Dog Leggings Are Here to Protect Your Pup's Paws and Keep Your House Mud-Free

Walkee Paws
Walkee Paws

Some dogs can’t stand to wear clothing, while others seem to actually enjoy it—or at least tolerate it for the sake of their human’s amusement. If your pup likes to be primped but already has a closet full of doggy sweaters and dresses, you can now get them a pair of waterproof leggings, as People points out.

They’re made by a company called Walkee Paws, and they come in four stylish patterns: Glen plaid, polka dot, camouflage, and a solid brown color. Aside from making your pooch the envy of the dog park, they also serve a practical function. The rubber-soled booties provide “maximum comfort and paw protection” to keep their feet in pristine shape. They also prevent dirt, snow, and other unmentionables from being tracked throughout your home, so it will save you the time and hassle of having to clean up each time you take your dog outside.

Walkee Paws founder Lisa Baronoff said walks with her Cocker Spaniel Toffee inspired her to create this product. “I live in Manhattan and have been concerned about the dirt and germs Toffee tracks into our home after outdoor walks on the dirty pavements … and I’m concerned with him ingesting dangerous street chemicals by licking his paws, [so] to protect him and our home, I embarked on a mission to find a workable solution,” Baronoff told People.

Made from a stretchy material and patent-pending adjustable connector that hooks around a dog’s back, the leggings are designed to be less inhibitory than traditional dog boots, which can restrict blood flow or fall off easily.

Three sizes are available, depending on your dog’s height. The largest size can accommodate most Boxers, Golden Retrievers, and Standard Poodles, as long as they’re no taller than 26 inches. Prices vary from $20 to $30 depending on the size, and you can order yours from Walkee Paws’ website or Amazon.

[h/t People]

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

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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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