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POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:29 PM
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Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr are all filled to the brim with adorable images of furry felines. (iStock)

If you have one cat or multiple cats in your home, you’ve probably taken a photo (or 10 million photos) and posted it to some type of social media website. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr are all filled to the brim with adorable images of furry felines. In fact, we don’t think the Internet could survive without an unreasonable amount of cat photos.

But now a new data experiment by artist, designer, and programmer Owen Mundy is making many of those photos - one million to be exact - searchable using the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. So now people can stalk adorable cats by location and find out just where in the world these cats reside.

I Know Where Your Cat Lives“ is a website that displays a map and a random cat photo. Users can continue loading random cat photos that will pull up different maps and locations, or they could zoom out on the map and discover other cute cat photos uploaded nearby. The photos only show the location where the image was taken and do not provide any personal data about the user who took the photo. The images also do not link out to social media accounts of the cat owners.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:29 PM
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Providing shade for your dog will keep him cool and content - and snapping a shot of him lounging underneath a beach umbrella can also make for a share-worthy photo. (iStock)

With the sun shining bright and the crashing waves calling your name, you may be ready to head straight to the shore. But, beach bums beware: If you’re planning on bringing your dog along to enjoy a little sand and surf you have to be sure the two of you are well-equipped - and that doesn’t just mean packing slick shades and cute swimsuits. The sun, heat and salt water are all makings for a perfect day, but can be ingredients for dehydration and heat exhaustion too. Packing smart will ensure your pet stays cool and refreshed. So in addition to your boogie board and summer reads check out what you should tote specifically for your pup.

Fresh Water

The ocean air, salty water and hot sun can cause dehydration at a faster rate than normal. Keep your eye on your dog’s water dish and refill it as much as necessary. Not only will bringing along water act as a thirst quencher for you and your dog, but it’s also a good idea to give him a rinse after swimming in the ocean, as salt water can dry out his skin and cause damage to his coat.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:29 PM
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A couple in Del Valle, Texas have helped a long lost dog find her way home after the pooch showed up one day in the couple’s yard. (iStock)

A couple in Del Valle, Texas have helped a long lost dog find her way home after the pooch showed up one day in the couple’s yard.

According to a report from KSDK News, Jason and April Ludwig saw something quickly move across their window one morning. When they went outside to investigate, they found Sadie, a dog that was in need of some care and attention.

The couple gave the thirsty pooch some water and brought her inside. They used the dog’s rabies tag to alert the authorities and find the dog’s rightful owners.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:29 PM
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The unpredictability and unhappiness of an anxious cat is a recipe for disaster. (iStock)

The unpredictability and unhappiness of an anxious cat is a recipe for disaster, and pet parents that have to deal with a stressed-out cat may find themselves clawing at the walls. To keep your cat calm and under control during stressful situations, try incorporating these easy tips into your treatment routine.

Cover Her Eyes

Cats are driven by sensory input of all kinds - noises, sights, touch. When kitty’s sense of sight is temporarily removed with a blindfold, she is no longer affected by what she sees. Her instinct makes her remain calm to better assess input through her other senses. This technique can be effective for clipping her nails.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:29 PM
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Soldiers were able to rescue two surviving puppies and took them back to a base camp where they were raised as comrades.

Eight months ago, a U.S. Special Forces unit in Afghanistan witnessed a horrific scene of animal cruelty. They saw a group of Afghan men firing bullets at a female dog that was lying on the ground. The soldiers believed that the men were firing multiple times at the same dog, but when they got closer, the soldiers saw a litter of puppies and rushed in to intervene.

While they could not save all of the dogs, the soldiers were able to rescue two surviving puppies and took them back to a base camp where they were raised as comrades.

And now, according to a report from Fox News, the dogs, named Rommel and Blitz, will be reunited with the sergeant that saved them.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:29 PM
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A dog in Indianapolis is being hailed as a hero after he alerted a 13-year-old deaf boy about a house fire.

A dog in Indianapolis is being hailed as a hero after he alerted a 13-year-old deaf boy about a house fire.

According to a report from Indy Star, Nick Lamb was home alone when the fire broke out. The boy is deaf and did not have his cochlear implants in at the time. Ace, a two-year-old Pit Bull, began licking the boy’s face to wake him up.

When Lamb realized what was happening, he covered his mouth and nose and made his way to the nearest exit. The boy learned about fire safety at school and followed the proper protocol for exiting a burning building.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:29 PM
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Whisper, a 4-year-old miniature Australian Cattle Dog, has officially become the first dog to complete a wingsuit BASE jump. (iStock)

Whisper, a 4-year-old miniature Australian Cattle Dog, has officially become the first dog to complete a wingsuit BASE jump. But a video posted by adventurer Dan Potter documenting the historic free fall has sparked some controversy among animal activists.

The video shows Potter, a world-renowned mountain climber and BASE jumper, placing his pooch in a tightly secured backback and outfitting the pup with doggles and a what appears to be a doggy hat or helmet. The pair then take a daring leap off of the Eiger, a 13,020-foot mountain in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland.

Potter uses a wingsuit to complete the death-defying jump. Throughout the clip, the dog appears to be incredibly calm and extremely happy when he is back on the ground. The preview video is part of a larger, autobiographical documentary called “When Dogs Fly.”

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:29 PM
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When people are confronted by a wild pack of coyotes, they run or hide or cower with fear. But an 84-year-old woman who lives in Bensenville, just outside of Chicago, risked her life to save a dog from a vicious attack.

When people are confronted by a wild pack of coyotes, they run or hide or cower with fear. But an 84-year-old woman who lives in Bensenville, just outside of Chicago, risked her life to save a dog from a vicious attack.

Dolores "Dolly" Jefferson told NBC Chicago that she was getting her morning coffee when her dog started barking and alerted her to a problem behind her home. When Jefferson walked behind her house to check on the situation, she saw her neighbor’s dog surrounded by five large coyotes.

Roxie, an 11-year old, 26-pound Egyptian Pharaoh Hound, had already been bitten on the nose and was running around trying to escape the pack. Roxie’s owner, Rich Parent, was chopping wood with a wood splitter at the time and couldn’t hear or see the attack happening.

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