Meet the dogs of Chernobyl

In 1986, a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located near the Ukrainian town of Pripyat, lost its shit. Flaws in the reactor's design caused a steam explosion, resulting in a fire that spewed plumes of radioactive material into the atmosphere. The Soviet government mobilized its armed forces to evacuate  the area surrounding the accident site where the risk to human life was the greatest. Families were forced on to buses and military transports with little more than the clothes on their backs. Without exception, the evacuees were forced to leave the pets behind. There was simply no time, or space, to include them in the rescue. Later the same year, Soviet troops were sent into the 30-mile wide Chernobyl exclusion zone to cull what animals they could find left still alive. Live stock, wildlife and deserted family pets were eliminated.

But they didn't get them all.

Largely free of people for over three decades, the exclusion zone has become something of a haven to a thriving (albeit, irradiated, in some cases) miscellany of wild animals. Most heartening of all, the dogs who survived the '86 cull, bred, increased their numbers exponentially and survived. As work began on a new, permanent include to house the still radioactive ruins of Chernobyl's number four reactor, many of the descendants of the abandoned, domesticated pooches began showing up at the construction site, looking for scraps and refuge from the wolves and other predators that pray on them in the wild. The workers at the Chernobyl site began making a habit to save scraps from their meals for the dogs. Read the rest

Data shows bulldogs are by far the most overrated breed

David McCandless meticulously charted dog breeds by six scores: intelligence, costs, longevity, grooming, ailments, and appetite. The big loser: bulldogs. Read the rest

Husky puppy's first howl

Awooooooo!

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Great Pyrenees are merely the 67th most popular dog breed says the AKC

Every dog is the best breed if you are the person who loves'em.

Perhaps it is their great size, their extremely loud bark, all the fur they shed, or the 2-tons of poop? My best buddy Nemo's breed strangely lands at 67th on the AKCs 2017 list of most popular breeds. Zuul, and her family of Cavalier King Charles, comes in 19th.

Wonder what kind of standardized test they give the dogs?

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Dog enjoys standing and walking on hind legs in pool

Doggosaurus Rex: Origins.

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This tiny Corgi sure is a hungry little pupper

He's got those crazy hungry Corgi eyes.

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When the rhythm hits you and you're a dog in the car in the rain

This doggo is living life to the fullest.

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Dog logic: This fun walk will never end if human can't carry my limp body up these stairs

Classic tactics in canine Passive Resistance.

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Samurai armor for your pets and kids

Samurai Age has created a line of samurai armor for kittehs and doggos, allowing them to show off their noble nature as honored warriors. Read the rest

Why do dogs tilt their heads?

SciShow digs into this little-researched but utterly adorable phenomenon. Read the rest

A guide to doggo names

The artist behind the Tumblr GudGuyMaybe created this whimsical guide to the canine kingdom (and a few other species too):

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Cockatoo barks like a dog

This umbrella cockatoo is a very good puppo. Read the rest

Heck Valentines Day just fall in love with some doggos

“For all those that don't have a valentine date or partner, here is some doggies for you to fall in love with instead.”

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Just some Corgis having a doggie snow party

Like you do.

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