Maymo — or, as he’s known, ‘Cute Dog Maymo’ — is only 3 years old and has more than 45,000 subscribers on YouTube. Maymo’s “people,” as they are called on YouTube, thought they’d surprise him with a big gift for his birthday. In the viral video of the gift presentation, Maymo is first confronted with a few different balls, which seems to confuse him enough. Then a flood of balls comes crashing in, causing the beagle to run for the hills. But that many new toys is nothing to bark at, and Maymo eventually gets on board, running through the house and playing to his overwhelmed heart’s content. Click here to see video of Maymo’s birthday surprise!
Diamonds are a dog’s best friend, too. It took six years, but Lois Matykowski’s missing diamond wedding ring finally reappeared when her 10-year-old Rottweiler mix, Tucker, swallowed a popsicle stick this month. With advice from his veterinarian, Tucker coughed up the popsicle stick. Then a few days later, he also coughed up Lois’ wedding ring that had went missing around the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary. Click here for more on this diamond and dog dilemma!
Marine Corporal Joaquin Aranda was happily reunited with Donna, the yellow Labrador Retriever he served with in Afghanistan, at Houston’s Hobby Airport this weekend. Aranda worked with the bomb detection dog for 9 months while he was deployed on a mission in Afghanistan two years ago. Now that 7-year-old Donna is retiring, Aranda wanted to take her in. Click here to see a photo of the duo being reunited!
Brittany Gartin was driving in West Virginia, just minding her own business, when she witnessed a brazen attack of animal cruelty. She saw someone throw a small puppy out the passenger side window of a Jeep, and immediately rushed into action. Gartin quickly picked up the puppy, secured him in a box in her car, and followed after the Jeep. She tracked the abuser down, snapped a photo of the car’s license plate number, and posted the photo on Facebook. Click here to read more about what’s next for this cute little guy!
For most children, a birthday is the time to request a coveted gadget or tear open an eagerly awaited toy, but for his ninth birthday, Ethan Katz told his parents he wanted to save dogs. Ethan and his father, Andy, got to work, designing T-shirts for sale, and sold them online, where he explained his mission: “My name is Ethan Katz and I am eight years old. I love dogs. I have two dogs that are very sweet. My birthday is on May 29th. This year for my birthday I want to raise money for my favorite rescue organization – City Dogs Rescue. We rescued my dog Brooklyn from City Dogs in November. I made this shirt to sell for City Dogs,” he wrote. Ethan’s effort raised nearly $3,000, which was donated to City Dogs Rescue, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that saves dogs from kill shelters and finds them homes. Ethan’s donation was enough to save 10 dogs from euthanasia. Click here to learn more!
An absolutely adorable moment! Watch as Billy the puppy continuously jumps up to see baby Isabelle resting on the bed. The little guy is either trying to get up there, or playing the cutest game of hide and seek! What I can’t understand is why not help the poor pup up so little Isabelle can get some puppy dog smooches? Watch the video here.
A pig named Virginia is having an animal identity crisis, and it couldn’t be cuter. Virginia is a Juliana pig who lives with two boxers at a home in Colorado and thinks she is one of them. Her owner uploaded photos of the three pals on Reddit. Although she might not be a canine, Virginia really does act just like a pup. Her owner says she’s potty-trained, knows how to use the doggy door and loves to cuddle. Look at these incredibly cute pictures here.
A golden retriever who wandered away from her family at a campsite two years ago may have found her way back to her owners by smelling for her old blanket and their clothes. Owners Nathan and Erin Braun were camping in Tahoe two years ago when their beloved 5-year-old pet Murphy ran away. The couple posted fliers and searched for the dog to no avail, but never gave up hope of finding her. Earlier this month, a camper at a nearby campground saw a dog that looked a little like Murphy. Jason Smith said he was at French Meadows Reservoir when he saw the dog. The Brauns drove to the campground and put down Murphy’s blanket along with a baseball cap and other personal effects from the family. The very first night it was laid out he heard some movement. There was Murphy sleeping on the blanket. It was curled up with its head on the hat. Jason was able to leash Murphy after a few days and had a friend notify the Brauns, who came and were reunited with Murphy at the campground. Watch this video here.
A Florida man is being hailed as a hero for going above and beyond to save a distressed kitten — even though it meant slicing a hole into the side of his vehicle. Errand Frazier of Vero Beach had been out fishing late last month when he heard the faint sound of a kitten crying out, but got in his truck and continued on his way. After he arrived to his destination, Errand heard that same meowing there, too. That’s when he decided to take a closer look, discovering that the sound was actually emanating from behind one of his truck’s side panels. Not wanting to risk injuring the mysterious animal by yanking it out or risk having it fall on a drive to get help, Errand did something remarkable to make sure its predicament ended without delay. With the kitten stowaway safely rescued and in his hands, Errand then hopped into the cosmetically-damaged vehicle and drove straight to the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County. The kitty, given the name Megan was assessed by staff and was found to be in good health despite her ordeal. And now, she’s been adopted into a forever family! Check out pictures of sweet Megan and the damaged truck here.
A horse named Missy recently fell into heavy mud up to her sides. Missy was unable to move, and the owner called in the fire department for assistance. The team of rescuers worked for two hours before determining that heavy equipment would be needed to free the horse. Missy was sedated by a veterinarian and pulled out of the mud by a front-end loader that belonged to a friend of her owner. Finally, Missy was safely returned to stable ground. Check out pictures from the rescue here.