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image dogs hugs The Most Depressing Study Claims That Dogs Hate Hugs
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The worst news ever has just been released: dogs hate hugs. It stresses them out because they aren't able to run away if they need to. 

Psychologist and noted dog behaviorist, Stanley Coren, analyzed 250 pictures of dogs showing "signs of stress" and found that 81.6% of them seemed really uncomfortable according to his article in Psychology Today. As depressing as the news is, it kind of makes sense when you look at the pictures:



via Psychology Today

cute dogs rescue This German Shepherd With a Shortened Spine Is a Champion for Special Needs Pets Everywhere
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Quasimodo has Short Spine Syndrome, a very rare condition among dogs. It's exactly what it sounds like, he was born with a spine that's shorter than a normal dog because he is missing some vertebra. 



His condition doesn't cause him pain but he does need special medical attention for other health conditions. He's been getting lots of love from foster homes since being rescued. Now that he's in the care of Second Hand Hounds he's managed to bring some much needed attention to the organization that rescues dogs (and cats) in dire need and places them in foster homes.

 

cute dogs image they grow up so fast
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This picture shows a growing puppy from eight weeks to eight months old. 

service dog best man cute This Veteran's Service Dog Is His Best Friend and the Obvious Choice to Be Best Man at His Wedding
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Gabe the Golden Retriever was introduced to Justin Lansford by the Warrior Canine Connection after an injury that resulted in the loss of his leg while stationed in Afghanistan. 



Since then, the two have been inseparable. As Justin's new wife Carol told The Dodo, "They are pretty much joined at the hip."



When it was time to decide who would stand by Justin's side as Best Man in their wedding ceremony Gabe was the clear winner. 

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This Orphaned Raccoon Thinks She's Just Another Dog in Her New Family

Pumpkin lives in Nassau, Bahamas with her adopted mom Rosie Kemp, her husband and two dogs. According to The Dodo she fell from a tree into Rosie's backyard and her mother never came to claim her. In Nassau there are no raccoon rescues and raccoons are legal to own so Rosie took her in and raised her as part of the family.

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cute dogs The Cutest Hot Dogs You've Ever Seen Had a Race to Kick Off Oktoberfest
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These dogs put on buns and squiggles of mustard to look the part as they competed in a wiener race to kick off Oktoberfest in Cincinnati.



You can watch a video of the race below:


via WLWT

This season is prime time for Dachshund races.  To kick off their Oktoberfest, the city of Melbourne in Australia held the Running of the Wieners. Their costumes were more varied, but equally adorable.


via The Age