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'Rubbish' Pet Portraits Raise Over £50k For Homeless

This may have started off as a joke, but Hercule Van Wolfwinkle's "rubbish" pet portraits are being sold like hotcakes and have raised over £50k for a homeless charity. Also, we want one too. 

As BBC News reports, Phil Heckels, from Worthing, West Sussex, started working until the alias Hercule Van Wolfwinkle in 2020. Jokingly, he drew his his dog and put it on Facebook, offering paid-for commissions. He was just as surprised as anyone when genuine requests started coming in. Not only that, but his drawings have gotten really popular, and as pet owners ourselves, we can totally see why. Because the volume of requests was so big, it essentially became a lottery where Wolfwinkle decides who he draws and who he doesn't.

In addition to the drawings, Wolfwinkle writes accompanying fake profiles for each pet as well as reviews from the 'customers' - also written by Wolfwinkle. Additional merchandise, such as tea towels and calendars, has also been created. 

Initially, the drawings were marketed at the joke price of £299. Later on, that became Wolfwinkle's original fundraising target. Now, "he has ambitions to reach £75,000, and has publicly vowed to get his first tattoo - his signature on his buttocks - on reaching that goal."

Wolfwinkle told BBC: "This whole thing is absolutely brilliant. To be honest it still doesn't feel real. I remember being sat on the sofa with my wife, laughing that we would never reach £299, and now we're here. I'd love to do this forever, it's just working out how we keep it going because I've basically created a second full-time job for myself. The money and publicity for Turning Tides has been phenomenal."

Turning Tides is the homeless organization to which Wolfwinkle has been giving all the raised money, and Wolfwinkle said he was "overwhelmed" by the amount raised for them. Sometime in May, a book with some of Wolfwinkle's work will be published, with part of the profits being donated to Turning Tides as well. 

There are no direct payments for the portraits. Anyone can donate to the cause to Wolfwinkle's JustGiving page, sending him a picture to draw. People wanted to send Wolfwinkle money, but he told BCC previously that he didn't want to take the money because "the pictures are rubbish." Check out some of his drawings below, and for more fun, poorly drawn animals, click right here!

story of rubbish pet portraits raising money for charity thumbnail includes a picture of a cat and a poorly drawn portrait of the same cat
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Cheezburger Users Share Heartwarming Senior Pet Adoption Stories

It's true that every single adoption needs to be celebrated - taking the time to take care of any animal, giving it the love and support it needs. It is also true that there is something extra special about adopting senior pets

Taking in a senior even though you know that they won't live as long is emotionally challenging. Yet, making that decision and deciding to give all your love to a less fortunate pet is something that we should not only be celebrating but also something that we should be grateful for, because not everyone can take a pet like that on. 

When our amazing ICanHasCheezburger users decided to share with us their stories of senior pet adoptions, we knew that saying thank you to them would only be right. And if you have some of your own stories, come share them in our new Facebook community - ICanHas Storytime

stories of adopting senior pets thumbnail includes one faceboook comment 'Text - Alison Edwards Nearly 3 years ago we took in a 10 year old cat who's owners were going to have put to sleep as they were fed up with him. He was partially blind and deaf when we got him and has since developed cat dementia but he's happy and my nose boop buddy. I love him to pieces. I think he may have selective hearing and not deafness as he doesn't hear me ask him to move over on the sofa but can hear a packet of'
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People Tweet About Changing Their Minds And Adopting A Senior Pet At The Last Second

Most people, when going to adopt a pet, tend to go for the little ones- the baby kittens and puppies who they'll get to raise into their families. And of course, while every adoption and every rescue is to be celebrated, it's important to remember to adopt senior and sick pets too. And sometimes, it happens that this understanding comes to you as you're already in the shelter, about to pick up your tiny new baby, and then an older one-eyes cat looks at you, and finds its way right into your soul.

A tweet sharing a story like that went viral, and other twitter users with similar stories chimed in, sharing their own stories of last minute changes to adoption plans- ones that ended with them picking up the less fortunate animals and giving them a warm home too. 

So, bring in the tissues and let your heart warm with joy. 

tweets about a minute changes and adoption senior and sick pets thumbnail includes a picture of a senior cat 'Vertebrate - Kristen @CripCamper2020 I went to adopt a kitten today. Instead I ended up adopting a 7 yr old chubby tub of love with sad eyes that were begging for a mommy. It was love at first sight. I can't wait to bring him home and spoil him silly. Meet Eli. 3:35 AM Jan 14, 2021 - Twitter for Android 2.4K Retweets 489 Quote Tweets 63.6K Likes'
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Nothing But Positivity With Smiling Animals

It's the start of a new week tomorrow, and we can feel how much you're wishing the weekend lasted just a little bit longer. Don't worry, we're about to put some smiles on your faces - with the help of some of our favorite smiling fur balls. So, get ready for some positivity, friends, and for starting the week off with huge smiles on your faces.


Happy animals never fail to make us smile, and we guarantee that they'll do the same for you. You simply won't be able to resist it, nor should you. Let this pure animal joy drive you through the week, and check out some more much needed positivity right here!

pictures and posts of animals smiling thumbnail includes two pictures including a dog smiling 'The cutest smile u/goodnight_star' and a smiling cat leaning on a guy's shoulder 'I think my cat smiles for the camera u/Sheik-mon'
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'ICanHas StoryTime' Users Share The Best 'If I Fits, I Sits' Images

If you haven't heard about our newest Facebook page, 'ICanHas StoryTime,' you're missing out! No worries though, we can tell you all about it right here and right now! We have recently opened up a new Facebook page for our amazing animal-loving community to share their stories! So many beautiful and funny stories all from our very own users! 

So, if you've got a precious pet you'd like to share and/or their story, be sure to follow us on Facebook! 

Recently, we asked our newest community users to send us photos of their pets and their best "If I Fits, I Sits," and all the responses were so heckin' cute, we decided to share them all! 

icanhas storytime users share pics of their pets and their best "if i fits, i sits" pics - thumbnail of cat in bag Nicolette Van Den Heever There is not plastic bag Scout doesn't love. Another bag he can't resist
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Artist Imagines Scenarios With And Without A Dog

Pets. How different our lives are when we have a loving animal with us. You may not even realize it, but little things in your life are altered thanks to your adorable companion. One artist decided to explore what life would be like without a dog, and the exact same scenario with a dog. To take in the pup or say, "no, thank you," that is the question and will lead this character down two different timelines. The result? It's as clear as night and day.

The talented artist behind these powerful illustrations is Ademar Vieira. Ademar Vieira is a journalist, screenwriter, and illustrator. He works in an animation studio in Brazil and since 2018, he produces comic books in partnership with other illustrators and alone. In 2020, his comic strips, which talk about social, environmental, and personal issues, went viral in Latin America and other parts of the world.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these illustrations convey those thousand words. 

Follow Ademar Vieira on Instagram for more incredible and thought-provoking art! 


artist images what life would be like with and without a dog - thumbnail of man getting offered puppy, one slide of him turns down the offer and the other accepts
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Delinquents And Destruction: Pets Edition (Pics)

Remember, no matter what they broke this time- you still love them. Even if it was your window, you still love them. Even if they're the world's biggest delinquents, you still love them. No matter how bad the cat-astrophe... you know you will give them snuggles and kisses later. 

Because it doesn't matter how many things your little delinquent destroys, they're still your little delinquent. And yes, you may cry a bit about that vase that cost you too much money and that you'll never get back, but... at least looking at other people's pets destroying their things is funny. So, laugh at the pain of others in these pictures that purrfectly encompass the true struggle of pet ownership.

pictures of cats and dogs destroying things thumbnail includes two pictures including a fat cat inside of a destroyed cardboard box and another of two dogs and a destroyed couch
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Cheezburger Users Share Their Pets' Wholesome Adoption Stories

We, animal lovers, enjoy nothing more than hearing wholesome, adorable, and heartwarming animal news stories. Animal stories with a happy endings never fail to make us smile, and we know that you guys are exactly the same. So, when you decide to share some of your pets' stories with us, we decide to say "thank you for making us smile" by sharing them with everyone else and hopefully making them smile too!

All animals have their stories, whether they're cute, heartwarming, or so funny they make your stomach hurt. Come share your pet's story in our new community on Facebook: ICanHas Storytime. Give us as many details about the story as you have, don't forget to attach pictures and videos of your fluffball, and your baby might get its own feature story on Cheezburger, where more people will smile because of it.

collection of pet adoption stories from cheezburger users thumbnail includes a picture of a tiny kitten cuddling with a huge dog '"I got a message from a friend saying they had found an abandoned kitten on the side of the road. He... had both eyes matted shut from infection, and one eye severely swollen. I spent all the money I had at the time ($300) to get his eye removed to save his life. He is about to be 4 now, and he has never and will never want for food or love ever again. Cayden is my b'
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Uncreative But Perfectly Accurate Names Given To Pets (Viral Tweets)

Choosing a name for your pet is not an easy task. It's the name that will stick with them for the rest of their lives, that'll make them come over when you say it (or totally ignore you when you say it if they're a cat). So, you wanna get that name decision right. Or not. 

A bunch of tweets that wet viral show that even the simplest, least inspired, least creative name can be a good one so long as its given by people who care about the pet. TC seems to be a name that people enjoy giving their cats, and guess what it stands for? The Cat. Yup. Simple, accurate, catchy and hidden in plain sight. You'll never suspect what it stands for unless you ask. 

viral tweets of people giving their pets uncreative but accurate names thumbnail includes a picture of a small dog on a couch 'Dog breed - SOLO @Sophia_Lor3n Replying to @AlanMassenburg My dog is called T.D which is short for " Tiny Dog". He has a real name but he answers to TD 5:22 PM Jan 4, 2021 - Twitter for iPhone 98 Retweets 18 Quote Tweets 5K Likes'
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Twitter Users Share Funny Stories Of Speaking To Their Pets

Let's be real - we all talk to our pets. And yes, we totally believe that they understand us. We tell them everything from our daily struggles and achievements to how cute they are and how smart they are and how beautiful and gorgeous and chonky and oh my goodness you're such a good puppy- anyway. 

It's totally normal to talk to your pets, don't even worry about it. And twitter is here to prove just that. After a tweet telling the story of someone talking to their pet went viral, other twitter users chimed in and started sharking funny stories of them talking to their pets as well. So, don't worry, you're not alone in talking to your pets. 

funny tweets of people speaking to their pets thumbnail includes one tweet 'Text - October Ferguson @OctoberFerguson This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog. It was obvious she thought her dog understood her. I came into my house & told my cat. We laughed a lot. 5:33 PM · Dec 31, 2020 · Twitter Web App 3.3K Retweets 244 Quote Tweets 33.9K Likes'
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Tweets And Memes All About Art Crafts In 2020 (Pets Edition)

2020 will forever be known as the year of the crafties. Seriously, even those who don't craft turned to crafting at some point in 2020. Whether that craft be painting, knitting, or baking bread (yes, baking is a craft), 2020 was the year that all human beings became so boring with existence that we turned to anything we could to make us feel again. 

And crafts really did come through for us in 2020, it gave us a feeling of accomplishment which we all needed. And there's no crafting include that doesn't include animals wreaking havoc, or crafts, especially for animals. And if you did do crafts that didn't include animals... well, let's just say it didn't make our list. 

We know that with the New Year comes new expectations but try to keep the crafties alive! 

2020 arts and crafts featuring animals - thumbnail includes two images of tweets of cats | Ella @missellacronin M started knitting my first ever jumper but might just stop here because 's perfect sized cat blanket | Debs @debstergr Knitting's going well
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Meet The Newly Adopted Faces Of The Week (42 Images + 3 Vid)

Happy New Year, beautiful readers! 

Welcome to 'I Can Has Cheezburger' original weekly segment -- meet the newly adopted faces of the week! As a special gift to all of you, we gathered up ALL the newly adopted faces from this past week for a mega-wholesome feel. We absolutely adore seeing all these newly adopted faces and it just makes our hearts burst knowing they'll have a loving and forever home this new year. 

A huge thank you to all those who have recently adopted, to all those who have adopted, and to those who will adopt in the future! You are making such a difference in these animals' lives, because of you they get to live happily and be loved unconditionally. And a mega heartfelt thank you to those who have adopted an older animal or those who might require some extra tender love and care. You are our forever heroes, thank you for giving him a second chance at a wonderful life. 

If you recently adopted a pet share an image with us in the comments below or send us a DM on Facebook to be featured on next week's list! 

all the newly adopted rescue animals of the week - thumbnail of smiling kitten "We may have adopted a tiny snow leopard"
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Senior Cat Appreciation Gallery (18 Images)

Senior cats have a warm spot in our hearts. I, personally, have a senior cat of my own of 15 years and I cherish every moment with my handsome old man! 

Our senior pets are a large part of our hearts. Whether you just adopted a senior animal, or have had them since they were young, we have such a strong connection to our older and calmer furbabies. For some of us, our cats have been there with us from a young delicate age and have watched us grow, watched us cry, watched us fall in love, pretty much anything you can think of -- your pet was there for it. 

We love our senior babies and do all we can to let them do how much we love them because truth be told, we don't know how much longer we have with them so it's best to just hug/pet/kiss/cuddle them any chance we get. Here are some senior cats who are still going strong and looking great! 

If you have a senior pet of your own, share an image in the comments below! 

appreciation post for senior cats thumbnail of senior cat wearing blue bandana "My 15-year-old just finished his radiation therapy for nasal cancer! Can’t stop this senior!"
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Pets Experiencing Their Very First Christmas

We all love Christmas. It's magical, it's cheer, it's joy, it's gifts and ornaments and time away from work and with our pets and families. Our pets, of course, love Christmas too. Even if they don't understand exactly what's going on, they can feel our happiness and cheer, and it brings them happiness and cheer too. 

Every year, we celebrate our Christmases with our pets, making sure to of course leave a little gift for them as well, but there's something unique and oh so special about a pet's first Christmas. Whether they were just born and are experiencing it for the first time, or if they were just adopted, the joy that Christmas brings them passes right back into us. 

It's a circle of joy: happy us - happy pets, happy pets - happy us. 

Please enjoy these pictures of pets experiencing their first Christmas and have a happy new year, everyone!

posts of pets experiencing their first Christmas thumbnail includes two pictures including a cat with a toppled over Christmas tree and another of a cat yelling at a Christmas tree 'Freyja meets her first ever Christmas tree'
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'I Can Has Cheezburger' Users Reveal Their Pets Reaction To Festive Decorations

Our users are the best! So many wonderful responses and photos, it was really difficult to simply sum it up into 25 images.  

We asked our Facebook users to share an image of their pet's reaction to their festive holiday decorations and the response was adorable and funny and adorably funny! If you want to see more than what was posted below, check out the original thread here. And be sure to follow us on Facebook to join in on the next challenge and possibly be featured! 

A huge thank you to all the users that participated in this challenge and thank you to all our amazing users in general, we love you all and we're very thankful for you! 

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! And Happy Holidays! 

ichc share images of their pet's reaction to holiday decorations - thumbnail of two images one of a dog who is confusion and another of a good cat by the xmas tree | Every year set up tree: visible confusion | Dustin is love with Christmas tree. Doesn't hurt Just stares at and cuddles branch.
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Pictures Capturing How Much Pets Love Their Humans

People who have no pets seem to truly have no idea what they're missing. The love and joy that an animal brings into a household, the brightness and pure positivity. And it's important to remember that, of course, you're not the only one who's made happy by their presence, but that they're also made happy by yours. 

There is nothing more gratifying in the world when you have a pet than seeing that pet love you back. Whether you see in the way they snuggle with you or in the way they just chill next to you, when animals love, they love hard. And it is the most beautiful thing in the world. 

So, if you know anyone who's considering adopting, show them these pictures, and their mind will hopefully be set on "yes".

pictures of pets showing affection to their humans thumbnail includes two pictures including one of a puppy sleeping in the arms of a human and another of a human sleeping surrounded by three cats
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