Animal Friends

It’s always said that dogs are man’s best friend. And while I whole-heartedly agree, this week, it seems that they are all-species’ best friend. First I came across Pumpkin the raccoon. Her owners found her as a little baby when she fell out of a tree. They kept her alive, and she bonded with their two rescue dogs. Now she thinks she’s part of the family, just like the other Royal Bahamian Potcake pups.

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Then, I see Kumbali, the baby cheetah becoming new BFFL with Kago. Apparently large cats in captivity have problems with anxiety, and a little dog friend can help calm them down.

It’s just too much cute to handle!

A Tiny Fitness Giraffe

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It’s pretty well agreed upon that exercise boosts your mood. It releases dopamine, and helps you sleep better which all equals feeling better. And who can look at a cute animal without feeling happier, amirite? They even make you more productive at work.

Now a fitness app combines your need for movement with your love of adorable stuff in one happiness generating exercise package called Tep. When you download the app, you’re given a darling (digital) pet giraffe you need to feed and care for – think the Tamagotchi pets of the 90’s. But here’s the catch. In order to earn essentials like food and drink for your little guy, and less essential decorations like hats and footwear (!!!), you’ve got to get moving.

Walking, running, and biking all snag you points you can use to keep the little buddy alive. So next time you think about skipping your workout for some quality Netflix time with your couch, you don’t need to rely on will power alone. If you don’t, your happiness, and your tiny giraffe that’s depending on you will croak.

Tonkey, The Dog Who Looks like a Teddy Bear

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A couple weeks ago, I fell in love with Munchkin, an adorable little pup dressed in a teddy bear suit. Now there is a dog who looks like an actual teddy bear who has stolen my (and the whole internet’s) heart. Her name is Tonkey, and she’s a bearcoat sharpie who likes plopping down on the floor, the grass, in the sink, bounding up stairs, and generally melting your heart. Try to look at her Instagram feed without saying, “Awww” out loud, I dare you.

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Munchkin the Teddy Bear

There is nothing that will brighten your day faster than this little Shih-Tzu dressed in a teddy bear suit, running around in an ewok costume. In the latest installment of cute things to fall in love with, meet Munchkin! Isn’t she the cutest?

I’ll wait while you go watch every video on her YouTube channel and follow her Instagram feed. It will be the best decision you’ve made all week.

Cube Dogs

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I’ll just start this post off by saying that the Japanese really know where it’s AT when it comes to cute things. They brought us Hello Kitty and Maru. And now, ever the innovators, they are broadening their cute horizons to include animals of the canine variety.

It is now a common style for dog lovers to shave their furry friends into perfectly symmetrical little cubes. And the result? Well, it’s predictable adorable.

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Check out more of the adorable new hairstyles here, and here.

Michelle Chang Jewelry

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I came across her jewelry on a blog I love, and have been wanting some of her adorable animal rings, and necklaces ever since. Michelle Chang makes tiny elephants, the most adorable little ram earrings (perfect for a Fordham alum), and an octopus necklace that I would wear all the time. I’m a sucker for cute animals, and in jewelry? Well, that’s no exception.

The Cutest Bunny in All the Land

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Meet Wally the Bunny. He waltzed into my twitter feed (and my heart) this morning with this Gawker article, and has now taken his place among the internet animal celebrities I love most. My first two actions were to share the link, and follow him on Instagram. It may be my favorite feed yet.

(Seriously, why are you still reading? Go look at his feed!)

He now has a special place in my hear with Boo, Mr. Winkle (yes, he’s a real dog), and Saurkraut the Cat. I don’t know if it’s his adorable fluffy ears, his cute little nose wiggles, his leaping hops, or all three.

But do yourself a serious favor, and spend the next half hour or so googling him. You won’t be sorry.