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Sesame identifies as poodle, but you might confuse her for a large gray cotton ball, a furry balloon, maybe even a matzah with legs.

Thanks to Japanese dog groomer Yoriko Hamachiyo, Sesame is entertaining the internet. Her new haircut has grown an impressive sphere of influence, with thousands of likes on Instagram.

Hamachiyo shared the first photos of the teacup poodle turned fuzzball on May 26, Simple Most reports. It wasn’t long before the world was asking for more.

Sesame has been called a “sheepdog” due to her floofy new hairdo. While from the front, she’s much more circular than sheepular, a side view makes a little more sense.

From the back, she’s a different sort of animal altogether.

There is an animal under that fuzz, we promise.

Of course, it’s possible we’re confusing Sesame with something else.

Is she more cactus than canine?

Is that you in there, Sesame?

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Can you hear us, Sesame?

We’d hate to imagine what would happen to this fuzzball in the middle of a stiff wind.

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It would be nice if Hamachiyo could share a few more pics!

Sesame is our new favorite poofy pup. Is she yours?

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A sweet puppy endured unbelievable torture before he was dumped at a high-kill shelter. Somehow – he still wags his tail and his happy to see humans.

Buddy, as he was later named, arrived at the shelter with bloodshot eyes and unable to walk. The exact cause of the injuries is unknown. However, the puppy had to have been thrown or beaten for the eyes to be bloodshot and for the injuries he had.

The shelter reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to save Buddy. The staff was heartbroken that such a sweet puppy was treated so cruelly. He deserved a chance at a life full of love not pain. The rescue arrived and brought the adorable puppy to Dallas Specialty Hospital for an examination.

Photo: Facebook/Rescue Dogs Rock NYC


The surgeon took X-rays to figure out why the puppy could not walk. The results were horrifying. The X-rays showed that both of his back legs had tibia fractures. The bones were broken in two. It was the worst case of broken bones that the orthopedic surgeon had ever seen in a puppy.

Photos: Facebook/Rescue Dogs Rock NYC


To relieve the pain and hopefully repair some of the damage, Buddy received surgery. The vital surgery took five hours and required pins in the puppy’s leg to help heal. The rescue posted, “Buddy has paid the ultimate price for this evil act , he underwent a 5 hour surgery today to repair his badly broken little body
His left side has external hard ware which will remain attached to his leg for 8 weeks called an external fixator , his right leg had 2 plates and 5 pins surgically implanted.”


Buddy’s pain is not over, since the pins needs to stay in for three months to help the leg heal. On top of that, the young puppy is on restrictive movement and will need physical therapy. Instead of running and playing, this poor puppy is on strong pain meds and confined to a small area.

Photo: Facebook/Rescue Dogs Rock NYC


Through all the pain, Buddy remains a happy dog. Thankfully, a wonderful family has stepped up to foster him through his recovery. He will start physiotherapy as well to help him regain movement which will cost thousands on top of $5000 for the surgery. An angel donor has contacted the charity and will match every $1000.

His long road to recovery will be filled with the love and compassion he needs and deserves. This shows how dogs love unconditionally. Get well soon, Buddy!

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Koko was remarkably intelligent. She was able to use more than 1,000 different hand signs to communicate, and is estimated to have an IQ between 75 and 95.

Koko was incredibly kind. She took care of small animals of her own; and even named her kitten “All Ball.”

Koko was impossibly perceptive. She could express her thoughts and feelings to others, and understand theirs, even in spoken English.

Koko was known as the gorilla who talked to people, and after 46 years of life on earth, she passed away.

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Few humans alive have not heard or seen tales of this western lowland gorilla. Throughout the 80s and 90s, tales of Koko’s skill and intelligence planted the seeds of countless future animal advocates, zoologists, and primate enthusiasts. Her life was even adapted to roles in various film scripts.

However her story touched humans, it was clear she transcended manmade classification, and will symbolize a bridge of compassion and friendship between species for ages to come.

Source: YouTube/Kokoflix
Koko meets a new friend.

“Koko – the gorilla known for her extraordinary mastery of sign language, and as the primary ambassador for her endangered species – passed away yesterday [Wednesday] morning in her sleep at the age of 46,” a Gorilla Foundation press release declared on Thursday, June 21. “Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy. She was beloved and will be deeply missed.”

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According to NPR, Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo on the Fourth of July in 1971, named Hanabi-ko — Japanese for “fireworks child.”

While still an infant, Koko was picked to participate in a language research project with psychologist Francine “Penny” Patterson. Koko impressed Patterson with her ability to learn and adapt quickly. As the researcher attempted to communicate with Koko, she soon began “speaking” back through American Sign Language.

Source: YouTube/Kokoflix
Koko celebrating her 42nd birthday.

Eventually, writers at National Geographic took notice, and during a visit with Koko in 1978, gave her a camera to inspect. Koko decided to take her own photo, staring through the viewfinder at a mirror. The image would become the cover of a Nat Geo magazine later that year.

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Koko the gorilla, who appeared on our cover, could chat, tease, and even argue with scientists using sign language. She has died at the age of 46. pic.twitter.com/JX9vlFzpiI

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) June 21, 2018

“Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world,” the Gorilla Foundation said.

In 1984, Koko suffered her first great loss. All Ball was hit by a car and killed, National Geographic reports. Koko took the news hard.

“Then she started whimpering—a distinct hooting sound that gorillas make when they are sad,” Gorilla Foundation co-founder Ronald Cohn told the Los Angeles Times in 1985. “We all started crying together.”

Source: YouTube/Kokoflix
Koko plays with a small kitten.

It wouldn’t be the last time Koko mourned.

When Koko met Robin Williams in 2001, the actor made a lasting impression on her. Though they only shared a short time together, Koko later recognized Williams on TV. When the comedian passed away in 2014, Koko expressed feeling a great sense of sadness.

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At 34 years old, Koko’s thirst for new knowledge and experiences had still not slowed. She amazed the world once more when she played the recorder, a task that requires a command of breathing so precise, even leading animal experts did not think it possible in primates.

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Koko examines a guitar.

The world has suffered a great loss with the passing of Koko, but the Gorilla Foundation maintains it “will continue to honor Koko’s legacy and advance our mission with ongoing projects including conservation efforts in Africa, the great ape sanctuary on Maui, and a sign language application featuring Koko for the benefit of both gorillas and children.”

Koko will be missed. What she taught the world was perhaps more about humanity than about gorillas.

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Lee Asher, a dog dad, decided to leave everything behind to save as many shelter dogs as possible in 48 states. He had a dream to show all his dogs a nationwide adventure.

He started by selling everything he had and quitting his job. His best friend decided to join him on the adventure to save dogs. They purchased an RV and set out with their six rescue dogs to the first shelter.

Photo: Instagram/@theasherhouse


Asher wanted to change the perception of shelter dogs that bark and may seem “aggressive”. He tells Dodo that barking, “It’s their way of wanting your attention.” A short video was created for a glimpse into his mission and what he has accomplished so far.

The RV can be cramped at times with six or more dogs and two people trying to sleep. “Every time we go to bed we laugh. It’s like a big dog pajama party.” The dogs range in size from Saint Bernard to Chihuahua. As one can expect, at times they annoy each other, while other times they cuddle together.


Lillie, a Saint Bernard, was adopted by Asher after he visited her everyday for three weeks. He made her a promise that she would see snow. During their adventure, it started to snow in Arizona. They pulled the RV over and let the dogs out for some playtime. Asher said he had never seen Lillie so happy. She was smiling the entire time.

Photo: Instagram/@theasherhouse


Along the way, the group makes sure to stop and enjoy the area with all sorts of dog-friendly adventures. Hiking and swimming are a must. Of course there are “snuggle breaks” as well. However, the goal is to get shelter dogs adopted.

Photo: Instagram/@theasherhouse


As the adoptions increased, Asher stated, “We wanna show people that the dogs in the shelters are the most beautiful, loving, amazing dogs you can imagine.” So far the team has rescued 90 dogs in 31 states, but the adventure is far from over.

Screen Shot: Facebook/The Dodo

After experiencing the pure joy of finding dogs loving homes, the team has set a new goal. “The end, END goal is to clear the shelters.” Asher knows from his own six rescue dogs that life is not complete until you rescue a dog. “There is not a better feeling in the world.”

Watch the full story below. You can follow their adventure on Instagram.

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GRAPHIC CONTENT: This article contains images of disturbing nature

The Yulin Festival on June 21 is no reason to celebrate if you are a dog, or an animal advocate. Thousands of animals are killed every year during the event, many of them tortured for days on end before being slaughtered and eaten.

Worldwide outrage has attracted the eyes and efforts of law enforcement and animal rescue groups who work tirelessly to save these animals from a gruesome fate, but they can’t save them all. Since at least 10,000 dogs were killed an eaten during the inaugural Yulin festival in 2010, the yearly death toll has dropped to 3,000. Fewer animals are being slaughtered, however, their pain and suffering is no less.

Recent images from Humane Society International show just how horrifying conditions in dog slaughterhouses can be. Animals are shown being abused, maimed, and cooked alive with blow torches.

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Dogs kept in deplorable conditions in Guangxi, where the Yulin Festival is held on June 21.

According to Metro, some slaughterhouses kill as many as 50 dogs a day. Volunteers from HSI recorded video from within one of the slaughterhouses while helping to rescue 135 of the animals.

“What I saw will haunt me for months,” an activist named Allen told HSI Daily Mail. “I have never seen dogs so scared like these ones.”

Source: Humane Society International
Street vendors sell dog meat during the Yulin Festival.

Images from the visit clearly show some of the implements being used on the dogs, unsanitary knives, and a machine that removes hair.

“I truly do not understand how the slaughterhouse workers could be so blind to the frightened looks of the dogs waiting for their turn,” Allen said.

Source: Humane Society International
HSI took photos from within one of the dog slaughterhouses.

Some of the most graphic photos show dog carcasses being cooked with a blowtorch in preparation for the festival.

Source: Humane Society International
A blow torch was used to torture and cook some of the dogs.

“The noise of that slaughterhouse stuck in our brain long after we’d left – the wailing of the dogs, the roar of the blow-torch, the thundering of the de-hairing machine while dogs huddled together in fear,” Allen said. “The mother dogs must have been especially anxious, and I like to think they knew they were finally safe to give birth at our shelter.”

The 135 rescued animals were taken to a temporary shelter to be cleaned and cared for.

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At least 135 of the animals were rescued.

“They are now being transported to three permanent shelters in other parts of China where they will receive high-quality veterinary care,” HSI reports. “Sixty-five of the dogs will be cared for at an HSI-supported shelter in North China.”

Source: Humane Society International
HSI volunteers provided the means to rescue the animals, and get them to shelters.

Along with the graphic video and the widely praised rescue, HSI is asking lawmakers and other authorities in Yulin to discuss legal means of bringing an end to the festival.

At least 235,000 others have joined HSI and Chinese and international animal campaigners in Beijing in petitioning Lu Xinshe, Communist Party Secretary of Guangxi, to strengthen animal protections in the region. Among their requests, a blockade on trucks carrying dogs into Yulin, and fines for those who are caught importing dogs for slaughter.

Click the link below to learn more about efforts to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and how you can help.

Yulin: Cooking Dogs And Cats Alive Does NOT Bring Health And Good Fortune!

Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats are tortured and killed in the world’s worst “celebration” of the summer solstice.

The Yulin government claim they care about public opinion, yet refuse to end this tragic massacre. Let’s call on Guangxi Zhuang’s Chairman Chen Wu, who oversees the Yulin government, to unilaterally put an end to this horrible tradition.

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Dogs and cats are part of the family and deserve to be with their loving families…even during hard times.

A bill regarding no pets left behind during evictions just passed the state legislator and is headed to the governor for a signature into law. The bill will protect pets and prevent a reoccurrence of a Brooklyn family incident. The family was evicted from their property, but the landlord changed the locks on the property with their Pit Bull dog inside. The dog was stuck inside a crate for two days, until a judge ordered the landlord to open the property so the family could rescue their beloved dog.


The new legislation would require anyone evicting a person or family to check the property for pets. The New York Post states, “The legislation would require an officer or marshal to check the property for “the presence of a companion animal “ before executing an eviction order.” If an animal is found it must be reunited with its owners, or properly cared for if the family is not reachable. California already passed a similar law to protect innocent animals.


Sometimes the animal pays the price in evictions. The person fell on hard times and could not afford to pay rent, so the animal is left behind without food or water. This new law would help save the lives of countless animals that are abandoned in vacant homes when the “owner” cannot care for them. All animals deserve to live in a loving home that cares for them properly.


“Pets are treasured members of the family, and this bill, once it’s signed into law, will ensure that every member of the family stays together, even during an eviction,” Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal tells New York Post. “Evictions are hard enough without the fear that you may lose your beloved pet in the process. This bill will create a clear process that will protect animals and provide all New Yorkers with peace of mind that losing their apartment doesn’t also mean losing their pet.”

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For years, the world’s most famous dog-inspired painting was probably Dogs Playing Poker, a kitschy turn-of-the-century series intended to cheekily advertise cigars. A century later, our body of canine-themed art is thankfully growing, so much so that dog-themed museums are sprouting across the globe. In Germany, two dog-loving florists recently opened a gallery devoted to Dachshunds, while a 12th-century Norman castle has converted one of its rooms into a showcase of 5 centuries worth of dog collars.

Meanwhile, in North America, multiple museums display works by artists drawing inspiration from their four-legged muse, including one in The Berkshires, just across from the local Museum of Contemporary Art. Regardless, this is a wholly welcoming trend for dog-lovers, who’ve enjoyed new opportunities to drink, travel, work, and even do yoga with pets in tow. Increasingly, when you want to brush up on some culture, there’s no reason you can’t bring Fido, too.

Click ‘next’ to read about the first museum devoted to Dachshunds!
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A couple in Long Beach, California never expected to come face to face with a burglar in their home. The burglar stole one of the only things that mattered – their beloved dog, Archie.

Kenny Gonzales and Miranda Perez are devastated after a man entered their home at 10am on Sunday and stole their 1-year-old French Bulldog. The burglar also stole some construction tools before escaping. Gonzales came face to face with the burglar after exiting his bathroom and seeing the man in his living room.

Photo: Facebook/Miranda L. Perez


He dashed to his room to grab a weapon. When he returned the burglar had escaped. The couple immediately contacted the police. Luckily, a neighbor’s security camera captured the vehicle and the burglar.

The couple made a plea to the burglar to safely return their dog. Bruno, Archie’s 9-year-old brother, is lost without him. Gonzalez tells ABC 7, “take him to the dog pound. Just turn him in.” The couple is heartbroken and begs for his return. They do not care about the stolen tools. Miranda Perez pleas, “Give me my son back and how dare you.”


The burglar entered the home through an unlocked slider door in the back of the home. The home is currently under a complete renovation. Couple believes the burglar thought no one was living there.

Photo: Facebook/Miranda L. Perez

The police have not caught the burglar and are asking for the public’s help. If anyone recognizes the car or people involved, please contact the Long Beach Police Department.

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Summertime is for hikes and games in the park with your dog – unless you are attacked by blood sucking mosquitos. Those pesky insects can turn a delightful afternoon into an itchy next few days.

Aside from the annoying welts and itching, mosquitos carry and spread potentially deadly diseases like West Nile and Heartworm. Heartworm is the number one concern for your dog from mosquito bites. Heartworm is spread when a mosquito bites an infected animal and then bites your dog. It can be a fatal disease, if not treated immediately by your vet.


Do not use mosquito repellents with DEET on your pets. If you use that on yourself, be sure that you do not get it on your fur children. “If your dog or cat comes in contact with DEET, either orally or on their skin, they could show severe symptoms, such as vomiting, seizures, skin irritation and a staggered gait. It is very important that they be taken to a veterinarian immediately if they are exposed to DEET,” cautions Mosquito Magnet.

If you are worried about spraying your dog and family with strong chemicals, you can try a natural solution. However, only use products that are made for pets. Cats are very sensitive to essential oils and products that may be safe for dogs could be fatal to cats. Please read the bottle or container before applying.


What Is It?

Lemon eucalyptus oil comes from the lemon eucalyptus tree. The dried leaves and twigs are distilled with steam to produce the oil. It is a gift from Mother Nature.

Dr Steve Humphries, co-owns Hebe Botanicals, states, “PMD is the only only plant-based active ingredient effective enough to be approved by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) for use in disease endemic areas.” Lemon eucalyptus oil naturally has PMD but in small amounts. Dr. Humphries believes the oil needs to be refined to increase the amount of PMD in it. “This refined oil, with a minimum of 64% PMD, is commonly referred to as ‘oil of lemon eucalyptus’ (OLE).”

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Dogs bring so much happiness and love into our lives. Saying goodbye when the time comes is the hardest thing. However, they will live on in our hearts.

Last Friday, Eva Longoria held her beloved 15-year-old dog in her arms as he passed away. She posted to Instagram, “So the day I’ve been dreading happened last night. Jinxy passed away in my arms at the vet. He had a stroke that he just couldn’t come back from.”


Jinxy enjoyed 15 years with his mother and was always at her side. He even posed alongside her for a magazine cover. “He was 15 years old (96 in dog years) and he filled those years with lots of love and laughter. He was my baby before this baby in my belly came along.”

Photo: Instagram/Eva Longoria


Popeye, the French Bulldog, and Longoria are consoling each other at this difficult time. “I’m so sad but know that he’s out of his suffering. Anyone who knew me, knew Jinxy. He will be missed by many. I love you Jinxy.”

Photo: Instagram/Eva Longoria


Longoria posted a collection of pictures with Jinxy along with the sad announcement. Lucky Longoria also posted about the beloved Jinxy, “You always had a way of looking into my soul, with your big brown eyes and heavy stare. I’ve long feared the day when you’d close your eyes for the last time. It breaks my heart that I didn’t say goodbye, but I know you on to see your mama through her miracle. For that, I thank you. You were her angel, here on earth, and Heaven awaits you with open arms. Rest In Peace, Jinxy.”

Photo: Instagram/Eva Longoria


Other people that knew Jinxy shared their sweet memories and condolences. We are so sorry for your loss.

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