Heaven on Earth: This new theater in Texas is dog-friendly and serves all-you-can-drink wine.

Eric Lankford, 29, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” has brought together three things that always deliver pure bliss: wine, dogs, and movies.

(Well, unless you drink too much cheap wine, your dog yaps incessantly, or bought tickets to see "The Hustle.")


In December 2018, Lankford opened K9 Cinemas, the world’s first movie theater for dogs, and it serves unlimited wine.

The idea came to him after he got Bear, an Australian Eskimo puppy, in  2017. “I simply want to make other people as happy as Bear makes me,” Lankford says on the K9 Cinemas Facebook page.

“When our customers come through our doors it’s nothing but smiles and laughter. Do those same people have a ton of stress and problems at home or work? I bet they do.”

“But when they’re at K9 Cinemas snuggling up with their fur baby to a classic movie that all seems to fade away if only for a moment,” he continued. “And to me that was worth building K9 Cinemas.”

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The theater seats 30 humans who are allowed to bring in up two dogs each. Tickets cost $15 for humans 21 and over and that includes endless wine. Those who are under 21 are free and pay just $5 per pooch.

The theater shows older films that are dog-themed and family-friendly except for Saturdays when it screens an R-rated film. Each film includes an intermission so the doggies can get outside for a bathroom break.

The theater is also a great place for people with service dogs to take their pooches without having to worry if there will be an issue with theater staff or other patrons.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

4-year-old New Zealand boy and police share toys.

Sometimes the adorableness of small children is almost too much to take.

According to the New Zealand Police, a 4-year-old called the country's emergency number to report that he had some toys for them—and that's only the first cute thing to happen in this story.

After calling 111 (the New Zealand equivalent to 911), the preschooler told the "police lady" who answered the call that he had some toys for her. "Come over and see them!" he said to her.

The dispatcher asked where he was, and then the boy's father picked up. He explained that the kids' mother was sick and the boy had made the call while he was attending to the other child. After confirming that there was no emergency—all in a remarkably calm exchange—the call was ended. The whole exchange was so sweet and innocent.

But then it went to another level of wholesome. The dispatcher put out a call to the police units asking if anyone was available to go look at the 4-year-old's toys. And an officer responded in the affirmative as if this were a totally normal occurrence.

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