…and, Happy Step-mom/adoptive mom’s day too

Let’s also shout out to all the folks in a Mom’s role—Happy Mother’s Day to yous too:

Dog: snooorff
Baby: [looks up at insane parent]

1_5

Dog: [Thinking] Feels cushiony!
Baby: "Malllgh!"

2_5

Dog: [slurp!]
Baby: Well, I uh… sure. OK. sure.

3_7

Dog: [awkward hug while making large snorting sounds]
Baby: "Holy MUFFLEPUFF!"

4_5

Biiiiig, slobbery thanks to Donya S.

Comments

  1. Eee hee hee. I love it when dogs want to protect babies like that!

  2. jasmine says:

    that is like the cutest thing ever!!!!!!!!

  3. awwww I love the doggy hug! Cute dog, cute baby. Baby looks like a Glow Worm – totally prosh! :)

  4. Solar_F says:

    omg… THAT is the the sweetest/cutest/slobberyest thing I have EVAR seen. What a fabulous dog <3

  5. OH, so very cute. Especially the hug at the end. They are best pals! *HEART*

  6. Ahh – this is hilarious! (And true.)

  7. That dog is not “protecting” the baby, it’s expressing dominance.

    Anybody who allows a large dog to play with thier infant quite frankly ought to be beat about the head until they get some sense knocked into them.

  8. Tiffany says:

    That’s scary as all get out.

  9. Great big loving doggy! That dog is a total Nana.

  10. Mum’s right there taking the photos, it’s not like this situation’s unsupervised and dogs tend to “express dominance” towards creatures they see as a threat, it’s far more likely to see a baby as a vulnerable puppy like thing that needs protecting.
    Besides, some big dogs can be surprisingly gentle, while some small dogs can be surprisingly dangerous, only the owner knows this animal’s individual temperament.

    I think this looks cute, so long as they’re careful.

  11. The 2nd photo does look a bit too squashy considering what those dogs weigh,
    but the last one’s so cute-the sweetest hug and the baby’s smiling not scared.

  12. BabyJune says:

    Does anyone know what kind of dog that is? He’s adorable!

  13. pistache268 says:

    Happy baby (und dog).

  14. Amen, SD. Dogs do not recognize babies as alphas (as they *should* recognize their owners) and therefore, trouble often ensues. This dog is clearly establishing its dominance over this kid, and that is a very dangerous precedent to set. Let’s not forget, if something happens to this (I say it grudgingly) cute kid, the dog will be the one to pay. We who check CO obsessively for our daily visual prozac are all animal lovers – but let’s not let that turn us into blubbering senseless idiots (as it would appear has occured this owner/parent).

    My 2 cents. You may now yell at me for being ‘too serious’ and not loving the cute. Go ahead. I don’t mind.

  15. wow, i would be freaked out…

  16. totally precious!

  17. Scary. Very scary.

  18. i’m thinking that in the second pic the baby needs a diaper change and the dog is gonna roll in the stinky.
    adorable – simply adorable pics and both of them look happy and at home to me – can you not see the smiles in the last pic!!!

  19. AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!! Can’t help myself:

    1) Babies smile when they pass gas, get tickled and get their diaper changed. They are not credible sources of information. Smiling baby *does NOT* equal safe situation. Baby doesn’t really know much at this point, let’s be honest.

    and perhaps most importantly

    2) For the love of pete: DOGS ARE NOT HUMANS. I really don’t get it when people anthropomorphize/misinterpret dog behavior for human behavior. Kills me every time. And yes, I know dogs smile and can cuddle and have lots of emotions. But they ain’t people, so stop thinking they will act as such.

    My 4 cents. I will shut up now.

  20. Teughcats says:

    It all depends on the dog and the owner. Also, I think if the dog has been around longer than the baby (as would seem to be the case here) and if the dog is still treated with love and not ignored in favor of the baby, then the dog will see the baby as something to be protected. I used to babysit for some people who had two toddlers and a German Shepherd they had had for several years before the babies, and that dog was VERY protective. To the point that if one of them was crying and I was trying to comfort him, the dog would watch me very closely to make sure I wasn’t doing anything to hurt the child!

  21. cute, dangerous, but cute

  22. lordofthedead says:

    If the dog had dropped a little too much weight onto that baby’s neck, simply due to his sheer size, he could have killed the child. Very stupid parents. And wouldn’t be considered a cute picture then.

  23. Look, before everyone gets all het up and carried away – dogs can and often do protect babies. Our family dod did, and my niece and her husband have seen the same thing happen with their little guy + dog. (Cribs and playpens are guarded, etc.) Everyone was/is supervised, and nobody’s gotten hurt. (Except maybe for the dogs, since little kids tend to pull on ears, skin and tails…)

    In other words [raises hand shyly]: “Please, Sir? I just like the pictures, Sir.”

  24. “Does anyone know what kind of dog that is? He’s adorable!”

    It’s a Neapolitan Mastiff. They’re very sweet breeds that weigh a bloody ton.

    I agree that there’s a bit of a danger with the baby. Dogs that are very well-socialized are hyper aware of biting pressures- but tend to be used to the biting pressures appropriate for other dogs, or adult humans, and run the risk of accidentally harming the baby in play. They’re also *so* not aware of things like weight/crushing and their toenails.

    The dog does look like a sweetheart, and the kid doesn’t look at all afraid. And there is such a thing as being too paranoid. :p As for dominance, babies aren’t exactly dominant over dogs. They can’t be. And nothing that an adult human does can establish the “dominance” of the baby. The most we can really hope for is that the dog recognizes the baby as a member of it’s pack, loves it, and knows it’s limits with it. By being comfortable around the baby and learning how not to hurt it while under supervision, it’s less likely to accidentally harm the baby during times where the baby and the dog come into accidental unsupervised contact.

  25. Very cute pictures, but that dog is gigantic. One wrong move, and… :(

  26. Safari issue seems to be fixed! The home page is looking good.

    These pictures are cute, but the second one is scary!

  27. jesus—what idiots—why take the chance?

  28. christina r says:

    I think that is the cutest damn thing i have ever seen. Happy Mothers day to all the moms

  29. Roy thought tigers were cute too says:

    This is the most adorable child endangerment ever!

  30. Oh my the baby looks really upset in the 2nd pic, the huge dog is squishing him why does the parent keep taking pics when the kid shows distress?
    My friend has a mastiff and they are huge, really heavy. That dog could easily harm the baby and not know it weather it meant to or not.
    The last pic is cute but the whole thing makes me nervous to look at since the baby is just a infant.
    I think if the last pic was posted only nobody would feel so uneasy abou it and just say, “oh how cute” the other pics are just scary looking, I could never let a huge heavy dog be on top a infant.

  31. medical student says:

    I can hardly look at this series of photos. I have worked with numerous surgeons who have had to attempt to repair the faces and other body parts of children who were attacked by the family dog who had “never shown aggression before,” “was always so protective and sweet,” etc. No animal is predictable. Owners who believe so are dangerously misguided, even though their bias is based in love for their pet.

    Also, it is not possible for the parent “standing by” with the camera to move quickly enough to protect the child were the dog to attack. Even if they could, there are few if any adults with the strength to overpower an animal of that size.

    This series, in my opinion, depicts nothing less than child neglect and endangerment. If the posting stays up, it belongs in the “cute or sad?” category.

    Otherwise, love CO! :)

  32. Genny from the Burbs says:

    We had an oversized doberman pinscher when my baby sister was born who was only a little smaller than the mastiff. Happy would play around the baby all the time and while it did look a little scary, he was always protective. Our smaller, but more jealous, pointer/lab mix we had when I was born was a very different story. If you know the dog’s temperment, they’ve reacted consistently to the baby and the dog’s under voice control, everything’s fine.

  33. oh my god, someone call social services

  34. Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous. That’s all. These parents are playing with fire. And I say that as a dog lover and dog owner of many years.

  35. I agree that a dog can consider a baby a packmate, as I have seen it myself. That second picture still gives me the heebie jeebies.

  36. arbed0039 says:

    It’s funny how pics like this bring out the people who never post, or else ones who do normally post but suddenly use a different ID. I am by no means saying that danger never exists between animals and babies. My point is that it isn’t yours to judge, at least not here.

    No one can speak to this individual situation except the family of the baby/dog. Obviously everything turned out as cute as the pictures appear. Geez, will every picture now have to come with a disclaimer that “no animals and/or humans were injured in the taking of these pictures”?

    Here’s one example for you: My sister chose a dog (Newfoundland dog – also a very large animal) specifically due to its protective nature toward children. Even she, as the “Alpha” to her dog, would get growled at if she roughhoused with her boys.

    All I know is that these pics, again “as they appear”, are really cute so I’m not going to let the naysayers ruin it for me.

  37. ahh! he totally digs her!

  38. “By being comfortable around the baby and learning how not to hurt it while under supervision, it’s less likely to accidentally harm the baby during times where the baby and the dog come into accidental unsupervised contact.”

    And it’s quite possible, as this isn’t a newborn, that the parents have seen the baby and the dog interacting enough to have a good sense of how safe the baby is. If it were a dog that isn’t familiar with the baby, or vice versa, I’d consider it very dangerous. That baby’s a few months old. The parents might have a very good clue about what to expect.

    It’s definitely a “don’t try this at home” situation.

  39. I wouldn’t want my baby’s face near ANY dog’s face, regardless of it’s size…period.

  40. Speaking for myself, I think this photo sequence is hilarious. Although I agree it’s likely to hypnotize untold numbers of parents into feeding their dogs to giant dog-eating babies, and that can’t be good. Anyway, it has that effect on me. But I have years of experience that keeps me safe.

    http://www.squidgrid.com/cute/Glossary.htm#Comment

  41. ay! commentroversy indeed! “Giant dog-eating baby” would be like movie Honey, I Blew up the Kid. hehehe

  42. arbed0039 says:

    C’mon Theo, you KNOW that bathing kitties is waaaaaaaaaaay worse than these pics. ;-)

  43. Netherland Dwarf rabbit, owner!!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ says:

    I dearly love this series of pics!

    & to all Mom’s out there…
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  44. Tsssst!

  45. arbed0039 says:

    Crunch – I think you might be leaking…

  46. my dog, a very large st. bernard with teeth that could crush bones, pulled me out of a hole in the yard i fell into when i was two. he ran over before my mom could get there and got me out by one arm and i didn’t have a scratch on me.

    i learned to walk on the back of this same dog, and he slept every night at the foot of my crib, and my cat slept in my crib with me as my pillow.

    animals aren’t completely stupid around small children, in fact quite the opposite, dogs do know their own strength and how delicate small or baby animals are, a puppy can be even more fragile than an infant.

    and i agree with mary that like my parents, the parent of that baby knew the behavior of the dog well enough to know that this was a safe situation that probably happens all the time.

    that being said, this is positively adorable and i’m glad mom could catch the moment. hooray for moms!

  47. a reader says:

    That dog is expressing dominance. That is not cute, it is dangerous.

  48. Flame73 says:

    Here’s My 2 cents, as a nurse that baby is obviously several months old. While I’ve always had big dogs in the family I have never had a situation where one of My well behaved, properly trained dogs have injured any of our kids. While it may appear in the picture that the child was in distress I have faith in most animal lovers parenting abilities to know when to say no. A picture is taken in a split second and it is obvious both the dog and child were repositioned. I have often made the suggestion to soon to be parents, if they want to get used to being on call for care 24/7 to get a puppy. I truly enjoyed the pics and I don’t think there’s any harm in the proximity or behavior of the beautiful four-legged family member.

  49. little miao says:

    what sweet photos and great captions. “human” is after all relative – certainly, many people are more dangerous than that motherly dog.

  50. Well… to go along with all the warnings of endangerment, I’ve decided to never let my children have pets just in case something *might* possibly go wrong… but I also won’t ever leave them with a babysitter or family member incase they happen to go crazy, put them on a SCHOOL BUS incase the bus driver doesn’t drive to my standards, or let my child be anywhere without wearing full body protection in case a bookshelf happens to fall over in their vicinity. Quit judging those parents- you don’t know them, you don’t know the situation. The pictures were sent in for the cute factor, not so everyone could whine and moan about safety issues… Frankly, it’s none of any of your business.

  51. Oh, and PS: Happy Mother’s Day all =)

  52. The internet is neither a place to *take* nor *give* advice, and a simple ‘that looks dangerous, it makes me uncomfortable’ is more than enough to express your opinion. Nobody reads the super long posts, and it says more about you as a person than you’d probably like.

  53. This picture was origianlly posted in craigslist yesterday in the pets forum. Contact the poster and ask them the situation if you are all really worried.

  54. Neopolitan Mastiff + baby=perhaps the safest child on the planet.

    A stranger trying to hurt that child will be very dead, very fast.

  55. Holy Moses! Yeah, the first pix are a little nerve wracking, but that last one is solid gold.

    Happy Mom, Grandma, Godmother, Great-Grandma, adopted Mom, Step-mom, and Female-care-taker-love-giver-in-general Day!

  56. This isn’t “dangeroverload.com”

    this is cute overload.com. And the picture is CUTE.

    I am a trainer, and although we advise against leaving babies down with dogs, owners know thier dogs and temperaments best. If the situation is supervised and well managed I see the chances of things going wrong slim. That’s what parents must do daily; assess the risk factor of every situation and choose from that point on.

  57. AuntieMame says:

    Can I just say that I wish posters would be a little more tolerant of other people expressing their opinions?

    It really bothers me to come into a thread like this and see a huge fight developing, because we just can’t seem to allow other people to have different opinions than we do. So we have to beat them down.

    The pictures are cute. But the dog is as big as a moose, and as someone said, it is a DOG. So its behavior is not completely predictable.

    And it is perfectly okay for people to say so.

  58. jenni joon says:

    Having had a mastiff before (not Neo Mastiff) who weighed 130 lbs at only 8 months (!), there is a reason they are called “gentle giants.” I second Amber and Theo and all the others who recognize this as one of the GREATEST series C.O. has posted yet! Kudos, C.O. & happy mommy day!

  59. baby is getting snorgled!

    /and I’m not even reading the comments
    //uh, uh, nhna, nhna
    ///big words there
    ////I smell a commentroversy
    /////so I stay out

    baby is getting snorgled!

    how cuuuuuuuuteeeeeeeeeeee!

  60. I agree, ElfOwl – the last picture is gold. Can we just pretend that we didn’t see the first three?

  61. ok it’s cute….but please, a dog still a dog and can have some wild reactions….of course it seems to be a fine dog but, pleassssssse
    be carreful!

  62. That’s definitely an LOL series of photos. That baby’s gonna grow up to loooooove doggies, IMO. Cute!

  63. Blah blah something stupid about being unsafe blah blah.
    that being said adorable

  64. hmm i don’t know about that dog expressing dominance… when i was a little toddler our dog butch was a bit like that to me. my parents and grandparents told me about this time when a mean scary dog was coming into our yard while i was playing, and butch came to the rescue and stood in front of me and growled and growled till the dog got scared and ran away.. he was protecting me!

  65. Why would you let a big dog like that practically sit on your very young baby? Someone should call child services. I like an adorable picture as much as anybody, but anyone who just goes “awwwwww” to a picture like this is a reality deprived psycho.

  66. Pictures do not always tell the whole story. There is nothing in this series of photos that suggest anyone was hurt or in distress.

    Now look at the abundance of cuteness! Look!

  67. Carolyn says:

    Anyone read Mutts, the comic strip?

    “Woofie WUVS baby!!”

  68. fawn lust says:

    since the person taking the photos (who i’m guessing is the parent) was like, RIGHT THERE, i’m pretty sure the baby was okay. that being said, i hate human babies, so if a cute dog wants to squish one, intentionally or not, i’m really all for it! cute overLOAD!

  69. BabyJune says:

    What’s with people saying we should “call child services” or DSS, or what have you? I sincerely hope you are being very sarcastic, having just finished shadowing a doc for pediatric psych.

    Extremely adorable photos with a very slim chance of harm don’t fall into their jurisdiction.

  70. AuntiMame, I do believe that disagreement is a space for dialogue and learning to occur. I agree that it’s perfectly okay for people to feel worried about the pictures. I kind of am, I’ll admit, but I also think that it’s okay for others not to be alarmed, and to trust that the owners/parents know their stuff better than we can. I kind of do.

    That said, folks using words like “reality-depraved psychos” are doing just as much beating down, and are not interested in anyone’s opinion, dialogue, or learning. Maybe they don’t deserve to get beaten down back, but I’m not compelled to relate to or learn from someone who calls me names. Can we agree to disagree without all that?

    I’m glad we love children enough to worry for them, but can’t we respect each other too?

  71. AuntieMame says:

    Respect is really all I’m asking for. It’s not even about what people have said here (or elsewhere). It’s the tone. The “I can’t believe how stupid you are for believing that” attitude. On both sides.

    It’s just disappointing to see these threads degenerating into put-down contests between posters.

  72. Maybe we’d all be best served by remembering that this is a place for reveling in the cute, NOT for comparing the sizes of our social awareness e-penises.

    Lighten up, *everyone*. Sit back, take a few deep breaths, snorgle the nearest cute thing on hand, whatever it takes to chill you out.

  73. Reality Check says:

    Lighten up, it’s just cuteoverload.

  74. lucky13 says:

    these pictures are absolutely fantastic!

    who is to say what is safe and unsafe? honestly, anything can happen at any moment doing everyday things, the situation was obviously controlled!!

    VERY CUTE, bravo!!

  75. I’m more worried about the dog then the baby, I remember a few years back, my baby cousin would rip out HANDFULS of fur from the poor (big) dog. The dog would whimper helplessly and everyone thought it’s so cute that the kid is ‘playing’ with the dog. I wish the dog would just fight back, give the kid a few nips and maybe then he’ll learn how to back off.
    On a side note, the dog couldn’t stand the baby anymore and ran out of the house one day…and never returned.
    Poor dog.

  76. reality deprived psycho here still thinking the pics are adorable.
    high 5′s to the family with the glow worm and the moose.

  77. That poor dog…

  78. I LOVE these pics! So cute! Big smooshy puppy and adorable, happy-looking kid. :)

  79. Also: Depraved psycopaths, UNITE!

  80. arbed0039 says:

    don’t anyone forget the meeting at my place tomorrow night

  81. hehe

  82. barking says:

    Ok Alysa, “e-penis” indeed! Happy mothers’ day y’all!

  83. Heh, my apologies. My social awareness e-penis is somewhat juvenile, and sometimes has a mind of it’s own. Lightening up will commence . . . now.

  84. “Does anyone know what kind of dog that is? He’s adorable!”

    It’s probably already up there somewhere but I think it’s a Neopolitan Mastiff.

    Fab, sweet photos. :-)

  85. Elizabeth says:

    Oooh, controversial cuteness.

  86. I looked at this pic early this morning and knew that there would be an uproar or posts over it. My opinion stays the same – cute, but dangerous – definitely wasn’t a good idea.

  87. ElfOwl, *M.A.* – Congratulations, smarty-pants!! Glad the intensity is over, you can relax and plan…well, if not for the rest of your life, at least for the summer!!

  88. “Babies smile when they pass gas, get tickled and get their diaper changed. They are not credible sources of information.”

    Somehow I think you’d still have read something into it if the kid had been crying… (9_9) :)

  89. falnfenix says:

    yep…i’m another reality deprived psycho.

    except i keep my children in bubbles so they can’t be hurted by anything. they bounce.

    yep.

    they sure do.

    *rolls eyes*

  90. Am I the only one who wondered about the title of the post? I wonder if step-moms and adoptive moms don’t consider themselves ‘real’ mom’s?

    And the pictures? My dogs are voice trained, and clicker trained. They stop in mid-air from a dead run if I say “Come back”. They are spoiled and overly adored. They are overly friendly and protective.

    But I would NEVER put my baby in a situation like this so-called cute picture.

  91. I love the last picture, very cute!

    That being said, it’s a very VERY dangerous situation that baby and dog are in. I’m very glad it turned out ok, but I definitely think it was QUITE a poor choice the parents made in letting this occur. Hopefully, it won’t happen again.

  92. For everyone whom is getting their panties in a bunch, think about what you’re saying. X_X

    As a past owner of two wonderful English Mastiffs, I know the breed can be somewhat clumsy, but they are the GENTLEST things ever. EVER. At times, bunnies can be more terrifying.

    ((I wouldn’t honestly, put a baby that young (5 months, I’m guessing) with anything bigger than 10 lbs unless I was with the child myself…but seeing as how the baby isn’t bloodied up dead in the pictures, I doubt the child is harmed.))

    Hell, the breeder we got our male from… one of his dames let young children into the puppy pile. XD That’s how good of dogs these breeds are.

  93. Ok, if anything had happened to this baby, we all would have heard about it on the nightly news of your choice, so it is safe to say, all is well in Dogville/Babyville. Also, a Neapolitan Mastiff is now a very popular dog due to the Harry Potter movies.

    And my 25 cents worth…there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. I stick to this premise, as from puppyhood, all dogs should be raised with love. Just as children are raised, or are supposed to be raised in loving homes. You know as well as I do, children aren’t always fortunate, which produces the products of society you see on the streets.

    It’s a cute series of pictures, good job Meg.

  94. wow. all this energy put into arguing about these pics and no one cares about africa.

  95. Thank you, Jan. Just what I was thinking. If something *had* happened to that baby, there would be no cute pictures here and we might not even know a thing about it. The baby is fine, the dog is fine. We got cute pictures out of an adorable encounter. I would trust mine and my childrens’ lives to a loyal dog, if I had kids. Or a dog.

  96. ahhhhh i cant stand some of you people!!!! Do you really think if the baby were injured afterwards the parents would post these pictures on cuteoverload. Be real here. Clearly the mommy or daddy trusted their pet doggy to do such a thing. Please please please stop being so uptight and pessimistic. Its really annoying and not………………..CUTE

  97. Cute picture but I have to agree with the “it’s scary” posse. Animals are unpredictable, even loving animals. Today my sweet kitty left long scratches on my boyfriend’s torso because he was startled by a loud noise. And children are unpredictable too. What if the baby pokes the dog in the eye or does something else that startles/frightens the dog? With a dog that size, just a nip could send the baby to the hospital for stitches.

  98. cute! naysayers, you all suck, and clearly didn’t grow up with a dog.

  99. It may be cute, and he may be a really friendly dog, but he could slip and crush the poor baby. And if the dog isn’t so friendly, he could decide to take a bite out of the baby. And friendly or not, you don’t want the dog thinking the baby is in need of protection, b/c then the dog WILL act dominant over the baby.

  100. ‘that looks dangerous, it makes me uncomfortable’

  101. a reader says:

    dogs and children do not bother me. dogs who are CLEARLY physically expressing dominance over a little BABY bother me. I love dogs, I grew up with them and I’m a dog person. The dog in the picture is cute but he is forcing his body on top of the baby’s for a reason. He’s not giving her a “hug.” Dogs don’t give hugs, they can’t emote like humans. He doesn’t think the baby is so cute that they’re going to lie around like pals. Dogs can’t do that! He is very clearly using his legs and his head to dominate the baby, and that is a warning sign. He may never attack the baby, and I hope he doesn’t. But I would be very careful.

  102. On one hand the baby and mastiff look adorable in the last pic, like sweet, slobbery siblings. On the other hand, a dog placing its paw over a person or animal is a gesture of dominance, so the meaning behind this seemingly innocent tableau somewhat spoils the cuteness of the picture for me. I also can’t understand how the parents could allow such a large dog to press down on such a fragile little creature, whether the gesture is playful or loving or whatnot. Accidents happen and parents sometimes take it for granted that their pets aren’t always cognizant of their potential to accidentally harm people. It is unnervingly common for people to anthropomorphize their fur babies.

    I also own a large dog, a sweetheart of a girl, but she can get very physical when she’s excited. I have been scratched up and chomped a little too hard when roughousing with her. She sometimes forgets that I’m not a fellow canine! All dogs are prone to such forgetfulness because instinctually they are not human, they don’t have our ability to reason, and that is when accidents happen.

    Putting aside the precariousness of the pics, baby and dog make a photogenic pair =)

  103. Lick My Pickles says:

    Wots done is done… it really doesnt need a full page essay on it, repeating wot is in the pic lol lol

  104. Such a great set of images.

    http://bonopeppers.blogspot.com

  105. amberbliss says:

    They’re cute photos…..BUT even a friendly dog can hurt an infant. Playing rough and such. I don’t know if i would risk that…so that’s my vote.

  106. Bioflux says:

    I’m no dog expert or anything and havent’t read every single post here but. . . this is just so UNCUTE to my eyes. Seems horribly irresponsible to let a huge dog like that wallow on your baby. It’s mouth is as big as the baby’s face for cryin’ out loud. It just seems scary to me. Yikes.

  107. Tony James says:

    Dogs…bleugh. Can we have an All Kitten Monday? Please?

  108. Or perhaps more bunnies?

    l_l
    *¡*
    ( )
    ” “

  109. While you shmucks are worried about a baby crushing/eating dog there are 13 year old females suffering genital mutilation in several countries overseas. Please save your finger-typing energy for a cause that’s really important instead of spouting quite possibly the most useless comments ever published on the internet. My God.

  110. Not cute, just scary. Poor baby with idiotic parents.

  111. I asked Cesar Milan about it and he says it’s coo’. He just doesn’t know how to rehabilitate people who leave unbelievably stupid comments with their amazingly valuable parental safety advise.

  112. As for the dominance issue with the paw over the baby, I think those pix were posed, but that was just my impression.

    And for those who think we’re morons for discussing here, well, I find I can change the world all the more and all the better if I take a little break every now and then to talk about cute animals. Those also happen to be things I care about, and here is where I can talk about them. I’ll go talk about the truly horrible violation of human rights overseas (AND AT HOME) somewhere else, but don’t expect it from me here. 24/7 activism is for stronger folk than I. Mea culpa.

  113. Some of you are talking like this is a cage match. The dog is obviously full-grown and the baby is definitely a few months old. This is a common occurence. And, no, dogs don’t “hug” but they will drape their forepaws on someone they trust/like.

  114. “Babies smile when they pass gas, get tickled and get their diaper changed. They are not credible sources of information.”

    HAHAHA youuu don’t enjoy any of those??? I’d say babies are the perfect judges to know what’s pleasurable.. doesn’t mean I like them any better though.. hehe. By the way, speaking as the supreme voice of authority in the world of forum, these pictures are CUTE, now give me some snorgable delicious scrumptious anerable kitty-pies!!

  115. so, I think more people need to read Marley and Me. No dog owner in their right mind would put their dog with their child unless they implicitly trusted the dog. I think some people need to go find that special dog, that one, that magical creature that you would put your life into his or her paws. Then you’ll understand. I *get* all the dog behaviorism out there, but I think you are forgetting they are a higher brained creature, they may not be able to emote like we do, but they *get* a lot more than people give them credit for. I have the biggest, dumbest, dopiest chocolate lab ever, but I’m telling you, whenever I’m really down, he finds me and knows just what to do.

  116. just to emphasize….

    READ MARLEY AND ME

  117. for cryin out loud, donya s tell us what u think!!!!

  118. AuntieMame says:

    Well, obviously everything I said went in one ear and out the other…

    Is it even possible, people, to disagree without being so disagreeable about it?

    “Stupid”? “Shmucks”? “You all suck”?!?

    Nice…

  119. Some people just live for flame wars, I guess… but they’re better off when pursued elsewhere.

  120. Cats rule, dogs drool says:

    Our beloved old Black Lab, Digger (cuz he liked to dig), had bad hips and was in a lot of pain in his advanced age. A small child fell right on his hindquarters while he was sleeping. He whipped around and had that kid’s head in his jaw when he stopped and realized what he was doing. Not a scratch on the toddler and he limped off to safer environs.
    Our Dalmation, however, was not to be trusted with children of any age in any situation at any stage of his life.
    Yes, they are animals and therefore not encumbered by the thought process (which could also be said for many people I know…). But some behavior can be predictable in controlled environments. That said, bring on more kitties! And cows! Where are the cows? (I’ll get you some pics next time I’m home on the farm.)

  121. YES. COWS.

    *ahem*

    I’m a shmuck!

  122. chelsea says:

    I almost peed myself from laughing so hard at the second caption and photo:
    Dog: [Thinking] Feels cushiony!
    Baby: “Malllgh!”

    Oh, babies. Mastiffs happen to be my favorites. I want to snorgle them both. And here, both seem happy (despite the fact the dog may think, in some strange way, the baby is a squeaky toy. But I seriously doubt that).
    Yay for happy animals.

    aw.

  123. I didn’t mean to imply that dogs are stupid animals that have no control over their thought processes. I’m sorry if my post came across that way. I love my girl dearly, even when she forgets her own strength, and would never question her powers of intelligence. She can, and does, recognize appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Born to be an alpha, sigh, she sometimes tests her boundaries and I have to assert *my* alphaness. I’ve grabbed her by the scruff to get her attention and she has subsequently whipped her head around to nip me, then stopped in midair when it occured to her whom she was about to bite.

    I only meant to emphasize their pack mentality, which is highly competitive, and how their size and playfulness can sometimes lead to accidents.

    The third and fourth pictures do look like they could’ve been posed =)

  124. (Last picture especiallly):

    Apologies to Carol Burnett, save for the last line, in which MAJOR apologies are given to Voltaire:

    “I’m so glad we had this time together
    Big Sloppy Snorgles
    Can Never Last Too Long
    A sunny day, a comfy blankie
    And a friendly mastiff
    Makes this the best
    Of all possible lawns.”

  125. Ponygirl says:

    I hate to put any cents into this already overflowing (tempest) teapot, but I have been swimming all day and I am too grumpy to stop myself.

    Dogs are pack animals. They are wolves in flashy clothing. In a wolf pack only the alpha female has cubs (Babies) and the whole pack of lesser females and males become caretakers of these cubs. It takes a pack to raise a pup.
    .
    It is because of this genetic predisposition to group child-rearing, and caring for children not directly descended from the individual, that leads dogs to be excellent foster parents for a wide range of pups and other animals (a sight that can be witnessed often on this very website.)

    Now I will agree that a human baby is a completely different shape than a puppy, more prone to puncturing by sharp teeth, and not nearly as fuzzy and cute, but a properly socialized dog who is firmly entrenched in your household pack will respond to your child as any lesser wolf would, by “caring” for it. I’m not saying that I would leave my baby with “Carl” while I go to work but in this case: The dingo does not have this baby.

  126. If all dogs firmly entrenched in their packs cared for babies, there wouldn’t be cases of “sweet and loving” family dogs attacking or otherwise harming the children. It happens. Get over it.

  127. You have it a little backwards. The alpha male makes sure nobody mates with the alpha female but him, and the alpha female controlls the rest of the breeding. Most of the time, she will either prevent the breeding, or just raise the cubs. Usually nothing too bad happens to them (unlike in lion prides), but the alpha will disipline the omega female if she catches her with her cubs. Though you’re otherwise quite right. And it’s a really cool thing.

    Also…most times, a dog is provoced into defending itself from a child who is being careless, like yanking out chunks of hair or worse. However, just like with humans…there are sociopaths (in the wild, these become lone wolves). Can we get back to the cute, please?

  128. I do hope that all of the people who consider these photos to be evidence of daredevil, foolish, risk-taking parents never put their own children in a swimming pool or car.

    Per the CDC, the #1 cause of death of children aged 0-3 is “unintentional injury”, of which fully 50% are drowning (#1) and car accidents (#2). Animal attacks don’t even chart. If you don’t believe me, look it up:

    http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10.html

    Self-important busybodies should spend a little less time worrying about other people’s pets, and more time checking their rearview mirrors before backing up their minivans.

    And those pictures? Cute.

  129. Dr. Memory: I do believe that you are in some way awesome. :D

    And yes, Mastiffs are pretty. I hope to meet one one day.

  130. I think Meg’s comments summed the series up perfectly: “HOLY MUFFLEPUFF!” And as she said, the parents are clearly insane. But the last picture is just adorable. I personally am not too worried about that particular baby, but I think I would have stepped in at the second picture and reminded the dog to be gentle.

    If the middle two pictures were cut out or the dog was small I don’t think there’d be so much concern; dogs can be perfect “nursemaids” (my family had an outstandingly protective and gentle dog and she’s beside me in tons of baby pictures) but there’s a gut reaction to worry about a baby getting squished when it’s got a very heavy object on top of it.

  131. I’ve known dogs who were fiercely protective of their baby/toddler family members, but I STILL can’t see trusting a HUGE damn beast with a fragile infant.

    It’s not a matter of whether the dog is defending or dominating the baby, it’s about the damn physicality– one innocent move and a fragile abdomen is sat on, or a chest is compressed, or a windpipe is crushed… no malice intended. Dogs may love and defend their “babies,” but they don’t know from the damage they themselves can inadvertently inflict.

    (More’s the pity for the babies AND the doggies…)

    Now, I’m sure the parents of this adorable baby and fabulous doggy are responsible and vigilant, but I think I speak for many concerned CO members when I say that this photo series inspires as many shrieks of dismay as it does chuckles of appreciation.

  132. planetsaver says:

    I’d just like to say that somewhere right now in the world a house is burning down and you are LETTING IT HAPPEN. Clearly 100% of your energy has been devoted to website comments and you are a burden to the ecosystem.

    Meanwhile, I am tirelessly trolling the photo comments section of novelty blogs, making sure to remind people to feel bad, so they don’t start thinking it’s okay to look at cute things or make remarks that don’t directly lead to the curing of disease.

  133. that's gross! says:

    Aren’t we all the little dog behavioural experts?!! Dog behaviour aside, isn’t it funny how people protect their babies from harmful things like cigarette smoke but are ok with them rolling around with a big ball of germs and parasites? I’d be more afraid of that thing licking my baby than biting it. I say we have a cats-only day to cool off from all this controversy!

  134. that's gross! says:

    Aren’t we all the little dog behavioural experts?!! Dog behaviour aside, isn’t it funny how people protect their babies from harmful things like cigarette smoke but are ok with them rolling around with a big ball of germs and parasites? I’d be more afraid of that thing licking my baby than biting it. I say we have a cats-only day to cool off from all this controversy!

  135. that's gross! says:

    Aren’t we all the little dog behavioural experts?!! Dog behaviour aside, isn’t it funny how people protect their babies from harmful things like cigarette smoke but are ok with them rolling around with a big ball of germs and parasites? I’d be more afraid of that thing licking my baby than biting it. I say we have a cats-only day to cool off from all this controversy!

  136. that's gross! says:

    Aren’t we all the little dog behavioural experts?!! Dog behaviour aside, isn’t it funny how people protect their babies from harmful things like cigarette smoke but are ok with them rolling around with a big ball of germs and parasites? I’d be more afraid of that thing licking my baby than biting it. I say we have a cats-only day to cool off from all this controversy!

  137. that's gross! says:

    Aren’t we all the little dog behavioural experts?!! Dog behaviour aside, isn’t it funny how people protect their babies from harmful things like cigarette smoke but are ok with them rolling around with a big ball of germs and parasites? I’d be more afraid of that thing licking my baby than biting it. I say we have a cats-only day to cool off from all this controversy!

  138. that's gross! says:

    Aren’t we all the little dog behavioural experts?!! Dog behaviour aside, isn’t it funny how people protect their babies from harmful things like cigarette smoke but are ok with them rolling around with a big ball of germs and parasites? I’d be more afraid of that thing licking my baby than biting it. I say we have a cats-only day to cool off from all this controversy!

  139. jenni joon says:

    Donya S – kudos to you and your most awesomest pupper AND baby! Gorgeous & don’t listen to the whack jobs above re: child services, etc. And Meg – second kudos for putting up! Made my day to see these pics. I can’t help but let you know. Blog onward, ye merry cuteness-finders.

  140. ADORABLE.

    Alt, etc: Get over yourselves. It’s a picture on a website that makes us all happy by posting pictures of situations that can be interpreted as cute. Please stop wrecking it with your behavioral science theories – they belong on a different website. Dogs also don’t think things like “looks cushiony,” but why aren’t you arguing that?

  141. Lick My Pickles says:

    I totally agree Kate ;)

  142. Villeline says:

    Dogs recognize things small and in need of protection – they have babies a lot tinier and weaker than human babies, after all, so stop being worried.

    And, should everybody be as worried about germs as the person two posts up, we’d be a dead species in a few generations.

    I know a girl who was babysat by a horse.

  143. I would never lay on my baby like that dog is, nor would I allow anyone else, full grown adult or older child OR VERY LARGE DOG lay on my baby like that.

    My dog eats cat poop and I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one. I would never allow my children anywhere near my dogs mouth. It’s too disgusting to even comtemplate.

    And, as for this “And nothing that an adult human does can establish the “dominance” of the baby,” that’s not exactly true. There are quite a few things a parent can do to make it clear that the baby comes before the dog in the hierarchy of the family “pack.”

  144. chemchem says:

    man, i can’t believe you guys. why get so het up over a bunch of pictures? this is what ruins cuteoverload – the amount of pretentious idiots who have to pick out every little stupid detail of a picture. just frigging enjoy it or shut the hell up.

  145. yousuck.com says:

    squished baby ^_^

  146. ohhh word says:

    maaaaaaan, your dog eats crap? dawg, that’s straight up nast-aaay

  147. The 2nd pictures scares me something bad but the last one is so super cute.
    The baby looks really happy.

  148. good grief, it’s a series of cute pics of a baby with a puppy… all the over-protective, busy-body old biddies need to just mind your own f*ing business. if people want to let their kids and pets interact (heaven forbid!), it is their own business. everything in life is a risk, if you take out the risk, you take the enjoyment out of life.

    this situation appears to have worked out just fine, and just think of how cherished these pictures must be for this family. that last picture is just adorable!

  149. juliette says:

    “Maybe we’d all be best served by remembering that this is a place for reveling in the cute, NOT for comparing the sizes of our social awareness e-penises.”

    HEE HEE! so true. great way to put it. :) :)

  150. I think these parents are asking for trouble. Would they let an older sibling lay across the baby in that fashion? Would they let the baby near a book shelf that is teetering and could crush them? There has to be limits set by animal owners and baby “owners”. This may be seen as cute by some but it is really a precarious situation.

  151. juliette says:

    ps. doggie mouths = far cleaner than nasty human mouths, so if your doggie has to be kept from kissing your baby, you best keep your disgusting germy mouth away from it too. filthy humans! (invader zim, anyone? anyone? bueller?)

  152. Geez Louise folks…
    You weren’t there during the picture taking. You don’t know this family. You don’t know this dog. You don’t know the circumstances. And, most importantly, you DON’T KNOW DOGS.
    I think this is heartwarming. And yeah, I DO know dogs, having lived with them since babyhood, and having worked with shelter dogs for 20 years.

  153. Juliette, very true about the germs in human mouths vs. dog mouths.

  154. “this dog is expressing dominance”

    too all who have said this – do you have a degree in animal behaviour?

    i think not.

    so stop talking about things that you know nothing about.

  155. Polymer Jones says:

    Maybe we should be more worried about keeping babies safe from their parents than from their puppies.

    Check out these facts:

    http://www.leerburg.com/dogs-babies.htm

  156. Excellent website, Polymer Jones!

  157. This is freaky. Reminds me of of an incident where this “loyal” dog/pet of 12 years attacked and almost killed its owner all of a sudden.

  158. DirtyMaggieMae says:

    “Lighten up, it’s just cuteoverload.” Um, no. That’s a real baby, it’s not some cartoon someone drew for a website. Yes, obviously the baby didn’t get hurt, but he/she might the next time this happens. Just because a dog has a gentle temperament, which everyone keeps insisting, doesn’t mean it couldn’t hurt a baby by accident.

    “Per the CDC, the #1 cause of death of children aged 0-3 is “unintentional injury”, of which fully 50% are drowning (#1) and car accidents (#2). Animal attacks don’t even chart.” That statistic may be true, but it’s completely irrelevent. Babies being thrown into volcanoes doesn’t make the chart either, that doesn’t mean volcanoes are less dangerous than swimming pools. Most children ride in cars or swim MUCH more often than they have dogs ten times their size on top of them. That’s all the statistic reflects.

  159. I love the name-calling. Personally, I’d much rather be called all of them, cause I know damn well my kid won’t get layed on by a dog this size. So when you come back and say,”Oh..I never saw it coming!” You can look back to these thread and realize..”Oh wait, I did. I just refused to listen!”

    I’d must rather be called paranoid than stupid.

    THIS IS NOT A SAFE SITUATION.

    Period. End of story.

  160. First of all, I grew up with big huge dogs and they never even came close to hurting me. Let’s just assume that this dog owner knows their dog and cares even more about their baby’s well-being than we do.

    Secondly, that is THE CUTEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!

  161. Actually GOD (interesting choice of “name”) it’s not the same people saying the same thing, it’s a whole lot of different people saying the same thing.

    Some people think it’s adorable, some people find it a little frightening. Just like you, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    If it bugs you so much, stop reading. Pretty simple solution, really.

  162. Ponygirl says:

    I think its really cute

  163. That dog is the size of a human. Would the parents lay on the baby? “Cute” and “sweet” stops at child endangerment. This is how bad things happen and the DOG gets blamed, not the humans at fault.

  164. Courtney says:

    Oh my god, I am totally shocked at these pictures!! I love this site, but come on, if this is not child endangerment I don’t know what is. These parents were insane to let this dog do this. One wrong move and the baby would have been crushed to death.

  165. STFU, ALL OF YOU! We get it, you are disturbed by the pictures! GET OVER IT! How many more times can you say “oh my gawd, these pics are so horrible! These parents are awwwful!!!” MOVE THE HELL ON. I love how every single person in this thread is either 1) a perfect parent, 2) an animal behavior expert or 3) both.

    Whatever.

  166. These comments are implying that people are limited to having just a baby, or just an adorable dog, but not both together. And I’m sorry, you can’t kick a beloved family animal to the curb just because you now have a little drooling mess of a baby on your hands. As a member of the family, the dog is just as entitled to interact with the baby as an older sibling would be. Personally, I would trust a dog more — just think of the things a foolish three-year-old or a careless eight-year-old could do to their younger brothers (getting a concussion from being repeatedly knocked on the head with large action figures, anyone?)!

  167. mariser says:

    GOD!,

    golf clap.

    thank you.

  168. “……a puppy can be even more fragile than an infant.”

    Puppies get crushed by parents too. It’s not rare either.

  169. Yipes! The commentroversy is still on – who’d ‘a thunk.

  170. “GOD”, I believe this comment section is for comments? The good, bad and ugly.

  171. Yes, the comments section is for comments (thanks for clearing that up, L)…but not the same thing over and over and over and over and over. Nothing new is being added, just the same people going on and on about how they’d NEVER EVER do anything like this because they are just SO perfect and NEVE EVER make any bad judgement calls.

    Please, Meg…post some pictures of kittens or frogs or bees. ANYTHING! Just don’t ever make the mistake of putting a pic of a baby on here again, because out come the pitchforks!

  172. Oh, bees would be controversial, too…”How dare you put up pictures of insects that are so fatal to so many humans? Just looking at it makes me want to pull out my EpiPen!”

    And I’m really surprised that we don’t see more comments of the “Oh, the photographer is so unwise to get so close to the animal…think of the rabies!!!”

  173. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD says:

    if you do-gooders (Emma, Courtney, DirtyMaggieMae) don’t shut your filthy mouths, i will personally come around to your house and fart on your balls.

  174. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD says:

    And Action, you’re paranoid AND stupid, so nothing to worry about there

  175. L — and the infuriatingly redundant?

    I’m with ‘GOD’ on this one.

    And, just my own 2 cents because I haven’t actually seen this pointed out — from my point of view, it’s possible that the dog isn’t actually putting his weight on the kid in pic #2. My dog sits down like that, and the weight is still held up by her front legs and neck until she sits all the way down. Maybe he just “gathered” the kid and sat down, instead of all this “crushing” action you guys are talking about?

    And where were all you people when they posted huge-dog-licking-tiny-kitten pictures?

  176. And GOD (interesting choice of “name” BTW), you’re just downright nasty.

    And FWIW, it’s not the same people saying the same thing, it’s a whole lot of different people saying the same thing. Some think it’s adorable. Some find it a little frightening. Like you, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    And if you don’t like what people are saying, there’s a really simple solution. It’s called walking away from your computer and not reading it anymore. Try it some time.

  177. Love Dogs says:

    “Maybe we should be more worried about keeping babies safe from their parents than from their puppies.” /quote

    We’ll start with keeping this baby safe from her parents.

  178. Scale the baby up to adult size and likewise the dog. Would you care to sit underneath an animal that size, with correspondingly large teeth and powerful jaw?

  179. Babies aren’t cute.

  180. Wow. People. Get a grip.
    Dogs crush and eat babies ALL THE TIME. It’s no big whoop- just the circle of life.

  181. I love this site, but those photos are frightening. Whoever put that child in such a dangerous situation is incredibly irresponsible and should have that baby taken away from them. That dog is a dog. Sweet dog or not, domesticated or wild, animals are not to be trusted around helpless children. Unreal. What the hell were you thinking?

  182. Love Dogs, and the rest of the “child services” contingent –

    I understand where you’re coming from, really, but… we have no real reason to believe that the parents are anything but normal average parents here. I’m honestly kind of appalled that so many people are making comments about the parents and taking the child away from them and whatnot, because that is seriously one of the most insulting, hurtful, and mindbogglingly rude things you can possibly say to or about a parent… and I really hope they aren’t reading this, I’d like to apologize for the extreme rudeness if they are (if that helps at all).

  183. Someone Annoyed says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD : I’d love to see you at my house, for or as dinner is the question. We can swap real email addies?

  184. GOD: I’m actually
    4) An idiot with a bog mouth.

  185. Big! I meant BIG!

  186. sing-song:

    *there’s a new post! cute little AIM icons!*

  187. oh. my. GAWD, that is cute!

  188. LOL.

    And the “I can’t believe these pics! This is horrible!” comments are STILL coming. This is actually rather fun now.

    How long before the next person stops by and demands heads of these parents on a silver platter? Bets, anyone?

    Oh and Angie, you are right. Bees WOULD be too controversial. Hmmm..maybe some nice photos of mealworms?

  189. Mealworms sounds pretty safe…

  190. I ate mealworms yesterday. Dried, crunchy BBQ-flavoured mealworms.

    No joke.

    They weren’t as good as the bacon-and-cheese crickets, tho.

  191. blahblah says:

    Delia and Wendy – piss off and take your self-important drivel with you.

  192. you IDIOTS! the baby is more of a danger to the dog!

  193. Someone notes “it depends on the owner.” Don’t forget. A dog is a dog, no matter how much a part of the family. Dog behavior is simply that – dog behavior. They will eat your pet tortoise, hold a child down by the neck with their teeth, and all sorts of possible terrible behaviors… that are perfectly normal dog beaviors. I agree with the above posting, it sets a dangerous precedent.

  194. lolz.

  195. *big mouth opens while rest of body watches on helplessly*

    …how, praytell, would a dog eat a tortoise? I don’t think even a pittie (which wouldn’t anyway) has a strong enough jaw for that. Also, both dogs and humans are affected behavior-wise by their upbringing-

    *chases mouth about with a cardboard tube* You stop that!

  196. I’m disgusted by all the posters here who would encourage this kind of behavior. Dogs should not be given this much credit just because they haven’t yet bitten the head off a small child. I love dogs; my favorite animals in the world, big or small. But they are not rational, they are reactionary. They are NOT people!!! I agree that those who are talking about these pics as if they were a cute basket of sleeping kitties need to have their heads examined. And I sure hope some branch of child services investigates these impossibly stupid parents. Jesus. Those pics are not cute, and this is the most irresponsible thing this website could encourage. All it takes is one idiotic parent to try the same thing with the wrong animal, and a child dies. No doubt, it IS this serious.

  197. My friend’s dog just killed her tortoise. It was small, like a toy. The dog thought it was fun to play with. Crushed the shell.

    My childhood dog found a rat in the yard. Swallowed it in one bite. My good friend’s dog was in heat, and her other dog mauled her mother for keeping him away from the female dog.

    I’m not trying to be a downer. I’m merely supporting the point of view that you can’t assume a dog that licks your face and knows that you’re the boss is going to feel the same way about a 20lb helpless baby or small pet. Dogs live by pecking order, and make smaller animals “submit.” Watch a dog with its puppy – it will hold it down, by the neck, until it stops moving. This is how it inadvertantly kills a baby… they’re not built for that.

  198. I know tons of irrational people, though…and it’s best not to dehumanize reactionary behavior here; you’ll upset all the protestors.

  199. lolz.

  200. lauowolf says:

    By the way re the whole babies not smiling, it’s just gas thing.
    That is SOOOO outdated.
    Babies smile because they are happy.
    They recognize their moms almost immediately.
    (LOTS of studies on this).
    Which is to say, the kid is pretty much okay with all this.
    For what it’s worth.
    I might not do it myself, though, but I’m not a dog person.
    My baby slept with the cats.

  201. And yes, I do have a degree in animal behavior. If you have worked with dogs 20 years… then you see how they respond to an alpha adult. Have you ever had to separate two dogs? why? were they fighting for… dominance?

    The picture is “sweet” because it’s the family dog, showing affection for the baby. Wonderful. One second later, the dog could decide he likes this new, warm play toy soooo much, he’s going to pick it up, and carry it back to his doghouse. Mouth on neck, (where, incidentally, there’s no scruff on humans, I hear) snaps spine, crushes skull. I’m not saying dogs are VIOLENT!! i’m saying their nature is not human nature.

    I believe they cover this in “Good dog Bad dog,” so if you don’t have a degree, you can at least read up on not assuming your pet thinks like you do.

  202. something says:

    can someone just freeze this so we can stop the stupid, pretentious bickering?

    wow, you have a degree in animal behavior? BIG FUCKING WHOOP. NEWSFLASH: NOBODY GIVES A SHIT.

  203. Ya’ll should read “Marley & Me” for baby/dog fright and resolution. It IS based on each individual dog. Heck, people used to be convinced you couldn’t leave a baby alone w/ a cat ’cause the cat would sit on the baby to kill it…on purpose. We know this is dumb. It’s cute. Deal.

  204. I happen to think shmucks is a perfect acceptable and tolerant way to describe morons, Auntimane. Ya shmuck.

  205. I just want to end this terrible debate. Having my head eaten by an adorable mastiff was quite possibly the most traumatic event of my life. However, without a head, I feel as thought I’ve developed a new awareness. A sixth sense, if you will (although, without a head, I have no sense to speak of).

    Regardless, you’re concerns about rabid head-eating dogs are correct. I have never managed to recover from my mastiff accident and have only recently managed to face the cruel pooch who stole my cranium. But, let me shed light on both sides of the story that despite being decapitated, it was all unbelievably cute and my parents have several photos of the event.

    I hope that my personal account of triumph over handicap has inspired everyone to stop arguing over what shall remain a sensitive subject.

    Thank you,
    Sherman the Headless Shmuck

  206. I just want to end this terrible debate. Having my head eaten by an adorable mastiff was quite possibly the most traumatic event of my life. However, without a head, I feel as thought I’ve developed a new awareness. A sixth sense, if you will (although, without a head, I have no sense to speak of).

    Regardless, you’re concerns about rabid head-eating dogs are correct. I have never managed to recover from my mastiff accident and have only recently managed to face the cruel pooch who stole my cranium. But, let me shed light on both sides of the story that despite being decapitated, it was all unbelievably cute and my parents have several photos of the event.

    I hope that my personal account of triumph over handicap has inspired everyone to stop arguing over what shall remain a sensitive subject.

    Thank you,
    Sherman the Headless Shmuck

  207. I just want to end this terrible debate. Having my head eaten by an adorable mastiff was quite possibly the most traumatic event of my life. However, without a head, I feel as thought I’ve developed a new awareness. A sixth sense, if you will (although, without a head, I have no sense to speak of).

    Regardless, you’re concerns about rabid head-eating dogs are correct. I have never managed to recover from my mastiff accident and have only recently managed to face the cruel pooch who stole my cranium. But, let me shed light on both sides of the story that despite being decapitated, it was all unbelievably cute and my parents have several photos of the event.

    I hope that my personal account of triumph over handicap has inspired everyone to stop arguing over what shall remain a sensitive subject.

    Thank you,
    Sherman the Headless Shmuck

  208. I just want to end this terrible debate. Having my head eaten by an adorable mastiff was quite possibly the most traumatic event of my life. However, without a head, I feel as thought I’ve developed a new awareness. A sixth sense, if you will (although, without a head, I have no sense to speak of).

    Regardless, you’re concerns about rabid head-eating dogs are correct. I have never managed to recover from my mastiff accident and have only recently managed to face the cruel pooch who stole my cranium. But, let me shed light on both sides of the story that despite being decapitated, it was all unbelievably cute and my parents have several photos of the event.

    I hope that my personal account of triumph over handicap has inspired everyone to stop arguing over what shall remain a sensitive subject.

    Thank you,
    Sherman the Headless Shmuck

  209. I just want to end this terrible debate. Having my head eaten by an adorable mastiff was quite possibly the most traumatic event of my life. However, without a head, I feel as thought I’ve developed a new awareness. A sixth sense, if you will (although, without a head, I have no sense to speak of).

    Regardless, you’re concerns about rabid head-eating dogs are correct. I have never managed to recover from my mastiff accident and have only recently managed to face the cruel pooch who stole my cranium. But, let me shed light on both sides of the story that despite being decapitated, it was all unbelievably cute and my parents have several photos of the event.

    I hope that my personal account of triumph over handicap has inspired everyone to stop arguing over what shall remain a sensitive subject.

    Thank you,
    Sherman the Headless Shmuck

  210. I just want to end this terrible debate. Having my head eaten by an adorable mastiff was quite possibly the most traumatic event of my life. However, without a head, I feel as thought I’ve developed a new awareness. A sixth sense, if you will (although, without a head, I have no sense to speak of).

    Regardless, you’re concerns about rabid head-eating dogs are correct. I have never managed to recover from my mastiff accident and have only recently managed to face the cruel pooch who stole my cranium. But, let me shed light on both sides of the story that despite being decapitated, it was all unbelievably cute and my parents have several photos of the event.

    I hope that my personal account of triumph over handicap has inspired everyone to stop arguing over what shall remain a sensitive subject.

    Thank you,
    Sherman the Headless Shmuck

  211. The next time a human infant attacks and mauls a dog to death, then I’ll believe that babies are more dangerous to dogs than the other way around.

  212. What if Lassie was eating that baby’s head? Would you sissies be making a huge stink about it then? I think NOT!

    Besides, no one has thought about what the baby thinks yet. Maybe the baby asked the dog to end his little baby life. It’s called ASSISTED SUICIDE! LOOK IT UP!

  213. I like the photos but I don’t think the people expressing concern about babies’ safety around dogs are “idiots”. Unfortunately things like that do happen and it’s absolutely right to express concern about it. But both sides oughtta hold off on the name-calling – trust me, no one is going to change their opinion just because you called them a moron. ;-)

  214. adorababy says:

    my cat’s breath smells like catfood

  215. That’s enough. Aunts are no longer allowed to leave comments! ESPECIALLY AUNTIE EM, the whore! Always ruining the fun for Dorothy!

  216. I think what disturbs me most about this post are not the pictures but people’s reactions.

    It devolved from simple disagreements (“That’s cute.” “Cute, but dangerous.” “That’s dangerous.”) to namecalling.

    Agree to disagree like mature adults.

    And to Helene, thanks for the input.

  217. Hmmwha? says:

    Aunts shouldn’t have access to blogs.

  218. lauowolf the baby is okay with it? does the baby have a choice? does the baby know one false move could mean extreme discomfort at best and at worst death? no! does the parent? yes and therefore should be held accountable. this is endangerment. the baby’s safety is at risk. i challenge all the ‘it’s adorable’ people to have a nearly 200 pound animal or person make a false step on you or better yet jump on you. tell me it’s not a problem. afterwards tell me how you think it would feel if you weren’t an adult and instead a baby? the owner is teaching the dog unacceptable behavior and when the dog does mess up it will be the put to sleep. is it worth it?

  219. OMG that is the cutest ever! I can so see my bullmastiff doing that!

  220. adorababy says:

    when did CO get overrun by ‘concerned’ tsk-tskers?? Many contributors seem to be anxious to tell the photographers and the rest of us what to do. I wonder why? Are they really trying to prevent harm to babies and pets and ferals and stuff? Or are they simply most comfortable being proscriptive tsk-tskers? I hope they find another site to disapprove of soon…

  221. adorable photos. idiotic comments, but adorable photos.

  222. Seriously, adorababy.

    Have all the soccer moms of the world united here on CO? Go back to Oprah.com, PLEASE! Shouldn’t you be discussing her latest book club selection?

  223. (sigh) okay, if I can’t leave a comment as my alter ego Aunt Chrissy (above), how about my main ego as The Stooges Woman?

  224. Erica E. says:

    “The Squee heard ’round the world.” ???

    Theo, you are too much! rotfl!

  225. Erica E — thanks! Original Glossary announcement post is here, just in case…
    http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2006/04/what_are_they_t.html

    (Glad I saw this, as I’ve been avoiding the comments thread here almost completely)

  226. ALl the boo-hooers on this board, get a crying towel, then get over it.

    Get a real cause to get angry about – don’t waste all your indignation on this photo.

  227. It’s darwinism, plain and simple… if the parents are stupid enough to let the dog use their kid as a play toy, they dont deserve to procreate. If the dog is stupid enough to use the kid as a playtoy and is euthanized, the dog doesn’t deserve to procreate. It’s as simple as that. *grumps*

  228. ManekiNeko says:

    Babies, schmabies.

    I, for one, am horrified that Wendy LETS her dog eat cat poop! If you think it’s unsanitary to let your kids “anywhere near” your dog’s mouth, then what do you think the poop is doing to your poor doggie’s digestive system?

  229. Erica E. says:

    Theo,

    You are most welcome. :o)

    I know what you mean about this comment thread in particular. Sheesh!

    *Puts on hip-waders and slogs out of all the muck before it’s too late.*

  230. Heatherton says:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28496

    Yeah, cause, why worry about any other criteria than whether something makes you forget about real life for .5 seconds?

  231. My sister had a wonderful lab mix from the pound. Sweetest family dog.

    One day my nephew did something he didn’t like, and he turned around and bit my nephew in the face.

    My nephew has scars, and although he’s 13 now, he still has faint memories of being 2 years old rushed to the hospital. It took a split second. The dog was unaware he’d done anything wrong, he just turned and nipped the child for doing something unpleasant.

    All my nephew has is a scar. If people are going to get violent because people have urged warning… perhaps you have to have a loved one hurt to impress upon you the danger of the situation. That dog is making the child submit. The baby has limited movement. When the baby can walk, the same cute, cuddly, wonderful dog will have to try harder to get the child do submit. Dangerous precedent, indeed. The next time, the dog could puncture the child’d neck – and it doesn’t change that it’s a wonderful dog. But it’s careless to forget a dog’s nature, around smaller, helpless creatures like babies.

  232. Katherine says:

    It’s kind of hurtful hearing how people are talking about how a family dog could decapitate a child just because it’s TECHNICALLY possible. It’s happened a few times before because its POSSIBLE not PLAUSIBLE.

    I’m not disagreeing with the fact that the dog could accidentally hurt the child, but this dog here isn’t going to do it purposely. Dogs aren’t people. But they aren’t dumb, feral creatures. Think of lionesses tucking in their teeth when carrying around a cub.

  233. Christabean says:

    I don’t have any problem with the comments on here, though I disagree with many and feel some peoples’ tone could be more civil. This is a comments section, you’re MEANT to comment in it. I don’t know about the folks complaining about all the posts (who, incidentally, seem to be posting at least as much as anyone) but my browser is equipped with magical buttons and a scrollbar that allow me to choose what I read on the internet, and for how long. I don’t see how complaining “I don’t like what I’m seeing” is so much less worthy than complaining “I don’t like what I’m reading.” If you don’t like reading the opinions of others, DON’T READ THEM. Problem totally solved.

  234. “I do hope that all of the people who consider these photos to be evidence of daredevil, foolish, risk-taking parents never put their own children in a swimming pool or car.”

    I don’t think many people put their babies in a pool or car unattended. Taking pictures is not proper supervision. The owner and many of you need to read up on dog behavior.

    http://www.dogdoright.com/aggresive_dog_files_and_links/socially_dominant.htm

    Look up signs of dog dominance. Talk to trainers yourself.

  235. I can’t believe those people exposed their doggums to all those nasty baby germs.

    I think the huge giggly smile on the infant’s face is proof enough that it is in extreme pain and terror.

  236. For the Love of Dogs says:

    I have a Lab mutt, and he LOVES to do nearly the same thing to me – that lean and nearly lay – on my neck. He does it to cuddle, then flips over on his back, exposing his belly. Obviously not a dominance move.

  237. mrs robinson says:

    and here’s to you mrs. robinson

  238. Annonymous Coward says:

    Late to the party but wanted to post some quotes from a column by Jon Katz that ran in Slate in December:

    “The great majority of biting dogs belong to a family member or friend of the victim. When a young child is the victim, the attack almost always occurs in the family home, and the perpetrator is usually a “good” dog that had not previously behaved in a menacing way.”

    “According to the Humane Society, last year more than 800,000 people—more than half of them children—were bitten seriously enough to go to a hospital. More than a dozen bite victims die each year.”

    “The injury rates are highest among children, especially young boys. Adults tend to get bitten on the arms or legs; children, closer to the ground, are typically bitten on the face and neck, the CDC says.”

    More here: http://www.slate.com/id/2109937/

  239. its mothers day..everyone’s maternal instincts are fired up.

  240. Funny how the most immature and hostile posts here are by the it’s-perfectly-harmless-so-shut-up crowd. Says a lot, methinks.

  241. Helen Lovejoy says:

    Won’t someone PLEASE think of the children!!

  242. The Utah Resistance says:

    Of the two of them, the dog is less likely to vote Republican. So I’m rooting for the dog.

  243. OMG, I would never let my nearly 100 lb. dog romp with a young child, let alone a baby!! She would never intentionally harm a kid, but I could easily imagine her knocking the kid over or stepping on the kid by accident. She might make a grab for a toy and get the kid’s fingers by mistake.

    I can’t believe these parents would let a mastiff play with their baby! That second picture is particularly scary.

    I agree, someone should inform child services.

  244. Pollster says:

    I don’t know. The dog looks like a Republican to me. According to a recent poll, babies prefer donkeys to elephants because elephants are more likely to squuuuaaaaash them.

  245. “Funny how the most immature and hostile posts here are by the it’s-perfectly-harmless-so-shut-up crowd. Says a lot, methinks.”

    I’m not sure either side has an edge on the other for immaturity or hostility. No shortage on either side, from what I’ve seen here, but both sides are probably equally willing to graciously defer that honor to the other, MEthinks. ;-)

    That said, there are also many MATURE and CONSIDERATE postings here from both opposing sides, or rather, from the entire spectrum of opinions, since I wouldn’t say we’re *all* of us firmly in one camp or the other. I’m not. I hate polarizing complicated issues. Gray is my favorite color. :-P

  246. People pleeeeze obviously there was someone right there taking the pics and if they thought the baby was in trouble they would have moved it

    so just chill and absorb the cuteness

  247. Reality Check says:

    Yeah, well, there are a lot of ignoramus parents who do stupid, risky things with their kids. Brittany Spears… Michael Jackson… It’s not as if people become immune to stupidity when they procreate.

  248. Lick My Pickles says:

    round and round we go where the comments stop being repeated no one knows…

  249. DirtyMaggieMae says:

    “if they thought the baby was in trouble they would have moved it”

    But that’s the whole point. People have been saying over and over again that it usually happens with a normally good dog and you don’t see it coming – cases where the parents “didn’t think the baby was in trouble.”

  250. KITTEH! BUNNEH! HAMMIE! PUPPEH! OTTERZ! SKWERLS! PIGGEH! HEDGIE! RACCOON!

  251. Tee Hee says:

    ROFLMAO @ A Thinker’s post.

    *points in opposite direction of this thread* Look, a piggie!

    *notices that the sniping has carried over to other threads* :(

  252. Yes, Thinkie. I am now waiting for Swirls of Sqwerls. And no, that new flavor from Baskin Rabbits is not what I had in mind.

  253. copierguy says:

    Holy Cow!

    I was begining to think that these were bottomless comments.

    Any chance that someone has a larger copy of that last pic, I want to make it the wallpaper on my PC.

    (I’m sure that request will anger half the people who post in here. Good thing I don’t care what that half thinks)

  254. I’m the girl who had a horse for a nanny. He was much *MUCH* bigger than that pup.

  255. Don’t forget teh FREAKEH PLASSIC TURKLES!!!
    http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2006/03/tiny_crawly_des.html

  256. “SKWERLS!”

    A thinker, I see that your scruples are gone with the wind…

  257. Oh, I cannot spell it any other way, now.

    It’s just TOO cute ;-)

  258. Needs a “Z” at the end to really have attitude, though – SkWeRLZ.

  259. OH YEAH! *there* you go.

  260. Yes, it’s like KoWz, as opposed to yer plain old dairy cow.

    KoWz have attitude. KoWz are so street, yo!

  261. Whoa. Slightly R-rated skwerls, but yes.

  262. “KoWz” LOL

  263. Look at the internet police ruining all the fun.

    Those pictures are the cutest things ever! Keep up the awesome work CO!

  264. Ok, seriously, anyone who uses the word “methinks” on a regular basis deserves to be spanked with a spatula. Don’t be a douchebag, you’d never say “methinks” aloud or you’d be shot by your best friend. In the face.

    I cannot WAIT until this reaches 300 comments. EXCITEMENT!

  265. ArabLuvr says:

    To the previous poster re: horse nanny. You are comparing predators and prey animals. Accidents can happen with either one but there are very distinct differences in behavior and can’t be compared. The pictures are cute but not worth the risk. It doesn’t matter how loving the dog is it’s too heavy and a miss-step could prove fatal. The mother couldn’t stop that in time.

  266. Methinks PUNK is a douchebag.

  267. LOL, ‘Anon this, PUNK”.

    OK, OK, Everyone SIMMER DAHN NAH on the ‘call child protective services.’ comments. For crying out loud.