WATCH: Tributes for Tillman, the skateboarding dog

TILLMAN, the skateboarding dog who rose to fame in a TV commercial before becoming a Youtube sensation, has passed away.

“I’m sorry to announce the world lost a true legend,” his owners posted on his official Facebook page today.

“My best bud Tillman passed away last night. We shared so many memories skating, surfing and hanging out together. No words can truly describe how much he’ll be missed. Thanks for all the good times.”

Check out Tillman in the clip, below, filmed in 2007 when he was one year old.

A couple of years later, he did it all: skateboarding, skimming and surfing!

 

WATCH: Puppy’s peaceful nap ends with hilarious ‘pop off’

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Pull my paw!

This adorable puppy is going viral online after his owner captured the moment he had his nap interrupted by an unexpected pop-off.

In the hilarious footage, the pup can be seen peacefully at ease, asleep on the carpet before being awoken by a noise from his own rear-end.

The amusing video was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday by user Green Fun 4 Life and has since received more than 40,000 views.

Dog gone it! Pooch steals the show at engagement shoot

A US couple’s engagement photo shoot has gone to the dogs, after their furry friend stole the spotlight.

Louie, the mini dachshund, joined Megan Determan and Chris Kluthe on the day and has now come to international fame.

While Megan and Chris were lovingly posing for the photos, Louie saw his moment and took it, leaping in front of the lens.

“You literally can’t make this s*** up!” Megan posted on Facebook alongside the photo, with the hashtag ‪‎louierunsthiss***

Image: Facebook

Image: Facebook

It’s clear Louie is part of the family, featuring in a bunch of other photos on his ‘mum’s’ Facebook page.

‘Black-Dog Syndrome’ haunts shelter pets this halloween

Black and dark-coloured shelter pets are always the last to be adopted but AWLQ are set to change the trend this Halloween. 

‘Black-Dog Syndrome’ is a phenomenon familiar to animal shelter workers worldwide and it refers to the pattern of black dogs and cats often being the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanased.

AWLQ will be holding a Halloween adoption drive this Saturday and hope to buck this trend by dropping the adoption prices to $40 for cats and $50 for dogs.

“At AWLQ we do not set time limits on our animals finding homes and we would never euthanase an animal based on its colour,” says AWLQ representative Zoe Hermans.

“Because our darker coloured pets wait much longer for homes than our lighter coloured ones, we end up with an over-representation of animals with dark fur in our shelters.”

Ms Hermans says there is no logical reason behind why lighter colour pets are more popular.

“It has to do with the fact that in our culture we place many negative connotations on ‘black’ coloured animals, such as black cats being bad luck and black dogs representing depression,” says Ms Hermans.

“Animals with dark fur can also be difficult to photograph well – especially cats – and this may also contribute to their lack of popularity. Their faces can look less expressive in photos and this does not help when it comes to promoting them online.”

AWLQ’s ‘Haunting Hounds and Freaky Felines’ promotion will be held this Saturday 31st October. Dogs and cats at all locations will have their adoption prices reduced, including both light and dark coloured animals, however AWLQ are hoping that adopters do not make their choice of companion based on colour.

“Allow an animal’s personality to shine through first and make your choice based on that, not the way it looks. The message is don’t judge a pet by its colour,” says Ms Hermans.

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WATCH: Adorable shelter pup makes his own bed everyday while waiting to be adopted

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AN adorable shelter puppy captured making his own bed everyday has inspired a loving family to adopt him.

The American Pit Bull, named Rush, was filmed holding his blanket in his mouth while moving it around in an attempt to ‘make his bed’.

Staff at the SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, Ohio noticed Rush was repeating the same movement on a daily basis so decided to film it to put on YouTube in the hope to inspire adoption.

“Day after day the staff would watch Rush make his bed and one day, one of our marketing interns got it on video,” she said. “We put it on social media to encourage people to come in and adopt the animal,” Nora Vondrell, executive director of SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering, Ohio, told ABC News.

The video went viral, and within hours, a family who watched the adorable footage rushed to meet Rush, automatically falling in love and taking him home.

“The family had seen the video, came and met Rush and fell in love,” Ms Vondrell said.

“There are a lot of negative stereotypes about the American pit bull. If we were able to highlight the cute cuddly points of Rush, then we can help people look beyond the pit bull label.”

We are so excited to announce that Rush has a new family! The adoptive family has an amazing story of how they heard…

Posted by SICSA Pet Adoption Center on Friday, October 9, 2015