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Tihar Festival of Nepal

30 Oct
A police dog licks its face after receiving food during the dog festival, as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. Hindus all over Nepal are celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, during which they worship cows, which are considered a maternal figure, and other animals. Also known as the festival of lights, devotees also worship the goddess of wealth Laxmi by illuminating and decorating their homes using garlands, oil lamps, candles and colourful light bulbs. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A police dog licks its face after receiving food during the dog festival, as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. Hindus all over Nepal are celebrating the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, during which they worship cows, which are considered a maternal figure, and other animals. Also known as the festival of lights, devotees also worship the goddess of wealth Laxmi by illuminating and decorating their homes using garlands, oil lamps, candles and colourful light bulbs. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A police officer sprinkles colored powder onto a police dog at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 22 October 2014. The Tihar festival is the second major festival for Nepalese Hindus and this year is held from 21 October 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A police officer sprinkles colored powder onto a police dog at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 22 October 2014. The Tihar festival is the second major festival for Nepalese Hindus and this year is held from 21 October 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A police officer sprinkles colored powder onto a police dog at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 22 October 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A police officer sprinkles colored powder onto a police dog at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 22 October 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

Nepalese police officers perform during a worship ceremony at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, October 22, 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

Nepalese police officers perform during a worship ceremony at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, October 22, 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

Police dogs look behind during a worship ceremony at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, October 22, 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

Police dogs look behind during a worship ceremony at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, October 22, 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A police dog with colored powder on its head at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 22 October 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A police dog with colored powder on its head at Nepal’s Central Police Dog Training School as part of the Diwali festival, also known as Tihar Festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal, 22 October 2014. (Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

Nepalese policemen garland and apply vermillion on the foreheads of their dogs during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. Nepalese are marking the five-day long festival of Tihar, and celebrations today were dedicated to the worship of dogs. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese policemen garland and apply vermillion on the foreheads of their dogs during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. Nepalese are marking the five-day long festival of Tihar, and celebrations today were dedicated to the worship of dogs. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

A police officer puts a garland on a police dog during the dog festival as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A police officer puts a garland on a police dog during the dog festival as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A police dog is offered biscuits after being worshiped by a police officer during the dog festival as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A police dog is offered biscuits after being worshiped by a police officer during the dog festival as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A Nepalese police dog with vermillion on the forehead and garland in his neck licks his lips during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. Nepalese are marking the five-day long festival of Tihar, and celebrations today were dedicated to the worship of dogs. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

A Nepalese police dog with vermillion on the forehead and garland in his neck licks his lips during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. Nepalese are marking the five-day long festival of Tihar, and celebrations today were dedicated to the worship of dogs. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

A Nepalese police dog with vermilion on the forehead and garland in his neck greets a photographer during Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

A Nepalese police dog with vermilion on the forehead and garland in his neck greets a photographer during Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese policemen garland and apply vermillion on the foreheads of their dogs during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese policemen garland and apply vermillion on the foreheads of their dogs during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese policemen with their dogs participate during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese policemen with their dogs participate during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese police officer and dog handler Padam Gurung and his dog pose for a photograph during celebrations for the Tihar festival at a police kennel in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

Nepalese police officer and dog handler Padam Gurung and his dog pose for a photograph during celebrations for the Tihar festival at a police kennel in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, October 17, 2009. (Photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo)

A police officer and his dog sit together during the dog festival as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A police officer and his dog sit together during the dog festival as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu October 22, 2014. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

Wacky High-Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid-Shake by Carli Davidson

29 Oct

Published recently from Harper Design, Shake Puppies is the latest jowl-flapping canine photo book from Portland-based pet and wildlife photographer Carli Davidson. The dangerously adorable collection of images is a follow-up to her 2013 book Shake that similarly featured high-speed photos of adult dogs caught mid-shake as their ears, lips, fur and drool flies in every direction.

Davidson began photographing animals while on staff at the Oregon Zoo, a passion that eventually led to a career shooting portraits of exotic animals, pets with disabilities, and a plethora of cats and dogs. Shake Puppies is available now through Amazon.

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(Via: Colossal)

The Droppi aims to keep “home-alone” pets entertained

28 Oct

Going to work is always a little hard when you have a furry friend at home, who will spend hours on their own. You leave them toys but they may go ignored. Treats are wolfed down before you pass through the front door. For the rest of the time until you come back home, all your friend can do is sleep their loneliness away. But … what if you could keep them busy and entertained during your absence? That’s what inspired the design of The Droppi, a new treat- and toy-dispensing gadget for pet owners who worry about their best friends’ emotional well-being.

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Although there are already other devices that dispense treats for home-alone pets, such as the remote-controlled Pinto Feed and Kittyo, the Droppi’s designers promise a wider range of options to be auto-dispensed. These include chewing treats, dental hygiene after meals and all types of snacks. These are placed on the tray, which, at a preset time, will flip and dump the item onto the floor so the surprised pet can grab it. For those who have more than one pet, “play dates” can be set up with rope toys, so they can have a little party among themselves. Users can also record a message of up to 10 seconds, to be played at set times. The unit additionally comes with prerecorded messages, which help call pets’ attention to the device. The Droppi is designed to be installed on the wall at a height of the user’s choice. It features magnetic backings, so its location can be changed on a daily basis to add some variety.

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Besides dispensing treats, the Droppi has been designed to double as a night light. An LED light will turn on when it detects sound, which should be useful in larger homes or simply as an extra design feature. The device runs on two AA batteries. Its makers are currently fundraising on Kickstarter. The early bird pledge to get a Droppi unit is $AUD35 (about US$30), and it costs another $12 AUD ($11) to ship outside of Australia. If the campaign’s funding goal is reached, The Droppi will be shipped in April 2015. The video below illustrates how the Droppi keeps a home-alone dog entertained.

(Via: Gizmag)

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