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    20 Little-Known Golden Retrievers Facts

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    1. Did you know that Golden Retrievers were developed by Lord Tweedmouth in his native Scotland during the mid-to-late 19th century? Golden Retrievers were developed from a mix of flat-coated retrievers and tweed Water Spaniels.
    2. Even though Golden Retrievers were a well-loved breed in the late 19th century, it took a few decades for the American Kennel Club (AKC) to recognize them as an official breed, and they did so in 1925.
    3. Golden Retrievers are among the most popular dog breeds in America and have been for years, currently sitting at #3. They are only behind the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd, for now at least!
    4. Golden Retrievers have a great sense of smell, seeing as they were intentionally bred to help hunters retrieve fowl game. Due to their specific breeding, they have powerful olfactory skills and nowadays are used to help detect bombs, and assist in search-and-rescue missions.
    5. Did you know that Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds used as service dogs? With their physical abilities and intelligence, they do well being trained to assist those with disabilities.
    6. Golden Retrievers are considered the 4th smartest dog breed. According to Pets WebMD, they are one of the easiest breeds to train, trailing behind Border Collies, Poodles, and German Shepherds.
    7. Golden Retrievers have lived in the White House! Both President Gerald Ford and President Ronald Reagan have owned Golden Retrievers as pets while serving in the White House. Ford’s dog, called Liberty, even gave birth to a litter of puppies in the White House!
    8. Golden Retrievers love the water and are known for being great swimmers. So, next time you go to the pool, make sure to bring along your Goldie for some summertime fun!
    9. A Kangaroo in Australia called Dusty is said to be the adoptive son of a Golden Retriever named Lilly. Dusty and Lilly’s caretaker says he always wants to spend time with his “mom”. She said, “He’s always grooming her, they’re always together, and if Lilly goes out of the yard, he pines for her and sort of hops up and down the fence until he’s let out to go with her.”
    10. A Golden Retriever named Lilly once saved three African wild pups. When the mom gave birth to three puppies at the Oklahoma City Zoo, one male and two females, she wasn’t very interested in caring for them. Quickly, the zoo’s animal care team introduced them to Lilly, who had recently become a mother herself. She took to the puppies instantly and began nursing them as her own pups.
    11. There are two different camps for the Golden Retrievers. First, the hunting camp, which breeds a dog with a shorter and stronger working/retrieving drive. The second camp breeds a dog with a longer coat that is more likely to be a show dog and performer in agility competitions. When looking for a Golden Retriever to adopt, make sure to choose from the right breeder depending on what kind of lifestyle you want to have with your new doggie!
    12. Golden Retrievers were big in the entertainment industry during the 80s and 90s, probably because of their intelligent and easy to train nature. Some of the shows that featured Golden Retrievers include Punky Brewster, Full House, and Empty Nest. They also appeared in the popular family films “Homeward Bound” and “Air Bud”.
    13. Did you know that a Golden Retriever from Australia holds the Guinness World Record for loudest bark? Charlie reached 113.1 decibels to win this title. At that volume, the bark reached louder decibels than a chainsaw, which is as loud as 110 decibels!
    14. Golden Retrievers need mental and physical exercise every day. This can be accomplished by taking them running, walking, playing Frisbee, doing agility courses, or having them as a hunting companion. It is important that they get at least an hour of physical exercise each day. This will help him find acceptable outlets for his energy, otherwise, he might find his own destructive outlets.
    15. Did you know that Golden Retrievers have water-repellent double coats that shed seasonally? This helps them be great hunting companions and definitely makes their love of water better, so make sure to brush your Goldie once a week to minimize the shedding!
    16. Golden Retrievers make great watchdogs, but not the best security dogs. They’ll bark loudly at strangers, but once they physically interact with a person, a Goldie is more interested in being friendly.
    17. In 2010, a Golden Retriever named Angel saved his 11-year-old owner, Austin, from a cougar attack. When the cougar pounced to attack Austin, Angel threw himself between the boy and the cougar. Both animals fought until a constable arrived at the scene and killed the cat. The family thought Angel had been mortally wounded, but according to Austin’s mother, he suddenly sucked in a “big breath of air and then got up [and] walked to Austin, sniffed him to make sure he was all right, then sat down.” Thankfully, the Goldie Angel made a full recovery.
    18. Golden Retrievers are family dogs and love to be with their family “pack.” Just because they are a larger dog does not mean they can be left outside alone for hours. They need to be with their family wherever they are, inside or outside, so make sure if you get a Goldie that you can give him the time and company he needs.
    19. Golden Retrievers are friendly and very good with children, however, their size and energetic disposition can cause them to accidentally knock over smaller children. Be sure to monitor interactions between your dog and children to be sure both are behaving appropriately with each other.
    20. Did you know that a Golden Retriever named Augie has the record for “Most Tennis Balls Held In The Mouth By A Dog”? He held 5 regulation-size tennis balls, that’s pretty good! Just make sure to give them a wash before your next tennis match!
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    You Won’t Believe That Cats See Things That Are Invisible To Humans

    Cats May See Things Invisible To Humans

    It comes as no surprise to hear that many animals have better vision and see things differently than humans do and in many cases an animal’s vision allows them to see things humans simply cannot. Up until recently, it was believed that animals could not see ultraviolet trays, but recent evidence is changing that.

    This new possibility of animals seeing UV rays comes from a recent study done by biologists at City University London, US. The findings of the study showed that cats, dogs, and other animals appear to be able to see in UV light. Humans cannot see UV light, which is the wavelength beyond visible light from red to violet.

    According to Pet MD:

    “Have you ever felt that your cat or dog can see something you don’t? Well, you may be right, according to a new study. Cats, dogs, and other mammals are thought to see in ultraviolet light, which opens up a whole different world than the one we see, the study explains.

    UV light is the wavelength beyond the visible light from red to violet that humans can see. Humans have a lens that blocks UV from reaching the retina. It was previously thought that most mammals have lenses similar to humans.

    Scientists studied the lenses of dead mammals, including cats, dogs, monkeys, pandas, hedgehogs, and ferrets. By researching how much light passes through the lens to reach the retina, they concluded that some mammals previously thought not to be able to see UV actually can.”

    If UV light can safely pass through these mammals lenses to their retina then they clearly can see a different world than what we humans see. This takes us to the next question, are these animals, in reality, seeing more than what we originally thought? Has your pet ever seemed to be looking at something or someone else, something you yourself could not see? My cats and dogs have and this happens a lot, but what does that mean?

    Is it possible that our pets could be seeing “spirits” or forces of some sort that we ourselves do not see? There is a good likelihood that there is more to this. The study was not about testing whether or not animals could see spirits, but it was, however, determined that their biology allow them to see in a different wavelength that humans cannot and, therefore, will see things we are not capable of seeing. In conclusion, animals have a lot more going on in their eyes than previously thought. This might explain why animals seem to be more in tune with some things when we are not.

    Numerous studies have been carried with dogs and their keen senses. There is an ongoing debate on the psychic abilities and sensory preceptors of dogs. We will never be able to confirm these, as we cannot communicate with dogs on the level necessary to gain adequate evidence but it is, nonetheless, interesting and worth the thought.

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    20 Over Dramatic Cats Who Deserve An Oscar

    Move over Lassie, these cats are so dramatic they deserve an Oscar!

    We all know cats are great at ignoring humans, dogs, and even each other but who knew they could be so dramatic! If you think your cat is a drama queen, wait until you see these cats. These cats can kill with just one look, melt your heart with their eyes alone, and best most stand-up comedians without saying a single word. Check out these hilarious pictures of cats being extra dramatic, whether its because you told them to get off the couch, walking in snow for the first time, or simply having a friend walk to the next room.

    Which cat deserves an Oscar?

    I can’t wait another 5 minutes for dinner, I’m dying!

     

    OMG, what just happened there?

     

    Whoa, did I just see what I think I saw?

     

    When she says we are out of “Fancy Feast”.

     

    Come back, I didn’t mean it!

     

    Eww, don’t ever show me that again…

     

    Going on a road trip without the crates, Booyah!

     

    This cat thinks he is on Broadway…..in CATS….

     

    When your human brings a dog home from the shelter.

     

    Don’t touch me!

     

    What I think of you and your dog’s PDA…..

     

    I don’t find this funny, open the door NOW!

     

    I will never ever let go, you can’t make me!

     

    I’m too sexy for this couch.

     

    Taking scaredy-cat to a whole new level!

     

    First time walking in the snow….

    ….30 seconds later

    ……1 minutes later. Get me inside NOW!

     

    Pork Chop before the vet visit…

    Pork Chop after the vet visit….all the way home.

     

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    20 Hilariously Epic Cat Photobombs

    Ever notice that cats have to be the center of attention? If the camera puts someone else in the spotlight, these cats are sure to make that the last time it happens. These pictures are epic! Photobombing felines steal the show time and again. They are seen crashing wedding pictures, family photos, selfies, dogs, and even each other. They can’t get enough of the camera, or themselves for that matter! These cats have one mission and one mission only, to steal the show and turn every “purrfect picture into an absolute catastrophe!” We hope you love these hilarious cat-studded pictures as much as we have. Enjoy!

    1. Can you see me?

     

    2. Nice back bend….but can you help me up now?

     

    3. Cute sleeping baby, eh?

     

    4. It’s being me, isn’t it?

     

    5. And for the lovely couple, I raise my tail….

     

    6. I’m still out here….

     

    7. That’s what I think of this whole thing.

     

    8. I love this time of year, don’t you?

     

    9. This is what I think of your group picture…..

     

    10. When you are not looking I am going to rip your fruit bouquet apart!

     

    11. Please subscribe if you like their song…..

     

    12. Can you believe this! We are in public!

     

    13. Selfie, what selfie?

     

    14. I’m watching…..always watching…

     

    15. Don’t take a picture of him, take a picture of MEEEE!

     

    16. Someone get me out of here!

     

    17. Forget the bouquet, I want her veil!

     

    18. When you just want to leave your mark that you were there….

    19. Mmm hmm, tell me about it.

    20. Hey, I’m part of this family too guys!

    We’d love to hear from you, what was your favorite photobombing feline of our line up?

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    A Couple takes a chance on a Sad Shelter Cat Who Couldn’t Find a Home

    Meet BenBen


    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    This is BenBen on his first days at the shelter.

    Sad, alone and broken, waiting in a cage to be euthanized. This was a stray tabby cat that had given up hope. He came to the shelter in very bad condition. His signature look was sad because he had been so injured, his face hung with excess skin.

    He had been attacked by a larger animal and arrived with multiple deep lacerations, a crushed spine, and cauliflower ear. He had been living on his own and having a very hard time surviving.

    The shelter took him in and cared for him. They met his immediate needs and helped him be as comfortable as possible with all his ailments. They put him up for adoption once they felt he was well enough. He was taken home by a family, only to be returned a short time later. They just couldn’t meet his medical needs.

    At this time the shelter decided he was not viable for adoption due to his excessive medical needs. The vet assessed him and said he would need to be on pain medication the rest of his life due to his spine injury. The vet also felt he would never walk again either.


    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    With these circumstances, the shelter felt it was best to put him down.

    Word spread and a woman who worked for an animal ER vet clinic heard about this tabby cat. She knew she had to do something to help save this tabby cat’s life.


    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    Time was running out. The little ginger was scheduled to be euthanized and she needed to get everything in order to be able to adopt him before it was too late.

    “We managed to get everything sorted out the day before his scheduled euthanization and brought him to his forever home.”


    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    While at the shelter BenBen, the name his adoptive parents gave him, wouldn’t eat or drink or move. They thought he knew he was on the list for euthanization and had given up hope.

    BUT….once they got him to his real home….everything changed!


    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    Upon getting home, his parents took him into a room by himself for him to get more used to the other cats. They spent an hour with him and by the end of just one hour he was purring, cuddling, and finally happy.


    Image of his first day home
    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    “I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.

    “It only took about an hour for him to start getting curious about his surroundings.”


    (Courtesy: @benbencatcat)

    This was the first day of a new life for BenBen. He was a different cat from this day on. He gets along with the other cats and loves to check out what his mom and dad eat at every meal.


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    Remember earlier when the vets said he would not be able to walk? Well, BenBen has proven them wrong. He was determined to walk. Now he can walk, run and even jump shot distances. How is that for recovery?


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    “He’s doing so well! No one who knew him before can believe he’s turned out so awesome.”


    Courtesy: @benbencatcat

    This interview was taken in just nine short months from BenBen’s adoption. No one can believe this is the same cat that was brought into the shelter battered and broken. The transformation of adoption into a loving home is truly amazing. He might always have a sad face but now we know he truly is the happiest cat.


    Courtesy: @benbencatcat

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    20 Entertaining Facts About Cats You Never Knew

    Did you know cats have been guardian angels, co-authors, called to cabinet positions in the British Parliament, and have a language of their own to communicate with us? And although this may not surprise you, a study once proved that cats are more than capable of recognizing their owner’s voices, but simply choose to ignore it. Continue reading to see more entertaining facts about cats, compiled by yours truly – I Love Pets.

    1. The Co-Author Cat

    Physicist, Dr. Jack Hetherington, solely authored a research paper in 1975 and wrote it out via typewriter. Upon completion, he realized he used “we” and “our” throughout his paper, though it was indeed only him that wrote the paper. Rather than rewrite the paper and correct his grammatical errors, he penned a co-author, “F.D.C. Willard” after his cat Chester.

    2. Meet Masha

    This tabby cat is a hero with life-saving mothering instincts. Masha is a guardian angel. This tabby cat found a 3-month-old infant boy abandoned in a box, and so she climbed into the box and kept him warm. Within hours she was able to get the attention of Irina Lavrova, who was taking her trash out. Masha meowed continuously until Irina walked to her and saw what she was protecting. Thanks to Masha, the life of this infant boy was saved.

    3. Parliament Cat

    The Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office is the title of the official resident cat of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street. Only four cats – Humphrey, Sybil, Larry, and Freya – have been given the title officially.

    4. No Fat Cat In Guinness

    Ever wonder why you can’t find the “fattest cat” in the Guinness Book of World Records anymore? Well, because they simply aren’t there. They decided to stop awarding this title to discourage deliberate overfeeding.

    5. Disney’s Cats

    Disney loves Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but what about the uninvited rodents that are drawn to the vast acreage of Disneyland? Disneyland houses over 200 cats; they came in as strays and stayed as friends. Cats help keep the unwanted mouse population down when all the guests leave for the night. Disney even keeps them current on shots and spays/neuters them.

    6. Album Dedicated to Cat

    Freddie Mercury, generally known as the frontman of Queen, is also known as a fanatic cat lover. When on tour he would call home to talk to his cats and tell them he loved them. So it came as no surprise when he dedicated his debut solo album Mr. Bad Guy to his cats: “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else!”

    7. Salty Survivor

    Cats can survive by drinking sea water; they will still be hydrated despite the salt found in ocean water. Cats have crazy kidneys that filter out the salt from the water so they can re-hydrate themselves.

    8. Mouse Delivery

    The real reason behind your cat bringing you mice is because he thinks you can’t catch it yourself and therefore have no survival skills. You’re welcome!

    9. They Own You

    When your cat is tripping you by rubbing their face around your legs, it’s their way of saying they love you and own you. They are marking their territory with scent glands from their face and tail region.

    10. Wink

    What does a cat wink really mean? Does he have something in his eye? When a cat winks at you it is his way to communicate that he trusts you and/or sees you a friend.

    11. Superstitions

    During the month of October, many shelters will not allow adoptions of black cats. This is due to a concern that these felines will be used as sacrifices or tortured.

    12. Special Delivery

    One time in Belgium, in the year 1879 to be exact, they tried using cats to deliver the mail. Do you think this was a successful endeavor?

    13. Famous Words

    What were the first words ever heard over an in-flight radio transmission? “Roy, come and get this cat!”

    14. Invasive Species

    All cats are inherently good hunters, wild and domestic. Are you aware that because of these natural instincts they have contributed to the extinction of 33 different species? As a result, they are among the top 100 most invasive species.

    15. Marking Territory

    Cats’ sweat glands are on their paws and they secrete a scent that they use to mark their territory. So whenever they are walking or scratching they are actually marking that spot as their own.

    16. Stuck In A Tree

    Ever wonder why a species that is excellent at climbing and has no fear of heights has such a hard time getting down from a tree? Well, it’s because they can’t climb back down head first. The way their claws curve back won’t allow them to grip the tree. To get down they either have to jump or climb down backward.

    17. Cat Spy

    In Holland’s embassy in Moscow, Russia, the staff noticed that two Siamese cats kept meowing and clawing at the walls of the building. Their owners finally investigated, thinking they would find mice. Instead, they discovered microphones hidden by Russian spies. The cats heard the microphones when they turned on.

    18. Sensitive Cats

    Cats are extremely sensitive to vibrations. Cats are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can!

    19. That’s One Mouser

    A commemorative tower was built in Scotland for a cat named Towser, who caught nearly 30,000 mice in her lifetime.

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    What Does Catnip Do to Cats? (Cats + Catnip = Hilarious)

    Cats taking a trip on the nip – this will be the funniest thing you will see all day!

    Having a small bag of green powder on hand in your home could mean two different things depending on if you own a cat or not.  If you own a cat, this powdered herb is very likely catnip.  The properties of catnip are such that they cause two very different reactions in cats, depending on if they sniff it or ingest it. This magical dust for cats turns your domesticated feline into a wildcat when he gets a good whiff of it. When your cat licks it he is naturally sedated and melts into a puddle of fluff. 

    Catnip is derived from an herb called Nepeta cataria, which is related to mint. This herb has a compound called nepetalactone that causes the response from cats’ pheromone receptors.  In non-technical terms, it makes them crazy high when they smell it and stoned when they ingest it.  Upon ingestion, it acts more as a sedation.  Though these are common effects of catnip, every cat responds differently to this wondrous little herb whether it is growing fresh in your garden or dried.

    Enjoy our pictures of cats who enjoyed their trip on the nip!

     

    When the catnip finally kicks in.

    Catnip, how I love you…

     

    Kitten’s first time on the nip.

     

    When all three cats have a clear catnip problem.

     

    Look who found the catnip on their own.

     

    He may or may not have OD’d on the nip this time.

     

    Our cat gets high on catnip then sits for hours, I walked in on her like this.

     

    Can’t take the nip!

     

    Felix, high as a kite after his nip trip.

     

    And she is out for the count.

     

    Smell it, lick it, roll in it, sleep in it.

     

    Karl’s first time experiencing catnip.

     

    When dehydrating catnip….your cat will love you forever…. and sleep on your dehydrator.

     

    Enjoying the sun and some nip.  Found him passed out cold.

     

    Warning! Don’t give the nip in family situations….
    Catnip + Cat Pole = Awkward Mother and Son encounter

     

    We love to hear from you.  Let us know what nipped cat is your favorite!