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We all love a good puppy cuddle – there’s nothing else quite like it.

As a nation of animal lovers, our four-legged friends are better members of our family, than our siblings. (Sorry, not sorry.)

And if you’re looking to expand the family, or get a pet for the first time – this is why you should think twice before you shop online for them.

Okay, okay – we know how handy online shopping is – browsing for hours in the comfort of our own home, with minimal human contact – paradise.

But according to animal welfare bodies, you should ditch the mouse when it comes to finding the newest member of the household.

The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) is launching a campaign to educate the public about the dangers of buying animals online.

The video below and #PuppyDotCon is being released as part of the campaign, to demonstrate how easy it is to be tricked by bad breeders.

By all means, IPAAG encourages you to give an animal a second chance and adopt them from a reputable animal welfare organisation.

But they do recognise that more people than ever are looking online when they decide to get a pet.

If we really can’t convince you to adopt and not shop – IPAAG has a number of helpful tips so you won’t be fooled.

First off – do your research, keep an eye out for red flags in online advertisements, and be armed with the information required before making any decision.

If that voice in the back of your head is nagging – listen to it, if in doubt, walk away.

According to the animal welfare body, being able to sell puppies online makes it very easy for unscrupulous breeders to conceal the substandard and often dangerous conditions their puppies come from.

Animal welfare organisations regularly hear from individuals and families who purchased a pet from an online advertisement only for it to fall sick or even die soon afterwards.

Don’t be foolish, your money is powerful and by supporting your local shelters and not these types of breeders – you send a clear message that you won’t stand for this treatment to animals.

After all, we don’t deserve the incredible animals we have in our lives and the love they give us – so they deserve to be given the best.


Here's a feel good story to get you through your day. 

It isn't one you usually hear of in Ireland, but a dolphin found itself in a spot of trouble on Doughmore beach.

Luckily for the marine mammal, its saviours were on their way as a woman cloaked the animal stranded in the surf.

Last week, Rebecca Glenny – a house keeper for Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg – was strolling along the beach when she had seen the dolphin in distress.

Rebecca entered the water and attempted to get the animal into deeper water and out of trouble.

However, this particular breed of dolphin can weigh up to 400 pounds and naturally, she was struggling.

Thankfully, a vigilant guest playing golf and his caddie John Wright seen Rebecca's admirable efforts and came to lend a hand.

Their joint efforts were successful and the dolphin was free from danger and back where it belongs. 

Fair play to the three of them!



You don't have to be vegan to buy or support cruelty-free cosmetics. 

Every euro you spend sends a powerful message.

That's why supporting brands that don't test on animals like bunnies and puppies is clearly the way to go!

We have 11 products you can buy guilt-free, and that won't compromise you looking fabulous. (You can thank us later).

1. The Prince of Darkness – Lush

Kicking off the list, we are going to the dark side.

Lush has created an activated charcoal face mask called the Prince of Darkness.

The product often sells out and it's easy to understand why. It's infused with lavender oil and fine sea salt to clean the depths of your skin (and possibly your soul). It will have your face feeling soft and refreshed after it works its magic.

They will have to pry it out of my lifeless hand before I stop using it. 

2. 'Tattoo Liner' – Kat Von D 

This eyeliner is one that just doesn't budge.

Crying your eyes out after being dumped? Don't worry because your eyeliner will still look unreal. 

Being attacked by hayfever season? This eyeliner has you covered as your eyes and nose may run, but this ain't going anywhere.

End up in a CAR accident? Once again, the liner comes through to have those cat eyes looking sharp. 

The queen of tattooing had us covered when she was designing the product.

3. Yes, Please! Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – ColourPop

Yes, Please! – Just take our money. This eyeshadow palette is stunning, practical and pigmented. 

Hitting their best selling list, the shades give you a subtle pop of colour.

Perfect for a night out in town or a dinner date catch up, this cruelty-free palette is an absolute steal. 

4.  Soft Neutral Wine Matte Lipstick – Charlotte Tilbury 

The matte revolution is a limited edition, so you better act fast if you want to paint the town red with this lippy. 

Inspired by our favourite Friday night hobby (WINE), this lipstick is a luscious red that will make your lips stand out from the crowd.

On the slightly dear side of life, the dazzling colour and smooth application makes it worth every penny.

5.  Brazilian Cupacu Scrub-In-Oil – The Body Shop

The secret to why this body scrub is unbelievable is nut oil. When they made oils, they didn't make them equal.

This scrub contains the cupuaçu nut which is responsible for Amazonian's enviously beautiful skin. 

It's a tag team as the magical oil is mixed with fine salt crystals.

The combo means the scrub is much more effective at penetrating and exfoliating the skin. 

The Body Shop is also massively against animal testing and you will currently receive a fiver off your purchase if you sign their petition in store. It's really a no-brainer.

6. Nail Polish – Catrice 

You don't have to lose your sparkle when shopping cruelty-free. 

This stunning nail polish is a combination of Shake & Seal Top Coat ‘01 Ocean Drive’ over ICONails Gel Lacquer ‘55 All Roads Lead To The Ocean’.

For those eagle-eyed beauty lovers, you might have already guessed that the range is available in Pennys.

It's the shop that just keeps on giving!

7.  Superdrug Extracts Shampoo & Conditioner – Superdrug

Don't compromise your haircare, these shampoos and conditioners from the Superdrug range will have you in hair heaven. 

They're also PERFECT for a student budget.

The creamy conditioner coats your locks to leave them strong and healthy. An added bonus is both the shampoo and conditioner smell incredibly fruity. 

You get a lot for your buck here as their haircare line is extensive and affordable.

8. Purifying Body Ritual Travel Set – Urban Veda

Our jobs and plans to travel the world means that we have to make selective choices about the cosmetics we pop into our suitcase.

Whether you're taking a car, plane or train, this travel set will be one you shouldn't leave the house without.

Parabens are banished from this range, so they respect and work gently incoordination with your skin. 

If that wasn't enough, it does a solid for the environment by being 100% recyclable! 

It's a win-win.

9. Stay Matte & Beautiful Brush Collection, 5 Piece Set – Eco-tools

A sister duo founded Eco-tools with the mission to make us feel beautiful inside and out.

A staple in my makeup bag, this is a brand to get behind.

They're environmentally friendly, high-quality, and affordable too.

The range uses only recycled materials, renewable bamboo and a high standard of manufacturing processes. 

Their care and attention are very much reflected in their products.

The brushes are soft, long-lasting with such a smooth application you'll be feeling like a MUA. 

10. Instant Lift Brow Pencil – E.L.F

It's hard to imagine the time when big brows weren't in.

We only have our cringe-worthy photos as evidence of the crimes committed against our eyebrows. 

This instant lift brow pencil comes in three shades and it's a hot favourite amongst E.L.F lovers.

E.L.F has listened to our cries for good quality makeup at affordable prices.

They're so good that it's almost hard not to get carried away with buying EVERYTHING.

11. Huangjisoo Pure Foaming Cleanser Deep Cleansing (Peppermint) –  The Konjac Sponge Co

To complete our listicle is the Konjac Sponge company.

They know how to look after your skin by taking Korean beauty secrets and applying them to their skincare line.

The deep cleanser combines peppermint, cucumber and chrysanthemum extracts which calms, expels dirt and refines the skin.

You'll be given a healthy gorgeous glow every time you go to take off your makeup, thanks to this incredible product. 

It's hypoallergenic and made with 98 percent of natural ingredients, so even those with the most complex and sensitive skin can enjoy this cleanser.


Can't talk right now… too buy crying while I stroll through Richard Phibbs' Instagram account.

This famous fashion photographer's latest project is snapping amazing pictures of abandoned dogs, in the hope that it will help them find "forever homes".

The results are… literally the sweetest thing on EARTH! 

Richard's photographs are far more than simple portraits of cute animals… they are heartwarming stories for animal lovers across the globe. 


This sweet special dog is homeless. Of the hundreds of dogs I have photographed there are a few that have deeply touched my heart. This is one of them. Christopher is a 12-year-old toy poodle whose history we are not quite sure of but what we do know is that he has been severely neglected. The good news is that he is now in the loving arms of the angels of the HSNY. He is blind and deaf and had to have one eye removed due to an untreated infection. He is just now beginning to put on weight. What is so inspiring and moving about Christopher is the love and light that this beautiful being radiates. To be in his presence feels like a special honor. The inspiring president of the HSNY, Virginia Chipurnoi, when speaking about Christopher says "…that sweet boy…so from another world." To meet Christopher contact @humanesocietyny #adoptdontshop #bekindtoanimals #RescueMeTheBook "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched–they must be felt with the heart."–Helen Keller

A photo posted by Richard Phibbs (@richardphibbs) on

Richard volunteered his services to the Humane Society of New York,  where hundreds of homeless animals are housed.

 This amazing photographer has also released a book of his work with these abandoned dogs, which includes the back stories of these poor pups. 

If your not weeping looking at this… SHAME ON YOU.




OK, we adore puppies and kittens as much as the next normal human, but there are some other really amazing baby animals out there who deserve recognition. 

Just because we can't own a platypus or a sloth does not mean we cannot enjoy them from afar. 

So, if you're sitting in on a dreary Saturday night, check these little cuties out:

Baby sloth

Can we have one? PLEASE though.

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Baby platypus

Wrinkly little babies!

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Baby meerkat

Look at that little grump face.

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Baby alpaca

It's SO fluffy!

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Baby hedgehog

I literally cannot begin to cope.

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Baby orangutan

We just want to friends with this smiley little fella. 

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Baby turtle

Nothing to see here, just a little turtle eating a strawberry.

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Baby koala

A real life teddy bear… CAN I HAVE HIM? 

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Baby flying squirrel

LOOK at those big eyes. 

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You're welcome.


She has a trio of Italian greyhounds, and a long-haired dachshund as well as sharing a rare-breed bulldog (reportedly worth tens of thousands) with her on-off rapper beau Tyga.

But it seems that Kylie Jenner is happy to add to her pack: she's just been given ANOTHER new pup.

Turning 19 next week, it is believed that the small tri-colour pooch is a birthday present from her BFF Jordyn Woods.

Her current crop of greyhounds are christened Sophia, Norman, and Bambi. Then her dachshund is called Odie, and the bulldog named Rolly.

This time, Kylie has settled on Penny as the moniker for her latest canine.

Unsurprisingly, the reality TV star has been posting numerous Snapchats of Penny… all of which we have to say are SERIOUSLY cute.

The almost 19-year-old (her birthday is on August 10) regularly reveals on social media that she misses her animals when she's away travelling and certainly she's known as a major animal-lover.

Earlier this year – while responding to suggestions of animal cruelty by online observers – Ms Jenner gave insight into the pampered lives her dogs lead.

Posting a two-minute video entitled K-9 Care to her website, she revealed that her pets eat a purely organic diet, drink only filtered water, have two walks a day, regular pamper sessions and constant human companionship.

Kylie furthermore has an adopted rabbit named Bruce.



Music manager by day, animal rights activist by night?

He might be best known for working alongside Simon Cowell on The X Factor, but Louis Walsh is also an animal rights campaigner.

The former Westlife manager has written to the government asking for the use of wild animals in Irish circuses to be banned.

In the letter – which was sent with the help of animal rights groups PETA and ARAN – Louis claims circus animals perform because they are afraid of being beaten.

He wrote: “My career has given me a deep appreciation for the determination and talents of human performers. "

"They do what they do because they love to entertain, and the joy it gives them is apparent the minute they come on stage. That is not true for animals who are used in circuses.”

“They don’t stand on their heads, ride bicycles or perform other demeaning, often painful tricks willingly.  They do so because if they don’t, they will be whipped, beaten with a steel-tipped bullhook or shocked with an electric prod,” he said.

The letter asks Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to ban the use of wild animals in circuses as has been done in a number of other European countries.

Walsh says not banning these performances is “like putting out a welcome mat for animal abusers”.

We wonder what the response will be…



Boo, Tuna, Doug the Pug… we love a good Insta-famous dog over here at SHEmazing. So we were downright starstruck to hear that a pup who just so happens to have 2.2m followers on Instagram has graced our captial city with his presence.

Jiff, an adorable fluffy Pomeranian, is currently on a whistle-stop tour of Dublin, and has been documenting his adventures on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.

If you're quick enough, you might just catch him for a selfie, like these lucky fans:

As well as generally being the cutest thing on the planet, Jiff has made something of a name for himself over in the US, where he has worked on campaigns for Target, hung out with countless celebs and even appeared in a Katy Perry video.

Yup, that's him and KP chilling like old friends after a day of filming.

For now though, Jiff's happy to take in the sights and sounds of Dublin, and here's where he's been so far.

Trinity College

Murphy's Ice Cream Parlour

Bruxelles for St Patricks Day

And of course, Starbucks

If you're quick, you'll catch him before he goes – keep updated via Snapchat (@jiffpom).



We don't know about you but we think this dog has a serious pregnancy glow about her. 

Lilica the dog may have been expecting a litter of five pups, but that didn't stop her from absolutely slaying this photoshoot. 

Lilica's owner asked Brazilian photographer Ana Paula Grilla to take pics of the dog in her heavily pregnant state and well, if these snaps don't put a smile on your face then we don't know what will. 

"It was amazing, I felt like I understood her completely,” said Ana on taking the snaps. 

“She made sensational poses!"

And it seems that the internet agrees as the shoot is quickly going viral. 

Oh and the best part? Lilica gave birth to five healthy pups just the next day. 



While we're so happy this little pup has been given a happy ending, she literally had to go through hell to get there.

Chi Chi landed in Arizona yesterday to be united with her new forever home and thankfully has a happy, normal life to look forward to. 

The Labrador pup was bred in South Korea for human consumption (yes, to EAT) as dog meat is considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world. 

And according to ARME, the shelter that found Chi Chi and rehabilitated her, her story is a truly horrific one. (And we mean truly so you may wanna skip over this next bit if you are sensitive to animal cruetly). 

A spokesperson for ARME revealed that the gorgeous pooch was kept in horrendous conditions as she was prepared for the meat trade. 

"During this time her flesh was believed to become more tender, by binding her legs together and hanging her upside down while being tortured day in and day out. All this was done in darkness. She was beaten and felt nothing but extreme pain and terror.

"She was hung by her legs for so long and so tight that the binding starting entering her flesh. Her legs became so badly infected that her flesh rotted off her bones.

At which she was no longer of use as 'meat,' because her 'meat' had been rotting, and therefore she was thrown away in a trash bag and left to die."

It was then that the pup was found and treated though a vet had to remove her paws as they were so severely damaged.

Thankfully that's where Chi Chi's old life ended and her new, and happier one begins. 

The dogs Facebook page saw thousands of donations and words of support allowing her to find her way to her new forever home. And we couldn't be happier for her. 

Watch her incredible story below (but maybe find somewhere where you can cry in solitude first): 




This video of a veterinary assistant comforting a dog after surgery has been spreading good vibes across this internet this week and it is also kind of making us want to change profession. 

This footage shows Dennis Moses, a staff member at the BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, giving much-needed cuddles to terrified pup Meesha who had just come out of surgery. 

Baby Meesha was coming off her anesthesia and was a little scared because her body felt so weird. BARCS Surgical Assistant Dennis Moses took her out into the quiet hallway to comfort her. One of our awesome volunteers just happened to be walking by to capture this sweet moment. Thank you to Dennis and all the staff who work long, tireless hours in the background of our shelter—saving lives and loving the animals. (Turn on the sound, it will melt your heart!)

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"BARCS Surgical Assistant Dennis Moses took her out into the quiet hallway to comfort her. One of our awesome volunteers just happened to be walking by to capture this sweet moment."

And it seems that the internet is totally enamoured by the duo as the video has raked up over ten million views. 

And there was good news for the pup as the shelter shared an image of the adorable rescue dog settling into her new home. 

Yay for happy endings! 



If your general mood is a bit 'meh' right now, worry not, because we have just the solution.

What's better than a video of a sleeping puppy waking up from his nap, you ask? A video of EIGHTEEN sleeping puppies waking up.

This Instagram vid has gone viral since it was shared by Australian Shepherd breeders Jeff and Emily Mabey last week, and we can see why. Just look at the little fluffballs, all grumpy and sleepy as Emily wakes them up:

If cute animals and general fluffiness is your thing (of course it is), then we highly recommend following Jeff and Emily's account, Green Valley Aussies.

Why? Well, they share snaps like this on a daily basis:

Oh, and this:

And this… enough said.

You're welcome.