May 26, 2014

Moving Portraits of Surviving 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs 10 Years Later

September 11, 2001 is a day in history that people all over the globe remember. For Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, her most vivid recollection of that tragic day is of seeing images in the newspaper of the hundred search and rescue dogs that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed to search for survivors in the debris of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the aftermath of the attacks, these brave dogs worked day and night alongside their handlers, firefighters, and other rescue workers, sifting through the rubble to try to save as many lives as possible.

One decade later, in the months before September 2011, Dumas embarked on a quest to locate the last surviving 9/11 search and rescue dogs who had worked so tirelessly ten years earlier. Through FEMA, she found 15 of the remaining dogs who were still alive. Dumas traveled across the United States to visit the retired canines and to photograph them in their homes. Retrieved is a collection of their portraits, a moving tribute to these heroic dogs and their handlers. The passage of time has clearly left its mark on the animals, but despite their graying whiskers, clouding eyes, and stiffer joints, there is still the same sense of alertness and wonderful spirit that made them so valuable in the aftermath of 9/11.

For the photographer, the selfless dogs represented a spark of hope amidst the destruction and tragedy ten years ago, as they offered comfort and consolation to everyone around them. She says, “These animals were all at the same place at the same time, one decade ago, for the same reason: to work. That experience unites them, and was the incentive for me to pursue this subject and to photograph the dogs. They now share the vulnerability of old age while symbolizing a full decade coming to a close.”

Although a few of the 15 dogs that Dumas photographed have already passed away by now, they are immortalized and commemorated in these powerfully intimate portraits. For a closer look at the canine heroes, be sure to check out Retrieved in print, available on Amazon.

Via My Modern Metropolis

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Filed under: dogs 9/11 canines book heroes 
May 26, 2014
"Stacey! Open the door! We’re here for second breakfast!"
Photo via Imgur

"Stacey! Open the door! We’re here for second breakfast!"

Photo via Imgur

May 26, 2014

How to Introduce 2 Cats

Another cute video by ©Cole & Marmalade

May 25, 2014
Via how i met my pets: “Oh Ted. You are such a sexy body.”

Via how i met my pets: “Oh Ted. You are such a sexy body.”

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May 25, 2014

Roger Williams Park Zoo Welcomes Endangered Tree Kangaroo

Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island has just announced the birth of a Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo, born in October last year. The female joey, named Holly, is the first tree kangaroo birth at the zoo in over 20 years, and one of only one of three born in captivity in the U.S. last year.

Tree Kangaroos are an Endangered species, and are part of a Species Survival Program – a cooperative breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that aims to rehabilitate endangered and threatened species populations.

Via ZooBorns

May 24, 2014
"I’ll just sit here and wait for dinner."
Photo by ©shrampton

"I’ll just sit here and wait for dinner."

Photo by ©shrampton

May 24, 2014

(Source: merlin-und-buenchen)

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May 24, 2014
"Let’s play Ring Around the Rosie!"
Photo via yle.fi

"Let’s play Ring Around the Rosie!"

Photo via yle.fi

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May 24, 2014
"OMG IS THAT A MOTH?!"
Photo by ©maniek and marcelka

"OMG IS THAT A MOTH?!"

Photo by ©maniek and marcelka

May 24, 2014

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May 24, 2014
Via hahahayleybug: “What do you mean this box is for my poop not to play in, mom?” (at The Dysfunctional Italian Show)

Via hahahayleybug: “What do you mean this box is for my poop not to play in, mom?” (at The Dysfunctional Italian Show)

May 23, 2014

"Shut up and kiss me."

Photos found on Pinterest

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May 23, 2014

OMG… The reaction of Zoey, a baby capuchin monkey, when she sees Grandma is AMAZING.

Video by ©Amy Keyes

May 22, 2014

My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever

Most pet cats will become timid or defensive when outdoors, but not Millie – after being adopted by her mountain-climbing owner Craig Armstrong, Millie has become a feline hiking and mountain-climbing legend.

“She literally loves to climb things… if there’s high-ground she’ll seek it out,” Armstrong said in an interview with Bored Panda. He had nothing but praise for the tenacious little athlete: “Generally she does best on slabby routes where she can scramble from ledge to ledge. She’s an incredible athlete but steep juggy routes just aren’t her thing. When bouldering, though, she’s done some pretty amazing gaps and dynos.”

“I go on a lot of weekend climbing adventures. It never seemed odd to me, just seemed like something I’d do with my pet, take her places,” explained Armstrong. Ever since Millie climbed up onto his shoulder at the Furburbia adoption center in Utah, Armstrong knew they’d make a good team.

There are, of course, pros and cons to taking your cat hiking – “We camp in my truck; She peed in there one night, but she caught a mouse in there one night, too.” Armstrong hopes that they can become a team in other aspects of his life as well; “I’m still waiting for the day we come across a group of pretty ladies and they love Millie and invite us to their campfire that night.“

He also had plenty of advice for owners who might consider hiking with their own cats. “Get them used to their name and to you as a safe place. In talus fields or thick woods she’ll get distracted and climb trees or explore tiny caves and under boulders and stop following sometimes. It’s taken a lot of practice and many trips to get Millie to the point where she follows me down a trail past areas like thickets that would have distracted her otherwise.”

Via Bored Panda

May 21, 2014
Comic by ©sebastien millon:

"Cat Bee"
Your cat might be annoying but I suppose it could always be worse. Be thankful you don’t have a cat bee. Cat bee probably inspired by Bravest Warriors CatBug :)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnZdiR7YbN4

Comic by ©sebastien millon:

"Cat Bee"

Your cat might be annoying but I suppose it could always be worse. Be thankful you don’t have a cat bee.

Cat bee probably inspired by Bravest Warriors CatBug :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnZdiR7YbN4