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Restaurants Video

Dogs Eat As Good As Their Owners At This ‘Barky Brunch’

Have you ever wanted to sit down to a meal with your beloved pup? Sure it’s something you can easily do in the comfort of your own home, but I’m talking about sitting down, at a restaurant, to a chef-prepared gourmet feast with your canine companion.

Ray’s and Stark Bar, a restaurant located just outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is helmed by chef Fernando Darin.

A dog-lover himself, Darin utilizes the leftover pet-friendly food scraps from his kitchen to craft a rotating canine-friendly menu he calls the “Barky Brunch.” The menu was crafted as a means to reduce and recycle food waste, diverting them from landfills.

This season’s menu includes a watermelon sorbet, a chicken and broccoli rice bowl, Pizza Crust Dog Bones, and bacon-topped miniature peanut butter doggy cupcakes.

Our man on the ground, and two-time dog owner Richard Guinto sat down with veritable food beast and chew toy aficionado, Mana, to a sweet and savory brunch at the prominent Los Angeles restaurant.

The two shared a plethora of delicious bites, both for humans and doggies — including a brunch pizza and a decadent slice of salmon toast on the human side of the menu.

Anyone looking to treat their pooch to a lavish gourmet spread, Ray’s and Stark Bar will host pet owners every weekend at the restaurant’s open patio area. Humans and dogs, be sure to bring an appetite.

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Health Video

Here’s Exactly Why Dogs Can’t Eat Chocolate

We definitely know what foods can make your dogs sick, or even kill them. One of these items, as sweet as it tastes, is chocolate. Have you ever wondered exactly why something so innocuous as chocolate, however, can make your pooch so ill?

SciShow created a video explaining the science behind never giving your dog chocolate. Turns out, it’s all because of a molecule called theobromine.

The video explains that the molecule is an alkaloid which often produces physiological effects on both animals and humans. Theobromine causes an increase in heart rate, dilates blood vessels, and expands muscle energy.

Because animals have trouble processing theobromine much slower than humans, it builds up and causes nausea, convulsions, and potentially death. Since dogs are much lighter than humans, they can easily become sick from consuming even the smallest amount of chocolate.

Now that you know why chocolate is essentially the canine kryptonite, you won’t feel half as bad about not sharing with your furry best friend. Make sure to check out the video for an in-depth explanation.

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Animals Hit-Or-Miss Video

Cats Apparently Love To Steal Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets

It doesn’t take rocket science to know that pets love to steal food. For the most part, watching animals steal food is quite entertaining — as long as it’s not your food that’s being stolen.

So, it’s no surprise Twitter is blowing up over a video of a cat expertly stealing a Wendy’s Chicken Nugget.

Twitter user @lindseycabales, posted a video of her cat, Zach, grabbing a Wendy’s chicken nugget without permission. The video, posted on July 22, has since made this famished feline famous. The original tweet now has more than 30K retweets and north of 40K likes. Which seems to be a lot for a five second cat video.

But, apparently, Zach isn’t the only cat that likes nuggets. Twitter users began uploading videos of their cats stealing nuggets, fries, and other human food items.

Twitter user @claire_mcnugget‘s cat seems to like nuggets. 

@666Melon’s cat is a fan of fries.

@kaylynweaverr’s cat steals plastic forks for some reason.

@xourt’s is another nugget lover.

Despite the cat’s human-like grabbing technique, Lindsey claims she did not allow her pet to ingest the nugget, as she admitted being in an inebriated state, and wasn’t in the mood to share.

Although, there’s a subsequent tweet that contradicts Lindsey’s account of the evening. At 6:41 a.m., on July 26, Lindsey tweeted to Wendy’s claiming that Zach “loved” their chicken nuggets.

So, considering her tweet, it remains unclear if the cat actually ate it. Either way, there’s no denying the level of cuteness in this now viral video.

However, the video did spark conversation about whether or not feeding a chicken nugget to a cat should be considered animal abuse. Judging by the initial video, it’s safe to assume Lindsey is looking out for the best interest of Zach. Although, as long as chicken doesn’t have bones that a cat can choke on, it’s safe for feline consumption.

Thanks for the laughs, Zach!

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Hit-Or-Miss

9 Everyday Foods That Could Kill Your Cat

Owning a pet of any kind brings joy, companionship and most of all — responsibility. So, even if you’re experienced with animals, it’s your job to make sure your felines are healthy and happy. One of the easiest ways to monitor your pet’s well-being is closely monitoring a diet that’s toxin-free in order to keep your furry roommate’s tummy out of harm’s way.

If you’re one of the 85.8 million people that own a cat, then you know it’s not often you have to watch everything that goes into it’s mouth, since cats are generally very fussy eaters. While our claw-equipped fur pillows might express some curiosity every time you make a tuna sandwich — that doesn’t mean you should feel inclined to make two.

With that said, here’s a few of the most common human foods that could actually be fatal to felines. So, take note to ensure that culinary curiosity doesn’t kill your cat.

1. Tuna & Poke

What can it do?

Although poke maybe be delicious, it’s not the best treat for your cat.

Actually, in excess tuna — and other fish—  in general is considered to be borderline unhealthy for cats because tuna doesn’t contain the nutrients cats need for a healthy digestive system.

Too much tuna for cats can lead to malnutrition. Additionally, poke is usually made with freshly squeezed lemon or citrus juice, which can cause vomiting, stomach irritation, and other digestive issues for our feline companions.

2. Fish & Poultry With Bones

What can it do?

Be careful if you feed your cats chicken or fish that might contain bones, as cats can easily choke on them. Fish bones are somewhat flexible, and can easily be consumed by a hungry kitty.

But let’s err on the side of caution here.

3. Alcohol

What can it do?

One teaspoon of alcohol can put a five pound cat into a coma, according to the ASPCA. Cat livers don’t operate as efficiently as the human liver  — which means wine, beer or spirits can cause serious health problems.

So, even if you and your cat are relaxing after a hard day at work, and you feel inclined to pour a little of alcohol into his or her bowl —  don’t.

However, if you feel like your cat just needs to, “wine” about their day of sleeping and watching birds, this cat wine will provide a healthy alternative.

 

4. Caffeine

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What can it do?

Even small amounts of caffeine can cause rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors in cats.

Caffeine can be found in an array of products — even decaf coffee, teas, and other beverages — without consumer knowledge.

Since caffeine isn’t a nutrient, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require food manufacturers to list caffeine as food nutrition labels.

5. Chocolate

What can it do?

While dogs are more likely to get into a stash of indulgent chocolate before a cat does, it’s still a good idea to keep it out of kitty’s reach.

Theobromine is an alkaloid found in chocolate, which can cause everything from vomiting and diarrhea.

It’s estimated that more than 200 mg of theobromine can also cause cardiac failure.

 

6. Grapes & Raisins

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What can it do?

While grapes and raisins might seem like harmless treats for your cat, it’s a silent killer.

However, it’s unknown exactly what compound in grapes and raisins that make the fruit toxic to cats. If ingested, grapes have been known to cause kidney failure in them.

7. Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, or anything with Xylitol

What can it do?

Every diet soda you drink contains Xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in a lot of common foods. However, it will be anything but sweet to your inquisitive cat.

Xylitol can increase in the insulin circulating through your cat’s body, which will cause the cat’s blood sugar to drop, and can also lead to liver failure.

8. Baking Dough

What can it do?

Imagine your cat’s tummy as a tiny oven — if it eats uncooked dough, it will begin to expand inside.

This will obviously result in some discomfort to your four-legged friend, so be sure to keep baking dough out of kitty’s claws and jaws.

9. Raw Meat

What can it do?

Raw meat is never safe to eat due to the harmful bacteria, like salmonella, E. Coli and even listeria — which can cause an array of health issues for humans and their pets.

Always make sure your meat is covered and out of reach, you never know when kitty will hop up on the kitchen counter to investigate.

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Features Restaurants

13 Of The Most Horrific Health Code Violations The Internet’s Ever Seen

We’ve had our favorite restaurants shut down before, and as much as it pains us to see our favorite comfort food spots go, there are reasons health inspectors decide to drop the hammer on these eateries. Stomach churning reasons. Damn, we wish Hood Rat Pizza was still open.

A question was recently posed on Reddit, asking health inspectors (though mostly friends and family members replied) what were some of the worst violations they had ever seen while on the job, and here’s what horrifying stories came from that question.

As always with Reddit, take them with a grain of salt.

Honestly, this never happens

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My stepdad used to be a baker in an authentic recreation of an 18th century New French fortress. Because they sell bread to the public, the health inspector came by, and she was ripping into my stepdad for violations like the stonework walls, the doorless entranceways, or the lack of a mosquito zapper. He pointed out that they were following the highest standards except for things that would destroy the authenticity of this 18th century bakery.

The health inspector relented and agreed to give him a pass after verifying the food storage area was secure. They went to the shed, which was a doorless building attached to the bakery. As the health inspector went in, there happened to be an escaped cow licking all of the loaves. My stepdad could only say, “Honestly, this never happens.”

They passed the health inspection.

Leaking from the ceiling

My favorite Chinese restaurant got shut down. My ex-wife worked for the city and I asked her what was the deal. She said the health inspectors found something leaking from the celling. They lifted the ceiling tile and shined a flash light and saw multiple eyes staring back at them.

It was chickens. They were raising chickens in the celing and chicken shit was dripping in the food that I had been eating at least once a week.

Elbow curry

My friend was inspecting a restaurant – walked out the back to find a man stirring a huge pot of curry. With his arm. No spoon or anything, just up to his hairy elbows in curry.

Road lobster special

My stepmother is the lead health inspector for a decent sized suburban town. While I have never asked what the worst thing she has witnessed as part of her job was, I do know of one instance that was pretty gross.

A truck full of lobsters was traveling down the highway and crashed. The police came, and eventually they towed the truck. As a board of health inspector my stepmother was consulted to see if any of the lobsters were viable and she told them no, the load is a total loss since there were literally lobsters scattered across the highway covered in dirt, sand, etc.

Fast forward 24 hours and one of the restaurants in town ran a special: twin lobsters for $19.99!

Apparently the owner of the trucking/towing company knew the restaurant owner pretty well so they made a deal whereby the restaurant would pay a very discounted price for the ‘road lobsters’. The restaurant would turn around and illegally serve the lobsters to unsuspecting customers or sell them out of a truck behind behind the restaurant.

I’m not sure what the repercussions were but I think they were shut down for like a week. They closed shortly thereafter and now there’s a new restaurant there. The towing company lost their contract to tow vehicles/semi trucks with the town and state.

(Here’s a source for this one).

The ice creamer

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I worked in a restaurant where the managers were good friends with a health inspector.

The coffee/ice cream shop next door was shut down out of nowhere and we were all shocked because they were pretty busy. Health inspector came in one day and manager asked why it was shut down. Health inspector proceeded to tell my manager that he walked in unannounced early one morning before the shop opened, only to find the owner jerking off behind the counter by the ice cream.

“Your sink’s leaking”

I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant for my first job at 16. One night we were cleaning up after closing as usual. I uncorked my sink just as we wrapped and left to do something else. As I stepped away, the waitress said, “Your sink’s leaking.”

I turned around to find brown sludge pouring out of the bottom of the sink. Not just that one but also the sink in the food prep area. The whole kitchen flooded with what I soon discovered to be sewage, complete with poopy bits and toilet paper. It rose up so high I was literally ankle deep in shit.

The waitress bailed and called her ex-boyfriend, the cooks climbed like Spider-Men out of the kitchen, and my manager locked herself in her office. I stood alone, 16 years old working my first job, and ankle deep in poop with a squeegee in hand. I mopped that kitchen until past midnight.

When I got home, I walked in like I’d been blasted by napalm. The next morning my boss called me in early. The damn restaurant opened the next day and served food like there wasn’t poop everywhere. Hell, when I showed up there was still solid poop in the drains.

I quit soon after and didn’t return for a long time. When I finally did pass by the place was closed for health violations. I wonder why…

Beef soup

My mom used to work at this restaurant where the owner just did not give a shit. It was a Mexican restaurant and my mom told me that once a lady came in asking for Caldo de res (beef soup) but they didn’t have anymore meat (at least not the one used for that dish). They were about to let the lady know, when the owner stepped up and told the lady that her food would be right out. The server and my mom were both confused as to what she was going to do.

Well this lady goes and literally DIGS THROUGH THE FUCKING TRASH and pulls out some beef (some still with bone) she then ran it through water, cooked it and served it to that poor lady. My mom says the lady was even sucking the bone and she almost felt sick watching. My mom quit that job soon after.

Fresh coat of paint

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Someone in my city repainted their floor with non slip paint and literally painted over a dead rat, sealing it in there.

And to top it off, it was in the middle of the kitchen, not under a bench or anything similar.

The nastier the place…

My cousin was a Health Inspector for the City of Melbourne, Australia many years ago. Her advice? Never eat at Chinatown.

  • Dead fish floating in the tanks of sea food restaurants, with barely alive fish in the same tanks.
  • Slime and mold in said tanks.
  • Rusty surfaces used as chopping boards and mold covered wooden chopping boards
  • Raw meats prepared together with raw vegetables.
  • The lady washing the dishes at the cash register was the same lady that cleaned the toilets and made the dumplings. She never washed her hands.
  • It doesn’t matter how much you pay, whether you spent $200 on your meal or $20, they are all as filthy as each other. The most expensive and well known were actually the worst offenders.
  • Cockroaches. Cockroaches everywhere.
  • There is no such thing as an expiry date. Sauces mask everything.

There is a saying here though that many people are aware of: the nastier the place, the better the dumplings taste.

Soup of the day

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My Dad was a health inspector, and is now retired. Of everything I ever heard, two jump out:

He noted the trays at a Chinese restaurant weren’t clean or warm. When he asked the employees, they acknowledged the heating element had failed, but that there was still chemical backup. Somehow, though, it wasn’t hitting the dishes. Then he saw a cockroach crawl out of the washer. Attempting to understand how the dishes were not getting rinsed, he found that it was backed up with cockroaches. They were ‘cleaning’ the trays. They ‘closed for remodeling’ for three days, but it was really cleaning up in order to pass inspection before they were allowed to open again.

At a similar restaurant, he asked about a pail on the floor filled with a green substance. “Soup of the day”, they told him. Dad asked what it was, and was told it was scraps. The bucket was never emptied, it turned out. The scraps going in roughly equaled the soup going out, which meant that there was stuff in there that had been there for weeks at room temp, on the floor. Dad had them dump it as he looked on.

A bonus story was when he caught a guy smoking in a kitchen, and exposed the cigarette behind his back with a handshake.

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I’ve been waiting tables since I turned sixteen. Some of the things I’ve witnessed have really turned me off to going out to eat. The worst thing I can think of right now is when I saw a manager blow his nose into the salad dressing and mix it up.

I wish I was lying.

Floor roast

I used to work next to a Chinese place that tenderized 20 pound roasts by repeatedly slamming it on the floor.

The pizzeria I was working at the time was so dirty, the wife changed the baby inside your pizza box. At another pizzeria I worked at I was washing dishes and the manager came to me with a block of swiss cheese. It was covered in mold and he wanted me to scrub it out of the holes.

Deep fried, crispy, and hairy

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My uncle is a health inspector in rural Australia. He got several complaints about a fish n’ chips shop in a small town in Victoria, with reports of it being a bit grotty and people getting chunks of hair in their hot chips.

So he rocks up one day unannounced on a blazing hot day in the middle of summer, and the owner greats him and shows him around wearing a white singlet top with sweat patches under the arms, short shorts and no shoes. This guys body was covered in hair. Not just on his arms and chest, but his back and neck were like a werewolf. Clearly, this must be the source of the hair in the chips. My uncle decides to make a tactful comment about having wear appropriate clothes when working, so as to protect against hot oil burns.

After seeing the property and giving a few basic suggestions, the only other thing he notices that needs immediate attention is the deep fryer itself. The oil is old and filthy, and likely full of this guys hair, so he orders the bloke to drain it out right then and there. The owner does so, and at the bottom of the oil vat is a dead, deep fried and crispy….cat. Totally unphased, the owner simply said “Oh, that’s where my cat went!”

Turns out a few months previously the shop was having a rodent problem, so the owner bought in a cat to catch them. He thought the cat escaped overnight and ran away. Nope. Looks like little Fluffy drowned in the deep frying oil, and Mr Chippy has been frying him up over and over and over again ever since. The clumps of hair locals were complaining about weren’t from the half-man-half-wolf owner, but the fur and flesh of a dead cat.

Stories have been edited for spelling and flow.

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News

WHOPPERRITOS Exist & A Dude Smuggles Pork Ribs In His Pants [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, a brewing company developed a beer that’s safe for dogs to drink. Cause no one wants to drink alone. Hipsters found another thing to ruin for everyone else by deconstructing coffee. Awesome, guys.

Burger King is testing a new item: a Whopper and a burrito. Guess what they’re calling it? A guy was caught shoplifting at a grocery store and when he was asked to return the items, hilarity ensues. Finally, a bunch of geniuses decided to rob a McDonald’s that was filled with special forces. Bad move, gentleman.

Check out this week’s Katchup.

Beer for dogs

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Drinking beer with your buddies is a human bonding activity, but who’s to say that it can’t be done with man’s best friend too? A U.K. based company called Woof and Brew recently released a beer just for dogs. Canines can safely consume the beverage since it doesn’t contain alcohol, hops or carbonation that can harm their digestive tract. According to The Atlantic, veterinarians often advise owners to not give their dogs beer since canine livers can’t metabolize the alcohol the same way human livers can. In addition, other ingredients including hops can cause violent reactions in some dogs. READ MORE

Hipsters ruin coffee

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It turns out that even coffee, one of the last few bastions in the world of simple delights, is susceptible to being raped and defiled by the beanie-toting, opinion-flinging, artisinal-everything bearded goons we all know and hate called “hipsters.” READ MORE

Burger King introduces the Whopperrito

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Apparently thirsty for its day of innovation, the folks at Burger King are wrapping their famous Whopper in burrito form and calling it the Whopperrito. We have your first look. READ MORE

Man whips meat out of his pants

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Being a former Kroger supermarket employee, I’ve seen my fair share of shoplifters trying to casually walk out with carts full of groceries, or slipping Kit-Kat bars in their pockets, but this guy’s technique is at a master level, except for the fact that he still got caught. A video shows a man being questioned by a store employee before eventually revealing the meat he was packing inside his pants, literally. READ MORE

Idiots rob McDonald’s full of special forces

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Back in the day, Tonight Show host Jay Leno used to love telling stories about stupid criminals, and in that same vein, we present to you the morons who tried to rob a French McDonald’s filled with special forces. READ MORE

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Hit-Or-Miss

Someone Made A Beer For Dogs So You Can Now Drink With Your Best Friend

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Drinking beer with your buddies is a human bonding activity, but who’s to say that it can’t be done with man’s best friend too?

A U.K. based company called Woof and Brew recently released a beer just for dogs. Canines can safely consume the beverage since it doesn’t contain alcohol, hops or carbonation that can harm their digestive tract.

According to The Atlantic, veterinarians often advise owners to not give their dogs beer since canine livers can’t metabolize the alcohol the same way human livers can. In addition, other ingredients including hops can cause violent reactions in some dogs.

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Simply put it, don’t give your dogs alcoholic beverages no matter how much they beg you for it. Resist their puppy eye look!

Woof and Beer’s brew now makes the experience possible and safe for man’s best friend. In order to mimic the drinking experience for dogs, the brewers included typical ingredients found in human beer. The dog formula involves barley malt, dandelion, flax, and “chicken flavoring.”

Steve Bennett, managing director of Woof and Brew, said their mission is to make their beer a part of tradition. This drink makes it possible so that human can share a beer of their own and a beer for their dog as well.”

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The company has been specializing in dog drinks since 2013. They are known for their herbal teas and tonics for dogs. Among their products is an “anxiety blend” that consists of lavender and rose petal. The ingredients are known to cause a calming effect in dogs that would be helpful in certain situations such as fireworks or travel.

This is their first attempt at brewing dog beer. Bennett notices a health trend among humans and their pets. He said:

“There’s a huge move to more healthy products for dogs – in tandem with the human move to more healthy products. I think all of this is linked to the humanization of our pets, and ensuring that what we feed them is healthy, not just something we’ve designed for ourselves and hope is healthy for dogs.”

The company is looking towards global distribution of their products and creating new partnerships for their dog drinks.

Written by Laura Dang, NextShark

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Hit-Or-Miss

These 13 Adorable Little Pets Munching On Food Is The Best Thing You’ll Watch All Day

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After a long day at work, you probably won’t mind relaxing and seeing little balls of cuteness do their thing as they munch on food.

Not need to overthink this one, it’s just a list of videos with the most adorable little animals nibbling on stuff like corn and bananas, or even pancakes. There’s even a couple ridiculously lazy participants who won’t even get off their stomach to eat their food.

So enjoy these adorable little animals as they will surely make your day:

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Bunny going in on some raspberries.

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Tiny tortoises munching on some pancakes in slow motion, naturally.

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Yeah, it’s a rat, but tell me this isn’t super cute

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Adorably vicious hedgehog tearing up some corn on the cob.

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This terribly controversial, yet adorable Slow Loris that pisses off people and is going to lead to hundreds of angry messages in our Facebook inbox, video.

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This piglet will not get out of bed for anything, not even a cookie,

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I have no idea what a marmoset is, but it’s cute as hell.

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This kitty sounds creepy to me, but I don’t trust cats and others think this is adorable.

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This hamster stuffing food in his cheeks like he’s robbing a buffet.

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This puppy’s got some serious upper body strength.

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Another puppy trying to do handstands

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I don’t know why this cat is dressed like a monkey either, but whatevs.

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Aaaaaaand I’m dead.