Touted as the "world's first smart and interactive dog toy," the Wickedbone is basically a bone-shaped gaming device that keeps your pet(s) engaged, without requiring much help from the owner. Just download its app, pair it with a smartphone, and your dog is ready to play. Want to take things into your own hands? It offers a virtual joystick for you to interact with the toy. Charge it for just 1-hour, and you get 40-minutes in drive mode, 4-hours in interactive mode and 3 months in sleep mode. continue reading for another video and more information.
Photographer Andy Seliverstoff, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, introduces his latest photo series, titled "Little Kids and Their Big Dogs." It's exactly as it sounds, and features Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Tibetan Mastiffs, Briads, and Black Russian Terriers. Some shots, like the ones above, appear to be straight from a fairytale. "I always take plenty of time with the dog who's in front of my camera so I get to know the personality of my dog model the best I can. The personality and the character is unique for every individual dog. The human aspects we often recognize in our dogs are, among other things, what makes us feel so close to them. And it is this aspect I try to express in my photography," said Seliverstoff. Continue reading for more images and a few bonuses.
Christian Vieler from Waltrop, Germany recently embarked on a creative photo project, capturing the many expressions of dogs trying to catch treats in mid-air. "Every shoot I am looking for that specific moment when the dog is looking as cute or funny as they can be. That cannot be seen without the power of freezing motion - dog's faces with magnificent lineaments, telling us stories of panic, desire and joy," said Vieler. Continue reading for more. Click here to view some bonus amazing and luxurious dog houses that cost upwards of $50,000 USD.
"Winston the White Corgi" has quite the following on Instagram, and for Halloween, the famous pup dressed up as a stormtrooper, but one thing you can't get him to wear is the helmet. "For Halloween, the corgi engaged in a little Star Wars cosplay, hitting the streets in a tailor-made stormtrooper costume that would undoubtedly cause Comic Con to shut down from a cute overload," said Melissa Locker of TIME. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mind-bending shelf cloud approaching Australia.
Scientists in China have created the world's first gene-modified dogs, which have twice the amount of muscle mass than that of a non-engineered dog. One advantage this gives them is a "stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications," said Liangxue Lai, a researcher involved with the project at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health. This same gene mutation does happen naturally in one particular dog breed, whippets, whose lack of myostatin makes their muscles grow even while resting. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid teaching Jackie Chang Shaolin techniques.
Your dog may love all humans, but once you strap this muzzle on them, it transforms them into an intimidating werewolf-like creature. It's manufactured by a Russian company, and Marina Kurulyova recently became an internet hit after she posted a photo of her dog, a giant Schanutzer, wearing the muzzle. How much does it cost? Around $30 if the store (above) ships internationall. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Most dogs do not look like their owners, but after seeing these portraits by German photographer Ines Opifanti, you might think otherwise. "I photographed the dogs first, letting them sit on a small podium. Owners had to interact with them, telling them phrases they know the dogs will react to. Of course they got lots and lots of praise and treats so they quickly stopped caring about the lights or the camera. It's important that dogs are calm and relaxed, so they can show their natural behavior and are not frightened. After the dogs were photographed, the owners have to interpret and mimic. I noticed that dog people get really good in interpreting their own dogs. It's really a fascinating thing because we're two completely different species after all," said Opifanti. Continue reading for more pictures.
What happens when you take a normal staircase, add special railing, smaller steps, and a shallower incline? A staircase that's perfect for a dog's shorter legs. 07Beach, an architectural firm based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was asked to renovate a home for a dog-owning client, and this was the result. "I designed this so that your house could represent your affection for your wife and your two dogs, with the idea that this house will be like a gift to your family," said Joe Chikamori, the principal architect at 07Beach. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
No, you're not looking at a giant dog running towards the camera, just a clever photography trick known as forced-perspective. This technique employs an optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. Continue reading for more perfectly timed photos that transform normal dogs into giant creatures.
Puppies are great companions, but for any animal lover who has watched a puppy grow up, they'll know napping is one thing all of them can't seem to get enough of - up to 18-hours a day. These photographers, mostly their owners, captured them in a few strange sleeping positions, like this one in a car with both hind legs up. Continue reading for more puppies that can nap anywhere at anytime.