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When Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea was visiting the Gorilla Foundation in Northern California, he loaned his bass to the amazing Koko. “My sweet and true friend Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain’t nuthin'” says Flea, who should be very careful of being replaced in the band.

“One” by Be is the first long player released by Caught by the River’s record label Rivertones.

This unique four track album is the sound of British summertime from the viewpoint of the animal kingdom. A truly transcendental record – if you try to imagine Spacemen 3 recording a series of 21st century outdoor ragas for Touch Records and you’re somewhere in the right direction.

“One” is the soundtrack to artist Wolfgang Buttress’ UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo – an installation that highlighted the plight of the honeybee, focusing on the importance of pollination. The music on the record is a constantly changing and evolving symphony – the sound of a dialogue between bee and human.

The album was recorded by musicians Kev Bales and Tony Foster – a duo known for working with Spritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan (among many others). Other musicians featured on the record include Jason Pierce, Youth, cellist Deidre Bencsik, vocalist Camille Buttress and Amiina (the string section regularly used by Sigur Ros). The recording sessions saw musicians improvising in the key of D along to a live audio feed of beehive sounds. Piano, Mellotron and lap steel were overdubbed later. The result is a uniquely meditative piece.

Another squirrel video of a squirrel nabbing a GoPro and taking it up a tree. But this is the BEST POV EVER! Absolutely out of a video game, the squirrel takes us on a ride through the branches.

I’m not sure which hotel this is, but according to a redditor with a NSFW username, this photo shows a hotel’s policy for letting dogs stay in guest rooms. Every hotel should allow this for a weekend.

 

The Animal Rescue Site is an excellent resource, and also allows pet owners to share their heartwarming rescue stories, and recently letter had me in tears, this post took a lot longer to do, and it was just copy and paste.

When I first adopted you, I whispered to you “You gotta live forever, ‘kay?” Over the years when I would imagine life without you, I would say again to you “You gotta live forever, ‘kay?”

My body still wants to take you for a walk. Your leash still hangs by the door waiting for the words “wanna go outside?” It’s been raining a lot this week and I instinctively look at the clock to see if it’s near time to take you out.

Whenever I eat some crackers or chips, I look to see where you are so I can throw you some.

You were the perfect dog for me. So quiet…so calm. You never peed or chewed on anything. You barked so infrequently that you would scare yourself when you did.

You were with me through all the good times and the bad. You never judged me, even when I weighed 200 lbs and was sweating to the oldies. You always had a wag of the tail for me.

I loved how I could always trust you with any child. When you got older and a little more grey in the face, some of the neighbor kids started calling you Granny.

Even when you could no longer chew the hard kibble and you weren’t so interested in your toys, and had to be walked more often, I loved you so much.

You trusted me right up to the end. You believed me when I told you that you didn’t have to live forever and it’s OK to go.

I felt the life leave your body and you took a piece of me with you.

I love you sweet Jessie girl, and I’ll see you at the bridge. 1998 – 2016