101 Dalmatians Themed Engagement Photos

Are you a big Disney fan? Love 101 Dalmatians? Corinne Jones and her fiance Tony Collier love both and wanted to recreate the scene from the animated movie in which Pongo takes the initiative to unite Roger and Anita in the park.


Here is the animation of the entire scene:

The couple dressed in period fashion and used their own dogs Izzy, a mastiff mix, and Mookie, a black lab mix. While not dalmatians the two dogs are such a part of their owner’s lives that they deserved a part in the photos and memories for the couple. The dogs were incredibly well behaved and helped the shoot become what it needed to be. The hardest part was making sure that the couple’s facial expressions matched those from the animation scenes. The photographer is the couple’s cousin Melissa Biggerstaff.

Not yet together:
(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

The reason the couple likes the love story in the movie so much Corinne explains:

“I’ve always loved that Roger and Anita were not the typical fairy tale — they were believable characters who didn’t just come together merely by wishing on a star and casting a magic spell, Pongo had to take the first step.”

Taking the initiative:
(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

The couple started their relationship at a marching band formal in 2009. Disney has been a part of their relationship ever since. Their first vacation together was to Disney World and both worked at the Magic Kingdom after graduation. When Tony proposed he set up a scavenger hunt that ended with a picture of Corinne as Cruella da Vil, her favorite villain, and he used the lines of the villain’s henchman Horace who stated that he didn’t want a princess but a villain. So it was only natural to incorporate 101 Dalmatians into their engagement photos.

They even took photos of the pond scene:
(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

In which they got wet but did not actually take a dip in the pond.

And Roger offering his sodden handkerchief:
(Rusty Lion – Melissa Biggerstaff)

Very cute and a unique idea! Did you incorporate your pets into special photo sessions like your engagement or wedding?


You can see more of the photos from the shoot here, and read more about the couple here.

Last Living 9/11 Search Dog Honored

The last known surviving search and rescue dog that responded to the 9/11 tragedy is 16 years old, and celebrated a very special dog birthday!

Bretagne, a golden retriever, is a part of Texas Task Force 1 – a FEMA urban search and rescue group. Her first assignment was to help at Ground Zero when she was only two years old.

Here she is at Ground Zero:
(Denise Corliss)

And here she is now:

Barkbox honored the dog and her handler Denise Corliss for their service through a program the company offers to treat worthy dogs to a special day. People can nominate dogs online, and once chosen the dog spends a day tailored to their personal preferences. You can learn more about this program here. For this special dog, the company brought Denise and Bretagne back to New York for a weekend of pampering, treats, and playing in the dog park.


This video of the celebration is heartwarming and highlights the important role of search and rescue dogs:

Thank you for your service Bretagne!


If you like dog movies, go see the movie Max!

Max is not your average little kid dog movie, lots of action and suspense. The plot focuses on a military dog named Max who’s handler is killed in the line of duty and what becomes of him and his family. It is a fictional story, but it makes you think about and appreciate the dogs and their handlers serving in war. It is a story of sadness, family growth, and triumph.

(Warner Bros.)

Here is the preview:

Being that it is a movie for families with older kids there are a couple moments that did not seem very realistic, but overall the movie is great! The movie may be too dramatic for younger children. This is well worth seeing!

More about the dogs that played Max in the movie:
Five different Belgian Malinois played the star dog Max. The main dog who acts in most of the movie is named Carlos, who stood out from other Malinois because he has light markings around his eyes which makes it easier for the camera to pick up the dog’s expression. The four other dogs are: Jagger, who was the main understudy, Dude, who was used for jumping scenes, Pilot, who was trained to knock people down and play fight, and Pax, who was good at running and bearing his teeth. All of these dogs had their faces dyed to resemble Carlos.

To read more about the dogs and their training see USA Today.

Here is Jagger on the red carpet:
(Inside Edition)

Max is in theaters now!

Will There be a Triple Crown Winner This Year?

Go American Pharoah!
(Adam Coglianese)

Can American Pharoah actually make it this year? 37 years have passed since the last Triple Crown winner, and many are giving up hope that it can be done in this day and age. Last year saw the same situation with California Chrome. He won the first two races, with high hope for the Crown, but unfortunately another horse stepped on him and he could not make the distance.

The Belmont Stakes is this Saturday, on NBC with coverage starting early but post time is approximately 6:50 ET. This is the longest race of the three, a mile and half, competing against 7 others many familiar from the past two races and most fresh from only racing one of them.

American Pharoah is clearly the favorite with so much riding on a win. Only 11 other horses have ever done it. 22 others have done exactly what he has so far and lost. Our hopes are with you Pharoah!

Amercan Pharoah at Belmont with pony friend Smokey:
(Susie Raisher)

Pony Express Google Doodle

Today, April 14, is the 155th Anniversary of the Pony Express! To celebrate the Google Doodle on the google main search page is a game that you can play.


You are the pony express rider trying to make it through 3 different legs of your journey while avoiding obstacles and collecting as many pieces of mail as possible along the way.


At the end you are welcomed into town and get a score which helps the overall global score of everyone playing together and which you can share with your friends:


You can see I did not do every well, but it was my first time!

Here is the video Google made about the Pony Express and what went into making this game:

Hope you get to play the game and good luck!

Marvel Phase 9

Take a peak at Marvel Phase 9, or in other words, the April Fool’s joke that I missed but still wanted to share in case you had not seen it yet either.

Take a peak at what Marvel has “planned” for phase 9 – dogs and the evil villain LoKitty!

Take a look at that team:

With Archie as Captain America:

Rutabaga as the Hulk:

Zelda as Black Widow:

Robot as Iron Man:

Appa as Hawkeye:

Mr. Miles as Thor:

The Avengers movies are simply awesome, so I cannot assume a dog team could do it better. It would however be very adorable should this ever actually become a thing.

– Staff

Cute April Fools’ Day Jokes 2015

April 1 has come and gone again, did anyone get you with a good prank? As usual, many companies and websites have their own jokes online. Here are some of the cute ones, just in case you missed them!

1. PetCo – Pet selfie sticks

Why would you not want a dog on a stick selfie stick? Not to mention that you get a free cat selfie stick with the purchase of any dog selfie stick. They are activated by “woof” or “meow” commands, simple for your pet to use, interface with Facetime, and your pet can share the photos with you via the social network of their choice. Available only April 1, not sold in stores.Just look at that pet friendly design:


2. elgooG – Google backwards

Today Google put up their search page backwards, which also displays search results backwards as well. You can find the page here. Fun for all your cute search needs:

3. The Happy Hippo Cafe

London’s first pop-up hippo cafe was to open this summer from June 4-11! The Cafe would feature two baby pygmy hippos named George and Bungle. You could watch the handlers feed them, then stay for food, drinks, and a Hungry Hungry Hippo Tournament.


4. Cute Cloud

This year bing released the Cute Cloud, a webpage to search the cute cloud full of all things cute and furry! As the video on the page states – “The search for cute is universal.” So, search all of the cutest images, videos, and more that the internet has to offer on bing!


5. T-Mobile Pets Un-leashed
Do your pets need smart phones or data plans? Does your carrier not offer that? Well, then dump them and head over to T-Mobile who will add your pet to your plan for only $5 a month. See the video below for more info, warning contains bad language and suggestive themes:

6. DocSend Dachshund delivery service

DocSend, a digital document delivery services, whose name sounds like the dachshund dog decided to make real life delivery possible using a highly trained dachshund. The dog will appear at your door, you strap your document to its back, and the dog will report back to you how the recipient reacted. The dog will even shred the message for you should you desire that after delivery!



Happy April Fools’ Day!

Magic Rabbit – Ili Pika

The very endangered Ili Pika (that is i-l-i), or Magic Rabbit, has been photographed in the wild for the first time in 20 years!

Take a look at the adorable creature:
(Li Weidong)

Conservationist Li Weidong discovered the animal and named it after his hometown, he is also the one who found and photographed the animal again. He and the other members of his team are the only ones to have conducted studies and completed a census of the animal’s numbers. The population of the Ili Pika has decreased 70 percent since its discovery in 1983, it is believed less than 1000 now live in the wild. If true, the Ili Pika is rarer than the Panda. When first discovered there were thought to be 2900.

It lives in the mountain regions of Xinjiang region of China where its habitat is threatened due to climate change. They have had to move up higher in the mountains as the permanent snow recedes to high altitudes. Their numbers might also be declining due to predation and disease.

(Li Weidong)

These guys are tiny, only about 8 inches long, but easily able to scale the bare rock walls of their mountain homes.
(Li Weidong)

They feed on grasses that grow at high elevations. These Pikas live solitary lives, and are not as vocal as other Pika species. Not much else is known about them, as there are so few and they are so difficult to find. While the Ili Pika was listed as an endangered species in 2008, there is no official organization or team dedicated to researching or protecting it. It is also not officially recognized as a species on China’s List of Wildlife under Special State Protection. A sad reality is that these adorable creatures may become extinct in the very near future.

Screenshot 2015-03-24 at 8.42.19 PM
(Li Weidong)

Will the Ili Pika be saved from extinction? Only time will tell, as elusive as it has been it may disappear completely just as quietly.

– FT staff

CNN – Meet the Animal that’s rarer — and cuter — than a panda
Daily Mail – Meet the ‘magic rabbit’: the very cute creture which is more endangered than the panda