And it’s not just household pets which have brought a smile to out faces – the dogs and cats are joined by a host of bonkers animals including horses, monkeys and even a goat.
Image sharing website Acidcow.com has amassed a huge selection of animal pictures throughout the course of the year and here we’ve picked out some of the very best for you to enjoy.
For the four-legged competitors, two months of hard work – and a fair few treats – ensured they were raring to get on the racetrack.
So when the big day rolled around, the only ones likely to get hot under the collar were any bystanders who spotted a Mini hurtling towards them with a dog at the wheel.
Two mutts made history yesterday by driving a car down a racetrack. Ten-month-old beardie cross Porter put his paws to the pedals first, steering the Mini down the straight and then turning a corner.
The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address.
Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.
A group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of some 5million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos and young adults.
Animal lovers are known to do just about anything for their pets.
But these families seem to have gone a step further to show their affection.
A set of hilariously posed photos from the team behind AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com is a reminder of what can happen when pet owners become a bit obsessed.
A major outdoor clothing brand has been using down from force-fed geese to fill its quilted winter jackets, it has emerged.
The North Face, an American company whose outdoor clothing is worn by the likes of Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie, Sharon Stone and Elle Macpherson as well by numerous BBC reporters, has been found to use down from Hungarian geese farmed for foie gras.
Despite the company assuring customers in the past that the down used in their jackets would never come from a force-fed goose, animal rights campaigners found that the down came from Hungarian farms where geese are fattened using the force-feeding method to make foie gras from their bloated livers.