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23 Animals Relaxing With Cool Summer Treats

All across the country, people are hot and miserable. Perhaps this collection of adorable animals cooling off with icy snacks will help.

Monkeys

Swoyambhunath of Nepal is nicknamed “The Monkey Temple” for the sacred monkeys that live inside the complex. Flickr user lavenderstreak was able to capture these pampered primates in this delightful picture.

Flickr user Sudar Muthu was able to hand-feed ice cream to this adorable little guy during a trip to Eravikulam, Rajmalal National Park in India.

Tigers

Just because cats, including tigers, can’t taste sweet stuff doesn’t mean they should be left out in this critter Popsicle party. Instead, they just need meat pops, like the one given to the tigers at the Sydney Zoo, as featured in this photo by Flickr user shutupyourface.

Bears

I’m not sure what kinds of fruits and nuts are in this bear’s treat, but he sure seems to like it. Flickr user Tambako The Jaguar caught this fun shot at the Tierpark Arth Goldau.

Lions

That’s right, lions, tigers and bears all enjoy cooling down with ice pops. This little guy was also shot at the Tierpark Arth Goldau by Flickr user Tambako The Jaguar. Like the tigers, lions also can’t taste sweets, so they have to satiate themselves with blood-filled treats.

Lemurs

Somehow this lemur got a hold of this ice cream cone just in time for Flickr user Ken McChesney to capture this great pic at the Edinburgh Zoo.

Pandas

As the blog title says, Pandas Love to Party.

Anteaters

Flickr user TamanduaGirl likes to reward her pet anteater, Pua, with a cool yogurt and strawberry parfait.

Kittens

Cute Overload reader Maria F.’s kitty likes to cool down with a few licks off of some delicious Häagen-Dazs bars. She says he doesn’t eat any of the chocolate, which is bad for kittens, but enjoys the creamy cool ice cream.

Snape here belongs to Flickr user Bridget Samuels. That’s a lot of ice cream for one little kitty.

This kitty not only has an adorable face while he enjoys his strawberry ice pop, he also has one of the best pet names ever—Circus McGircus. His owner, Cute Overload reader Whitney S., has some great taste in pet names.

Little Lucky is simply obsessed with this ice cream cone. I love how he doesn’t stop licking throughout the video.

Puppies

If all Hawaiian dogs celebrate their birthdays the way Takota does, then we’d better not let our mainland pooches know. We’ll have a mutiny on our hands.

I don’t know the name of this adorable chihuahua shot by Flickr user boubou1, but he certainly knows how to celebrate Canada Day in style.

Birdies

Flickr user flashb1t shot this cute gray parrot while he was munching on ice cream on a bike’s handlebars while his owner took a break from riding around town.

Gray parrots aren’t the only birds who enjoy ice cream. Flickr user billypalooza caught this cute peacock enjoying a sweet treat at the Denver Zoo.

Mice

Flickr user Radagast had a great trick to get her late pet mouse Meryl to take medicine—mix it in with ice cream.

Bunnies

It’s bad for bunnies to eat dairy products, but frozen raspberry puree is a great way for little Frankie to cool down on a hot day.

Flickr user rockamandy’s bunny Fry also enjoys the cooler things in life.

Wallabies

Wallabies aren’t big on ice cream, but they simply love the cones, particularly when they’re filled with tasty grains, as you can see in this cute picture by Flickr user Karen Hull.

Llamas

Like wallabies, llamas love getting pellet treats served inside of ice cream cones as Flickr user Just Us 3 shows.
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I’m ready to go grab a Fudgesicle. Do you guys ever give your critters icy treats when it’s hot outside?

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Orlando Animal Shelter Sorts Dogs Into Hogwarts Houses

Harry is a Gryffindor. Draco is a Slytherin. But what is Fido? An Orlando, Florida animal shelter’s sorting ceremony will decide. As The Dodo alerts us, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has started sorting its adoptable dogs into Hogwarts houses to make it easier for potential adopters to get a sense of their personalities.

For lack of a magic hat, the shelter came up with a test to sort dogs based on their behavior. According to the Pet Alliance:

For example, a dog who takes to learning obedience cues or quickly figures out a puzzle has the KNOWLEDGE of a Ravenclaw. A small dog who has the determination to climb the agility A-Frame possesses the AMBITION of Slytherin house. Our affectionate happy-to-know-you dogs embody the FRIENDLINESS of a Hufflepuff, and a dog who embraces change and new things has the BRAVERY known to all Gryffindors.

A banner labelled “Pawgwarts” shows the Hogwarts houses’ arms with dog silhouettes on them.

Once they’re sorted, the dogs get a banner for their cage that announces their respective house. (Not a lot of dogs are Ravenclaws, which I guess means that puzzle toy is really hard.) The fun promotion has brought in plenty of adopters looking to add a new canine wizard to their own house.

"For many guests visiting our shelter, there is an instant recognition for our 'Pawgwarts Houses,' based on the overwhelming popularity of the book series," Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando communications manager Stephen O'Neal tells Mental Floss. "People come in knowing what their personal house is and are so enthusiastic about our Potter-inspired sorting process." The sorting quiz on the shelter's website has been taken more than 30,000 times, he says.

A sign with a badger printed on it reads "Hufflepuff House Values."

Besides being a very social media-friendly way to advertise dogs, the sorting is a helpful way to show off a dog’s personality traits while avoiding any talk of breed. Since DNA research shows that a huge number of dogs in shelters are labeled as the wrong breed—particularly dogs labeled as pit bulls—the Pet Alliance has stopped listing breeds altogether. And Hogwarts houses describe how a dog acts instead of what its parents looked like, making them far more useful for finding the perfect new pet. At least for Harry Potter fans.

Most of the shelter's cats haven't been sorted (probably because most cats refuse to wear cute clothes) but Cody, at least, deigned to wear his Hufflepuff scarf.

[h/t The Dodo]

All images by Art Faulkner, courtesy Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

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This Couple Has Spent the Past 30 Years Visiting Every Cracker Barrel in the U.S.

Ray and Wilma Yoder are probably America's foremost amateur experts on Cracker Barrel restaurants. As Eater reports, the Indiana couple is on a 30-year quest to eat at every single Cracker Barrel in the U.S. And they’ve almost completed it.

Ray Yoder of Goshen, Indiana, first started going to Cracker Barrel regularly when he worked delivering RVs across the country. Soon, Wilma was coming along, too, and the couple began hunting down Cracker Barrel locations in earnest, a pastime they’ve pursued for the past three decades.

Cracker Barrel got its start in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1969, and according to Ray, visiting the restaurants while on the road felt like being at home. “It has a down-home spirit, and everybody is friendly,” he told the Lebanon Democrat. He told the paper that stopping at Cracker Barrels helped relieve boredom when he was on the road.

Ray and Wilma Yoder stand in front of two RVs outside a Cracker Barrel.

Now, he and Wilma are celebrities to those in the Cracker Barrel know. Cracker Barrel’s corporate leadership invites them to opening day at new stores. Employees know of them, and sometimes they receive gift baskets when they come in to cross a new Cracker Barrel off their list. People ask to take their picture when they visit.

The 80-year-olds have just two rules for their visits: At each location, they always buy something, even if it’s just a cup of coffee, and leave a tip. There’s no limit on how many Cracker Barrels they’ll go to in a single day, though. They once visited 10 different locations on a drive along the East Coast. Overall, their Cracker Barrel adventure has taken them more than 5 million miles across 44 states.

The Yoders recently visited their 644th Cracker Barrel, attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new location in Lavonia, Georgia, in early July. They’re hoping to hit up the last Cracker Barrel on their list—until the next one opens, that is—by heading to Tualatin, Oregon, sometime later this year.

Update: Portland news station KGW reports that the Yoders have now completed their quest, stopping in at the Tualatin Cracker Barrel on August 28. The company flew them to Oregon for the occasion, which marked the end of their 645-restaurant journey. For now, at least.

[h/t Eater]

All images courtesy Cracker Barrel

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