Five Adorable Dog Videos to Make You Ache for Spring

It's no secret, I'm a sucker for warm weather... as-is my adopted Italian Greyhound, Fiona. So every year as the thermometer starts to shyly creep up above 32 degrees and my winter parka suddenly seems less necessary, I begin daydreaming about all the wonderful ways Fiona and I can celebrate outside. And it looks like we're not alone. Check out five of our favorite videos of pets celebrating summer, sun and so much more. Just try not to smile. We bet you can't resist!

Video #1: English Bulldog Puppy Rolls Downhill

We're sharing some of our favorite spring and summer pet videos in celebration of spring. See the whole series here.

Video #2: Petey the Boston Terrier Loves Summer

If your dog's like Petey and loves the pool, just make sure to talk to your veterinarian about pool hazards and safety before enjoying some fun!

We're sharing some of our favorite spring and summer pet videos in celebration of spring. See the whole series here.

Video #3: Corgi Puppies Play in Slow Motion

It's always a good idea to make sure your pup is playing within an enclosed area, especially with puppies who might not know their commands yet!

We're sharing some of our favorite spring and summer pet videos in celebration of spring. See the whole series here.

Video #4: Dog Pushes People Into the Pool

Toyo seems to be having the time of his life helping his human pals enjoy fun in the sun. Just make sure not to teach a dog to do this if small children are in the house.

We're sharing some of our favorite spring and summer pet videos in celebration of spring. See the whole series here.

Video #5: Doggy Surfing Competition Will Make You Smile

Some of these dogs look like better surfers than the people! We love, love, love seeing this many dogs in life-saving life jackets and the poses that some of the dogs are striking as they glide into shore. Could backward-surfing be a new trend? I think so!

St. Louis, MO to Nashville, TN

From St. Louis, the route to Music City is only a four-and-a-half hour straight shot. It’s a relatively short adventure, but the stops along the way make up for it. Spend an afternoon for playing with your pup in the fresh air in Shawnee National Forest, located in Southern Illinois, and later spend the night on the campgrounds of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. You can even take your pup to visit the Homeplace, a working farm and living history museum in the area. For your pup’s food, pack a bag of Nature’s Recipe Grain Free Chicken, Sweet Potato, & Pumpkin, a recipe that’s easy for your dog to digest while enjoying the outdoors. When you land in Nashville, take your pup for some off-leash fun at one of the many dog parks in the city. More than 30 hotels are dog-friendly, so it’ll be easy to find one that suits your needs. Some are just a quick walk to the live music mecca Honky Tonk Highway. Your furry pal may not be allowed in the clubs, but you can certainly take him for a stroll where the live tunes can be heard from the street.

When are the H&M dog and owner jumpers on sale and how much do they cost?

The Pringle of Scotland x H&M collection became available worldwide and online at from last week on October 3, so you may want to hustle if you want to get your hands on the popular dog and owner sets.

The jumpers for humans retail at £19.99, while the matching knitted dog jumpers are on sale for £17.99.

The collection has already started selling out, but you can expect certain pieces to pop up on eBay – if you’re willing to pay above retail price for them.

The range is part of H&M’s Conscious collection, meaning each item has been made with recycled polyester and organic cotton for extra cosy comfort.

Even frogs sometimes have frogs in their throats.

Around midday on 24 February, a woman in her 20s was visiting Senju Kannondo, a temple dedicated to the goddess of mercy that’s nestled between the Sai River and foot of Mt. Kubote in Buzen, Fukuoka Prefecture. While enjoying the serenity of the area, she heard the faint sound of a dog barking.

The sound led her to a crack in the mountain wall behind the temple’s worship hall where spring water dripped out. She was unable to see anything but could distinctly hear sounds like “grrrr,” “yip yip,” and “woof.” Fearing that an animal was trapped she placed a call to Japan’s emergency number, 110.

Two officers rushed to the scene and searched around but were unable to find any dog. However, all three could distinctly hear a dog barking somewhere very close. Just then a local in his 50s passed by and told them matter-of-factly that “It’s probably those barking frogs.” He then left the trio who were feeling stunned and slightly embarrassed.

Sure enough, there is such a creature called the Tago frog, also known as “Tago’s brown frog,” after Japanese zoologist Katsuya Tago, which is endemic to Japan and inhabits mountainous areas. By all accounts they resemble your average frog, measuring three to four centimeters (1.2 to 1.6 inches) in length, but when mating season comes between February and April the males “bark” and growl just like dogs in order to attract females.

It seemed most urban dwelling people who read the news also had to check what these frogs sound like and hear it for themselves.

“I checked a website with Tago frog calls and, yeah, they sound like dogs.”
“I saw the story on TV, and the host cracked up when she heard how the frogs sound.”
“Tago frogs usually hide so you can hear them but not see them. I never heard them during mating season though.”
“Ah the frogs are barking. It must be spring…”

Some people on Twitter also shared their run-ins with Tago frogs to give us a very good idea of what the woman and officers were experiencing on that fateful day.

“Today I was walking at the bottom of the mountain. The Tago frogs are here and there, so is it spring already? I can hear them calling. The fun season is almost here.”

So, if you’re out in the Japanese mountains and hear what sounds like a dog trapped in the rocks, it might actually be just the sound of sweet frog love in full bloom… But maybe look into it anyway, because there could very well be a dog trapped in the rocks too.

Source: Nishi Nippon Shimbun
Top image: YouTube/popos077
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