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Why Is There a Chicken in Tori Spelling's Bed? | Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling Shares Her Bedroom with Dean, Dog and a Chicken

Originally posted 04/29/2013 03:10PM

Things are getting a bit crowded in Tori Spelling's bed.

The actress, 39, posted a Vine video to her Twitter account Sunday, giving followers an inside look at her family's nighttime ritual.

"This is how we sleep…" she wrote alongside a video that shows shirtless husband Dean McDermott in bed with dog Mitzi (watch below). Off to the side, the clip gives a quick peek at two of their four children – Liam, 6, Stella, 4, Hattie, 18 months, and Finn, almost 8 months old – fast asleep while the family chicken, Coco, lounges nearby.

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The Daily Treat: Lil Bub Works the Red Carpet

The Daily Treat: Lil Bub Works the Red Carpet

Originally posted 04/19/2013 03:00PM

Is it time for my ap-paws?

While most celebrities walk the red carpet, Internet sensation Lil Bub took a decidedly simpler approach: taking a seat.

The famous feline was on hand for Thursday's Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the documentary Lil Bub & Friendz, which chronicles the popularity of its titular star and fellow Internet obsessions like Grumpy Cat and Keyboard Cat.

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The Daily Treat: Jimmy Fallon's Dog Is Weird – and He Knows It | Jimmy Fallon

The Daily Treat: Jimmy Fallon's Dog Is Weird – and He Knows It

Originally posted 04/09/2013 01:30PM

The words "cute," or if we're being punny, paw-dorable come to mind when we think of our pets.

But not for Jimmy Fallon.

"Gary likes to eat her bed," the soon-to-be Tonight Show host wrote on Instagram.

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Fur Real: Bed & Breakfast Owner Finds Mummified Cat in Attic

Bed & Breakfast Owner Finds Mummified Cat in His Attic

Originally posted 02/15/2013 11:25AM

Some people have skeletons in their closets. Others have preserved cat remains in their attics.

That's just what Robert Gray found at the Cornwall, England, bed and breakfast he owns. After first discovering what appeared to be a stuffed cat in his attic, Gray thought it was a kooky antique of sorts. But an X-ray scan by a veterinarian revealed something even more bizarre: his finding was a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy.

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Town Saves Dog Abandoned for Being 'Gay'

UpdatePosted 01/31/2013 05:45PM

Town Saves Dog Abandoned for Being 'Gay'

Originally posted 01/31/2013 02:30PM

Just two days ago, a bulldog-mix was dropped off at a high-kill rabies control shelter in Jackson, Tenn., a town of about 65,000 just two hours outside of Nashville. A plea for help was posted Wednesday on a Facebook page dedicated to saving pets facing euthanasia.

More than a thousand people responded.

It was the dog's story that pushed him past the other sad faces – many of which still need homes – that fill up the Jackson TN Euthanasia Facebook page: "This guy was signed over to RC, not bc he's mean or bc he tears things up, but because... His owner says he's gay!"

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PHOTO: Seal Pup Escapes – and Ends Up on Car Dashboard!

Seal Pup Finds Shelter from the Storm on a Car Dashboard

Originally posted 01/29/2013 06:35PM

That's one adorable backseat driver!

After braving the stormy Dumfries, Scotland, weather, a savvy seal found some shelter ... on the dashboard of a car.

The 6-month-old pup, fittingly named Smartie, was first discovered wandering the area surrounding the Cairnryan ferry terminal. Concerned, staff tried to return the seal to the water. When Smartie refused, an employee put him in the trunk of his car to wait until animal rescuers arrived on the scene.

But Smartie needed a change of scenery.

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Doh! Woman Mistakes Labradoodle for Escaped Baby Lion (Photo)

UpdatePosted 01/09/2013 02:45PM

Woman Mistakes Labradoodle for Baby Lion in Virginia

Originally posted 01/09/2013 01:30PM

Charles the Labradoodle loves kids, pizza and tailgating at Old Dominion University football games.

But on the outside, his appearance is – dare we say – just a little fur-ocious.

Groomed to look like a lion, Charles (full name: Charles the Monarch) earns plenty of attention – this time, from a concerned Norfolk, Va., resident who mistook the dog for the real deal.

A 911 caller told police that a baby lion was on the prowl down Colley Avenue on Tuesday, reports the Virginian-Pilot. Perhaps the animal was on the hunt for food, the caller worried, so police contacted the Virginia Zoo to see if any lions were on the loose.

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Meet the Ultimate Lovebirds: Penguin Couple Has Stayed Together for 16 Years (& Counting!)

Penguin Couple Together for 16 Years (& Counting!)

Originally posted 11/20/2012 02:00PM

It's a love story for the ages, like Prince William and Kate, or Beyoncé and Jay-Z. It's a tale perhaps even more complicated than the storied saga of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Meet the ultimate lovebirds: a pair of Magellanic penguins who have stayed committed to each other, through thick and thin ice, for the past 16 years.

Biologists say their relationship has lasted almost their entire breeding life, including gaps of time apart that included 200,000 miles worth of solo trips, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph. Penguins typically live about 20 years after they start breeding, proving these two truly have grown old together.

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16-Year-Old Tries to Take a Picture with (Almost) Every Animal on Earth

16-Year-Old Attempts to Take Picture with Every Animal on Earth (Almost)

Originally posted 10/18/2012 05:40PM

Call it Tallon's Ark: One by one, this 16-year-old from Fort Collins, Colo., has been taking his picture with every new animal species he encounters. His tally so far: 840.

Tallon Nightwalker began his quest when he was 5 years old. His father Bob Nightwalker, a single dad, has helped in documenting the project, which is an attempt to "get pictures with as many different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians before they disappear," according to Tallon's Facebook page.

The rules are that the animal must be touching or close to Tallon, but there cannot be a barrier (like a cage) between them. He has held boa constrictors, let a peace-faced lovebird sit on his head and kissed a wolf.

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Dog Survives Skunk Attack (After Being Buried Alive)

How Peanut the Dog Survived a Skunk Attack – and Won an Award for It

Originally posted 09/28/2012 09:30AM

A quick glance at Peanut reveals not the biggest of dogs, nor the most intimidating of stares, but a doe-eyed – did we say adorable? – dachshund-terrier mix.

But this little pooch found herself in some big trouble last October, when a scuffle with a wild skunk left her buried alive – and almost dead.

Now, almost a year later, Peanut is the 2012 recipient of the Veterinary Pet Insurance Hambone Award, which honors the most unusual pet insurance claims of the year. (The accolade itself is named after a VPI-insured dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a walk-in refrigerator.)

While Peanut has something to celebrate now, there was nothing happy about the situation that followed when Keith and Christy Wolfram of Sicklerville, N.J., couldn't find their canine companion. Peanut, who seldom shies away from a little face time with wildlife, had clashed with a skunk and slipped beneath the deck in the backyard. The Wolframs then called the local fire department.

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