There has been a recent spike in the sales of IKEA doll beds in Japan. Those innovative and quirky Japanese have re-purposed the $20 Duktig mini-bed to allow their cats and rabbits to get a good night’s sleep.
Officially a toy bed for children’s dolls, it appears to be IKEA’s first (unwitting) foray into the pet furniture market.
The beds come with miniature pillows and blankets, and for those owners with more than one pet, they can be made into bunk beds.
Judging by the positively peaceful, sleepy pets in the pictures below, this is surely the beginning of a ‘beds for pets’ movement.
True, enduring love does exist. Photographer Lauren Fleishman proves that in her book, “The Lovers,” where she photographs couples who have been together for more than half a century. Many of the couples in the books survived the World War II apart.
Her book project was inspired by a series of love letters written by her grandfather to her grandmother during World War II. She remarks, “The letters spoke of a young love, the type filled with expectations of a new life together.”
The couples she photographed say they don’t see themselves as old people, but as young couples who are still in love after 50 years.
All photos courtesy of Lauren Fleishman.
Moses and Tessie Rubenstein
“Everyday my wife expresses her love for me. She says, “Did I tell you how much I love you today?” Everyday—everyday she says that.”
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1. If you adopt, you’ll save a life
Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.
Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.