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Bizarre Viral Pic of Shaved Husky Raises Questions About Pet Welfare

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A very strange picture of a fully shaved husky went viral this week. The photo was tweeted by Twitter user Omona Kami. “If you’ve never seen a husky with absolutely no body hair then here you go. Enjoy,” he wrote.

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Now, as humorous (and certainly surreal) as some might find this photo, it’s important to note that huskies have double-coats of fur, as do dozens of other dog breeds. The outer coat is longer, while the one underneath is shorter and denser. This obviously keeps them warm in the cold weather, but also plays a vital role when it’s warm outside too.

“In my opinion, double-coated breeds should never be shaved unless there’s a medical reason to do so, as their undercoats act as an excellent insulator against the summer heat,” veterinarian Karen Becker wrote on “Healthy Pets”. “It seems counterintuitive that an extra layer of fur would help a dog stay cooler, but it does. Air is a natural insulator, and air trapped between the hair follicles and hairs on your pet’s body does a really efficient job of keeping body temperature in balance.”

It's a Husky Thing

It’s a Husky Thing

Some have defended the dog’s owners, suggesting that the animal may have been shaved for surgery. Some have also suggested that it’s a work of trick photography, which mirrors the villainous Low Men in the works of Stephen King.

But others are worried the husky was shaved as part of a cruel joke.

One commentator wrote, “This isn’t cute,” and posted the following pic, listing five reasons not to shave your double-coated dog.

5 Reasons Not to Shave Your Double-Coated Dog

This doesn’t just apply to dogs with double-coats though. Even those with a single-layer don’t need a haircut to be kept cool. But, for those who insist on it, “Web MD” suggests leaving at least an inch of hair to protect your pet from sunburn.

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After Tragedy Struck, Chris Lawrence Was Determined To Stay In Uniform

The endurance of the human spirit and the willingness to achieve one’s life mission is nothing short of incredible, and no one exemplifies it quite like Chris Lawrence. On duty overseas as a sergeant in the Marines, a terrible incident changed the course of his life, and altered the function of his body.

He struggled and persevered to find a way to make it work – and put his life on the line. Chris refused to let his circumstances dictate the terms of his future, and recognized an amazing opportunity. But there was one big question. Would he be able to keep wearing his uniform?

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For many teens, prom is one of the highlights of their high school experience. The iconic dance has become a central reference to secondary education, but the reality of the event is often more bittersweet for some of its attendees. For some, the much-anticipated night leaves pleasant memories while others would rather forget prom. The ultimate school dance is often very symbolic as teens say goodbye to their high school years before they move on to the next phase in life. Such was the case for Virginia teen Clare Ettinger who thought she was going to have a memorable night of partying with boyfriend and friends. However, the night quickly turned into a tearful disaster that ended with her wondering what she’d done wrong.

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Hardcore Marvel Fans Have Started An Epic, Superhero-Themed Baby Name Revolution

It's no secret that most baby names (even subconsciously) are inspired by happenings in media, technology, politics, and other global events. While there are many possible influences, the movie industry may be owed the most credit for the creative and thought-provoking titles given to certain infants. But, which franchise is currently dominating the baby name scoreboard? The Media-Driven Age Of Baby...

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