The Vancouver Police Department has released their annual calendar, which features only the furry heroes on their force. This tradition was started in 2004 by a Vancouver police sergeant who lost his wife to breast cancer. With proceeds of sales going to support the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, they have raised over $200,000 since.
World Cup fever is going strong, especially for countries that advanced though. Unfortunately, there are always some terrible human fans that ruin the fun. Some are specifically located in Dorset, England.
A killdeer bird, known for its distinctive “kill deer” cry, is holding up a major music festival in Canada. While not endangered, the killdeer is a protected species, with a new mother killdeer and her nest discovered directly where the main stage will go for Bluesfest in Ottawa, one of Canada’s biggest music festivals. Unlike what we expect of most birds, Killdeer spend a lot of their time on the ground, where they also build their nests, instead of in trees.
Now in its 30th year of celebrating the unique beauty of some strange-looking dogs from across the country, the 2018 Ugliest Dog Contest has declared a winner. The champ is Zsa Zsa, a rescued English bulldog hailing from Anoka, Minnesota. This 9-year-old stands out with an extra-long, Looney Tunes-style tongue.
A kind man in Minnesota heard a kitten crying one night and investigated, finding her alone in a parking lot. After taking her home, he started to notice a few things that made her different from the average kitty: She had really big paws for her size and a strange meow… He suspected she might not be a regular domestic cat and turned her into the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.
This good girl has joined the Vancouver Fire Department but not to put out fires. Lola, a 2.5-year-old golden retriever, will work as a trauma dog to help firefighters with their mental health. Today we welcomed Lola to VFRS and to the mental health team.
Trevor, a dachshund living in England had a pretty normal four years of life as a normal-sized sausage dog. Until one morning his human’s mom commented that Trevor looked like he was gaining weight. They didn’t think much of it at first, but as they ate breakfast, he seemed to keep getting bigger.
Kosmo, a brave police doggo in New Zealand, has a new lease on life after a near-fatal stabbing. After responding to a family harm incident, Kosmo was sent to track down the suspect, who stabbed him in the neck, just missing his main artery. It happened before his police human, Constable Regan Turner, was able to see what happened, taking 20-25 minutes to find his furry partner.
With no shortage of cute cat videos on the internet, it’s hard to stand out. But for Prince Michael and his human Aaron Benitez, they make going viral look easy. Over the last few years, they’ve released a stream of hilarious animal videos, featuring the acting talent of Michael and the special effects wizardry of Aaron.
Boston Dynamics, the famous robot manufacturer formerly owned by Google, is finally starting to sell robots to the public. And they’re starting with the robot doggo the SpotMini! The SpotMini made headlines earlier this year when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos adopted one.