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Japan Railways offering ‘Shinkansen for Pets’, includes dog-friendly vacation packages

The ‘Woof-cation‘ package includes a photographer, veterinarian and dog trainer.

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Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets

New collaboration services honor your departed pets as full members of the family while also granting you and your remaining family some closure.

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Young and elderly alike can satisfy their feline frenzy with this $180 cat robot companion

Cat got our wallets?

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Help your kitty reach enlightenment with Felissimo’s new Buddhist statue-style “halo scratcher”

After all, isn’t the most divine member of your household worthy of some proper respect every now and then?

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Twitter sympathizes with shivering Shiba Inu during a Tokyo thunderstorm【Video】

Those who don’t own a pet might never have experienced how scary Mother Nature can be to our furry friends.

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Dragon Ball’s Lord Beerus shows up at mortal’s house, lowly humans beware!【Cat cosplay】

If there’s one lesson that the Dragon Ball anime has taught us in recent years, it’s that you should never cross a God of Destruction (without cup noodles).

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Japanese netizens outraged over famous YouTube channel’s treatment of hamsters【Videos】

Netizens are now calling for the arrest of the owner for animal abuse.

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Adorable Shiba Inu is famous on Japanese Twitter for refusing to move when she’s having fun【Pics】

We can relate, Doge. We can relate. 

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Pet iguana mistakes fruit-patterned plate for tasty treat, with adorable results【Pics】

Iguanas make great pets. They’re scaly, chilled-out, and they can be SO CUTE! Don’t believe us? Check out this derpy iguana blissfully licking at an empty, fruit-patterned plate.

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New robot cat toy “Hello! Woonyan” is set to bring you mechanical cuddles, meows, and more

Now you and your kids can experience the fun of owning a cat without any of the hairballs!

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Artist shares a glimpse of a world where the Pokémon Eevee is real

Check out one Japanese Twitter user’s adorable vision of what her home would be like if Eevee actually existed in real life!

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Toyota ad about lonely father and dog has a twist ending, will tug at your heartstrings 【Video】

At this point it’s probably no exaggeration to say that Toyota Japan is the master of making automotive commercials. Their commercials thus far have been heartwarming, bizarre, even more bizarre, and are more like minute-long movies than advertisements.

And the same thing goes for the most recent Toyota commercial. It’s about a man whose daughter leaves to go to college, and suddenly feels a lot lonelier at home with only his pet dog. What’s the twist ending that has Japanese netizens talking? And how does this all tie back to making us want to buy a Toyota? Read on to find out!

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Loki the “vampire kitty” is an Instagram star, and we think she’s just fangtastic!

Cats are the celebrities of the Internet world. Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and others have their own Instagram accounts, websites, T-shirts and merchandise, and some have even appeared on TV and at conventions. But there’s always room for more! Enter Loki, the kitty with the permanent vampire grin!

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New uber-soft gel dog beds mimic the feeling of lying between owner’s legs for pet pooches

Despite our fondness of cats here at RocketNews24, we do still have a soft spot for pooches. So here’s something to appease the dog-loving readers of our site–a new line of gel dog beds sold by Japanese pet interior brand UNIHABITAT, which are designed to recreate the feeling of lying between a human’s legs.

Get ready, pampered pooches of the world, because you’re in for a treat–if your jealous humans don’t buy them all up for themselves first, that is!

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The next fad for UFO catcher prizes: tiny pufferfish!

UFO catchers occupy a major portion of Japanese arcades nowadays. If you happen to walk by an arcade, the flashing lights and fun prizes all beckon customers to try their luck at these “skill” testing games. Normally, the prizes are figures and stuffed animals from popular TV shows and manga, but you will often see snacks and food. Most recently, a UFO catcher at the Amuseum Oizumi caught our eye because of its prize, a real live pufferfish!

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Kitties, doggies, bunnies, and deer – even more stuff balanced on Japan’s pets!

Earlier in the week, we reported that the phenomenon of putting weird stuff on your pet and taking a photo of it was having a revival on Twitter in Japan. Today, we’re delighted to bring you even more pictures of a range of fuzzy animals with stuff precariously balanced on them!

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Twitter user shows us how to make your own pet Japanese giant hornet

It’s summer again in Japan which means it’s time for nature’s little nightmares to come pay us a visit. I’m talking of course about the Japanese giant hornet (ōsuzumebachi) a four-by-six-centimeter (1.5 x 2.4 inch) poisonous flying insect which kills a handful of people every year and has a generally bad demeanor.

This is great news for those who enjoy making alcohol out of them, and bad news for those who have encountered them before and probably still require counseling. However, this year, one Twitter using bug enthusiast is showing us to stop worrying and love the deadly bugs by making one their own pet on a string.

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Helicopter dog would prefer his boy wore water wings

Pets are pretty great: they are cute, funny and occasionally do crazy things. It doesn’t hurt that they just love us so much (probably more than we deserve, most of the time). You’ve probably heard of helicopter parents, but what about helicopter pets? If you don’t believe me, check out this video. This dog is so sweetly over-protective that it’s bound to inject some happy into your day.

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Top 5 dog and cat breeds in Japan 2013

Even though most apartments in Japan are fairly small, many animal lovers still find room to house a dog or cat. Many pet owners choose to dress up their precious pooch or upload hundreds of videos of their beloved cat. That’s why thousands of cat and dog owners visit online pet photo site, “Pacha and my pet” (pacha is the sound a camera makes) to show off their furry friends. The site has just revealed the most popular dog and cat breeds in Japan for 2013. Let’s take a look at the results!

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The last photo of faithful dog Hachiko breaks our hearts

Dog is man’s best friend, or so the saying goes. Nowadays, it’s sometimes hard to believe those words when your loyal canine is dragging your dirty pants, underwear included, out into the living room for all your guests to see (true story). But one dog in Japan proved his undying loyalty, waiting for his master’s return in the same location every single day for 10 years after his master’s death. The picture above, the last one ever taken of this loveable animal, is one of the saddest things we’ve ever seen.

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