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20 Awesome Dogs Getting Ready for the Holidays [PICTURES]

A recent study claims that a lot of Americans aren't getting into the holiday spirit. Well, if that's true, then we think we've found the solution — cute dogs in holiday costumes! They're fun to look at and an excellent source of inspiration for dressing up your own puppies.

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What Are the Top 25 Dog Names of 2011?

According to Banfield Pet Hospital’s list of the top 25 dog names of 2011, some timeless dog monikers, like “Ginger,” “Sadie,” “Coco” and “Max,” are still very much in use. But other names on the list may be somewhat more unfamiliar.

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We Say Goodbye to the World’s Oldest Dog Who Died at 26

As the theory goes, when a dog lives for 26 years, he’s actually lived the equivalent of 182 people years. That’s a long time for anyone and it was a long time for Pusuke, the world’s oldest dog, who passed away Monday.

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Black Friday Deals Every Pet Owner Should Know About

Planning to get a jump on your holiday shopping this week? Don’t forget man’s best friend — a variety of pet retailers are offering steals and deals for the dog and cat sets on Black Friday. Get out there early and get Fido what he really wants for the holidays this year!

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Talented Cat ‘Maru’ High Fives Like a Pro [VIDEO]

Internet “wonder cat” Maru demonstrates his ability to high five in his latest video. His tolerance for repeating the move over and over again suggests he’d make a fine addition to a kitty NBA team. Check out his high five skills below.

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Pet Costume Contest With $200 Prize

Kool 101.7  is giving you and your pet a chance to win a $200 prize package with the Pet Costume Contest!

All you have to do is take a picture of your pet in their costume and upload it here by Sunday night at midnight.

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Corgi Puppy Tries to Sleep Through the Hiccups [VIDEO]

It’s hard to be a puppy. All that cuteness and people always cooing “awwww!” at you and having little puppy paws that make many folks just want to eat you up.

Sometimes you simply have to take a nap to escape it all. So you cuddle into a warm lap, and what happens? You get the hiccups. And then your humans think you’re even more adorable, so they grab a camera and film the whole thing and put it on the internet.

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Friskies Makes iPad Apps for Cats [VIDEOS]

Given how popular cats are on the internet, it’s no surprise that Friskies — makers of delicious cat food (or so our cats tell us) for over 50 years — recently rolled out a line of tablet-based apps just for cats. Featuring movements, shapes and colors tailored to appeal to kitty’s sensibilities, your feline friend can now download titles like ‘Cat Fishing’ ‘Tasty Treasures Hunt’ and ‘Party Mix-Up’ from the iTunes App Store and Android Market (if you don’t mind a couple of scratches on your screen). Watch some cats test drive the apps below:

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Paralyzed Cat Goes For a Swim [VIDEO]

Cats are widely known for their hatred of water  — in fact, the most trusty tool for kitty discipline is often a simple squirt-bottle. So it’s not every day you see one willingly taking a swim.

After a cat named Mog was hit by a car and suffered nerve damage in his front legs, his veterinarian suggested swimming therapy. After a little initial reluctance, Mog took to the regimen like … well, like something other than a cat to water.

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Mackie the Boston Terrier Loves Being Tickled [VIDEO]

As Della Reese once said in the 1996 Martin Lawrence classic of the same name, “It’s a thin line between love and hate.” Mackie the Boston Terrier clearly has some strong feeling about being tickled, but whether “Please sir, may I have another?” or “If you touch me again, I’m going to explode” is up for interpretation. Either way, it manifests itself with a series of delightful facial expressions the Mackie’s owner caught on camera:

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World’s Ugliest Dog Winner Falls Off Stage [VIDEO]

When a Chihuahua named Yoda took the stage, she was just the latest pup to win the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. But when she accidentally fell off, she tumbled headlong into an elite class of celebrity — those who have been caught on video taking a spill on stage, including megastars RihannaBeyoncéKeith Urban and Justin Bieber. Luckily, Yoda was unharmed by the fall.

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Meet Naki’o, the First Dog With Four Prosthetic Paws [VIDEO]

Abandoned as a puppy when his owners fled their foreclosed-upon Nebraska home, Naki’o lost all four of his paws to severe frostbite after stepping into a freezing puddle in the home’s abandoned basement. He was rescued, but forced to crawl on his belly to get around. Happily, new owner and veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson successfully organized a fundraiser to have Naki’o’s two back legs fitted with OrthoPets prosthetics. When Naki’o enthusiastically took to his new hind-legs like they were the real deal, OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann decided to complete the set free of charge, making Naki’o is the first dog to ever be fitted with four prosthetic limbs.

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