cowen.
Several weeks ago, the fluffy feline was separated from Cowen when the elderly woman was moved from her home in Westcott, England, into the Bramley House Residential Home in the same town.
Somehow the cat, who was left in the care of a neighbor, found her way to the nursing home – where she had never been before – presumably in an attempt to find her beloved owner.
Bramley House employee Laura Costello told the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, which first reported the sweet story, "About two weeks after Nancy moved in, this cat just started turning up and sleeping on the benches outside the home. It was very strange."
Buttercup the kitty is here to prove cats and dogs can get along, inside and out.
This orange tabby from the Florida Keys recently received a life-saving blood transfusion from a canine, KeysNet.com reports. The rare procedure is known as a xenotransfusion.
Cooper the canine sings the chorus, of course.
Animal control officer Wanda Snell knows what she saw: A veterinarian inserted a needle into the black-and-brown mutt and injected a chemical meant to euthanize the dog no one had adopted. The animal moved a bit and was still and quiet by the time she left the shelter for home.
What Snell can't explain is how or why a mixed-breed dog that nobody wanted recovered overnight and has since bounced back fully from what should have been a lethal injection.
Sometimes the best reward after a long week is a hot shower.
That nasty email you received, the comments your annoying boss made and the memories of the vending machine eating all of your quarters simply roll off your back and spiral down the drain. Consider it a paper shredder for your mind and body.
This pup bathing in a sink reminds us of our favorite stress reliever and, by the looks of things, we're pretty sure the dog is trying to fur-get some unpleasant happenings during his week, too.
Just as they are in the office, dog park politics can be brutal.
Acer is a miniature horse with big dreams – of being a dog.
The 3-year-old is 22-in. tall and happily roams around owner Maureen O'Sullivan's house and miniature horse farm in Essex, England, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.
"I think he's one in a million, this little horse," said O'Sullivan. "I've never seen anything like him."
When one door closes, another one opens.
Well, we're not entirely sure this pooch would move a muscle if either of these things were to happen.
The tiny pup is standing at an open terrace door, patiently waiting for someone to open it so he can enter to see his owner, who beckons him with sweet nothings.
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