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These Photos Of Celebs With Their Beautiful Fur Babies Will Melt Your Heart Because, Duh

Pets bring so much joy into a home. A lot of times parents are quick to tell you that they are not feeding or walking the newest family member. They always give in and handle the day-to-day operations of loving the animal. In the last decade alone, Latinos have accounted for more than half of the growth in animal companionship. It’s because we have bleeding hearts, though none as big as Demi Lovato’s. 😅

Find out which fluffer your favorite celebrity goes to bat for.

Camila Cabello and Ringo

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Just last year, Camila posted a tribute to the dog she grew up with, Ringo, who had just passed. She posted, “I’m going to miss u so much Ringo, thank u for letting me be a part of your life… rest in peace angel.”

2. Mariah Carey and Jackson P. Muttley

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Mariah Carey está aqui por los perros, specifically her Jack Russel, Jackson P. Muttley, who she goes literally nowhere without. Honestly, could you live with yourself if you had to leave that love nugget behind?

Bella Thorne and Tampon

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That’s right. Beall Thorne decided to name her Tampon and it isn’t the weirdest name given to a pet, tbh. Someone chastised her for the name on Instagram and she responded, “Naming her tampon? When did tampon become a bad thing? When did someone buy a tampon and it didn’t come in handy?” Hard to argue that point.

Demi Lovato and Hairy-ette

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Demi Lovato brought home a hairless Sphynx kitten awhile back, thinking that she wouldn’t be allergic to him because he has no hair. Wrong. Fans saw her face blow up before their very eyes and she had to return him. Everyone was devastated by the result.

But that hasn’t stopped her from loving on hypoallergenic dogs.

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Lovato is very obsessed with her dogs, who are named Batman and Ella. They not only have their own children’s book about their story, but Batman even has his own Instagram account, @demisbatman.

J.Lo and her adorable Boxers…and one Lab.

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She’s confessed that it’s her favorite breed, but more than anything, she loves watching her kids grow up with such lovebugs.

George Lopez and Owen

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Lopez says that the dog just kind of found him, but that the two were meant for each other. He adopted lil Owen when he was just one year old, and they’ve been literally sharing pudding on the couch ever since.

Gina Rodriguez and Casper

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Rodriguez rescued Casper and the two have been spotted canoodling and snuggling in bed with her boyfriend ever since. We all need a Casper. Just look at how happy that little pup has made Rodriguez. We all deserve that kind of love. #AdoptDontShop

Michelle Rodriguez and her beautiful kitty.

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MRod is a rare celebrity cat lady, and while she looks sad about it in this photo, we know that she’s actually very happy with her sweet cat.

Gisele Bündchen and her pack of dogs.

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Gisele has used her fame and wealth to give homes to countless dogs. They all live in her house. Rumor has it that her husband Tom Brady brought home a beagle named Scooby Doo without even giving her a heads up, so she returned the favor.

Allesandra Ambrosio and Ruffles

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His name is Ruffles and he clearly needs to be carried at all times. Look at him hugging her arm. How adorable is that little face.

Eva Longoria and Jinxy

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We could write a whole biography on Longoria’s obsesión with Jinxy, who has graced the covers of magazines with her. She dresses him in Halloween outfits, and of course he wears a bowtie on special occasions.

Kat Von D and Piaf

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Wondered what Demi’s cat would have looked like all grown up? Leave it to Kat Von D to be the best and the baddest cat lover of all time. An outspoken animal rights activist and vegan, Kat Von D made a home for this special breed.

Read: These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans

Thalía and her assortment of animals.

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Latin pop star Thalía has a special place in her bright and shiny heart for Pomeranians. She let her daughter name one of them “Amorcita Love,” which just feels right.

Danny Trejo

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Danny Trejo is another major activist for shelter animals. He’s posed for PSA’s that promote adoption over buying animals, and we love his soft spot for animals under a seemingly machismo exterior.

Mark Consuelos

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Hottie Mark Consuelos is a fan of the small, very fluffy types. Him and wife Kelly Ripa are often spotted walking their pupparoo around Los Angeles.

Shakira and her two fluffy bunnies.

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She brought home two bunnies a few years back and they’ve grown into much bigger guys, and very close siblings. You kind of can’t get just one bun, because two buns are better than one.

Read: 17 Latin Dog Breeds You Should Beg Your Mom To Let You Have

Mario Lopez and his Frenchies

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Somehow, French Bulldogs just make sense for Mario Lopez. Like, you wouldn’t have guessed they’d be his breed of choice, but it just makes sense. Perhaps it’s because they too are small, muscular and adorable.

Naya Rivera and her royal pups

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Naya Rivera clearly prefers the King Charles Spaniels, and I totally get it. Look at those Lady & The Tramp style ears. I’ll brush your ears every day, Rivera perros.

Zoe Saldana and Mugsy

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Saldana is another fan of rescuing and introduced the world to Mugsy when she first adopted him back in 2012. His look hasn’t changed much. White Bat in Headlights, don’t you think?


READ: This Mexican Dog Has His Own Instagram Account And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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From Rodent Hair To Poop, The FDA Legally Allows Factories To Have A Small Amount Of These In Your Food

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From Rodent Hair To Poop, The FDA Legally Allows Factories To Have A Small Amount Of These In Your Food

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If this is the first you’re hearing of this, you might want to just plan on skipping your next meal. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets a legal minimum for the amount of “food defects” a consumer can reasonably come to expect from their food purchases. Growing up Latino, the bulk of your food probably came from Costco, where every apple is encased in plastic and the food feels pretty sterile. Never have we found a bug in anything from the holy grail of Costco.

No matter where you do your grocery shopping, often, you can’t even see the rodent hairs or disembodied insects in your food. But the FDA knows it’s there, and the agency is trying to keep your cafecito at a minimum of just 10 mg of animal poop per pound.

Along with a small dose of mierda, you’re also looking at 4% to 6% of your coffee beans being moldy or insect-infested.

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Talk about a witches’ brew. Your cafecito brew in the morning is basically the same potion our ancestors made for their enemies. Café Mierda, que rico. It makes sense though. Coffee is grown in the humid, tropical countries of much of our people. That mold creates mycotoxins which are toxic chemicals, the most common of which in coffee is a powerful carcinogen. The second most common mycotoxin found in coffee is Ochratochin A, which can deplete dopamine and cause cell death in your brain. Some say that we’re exposed to small amounts of toxins no matter what we do, but others suggest listening to your body. We all react differently to different stimuli.

Worse still is that there might be up to an eyedropper full of blood and pus in that leche.

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Cows that are used for dairy are kept forcibly impregnated their whole lives so that they can produce milk. Once they begin the very natural process of lactation, their calves are sent away, and they’re hooked up to metal milking machines. The irritation from those machines causes mastitis, which is an infection of the udder. That means that those machines are milking infectious pus along with the milk. According to the USDA, 16.5% of cows used for their milk are suffering from mastitis.

This is so common that the FDA legally allows up to 750 million pus cells in every liter of milk. That’s about an eyedropper full of pus. Cafe sin leche, por favor.

Insects might not perk up your spices, but they’re there anyway.

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Paprika is allowed to be comprised of up to 20% mold. Let’s face it. Latinos are more comfortable with mold than your average Becky. We just slice that moldy part off the bread and make toast like it’s a no-brainer. For some reason, when we learn the government is allowing us to eat mold without our consent, it feels gross. If you’re not grossed out yet, you should know your typical spice jar of paprika is likely to have 225 tiny limbs or heads of dismembered insects, and over 30 rodent hairs.

This all makes sense if you try to reconnect to our food system.

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Access to food on a daily basis looks like walking down illuminated, refrigerated grocery aisles, and choosing between plastic wrapped chicken breast, or plastic-wrapped Beyond burgers. Root vegetables like carrots are being misted every twenty minutes and look so clean and fresh. When we remember where, or who, all these products come from, it’s easier to imagine why insects may have hopped a ride from the farm to to your plate. Produce is of the earth, and harvest season may be the buggiest season of the year, depending on the crop.

That said, food safety specialist Ben Chapmen told CNN that he looks at insects in your food “as a yuck factor versus a risk factor. Insect parts are gross, but they don’t lead to foodborne illnesses.” More dangerous for human health is when plastic, stone or metal ends up in a food harvest, which is why processed food goes under x-rays and metal detectors.

You can control the amount of feces and rodent hair in your food when you buy as fresh food as possible.

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Instead of using a can of corn, buy fresh corn on the cob. You might just see the insects crawling out of the cob as you start to peel the corn, and rinse away all the mierda you can. Technically, the FDA is more concerned with regulating the amount of insect larvae in your cans of sweet corn. That said, 5% of corn husks used for tamales are expected to be moldy and insect-infested. Careful with your fresh tortillas though, because the FDA allows an average of one whole insect per quarter cup of cornmeal. Is it racism? We can’t say.

Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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In the era of hookup culture and online swiping, it’s comforting to look back on the days when dating was a straight-forward affair: boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy marries girl. End of story. But, times have changed and finding your other half can feel more impossible than every Luckily, we can always look to older generations to give us hope. Their romantic stories of days past are always inspiring.

Readers of FIERCE by mitu shared their cute stories of how their parents and abuelos met. Check out some of our favorite ones below!

1. The old bait-and-switch

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“My abuelos met eachother while they were living in Cuba. Abuelo pretended to be 5 years older than her to get her attention but was actually 2 years younger. He asked her out for ice-cream on their first date.”

2. The Cinderella Story

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“My Dad was rich & Mom poor, he chose her and was disowned by his family and lost his inheritance. They lived happily ever after working their asses off once they came to the United States. Love my parents”. -@mrs.jaypeeonenine

3. Love Letters Gone Wrong

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“My dad was playing basketball at my moms high school. He saw my mom and asked her if he could write her. 1953. Mom told dad to write his address on the locker that he was using for the basketball game ( girls lockers). He did. On Monday morning the principal of moms school called to complain to the principal of my dads high school and was angry his basketball team had written all over the lockers. My dad and his team were punished and had to go back to my moms school to clean up the lockers. I still have the first letter my dad sent my mom. Mom passed away 10 years ago. I’m 64 and will never forget their love story”. – @dollycardenas50

4. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

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“My mom and dad both immigrated here from Argentina when they were kids. My dad was 9 and my mom was 2. My dad ended up going to high school with my mom’s little brother and they got super drunk one night together when they were 16. They were scared to go back to their houses (the wrath of a Latin mother!!) so they tried to sleep in a park. It got too cold, so they went back to my uncle’s place and decided to wake my mom up by throwing rocks at her window. At 3am, my mom let her hermanito and my dad crawl through her window. My dad and uncle set up camp in my uncle’s room to sleep everything off, but they were starving. My uncle sent my dad to knock on my mom’s door and ask if she could make pancakes (bc they’re legendary). She thought he was so cute, that she made them pancakes at 3am. They’ve been together ever since (they’re 52 now).” -@bryduca

5. A Tale of Two Heights

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“My grandparents went to school together. He asked her to be his partner for a dance performance once. Grandpa says he would have asked her sooner but didn’t see her. He’s 6ft she’s 4’10.” -@danhely

6. Love at first sight

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“My abuelos met each other on a bus in Chicago while Guelo was studying to be a priest. He was a light skinned, fiery haired Mexican man with a friendly smile. Guela’s golden brown Puerto Rican glow was accented by her elegant black ringlets and graceful summer dress. He was smitten the moment he saw her! They conversed about spirituality, faith, and love for something greater than self.Less than one year later, Guelo traded one sacrament for another so that we, our family, could be born.” -@e.m.castro

7. Flirting By Throwing Rocks?

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“My abuela would fill up her cantaro with water & whenever she walked by, my abuelo would through small rocks. She hated him for making her dump the water & he loved how beautiful she looked angry”. -@mija_por_favor

8. Life-long dance partners

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“My abuelos ran into each other multiple times in one day. They had gotten onto the same bus two different times. Later that night when my abuelo saw my abuela at a dance he decided seeing her a third time that day was a sign and asked her to dance. And they were dancing partners the rest of her life”. -@thetiffanyandco

9. The Bashful Beginning

@leticiasaurus /Twitter

“My dad was friends with my mom’s brothers but he never met her despite always being around. One day, my mom was cleaning the floor outside her house & saw my dad walking from a distance towards the house. She dropped the broom & ran inside. The rest, is history”. -@lifeasingrid

10. The Whirlwind Romance

@ohmy_itsyza/Twitter

“My grandma and grandpa met while being migrant workers. Grandma was 15 and he was 18. My grandma’s sisters were trying to get with my grandpa but grandma wasn’t having it. Their time at that location was almost over and they were going to be separated so after two weeks of knowing each other, they decided to marry. They were married 62 years before my grandma passed.” – @amorettenoel

11. A Military Marriage

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“My grandfather was in the marines and was stationed in the Dominican Rep. training the Dominican Air Force. At a party he meet my abuelita and fell in love. He had to asked his superiors for permission to see her, then my great grandfather to court her. They both passed away one right after each other after being 50 years together” -@claudia_teresa1

12. A Meeting of Cultures

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“Mi abuela, Soledad, or Chole, was a very attractive and creative woman. Soon after high school she was dancing in a women’s Mexican folklorico troup at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Mi abuelo Modesto, was selling Cuban cigars as a traveling salesman. They met at the Fair, fell in love and eventually had my mom, Rosalia.” -@fridadina

13. An arranged marriage with a happy ending…

@brina_la_nica/Twitter

“In my dad’s side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa because a chismosa saw her talking to him outside the grocery story, so my great-grandparents arranged the marriage to restore their honor. In my moms side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa to pay off a debt of his family take care of hers after my grandmas parents passed away when she was young. They loved each other and lived happily ever after.#arrangedmarriages” -@iris_herndz

14. An Irresistible Passion

@daiciamestas

“My parents met at a dance in Durango, Colorado. Durango is a college town perfectly located in the middle of my parent’s hometowns. My mother was promised to someone else through engagement, but my father won her heart before leaving for the Navy.” -@daiciamestas