Denali National Park’s Sled Dog Puppycam Is About to Become Your New Obsession

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One of the great benefits of technology is that is can bring people from all over the world together to simultaneously witness the same event. And sometimes that event involves puppies. Adorable puppies. And lots of them. Case in point: the sled dog puppy webcam at Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve.

Sled dogs have been a part of the park’s tradition pretty much since it was first established in 1917. Harry Karstens, the first superintendent of the preserve (back when it was Mount McKinley National Park), was an experienced dog musher who employed a team of canines to get around. Since then, the park's kennel has continued to provide valuable transportation—helping rangers to patrol, carry supplies, and create trails, even in the biting cold. They’re a particularly valuable resource, as the federally protected area does not allow motorized vehicles.

But before they can get to work, they need to grow up. On August 4, 2017, resident pupper Clove (who staffers call “one of the most opinionated dogs in the yard”) gave birth to a healthy litter of seven pups, five males and two females. And, yes, they’re absolutely precious.

"They are doing great,” kennel manager Jen Raffaeli reported just a few days later. "They are just nursing and sleeping and growing."

Those viewers lucky enough to be tuned into the puppycam around that time got a first glimpse at the adorable pups, who will eventually help patrol the park and serve as some of its most adorable ambassadors. In 2016, Raffaeli told CBS Sunday Morning: "We always joke that they're the happiest government employees you’ll ever meet." It only takes a few minutes of tuning in to see that she’s not joking.

For even more sled pup adorableness, check out Denali’s dog blog, meet the pooches online, watch them in action in person, and even consider adopting one once their government service has come to an end.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

Georgia Beachgoers Saved a Pod of Pilot Whales That Washed Ashore

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A day at the shore quickly turned into a rescue situation for beachgoers on St. Simons Island, Georgia this week when a pod of pilot whales washed ashore. Beaching can be disastrous for whales, but thanks to a group of first responders and volunteers, most of the stranded marine mammals were returned to safety, USA Today reports.

Spotting whales off the coast of Georgia isn't unusual, but what occurred at St. Simons Island the afternoon of Tuesday, July 16 was out of the ordinary. The pilot whales had swum so close to the shore that they had become stuck on the sand—and there were dozens of them. The animals could have died from dehydration at low tide or possibly drowned if the tide covered their blowholes.

Fortunately, the beachgoers watching the situation unfold acted fast. They waded into the sea and manually pushed the small whales back into deeper waters where they could swim freely. First responders from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also aided in the rescue effort.

The heroic volunteers weren't able to save every whale. Two of the mammals became incapacitated and had to be euthanized. But according to the Glynn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the majority of the whales swam away unharmed. "This has been an unusual occurrence, but events like these can really show the level of care and support from our community," the agency wrote on its Facebook page. "Thank you to everyone that helped those that couldn’t help themselves today."

Beaching is a rare event that still isn't fully understood by scientists. In the case of these pilot whales, which travel in pods, one sick whale may have swum too close to land and led the rest of the whales to danger. The DNR plans to conduct autopsies on the two whales who perished.

[h/t USA Today]

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