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Menswear Dog: Now in Book Form

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In 2013, couple David Fung and Yena Kim put a picture of their Shiba Inu, Bodhi, in a cardigan on Facebook. It got such a huge response that they decided to create a Tumblr dedicated to dressing up the dog in high fashion ensembles. 

The resulting blog is a marriage between cute dog pictures and a comprehensive guide to men’s fashion. It became so successful that Fung and Kim are now releasing a book, Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics. Separated by season, the tome gives helpful advice as to what to wear and when. It also recommends staple pieces and seasonal essentials to help you construct a look with a strong foundation.

“The book is designed to help you build looks from a curated group of classic, essential items rather than buying hundreds of different outfits. All the extra, unworn clutter in your closet is weighing you down," the couple explains in a press release. "The goal is to have a tight, hardworking wardrobe that makes it easy to get dressed.”

The book isn’t just for men. Kim notes that many women can also draw inspiration from the dapper Shiba Inu. As the “boyfriend fit” continues to be a popular style, women are increasingly taking cues from men’s fashion. And of course, who doesn’t love looking at pictures of a cute dog? 

Fung and Kim say they draw a lot of their inspiration from where they live in New York City. “All we have to do for inspiration is walk to Soho or the Lower East Side to see people from all walks of life dressed in their own amazingly unique ways,” they say. Failing a trip downtown, the couple also looks to Tumblr for new ideas. 

If you’re wondering how they got their dog to obediently wear such complex outfits, the answer is lots of peanut butter. “There’s a lot of goofing around, but while we’ve got a bow tie in one hand, we’ve always got peanut butter in the other, because it’s the secret to making Bodhi focus!” the couple says. “We always keep it fun and light with music playing and plenty of treats.”  

Get your paws on one of these helpful books here

Images From Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics (Artisan) © 2015. Photos: David Fung and Yena Kim.

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Why Do Cats Freak Out After Pooping?
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Cats often exhibit some very peculiar behavior, from getting into deadly combat situations with their own tail to pouncing on unsuspecting humans. Among their most curious habits: running from their litter box like a greyhound after moving their bowels. Are they running from their own fecal matter? Has waste elimination prompted a sense of euphoria?

Experts—if anyone is said to qualify as an expert in post-poop moods—aren’t exactly sure, but they’ve presented a number of entertaining theories. From a biological standpoint, some animal behaviorists suspect that a cat bolting after a deposit might stem from fears that a predator could track them based on the smell of their waste. But researchers are quick to note that they haven’t observed cats run from their BMs in the wild.

Biology also has a little bit to do with another theory, which postulates that cats used to getting their rear ends licked by their mother after defecating as kittens are showing off their independence by sprinting away, their butts having taken on self-cleaning properties in adulthood.

Not convinced? You might find another idea more plausible: Both humans and cats have a vagus nerve running from their brain stem. In both species, the nerve can be stimulated by defecation, leading to a pleasurable sensation and what some have labeled “poo-phoria,” or post-poop elation. In running, the cat may simply be working off excess energy brought on by stimulation of the nerve.

Less interesting is the notion that notoriously hygienic cats may simply want to shake off excess litter or fecal matter by running a 100-meter dash, or that a digestive problem has led to some discomfort they’re attempting to flee from. The fact is, so little research has been done in the field of pooping cat mania that there’s no universally accepted answer. Like so much of what makes cats tick, a definitive motivation will have to remain a mystery.

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Listen to the Impossibly Adorable Sounds of a Baby Sloth
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Sometimes baby sloths seem almost too adorable to be real. But the little muppet-faced treasures don't just look cute—turns out they sound cute, too. We know what you're thinking: How could you have gone your whole life without knowing what these precious creatures sound like? Well, fear not: Just in time for International Sloth Day (today), we have some footage of how the tiny mammals express themselves—and it's a lot of squeaking. (Or maybe that's you squealing?)

The sloths featured in the heart-obliterating video below come from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The institution rescues orphaned sloths, rehabilitates them, and gets them ready to be released back into the wild.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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