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From celebrity chickens to hitchhiking cats, we take a look back at our favorite Wow my pet did That! stories of 2019

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As the year comes to a close, we want to thank everyone so much for visiting our site! And we also want to share some of our favorite stories of the year. There are just so many great ones it was really hard to narrow down, but here’s our top ten list:

1)

Chickens are increasingly being seen as pets, and some are even becoming celebrities

The trend toward backyard chickens is on the increase. What many are finding as they care for these creatures is that, although they got the chickens for the eggs, the chickens actually turned out to have fascinating personalities. Hence, backyard chickens have become beloved pets for many. We look at some chickens that have gone viral:

Chickens are increasingly being seen as pets, and some are even becoming celebrities


2)

Wow! These pets did what?! From a Boxer who swallowed a skewer to a Labrador who ate a beehive, Nationwide insurance looks at unusual pet claims

Inspired by unique stories, in 2009 Nationwide created the annual Hambone Award® to honor the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year. Here’s a look at this year’s nominees…

Wow! These pets did what?! From a Boxer who swallowed a skewer to a Labrador who ate a beehive, Nationwide insurance looks at unusual pet claims


3)

Pets helping teens cope with anxiety and pressures of school is focus of new short film

“A Pet Sees You” is a new short film that is described as “highlighting the mental health benefits of pet ownership for the Generation Z population.”

Pets helping teens cope with anxiety and pressures of school is focus of new short film


Guppies help provide answers to questions about evolution

Guppies are a low maintenance pet for many.

But, they have recently helped a UC Riverside scientist explore an important question about evolution.

Guppies help provide answers to questions about evolution


Wow! Classroom pets helps kids learn in many ways, according to a new study

Remember the lines from the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” about the lamb making the children laugh and play, so the teacher turned it out?

Well, maybe a lamb isn’t a great idea, but small classroom pets may actually help improve academic performance and social skills in children, according to a new study, which has been published online.

Wow! Classroom pets helps kids learn in many ways, according to a new study


Injured turtle ‘scooting’ again, thanks to customized wheelchair

Scoot Reeves, one very lucky Florida tortoise, has been given a second chance at life, thanks to his new custom wheelchair.

Injured turtle ‘scooting’ again, thanks to customized wheelchair


Wow! This cat is amazing! A look at a must-see movie for cat lovers

We review “A Street Cat Named Bob,” a tale that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with a big, orange cat, who is far more than a street cat.

Wow! This cat is amazing! A look at a must-see movie for cat lovers


The little cat who brightened up a sad day — and a note to watch out for cats hitching rides under your car

Another story of a special cat. This one is our very own.

The little cat who brightened up a sad day — and a note to watch out for cats hitching rides under your car


We tried goat cuddling — here’s how it went…

One of the most fun things we’ve done this year was goat cuddling! This post looks at that particular adventure.

We tried goat cuddling — here’s how it went…


2019’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest winner is lovingly known as ‘fuzzy watermelon’

Like we said, there were so many other great stories this year, it was very hard to narrow down to ten, but we just had to include this guy because he is so beloved by so many.

2019’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest winner is lovingly known as ‘fuzzy watermelon’

 

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