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In The Doghouse

This video clip from the South China Morning Post starts off as an eccentric story about a Chinese man who builds a $500,000 house for his dog to live in.
As the story unfolds it becomes something else, a remarkably poignant insight into the power relationships and family love; both those that are ruptured and those that remain.

Toward the end a comment is made that contrasts relationships that are broken with those that endure.


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Magpie Serenade At Robe

This magpie sang a song and received a reward at Robe today.

The seagulls tried to join in; they knew the words but can’t hold a tune, so no rewards.


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One Ring To Rule Them All – Sort Of

This animation features mice and a plot line vaguely reminiscent of a classic work of popular fiction.
All in five minutes.


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Cat Care Videos

Apparently there will be a new cat at our house when we get home.
Here are two videos related to cat care.
The first features Simon’s Cat in 9 Essentials For A Happy Cat.

The second features a vet on the type of names and vocal inflections that are helpful for getting your cat to pay attention to you.


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Volume Control Puppy

Some people I know might like to learn how to train a volume control puppy:


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Fifty Collective Nouns For Groups Of Animals (via Mental Floss)

It’s always fun to keep up with collective nouns for groups of different animals.
This article from Mental Floss has some I’d not heard of.
A walk of snails (or an escargatoire)
A coterie of prairie dogs.
A bale of turtles.
A wisdom of wombats.
Among others.
Some sound made up, but the ones I did know were legitimate, so I guess they’re all good.
Check out how many you knew.


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Your Brain On Cats (via Inverse Health)

Well, normal brains on cats, anyway.
A phd neuroscience candidate and (budding cat-lady) explains the effects that kittens have on human brains.
Seems as if cats have basically turned themselves into a drug.