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Things We Saw Today: Artist Photographs Pit Bulls in Flower Crowns to Fight Public Opinion

Artist Sophie Gamand tries to fight a common public misconception about some of the sweetest dogs on earth: pit bulls.

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Things We Saw Today: This Girl’s Rey Mural Will Give You New Room Goals

A super-talented mom (@exorcisingemily on Twitter) surprised her daughter with a mural of Rey from The Force Awakens on her bedroom wall. As you can tell from the photo, she's obviously a huge Rey fan--and her reaction to seeing the mural for the first time (as documented on Twitter by her mom) is definitely the reaction I would have if my mom did that for me.

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This Tatted-Up Biker is Terrified of an Adorable Puppy

Animal Planet's newest series My Extreme Animal Phobia will premiere soon, and promises to show everyday people freaking out about everyday animals. In one episode, we're introduced to Marvin, a burly gold chain wearing biker with sleeve and wicked tribal face tats. He's also deathly afraid of this adorable little pit bull puppy. If you ever wanted to watch a man that could surely break you in half break down in tears over a cute little dog, this is your lucky day. Though quite unintentionally hilarious, Marvin either has a severe phobia or is willing to ham it up for TV. If truly that severe, then hopefully his dubiously prescribed exposure therapy has helped him recover from the trauma of his youth. Moreover, it might help already maligned pit bulls everywhere. See the video after the break.

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Deformed, Abandoned Puppy Learns to Walk

This is Harper, a happy and mostly healthy pit bull puppy. However, it was only a few weeks ago that Harper was all but given up for dead. Her story began when Erica Daniel saw a man selling puppies outside a Save-A-Lot. When she approached him, she noticed strange noises coming from a garbage bag the man was holding. After forcing the issue, he opened the bag to reveal a small, deformed dog. This was Harper. Harper has pectus excavatum, or "swimmer puppy syndrome." Dogs with this disorder have a deformed chest cavity, causing them to lie flat on their stomachs and are often unable to even move their heads. Generally, afflicted canines don't live more than three weeks, which was the grim prognosis that Daniel was given when she brought the dog into a Florida animal shelter. With that in mind, Daniel took Harper home for one day of love and care before following the vet's advice and having her euthanized. After that single day, however, Harper had improved dramatically.

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