A creepy parody commercial for a pet company that made me so angry until I realized it was fake.

This PSA features a totally made up service to highlight a very real problem. And the fact that so many people (myself included, for a minute there!) have been fooled into thinking it's a *real* service shows just how big this problem is.

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Puppies are just *the greatest*, aren't they?

All that cuteness bundled up in one happy little ball of fur...

Nothing could be better.


"I GOTCHOO, little human."

But we all know they don't stay puppies forever.

They get old, they lose their puppy fluff, and sometimes, they get into big trouble.

"Nom nom nom toilet paper so tasty."

What if there were a service that would send you a puppy, then let you swap it out for a new one as soon as it got old?


Simply log in, fill out some preferences, and *poof*! A new puppy arrives at your doorstep.



Puppy getting too big? Not that cute anymore? No problem! Just click to swap.

So cool, right?!

"Bye, old dog! Have fun on the farm!"

WRONG. IT'S CREEPY. Pet ownership is for life.

Even though it might sound nice to experience the joys of having a puppy without any strings attached, pet ownership is, in fact, a serious, long-term commitment. Just because a puppy is hard to train or an older pet might pick up some bad habits doesn't mean you can return them when you're done.

"I take you, Rover, to be my doggie, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in dog breath, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part."

Unfortunately, too many people don't take this commitment seriously.

And by "too many," we're talking about a whopping 6 to 8 million. That's how many cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters annually: 6 to 8 million.

The worst part? 2.7 million of those animals get euthanized every year.

THOSE EYES.

But what about *responsible* pet ownership? What does it look like when you do it right?

Yes, pet ownership is a big commitment, but that doesn't mean it's all seriousness and no fun! Quite the contrary. Responsible pet ownership can be the source of all kinds of satisfaction and joy, love and laughter, snuggles and wet doggie kisses. Not to mention proven health benefits.

What a well-trained human!

Interested in getting a furry companion for yourself? Follow these tips.

First of all, make sure that you're adopting your pet and not buying one. Even though pet adoptions usually have a fee, the fee is lower than what most pet stores or breeders charge, and pets that are adopted from shelters are ones that have been abandoned.

Second of all, if you're thinking of adopting a furry companion, check your local shelter to see if they have a fostering option for dogs or cats. That way you can give some animals a little TLC and a break from shelter life without committing to keeping them forever — at least until you find one that matches your lifestyle and personality.

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The world officially loves Michelle Obama.

The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world's most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire.

In the men's category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed by Barack Obama and Jackie Chan.

In the women's category, Michelle Obama came first, followed by Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie. Obama pushed Jolie out of the number one spot she claimed last year.

Unsurprising, really, because what's not to love about Michelle Obama? She is smart, kind, funny, accomplished, a great dancer, a devoted wife and mother, and an all-around, genuinely good person.

She has remained dignified and strong in the face of rabid masses of so-called Americans who spent eight years and beyond insisting that she's a man disguised as a woman. She's endured non-stop racist memes and terrifying threats to her family. She has received far more than her fair share of cruelty, and always takes the high road. She's the one who coined, "When they go low, we go high," after all.

She came from humble beginnings and remains down to earth despite becoming a familiar face around the world. She's not much older than me, but I still want to be like Michelle Obama when I grow up.

Her memoir, Becoming, may end up being the best-selling memoir of all time, having already sold 10 million copies—a clear sign that people can't get enough Michelle, because there's no such thing as too much Michelle.

Don't like Michelle Obama? Don't care. Those of us who love her will fly our MO flags high and without apology, paying no mind to folks with cold, dead hearts who don't know a gem of a human being when they see one. There is nothing any hater can say or do to make us admire this undeniably admirable woman any less.

When it seems like the world has lost its mind—which is how it feels most days these days—I'm just going to keep coming back to this study as evidence that hope for humanity is not lost.

Here. Enjoy some real-life Michelle on Jimmy Kimmel. (GAH. WHY IS SHE SO CUTE AND AWESOME. I can't even handle it.)

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