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Hello My Name Is… One-Eyed Willy

Name, age, sex, breed: One-Eyed Willy (just Willy for short), two years old, male, short-haired domestic cat Owner, city: Terri and Dan, Toronto Ontario How I got my name: I was born with just one working eye; the other was blind and improperly formed, thanks to an unknown birth defect. One-Eyed Willy is a character in The Goonies, and it became my name for obvious reasons. How we met: My foster mom, Nanette, rescued me with her husband — they had found me, my sister, and our mom living under a porch in their neighbourhood. They fostered us until they could find homes for...
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Hustle and Bustle at the Bee Hotel

Ever heard of a bee hotel? I hadn’t either. Don’t bees live in colonies, with a queen, and they dance around and tell each other where to find the good nectar? Turns out that meany bees actually don’t live in hives, instead creating their own (solitary) nests. Females oviposit a single egg in each compartment, and then plug it up so that the baby can gestate peacefully. Bees and other insects also use the compartments to hibernate, or just take shelter. In the wild, bees create their own nests just beautifully, but in urban areas, there is much less viable nest real...
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Picture Perfect

Take a look at your dog. Cutest pup you’ve ever seen, right? You tell people that all the time, but it never seems like enough. Unfortunately, every time you try to capture your furry friend’s heart-stopping adorableness, what you see through the lens isn’t translating to the final image. Stop fretting. You don’t need a big, expensive camera or weeks of lessons from a professional to snap the perfect frame of your perfect pup. You just need to know a few tricks of the trade. Pre-plan No dog will hold a pose while you tidy up, so make sure to prep the area beforehand....
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Hello My Name Is…Micah

Name, age, sex, breed: Micah, year and a half, female, terrier/Golden Retriever/Muppet mix Owner, city: Antonia Richmond, San Francisco, CA How I got my name: Well, my foster parents named me Sandi, but then my real mom changed it to Micah. It’s pronounced MEE-kah, not MYE-kah. Between you and me, I think my mom spells it wrong, which is funny, because she’s a writer. How we met: At an adoption event in Seattle. I was about 11 weeks old. She told me later that all sorts of people tried to talk her out of getting a puppy, but she took one look at me and knew we were meant...
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Between Two Cats

Between Two Cats Who’s that Pet in the Window This hilarious shot comes from Pawesome reader Heather Broster who writes that the kitty sitting in the snow is a stray that would regularly come by for meals and then sit and watch Heather’s cat Bee Gee. Thanks for sharing Heather!
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How Do You Create Great Turtle Turf?

How Do You Create Great Turtle Turf? Raise A Paw Pawesome is no stranger to the discussion of awesome pet homes but we haven’t tackled turtle turf yet, so I thought it only fair to ask, what is the right kind of home for a pet turtle? First, indoor turtles live in an aquarium and although it’s similar to a fish tank, it’s not quite the same. Unlike fish, our turtle friends are reptiles which means that they need both land and water in their habitat. When purchasing a turtle aquarium, make sure that you consider the size your turtle will grow into as an adult. Here is a...
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Find and Adopt a Dog Who Looks Just Like...

Find and Adopt a Dog Who Looks Just Like You! Doggelgänger This may be one of the most clever (and high tech!) adoption promotions I’ve ever seen. Pedigree’s New Zealand branch hired design agency Colenso BBDO to come up with a new way to get the word out on pup adoptions. Using the idea that dog owners tend to look like their pets, Colenso teamed up with NEC to develop Doggelgänger, “Human to canine pairing software, designed to connect real homeless dogs to their human doubles.” The site uses NEC’s facial recognition technology, normally used for anti-terrorism and...
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An Ikea Expedit Bookcase Turned Hamster ...

An Ikea Expedit Bookcase Turned Hamster Mansion Pet Projects  When I was a freshman in high school I had a hamster. It was a bittersweet experience as my hamster lived only a few months and when I found his cold, hard body one morning it took weeks for me to get over his death. To make matter worse, no one at school understood why I was so upset about a hamster. I got looks of pity when my eyes welled up, but not of the sympathetic kind. During my little hammie’s short life, he lived a simple one in a large bi-level metal cage. There was nothing warm or comforting about...