Happy World Animal Day

happy world animal day botl.com oct 4 2014

World Animal Day is a day of awareness and action for animal rights and welfare. The international holiday was established in 1931 by ecologists in Florence, Italy, who were concerned about the plight of endangered species.

KEEP CALM AND BLESS THE ANIMALS OCT 4 ST FRANCIS BOTL.COMAnd today we should be more concerned than ever.  In 2014, the World Wildlife Fund revealed that in the last 40 years, earth has lost half of its wildlife. (For the full article, click here.)

It is celebrated on October 4, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. The day is also recognized by Catholics as the Blessing of the Animals Day.

St. Francis wrote the well-known hymn All Creatures of our God and King. To open the botl and hear a beautiful vocal and guitar arrangement, click KEEP CALM and BLESS THE ANIMALS or the image of St. Francis.

Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition Technology!

cat feeder

A startup company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of Bistro, an automated cat feeder…that recognizes your cat’s FACE!

Facial recognition technology is commonplace with humans, but this appears to be a novel application with animals. Novel and quite popular!

The fundraising campaign sought $100,000 for development, but quickly eclipsed that goal. They are currently approaching $250,000 in donations.  And if they reach THAT goal, they are adding a cam & speaker to the automated cat feeder so that you can see and talk to your cat from where you are when it comes to the automated feeder.

What a brilliant concept – and what a great success story for crowdfunding! To see Bistro’s Indiegogo campaign, click here.

This great discovery was shared in a botl from FunFacts, a member of the Botl community since January 2013. Trivia Lovers, be sure to explore the 500+ FunFacts botls!

Music for a Monday: Four-Year-Old Piano Prodigy

4 year old prodigy

Botl member Patricia Gonzalez-Powell (@pgpowell) shared this treasure in her Music for a Monday botl.  Prepare to be AMAZED:  The four-year-old performer plays like a Piano Master….after only three months of lessons! It’s easy to see why his performance has been viewed almost 6 million times.

Bravo! No wonder he’s received over 60,000 LIKES.

If you enjoyed this botl, be sure to check out the other 1,200 great botls in Patricia’s collections! You’ll find an incredible variety of content in her botls, including dog-themed and cat-themed media, great quotations, and gems like this video of a piano prodigy.

A multilingual world-traveler with a love of animals and commitment to rescue, Patricia has been a member of the Botl community since December 2011, sharing botls from her homes in Houston, Texas, and Santiago, Chile.

Tissue Time: “Friends Are Waiting”

FRIENDS ARE WAITING BOTLNOTES botl.com

You’ll be amazed at how powerful of a message can be conveyed in just one minute! Friends Are Waiting is part of Budweiser’s “responsible drinking” campaign, and in a word, it’s EFFECTIVE.

No spoiler alerts … other than to tell you to get out the tissue, especially if you’re like me in believing pets are part of the family.

budweiser friends are waiting botlFriends Are Waiting is sure to tug at the heartstrings of every animal lover. Hats off to Budweiser for tackling a serious matter so beautifully and in such a positive, compelling way.

Click on the tiny beer bottle on the right to open the Friends Are Waiting botl.

After you enjoy the heartwarming “movie,” please take a few minutes to explore Botl, the “message in a bottle” social network. You’ll find a TON of great images, GIFs and videos to explore, and you’ll discover what sets Botl apart from other content-sharing sites.

Log in to Botl online at botl.com, or download Botl’s free mobile apps on iTunes and GooglePlay.

Tiny Hamster vs Kobayashi: Hot-Dog Eating Contest!

TINY HAMSTER

Are you ready for an epic showdown? KOBAYASHI has challenged TINY HAMSTER to a hot-dog eating contest. Who do you think will win?

If you’ve never seen the “Tiny Hamster” videos before, you’re in for a treat.  There’s something adorable about a furry little hamster eating a teenie-tiny burrito or birthday cake. Or as in this video, a hot dog!

This little treasure was shared in a botl from CuteAnimals. If you enjoyed Tiny Hamster vs. Kobayashi, be sure to check out the other great botls in CuteAnimals’ collection, where you’ll find hundreds of images, animated GIFs and videos of CUTE ANIMALS!

 

 

Tip for Sharing YouTube Videos

To share a YouTube video on Botl, just follow these three easy steps:

1. Click the SHARE button under the video’s title.

youtube share button

2. YouTube will display several share options, including a URL/share link.  If the playlist box is checked, be sure to uncheck it. Otherwise, there will be a problem with the botl’s shelf display.

youtube playlist box checked

3. After you have unchecked the playlist box, a shorter URL/share link will appear in that field and you should no longer see ?list= anywhere in the link.  Do a right-mouse click to copy the link.  (If that does not capture the whole link, then do a left-mouse click at the beginning of the link and drag your cursor across the entire link. Then after the link has been highlighted, do a right-mouse click to copy it.) Also, remember that you always have the option of selecting the start time for videos by checking the Start box and entering the desired start time in minutes and seconds.

share link no playlist

A preview of your selected video will appear after you have pasted the YouTube URL/share link into the botlr and clicked the preview button. Add a title and tags, and click Botl It! to complete your botl.

swan song

BULLDOGS ARE AWESOME!

BULLDOGS ARE AWESOME

Enjoy BULLDOGS ARE AWESOME, a great video compilation shared by Botl member ADog’sLife. You’ll see pudgy little bulldogs playing, trying to “talk,” riding a toboggan in the snow, and so many other entertaining things.

My favorite part is when an enthusiastic bulldog plays on a trampoline! Which segment is your favorite?

BULLDOG TRIVIA:

  • Bulldogs are the 6th most popular breed in the United States.
  • Many celebrities own bulldogs, including Hugh Jackman, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon,  Ashley Olsen,  Zac Efron, and Martha Stewart.
  • Because their heads are so large, most bulldogs are delivered by  Cesarean section (“C Section”).
  • Bulldogs are a very common mascot for high schools and universities.
  • Bulldogs are believed to be the result of breeding mastiffs with pugs in the 1500’s in England.
  • The part of Stella, the adorable dog in the popular TV series Modern Family, is played by a bulldog named Brigitte.
  • President Warren G. Harding had a bulldog named Oh Boy, the only bulldog to ever live in The White House.