This from Lost in E Minor:
In Cornwall, England, 25-year-old Nicola Congdon keeps her rescued chickens warm by dressing them up in knitted wooly jumpers. Half of Congdon’s 60 chickens are former battery farm chickens, meaning their bodies have trouble acclimatizing to cold weather after having spent all their lives cooped up inside cramped cages.
So to prevent them from freezing during winter, Congdon and her mum, Ann, have come up with the tiny, colorful sweaters.
‘It’s important to make people aware of the poor conditions the hens live in and the fact that they have no feathers when they are retired’, Congdon told Mashable. ‘The tank tops are also something really different that provide some fun for the chickens. They keep them warm and makes the chickens easy to identify’.
And if that’s not kind-hearted enough, Congdon adds that the money they make from selling the tops to hen keepers go to an AIDS charity in South Africa.
Cats are some pretty majestic creatures with their luscious fur and graceful demeanor. But Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson (previously) has come up with a photo series that shows us they can be goofy too!
Entitled ‘Shake Cats’, the series features felines photographed in mid-shake, seemingly bursting in a mix of water, fur, saliva, and wacky expressions. According to Davidson, she was able to coax her subjects into shaking by either petting them with a wet hand, or simply giving them a blissful ear cleaning. No cats were harmed during this process, though we completely understand if they went home a little grumpy.
The series took four years to finish and needed 100 cats to pose for her. 61 of these cats also happen to be rescues who got their portraits (ones that projected them in a more flattering light) taken to help boost adoption.
And if photos of wacky cats aren’t enough to get you to purchase Davidson’s book, a portion of the proceeds will help fund three Portland shelters where most of the subjects live in.
From Lost at E Minor -- Could this thing of beauty finally replace the cardboard box? Aude Sanchez and Guillaume Gadenne of design studio Meyou Paris have created a line of cat beds that’ll get your feline off your sofa and into his own posh apartment.
The collection includes three beds: The BALL, The CUBE, and The BED. The first two feature a cocoon-like cotton bubble where your cat can sleep and sharpen its claws. The BED is a cave-like structure that offers your cat a vantage point to survey his kingdom (your house, basically).
The Meyou cat bed series is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, where it has so far raised – as of writing – €11,609 out of its €35,000 goal. Aside from getting your spoiled cat his own fancy place, pledging to the project will also help persons with disabilities find employment through manufacturing and assembling the products.
You can find out more about the Meyou cat beds here.
When Abe Geary pitched Pet Paint on Shark Tank he was ready for some choppy waters. Selling pet-safe, non-permanent, colored hair spray for dogs meant creating a brand new market. But Abe believed in his vision, the product was gaining traction with groomers and Pet Smart had agreed to start carrying PetPaint. Still, one of the Sharks threw him a curve ball that had a major impact on his time in the tank.
When Mark Cuban asked what Pet Paint was doing online, Abe admitted he was focusing primarily on retail. This didn’t sit well with Cuban, who liked the product but decided to pass on the investment. “Where I have a huge, huge problem is that you weren’t able to see that online was your best solution,” he said. “To me that’s so obvious.”
“The biggest challenge, and the greatest asset, that we have is that it’s a new and exciting product,” Abe replied. “All the more reason why the web would have worked great for you,” Cuban countered.
That is when Barbara Corcoran stepped in. The self-made real estate mogul offered Abe $200,000 for a 60 percent majority stake in his business. Acknowledging Cuban’s earlier advice, she emphasized the online opportunity for Pet Paint. “Your most obvious play here is the website,” said Corcoran. “That’s where your gold is.”
Ultimately Abe walked away from the deal, but he did take the Sharks’ advice. When the episode aired, PetPaint.com saw a huge spike in traffic and sales through their Bigcommerce store.
This adorable mask or hat for dogs will turn your pet into a unicorn... that is if unicorns are crocheted. It looks like a great dog hat for Halloween.
Tokyo-based crochet artist Hiroko Fukatsu created the mask for Chinese New Year - ‘The Year of the Horse’. She used the photos of her dog Shiba Unicorn as New Year’s Day greeting cards.
David Murphy is the Cat Carpenter who creates sturdy and imaginative cat crawling and climbing furniture. His philosophy is simple:
Cat trees available in stores are often flimsy and start looking shabby pretty quickly. So I designed a cat tree that would be sturdy, durable, and easy to clean. This design has worked well at the sanctuary, and I’ve made a few improvements so that both you and your cats will really love it.
I’ve also developed a system of wall shelves and tunnels that expand the space available to cats in a room as well as giving them something fun and interesting to do. This system can easily be customized to the unique size and features of just about any room.
I love his designs and am always seeking new and sturdy trees for my cat. This site may interest you as well.