Happy Earth Day to all remaining species!
Photo by © Sapphiren
Happy Earth Day to all remaining species!
Photo by © Sapphiren
Pets and people share a very special bond when they grow up together, which is why we’ve compiled a list of pictures of people and their pets growing up and sometimes growing old together.
Because of their shorter lifespans, dogs, cats and other domestic animals tend to grow out of their juvenile forms relatively quickly. In a few months, that cute and doofy puppy that’s tripping all over himself will be galloping between your legs enthusiastically, and in a few months more he or she will be approaching their adult size. Their growing bodies and maturity help put the changes in our own lives into perspective as well. It also helps us appreciate the fact that they spend their lives by our sides as our faithful companions.
Their shorter lifespans also mean that our beloved pets will invariably become a beautiful lesson in both love and loss. Watching your furry childhood friend grow old and die is a harrowing and sorrowful but also natural and potentially enlightening part of life. Of course, that might not be the case for the guy with the tortoise – although their lives are drastically shorter in captivity, a pet that can live for a century or more certainly has a chance to outlive its owner.
So let’s celebrate our pets’ short but loving and meaningful lives by checking out these cool images of them growing up!
Via Bored Panda
Via Anti-Fur Society
"I love you, human! I’d hug you if I had arms!"
Via Oreo & Friends
Two Brothers Hilariously Re-Create Their Childhood Photos As A Gift For Their Mother
Re-creating childhood photos has become somewhat of an internet trend, and this wonderful and hilarious calendar that the Luxton brothers prepared for their mother for Christmas is probably one of the best examples of this trend that we’ve seen. The premise is simple, and can be recreated by anyone – simply pick out some of your best or funniest childhood photos and do everything that you can to re-create them as an adult.
What’s especially heartwarming about these pictures of Joe Luxton and his brother is that, at least judging by some of these pictures, their brotherly bond has only grown stronger as they’ve grown. In other photos, the juxtaposition of grown-up brothers and childhood clothing/activities makes for a truly hilarious and/or disturbing combination.
They even got their dad, their uncle and their dog to participate. Depending on your take, the one where one of the brothers is sleeping on his dad’s lap is especially funny/creepy.
It seems like there are a lot of photographers interested in exploring their own past through photography. Argentinian photographer Irina Werning similarly re-created childhood photos in her Back to the Future series, which we covered in two parts. Chino Otsuka has done amazing work Photoshopping herself into her childhood photos to explore her own identity.
These photos are easy enough to re-create. If you’ve got the time, try digging through your family photos and your old stuff to see if you can re-create some photos too!
All via Bored Panda
(P.S.: I know that’s not about cats but… wow!)
"What greater gift than the love of a cat?" - Charles Dickens
Photos via BuzzFeed
"When man learns to respect even the smallest being of Creation, whether animal or vegetable, nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." - Albert Schweitzer
Photo by ©Adam Franco
If you’re looking to adopt, please consider an adult or senior cat. Save a life!
Save a life this winter!
Back by popular demand - WINTER!! Actually, because winter is quickly approaching, stray and feral cats desperately need shelter to survive the cold weather. If you can’t take in a neighbourhood homeless cat, please make these shelters for them. They are easy, inexpensive and life-saving. If you are in the GTA area, the Toronto Humane Society has a workshop once per month where you can help make the shelters with other people trying to help and/or purchase the finished shelters for only $15. Please share so that we can alleviate the suffering of these sweet animals.
Detailed instructions can be found at this link:http://www.indyferal.org/Literature/out_cat_shelter.pdf
Please be an angel for a lonely animal. Always adopt. Never buy.
Photo by ©Laura Kalina Photography
Sometimes I feel fragile like a soap bubble.
Photo by ©Gabriela Hnizdo Photography
Yesterday my husband Alexandre found a young Magellanic Penguin at the beach! He was surfing when he saw the penguin. The poor little guy was very exhausted and barely able to lift his head. Alexandre took the penguin and put him on his surfboard (yes, the penguin had to surf a little bit) and came back to shore. At home he called the Instituto Argonauta, in Ubatuba (North of São Paulo, Brazil). The biologist, Dr. Danilo Camba, said we must keep the penguin warm and dry in a box, with towels. He arrived about 40 minutes after we called him and took the penguin to the veterinary hospital. In this album you can see the pictures of the little penguin and my cat Pelanca (the penguin babysitter, very proud of herself). Definitely one of the most beautiful things that ever happened to us. :)
"The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) lives along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America. The eastern population breeds in large colonies in Argentina and migrates north as far as Southwest Brazil between March and September. Some are rescued, rehabilitated, nursed back to health. Scientists believe that climate variations altered ocean currents and where penguins could find food, requiring them to travel farther from shore. There, younger and inexperienced birds were taken by strong currents and ended up in Brazil, thousands of miles away from their home. In addition to being exhausted, some penguins were coated with oil and seemed to be suffering from pollution-related illness."
Photos/caption by ©Cats, Beavers and Ducks
Tell President Obama to keep oil companies out of the Arctic
Right now, President Obama is considering whether or not to open up more of the Alaskan Arctic for oil drilling by launching a new round of lease sales for the Chukchi Sea.
What’s at stake here isn’t just one of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth. But the future of our climate. A few weeks ago the president made a bold climate promise to the American people, stating that he would not condemn our generation and future generations to a planet that is beyond fixing.
This Arctic lease sale could start any day now! In order to get the President’s attention we need to flood the White House with urgent messages telling them to cancel this sale.
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952).