2020 Presidential candidates and their dogs

A platform is important, but nothing says more about a candidate than their dog.

Quartz shared this list of 2020 Presidential candidates and their dogs.

I can not imagine surviving this world without a dog.

The Democratic field for the 2020 presidential election is already crowded, with 21 declared candidates, and several more waiting in the wings.

Most are running on similar platforms, promising a reversal of Donald Trump’s climate change–denying policies, better wages for the middle class, expanded healthcare benefits, and electoral reform that would beat back the influence of dark money. But several also have a four-legged secret weapon—a dog.

Trump is the first US president in more than 100 years not to have a dog in the White House, and Democratic candidates who do have one are flaunting their dog ownership, a crowd-pleasing way to put more distance between themselves and the president.

Tapping into America’s deep and growing love of dogs is a politically savvy move. About 68% of all American homes have a pet, the American Pet Products Association reported last year, up from 56% three decades ago, and 62% of all homes have a dog. Dog culture is everywhere, from Twitter account Breitbark News (Home of the #AltBite) that pens dog-based parodies of political events to the televised Philadelphia’s National Dog Show, which drew some 20 million viewers in November.

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Jamming from inside a guitar, with Maple the dog

Unmute! Something wholesome for your internet enjoyment. Read the rest

Dog perhaps too large for kayak

My Great Pyrenees and I are looking for options to beat the heat. Read the rest

'Mueller' the Golden retriever is now mayor of this Southern California town

Not THAT Mueller, the furry one. He has two Deputy Dawgs helping out.

A dog collar with owls on it

I put a collar emblazoned with owls on my Cavalier King Charles spaniel, thus combining two things I love.

I can't get a good shot of said owl collar on Zuul, cause she is too fuzzy. They come in sizes for many, if not all, dogs.

The Pyrenees got some gingham bs my kid choose, but it looks good on him.


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Two procedurally-generated dog-walking simulators

The Procedurally-Generated Dog Simulator is a fun illustration of pathfinding and cellular automata. All you do is walk around a cave, being followed by a single-pixel pup who is liable to get distracted by treats or scared off by skateboarders. Once I'm bored with it, I'll be checking out Mudeford, a free dog-walking simulator in glorious full 3D. If games aren't your thing, check out dog names generated by a neural network.

Shadoopy. Dango. Ray-Bella. Figgie.

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Happy golden retriever family and their pile of puppies

Dog Break.

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Googly-eye disguised Great Dane wrestles human for this here treat

Those googly eye glasses sure do the trick. Read the rest

Relaxing Frenchie face-mushing meditation

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This dog has to get his jump *just* right before leaping up on that couch

'Hold on. Gotta warm up first.' Read the rest

Dog is good boi living the good life

What a dog, living a good life. Read the rest

Puppy tries to convince cat to play

'Come on, angry claw puppy! Play with me!' Read the rest

Having a bad day?

This will probably cheer you up.

Dog pretty sure it's a human

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Woman with no change uses dog to open door to pay toilet

"I had no money for the toilet when (Lola) ran underneath and we realised it opened on her way back out," said the woman who originally posted the video from Ayr, Scotland.

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This is the reconstructed face of a pet dog that lived 4,500 years ago

Archaeologists uncovered the skeleton of this neolithic dog more than a century ago in a 5,000 year old tomb on on the island of Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. Now, forensic scientists and artists have reconstructed the animal's face. According to Historic Environment Scotland researcher Steve Farrar, this dog and 23 others found in the "Cuween Hill (tomb) suggest that dogs had a particularly special significance for the farmers... Maybe dogs were their symbol or totem, perhaps they thought of themselves as the 'dog people.'" From The Scotsman:

As HES observes, the fact that the Orkney residents placed canine remains alongside those of humans could also speak to their belief in an afterlife for both parties.

The latest work was originally created in clay using traditional methods, with a 3D print of the Cuween Hill skull as the base to build the anatomy on to.

It was then cast in silicone and finished with the fur coat resembling a European grey wolf, as advised by experts...

(Forensic artist Amy) Thornton, who trained in facial reconstruction methods at the University of Dundee, said: “This reconstruction has been a particularly interesting project to be involved in, as it marks the first time I’ve employed forensic methods that would usually be used for a human facial reconstruction and applied these to an animal skull.

“This brought its own set of challenges, as there is much less existing data relating to average tissue depths in canine skulls compared to humans.”

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Akita puppy swimming through the air

Whoosh whoosh whoosh go the tiny fuzzy paws. Read the rest

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