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Happy National Hug Day!

“I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.”  – Ann Hood


Created on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan, National Hug Day is all about encouraging that warm embrace. Whether you hug your parents, your friends, or a complete stranger, a quick body squeeze has the power to make everything better.

And we definitely don’t want to leave out our pets on National Hug Day! Because there really is nothing better than a mouthful of fur, and being wrapped up in four dirty paws.

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However, make your hugs quick, because a hug may mean something completely different for our furry friends. Pets, especially dogs, don’t necessarily like hugs. Biologically, a hug among dogs would be the equivalent of mounting or “standing over” – putting a leg over another dog’s shoulder. This behavior is seen as dominance and trying to gain control.

This may seem cute, but this is a common sign of dominance among dogs.

So, watch your dog’s body language if you embrace them today. If they pull or try to squirm away, let go. Instead, a pat under the chin will do just fine. And don’t feel bad. Your dog still loves you! They just wish to “hug” on their own terms in the form of wet kisses and warm cuddles.

So, enjoy National Hug Day and spread the love! And in the meantime, enjoy this video of animals who do want to be hugged!


*Sources: Mnn.com*
*Note: The article above was written by © Kalie Lyn, 2016*
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Introduction – Welcome!

Animal Culture was created for animals. Yes, we know they are unable to read it themselves, but maybe you, a fellow animal lover, will give your dog, cat, fish, etc. a little extra love after joining us here.

April seemed like a good month to start a blog. The seasonal depression is passing with this warmer weather, and the return of the birds – those that actually migrated this year as many seemed to have stayed behind to brave this brutal winter with us – is a sign that spring may finally be here! Spring is also a time of cuteness overload in the animal world as some mommies and daddies passed the winter with some hearty “let’s get it on” exercise to produce some precious spring babies.

However, with babies – humans or animals – there can sometimes come trouble.  With both people and animals out and about enjoying this much anticipated warmer weather, our paths may cross with some of our critter neighbors and their habitats who have been staying incognito all winter. Instead of interfering, it is important to know what to do in these situations. The Humane Society of the United States has some useful tips on how to protect and prepare for the active spring animals, so be sure to click the link above to see how we can successfully “spring forward” with our wild animal friends.

 Another thing to remember, and probably the most important, is to not kidnap. Yes, a fawn, chick, or baby rabbit may all look cuddly and adorable, but these new additions to the world are not ours. They have families – brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers – and deserve to live a life in their natural, wild habitat. So even though you may have the urge to (innocently) snatch a baby animal up and raise it as a pet, please, do NOT! Leave them be and admire them from afar. You will thank yourself later as you are able to watch them grow in their own home – be it the woods, trees, or field – and possibly eventually witness those babies have their own youngsters one day.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well in the case of baby animal pictures it is worth a thousand “awes”! So, in dedication of the beginning of Animal Culture, and a test run in “admiring from afar”, here are some of the cutest spring animal babies from the internet. Warning: you will smile, and maybe even squeal with delight!

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(Photo Via: womanandhome.com)

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Thank you for visiting and joining Animal Culture. Before we end our introduction post, we would like to remind you something as pet owners. Though baby animals are adorable – especially puppies, kittens, and the usual household pets – not only are they a lot of work, but they also add to the overgrowing population.  This overpopulation adds to the unnecessarily high amount of homeless animals – homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. In order to prevent this, especially in dogs and cats, it is important to always spay and neuter. Not only does this help with the overpopulation, it is also crucial to your pet’s health.

So, even though it is a joy to watch wild animals add new members to their families, it is important to prevent your own pets from producing offspring. Always spay and neuter, and make sure to read more Animal Culture!

Thanks and Welcome!

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*Sources: Buzzfeed.com, Metro.co.uk, Dosomething.org*