Search and ResQte

During the war in Afghanistan, three US marine soldiers took on a special mission: Rescue some of the war’s smallest and cutest victims. According to the blog Unique Scoop, two orphaned kittens have been shipped stateside to loving homes.

We salute you, anonymous sender-inner.

Comments

  1. soldiers with loving hearts are heroes! love ‘em!

  2. That’s SO sweet. Kudos to them!

  3. This is the best story! I love “tough guys” with kittens! sweet!

  4. Beautiful! >^.^<

  5. My ovaries just exploded. That’s a lot of cute at this hour of the morning. :)

  6. Hon Glad says:

    The second picture, I know that feeling. No animals go to war just stupid human beans.

  7. DewiCasgwent says:

    Do I detect teho’s influence effecting the military already? But I bet those soliders will never have to buy a drink or go without a date

  8. toffiffeezz says:

    *thud* ded from cuteness…

  9. mhairimusic says:

    I feel so sad that such obviously loving people are caught-up in this terrible war. Such lovely photos, thank you.

    I’m focusing on peace for the region and increasing amounts of renewable energy for the West.

  10. If only we could end wars with cute bombs…..

  11. adorable!

  12. another reason to love the US military

  13. Hon Glad says:

    The greatest thing, you’ll ever learn
    is to love and be loved in return.

  14. Ruh roh…Marines aren’t soldiers, as they will be the first to tell you. Marines are Marines!

  15. OMG Kittens! says:

    @ Dogma – YESSSS!! I agree.

    Now I must go clean up the rainbow barf cuz I esploded from teh kyoot

  16. Denim35802 says:

    Thank you Lord for providing our troops with love and cuddling from some of your precious creatures during the stress of war. God Bless them all.

  17. oooh…the kittehs are cute, but that marine is absolutely adorabuhls! have they found him a good home yet? I’d be happy to take him in.

  18. I haven’t commented in a long time but the combination of the cute kitten and the cute soldier pushed me over the edge. So glad the kitty is safe…I hope the soldier is, too!

  19. This is such a great story! Hope all are doing well!

    Please vote for our CUTE dachshund pup Lucy in this contest! PLEASE?!?! Cutest Puppy Contest!

  20. Elisha B. says:

    Don’t know which is cuter, the kittens or the Marine with the warm, smiley face! God Bless our men and women in uniform and God Bless the animals that make us feel closer to Him.

    Thank you Cuteoverload for making me cry tears of gratefulness……

  21. O NO He/She/It DI-unt says:

    @ HonGlad: :) :)

    (whose version do you most enjoy?
    N. K. Cole’s? or someone else’s??)

  22. BeckyMonster says:

    If there is not a Qties of 2011 Wall Calendar available for purchase this holiday season, I’m going to stop writing letters to Santa.

    AND, if that Marine (with kitten inset, natch) is not Mr. Nosevember, I will be forced to write a strongly worded letter to my congressman.

    Thank you, and PRETTY PLEASE!!

  23. Sorry, I can’t share your feelings. Cute kitten, the photos say a lot about human nature and its contradictions but I just can’t summon any fuzzy feelings about this.
    Someone commented “another reason to love the US military”. This makes zero sense to me.

  24. Hon Glad says:

    O No – Nat King Cole of course, the King.

  25. whiskers says:

    Oh. My. Gawd! I think my heart just melted and is leaking out through my eyes. What a lovely lovely person, and anerable kittehs!! *splort*

  26. Kathleen says:

    @Sorry, you put a sad in my rainbow.

  27. I don’t know who’s cuter, the soldier or the kitten!

  28. Heather and the Boston Terriers says:

    Powerful.

    A sincere thank you to the soldiers who saved these kittehs!

  29. I heard about this on Izismile! Its sooo sweet. Im glad the kitties are saved. :) My Dad used to be in the Navy :P

  30. cellarmouse says:

    we can’t save every stray in the world, but that’s no reason not to save the ones we can …

    @Kathleen – sweetness, there’s always a sad in a rainbow; but they still glow as warm as love…

  31. Katie Kat says:

    I’d hug that cutie pie soldier too! What a great story – thanks guys!

  32. omg! such a sweet story, I love it!!!

  33. tracylee says:

    in re hovertext,

    me either, kitteh… me either.

  34. Kimberly says:

    That second picture is pure joy.

  35. tracylee says:

    Cats n Racks tag? As in… barracks?

    (and can it, please, No. 22… no need for that here)

  36. @ cellarmouse – as the proud “mama” of an abandoned kitten, agreed! I can’t rescue all the strays in my neighborhood, but I can take good care of my three cats, including my (still new, although I’ve had him for over a month now) baby.

    Loved this story!

  37. I just think it’s weird they have kitties that look exactly like my kitties all the way over in Afghanistan!

  38. Seriously. Men of CO Calender? When is it gonna happen?!!? *looks at watch and taps foot impatiently*

  39. Rachael says:

    Wow, if that doesn’t send your qte-o-meter reading through the roof, nothing ever will. That guy was my hero before he even picked up the kitteh. I feel proud to be a human being when I see stuff like this. ♥♥♥♥

  40. Darling Creature says:

    For more on Men and Cats: http://www.menandcats.com/

  41. War leads to orphaned kittens.

    That is all. =(

  42. glory285 says:

    http://www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.html operation Baghdad pups, reuniting service men and women with the pets they find over seas.

  43. The first pic (with the hover text!) is soo awesome. Cuuuute!

  44. Danette Albrecht says:

    This is no surprise to me. As the daughter of a career (1942-1965) Marine and coming from a military family, I clearly recall my mother’s favorite stanza of the Marine Corps Hymn (and, according to Mom, sung at every occasion and always appropriate):
    “Here’s health to you and to the Corps that we so proudly serve.
    In many a strife we fought for life and never lost our nerve.
    If the Army and the Navy ever looked on heaven’s scene,
    They will find the streets are guarded by . . . . United States Marines!”

    The Sarge and I thank you. That is all. Carry on.

  45. Tigress says:

    Message for “Sorry”

    Hate the War, not the Warrior.

  46. nads said: “Seriously. Men of CO Calender?”

    Put me down for one. We need a shirtless firefighter with Dalmatian puppies, maybe a cute policeman training a K-9, and a random, kindly hunk saving kittens from a tree.

    As for the OP, I can’t put all my love into it, since it makes me think of all the abandoned humans in Afghanistan who aren’t so lucky. Then again, some are. I guess it’s ‘do what you can’.

  47. twin tinee tabbee tummees
    twin tinee tabbee tummees
    twin tinee tabbee tummees
    twin tinee tabbee tummees

    WIF MARMALADE!

  48. Rustysmom says:

    Just one more reason to love and respect out men and women in uniform. True heroes and damn cute to boot.

  49. Also, when tabby cats join up, they’re immediately promoted to Sergeant because they’ve already got the stripes on their arms.

  50. Carol A. Cashes says:

    To Sorry: “…“another reason to love the US military”. This makes zero sense to me.” Macho men in the private sector seldom cry. Soldiers and Sailors cry every day. These men and women leave parents, siblings, spouses and children to make sure that we, here in the States, don’t have to! They are wounded in horrible ways so that we don’t have to be. They bleed so we don’t have to. This makes zero sense to you that we love them? *heaving breastses* ARGGHH!! Men who love animals are good husbands and fathers. They have compassiona and empathy. And especially those who have seen the worst of mankind…and still love a little kitty?! OMG! *more heaving breastses*

  51. God bless you dear Soldiers! Bless you for serving your country and bless you for rescuing these animals. God bless you and keep you!

  52. Natalie says:

    My oh my oh my! Can I adopt both of them? I have room.

  53. Great post :D Love reading about tough strong men protecting and nurturing the little ones that need it the most. Too adorable.

  54. men with German Shepherds and Huskeys are all well and good, but a man with an orange kitten will always be able to steal my heart.

  55. Please ship that nice looking young man to my loving home …

  56. Soldiers are hired to do a tough, dangerous, essential job – so are coal miners and ER nurses; they just don’t get any glory for it like the former do.

  57. He’s totally cuter than the kitten…Please return him stateside safely and let him know there’s a cute, smart girl in MD who would like to snuggle!

  58. wuyizidi says:

    @TUM – shouldn’t that be major (what does the ‘M’ on the forehead stands for)?

    GIS results for ‘soldier cat’: http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch:1&&sa=X&ei=geo1TLiKK8H6lweUsqyIBA&ved=0CEgQvwUoAQ&q=soldier+cat&spell=1

  59. It is a tattooed Marine kissing a tiny kitty!
    *headasplodes*

  60. @FekketCantenel, I totally agree – I’d also like to see rescue operations for civilians who have been affected by the war, because they have suffered too, and they have suffered a lot. I am not sure if it’s fair to take such care to ship kittens to America to find them a loving home, while millions of innocent people in Afghanistan are homeless for having done nothing wrong, and have next to no prospects of a better situation in the near future.
    But the kitties are very cute and I hope they’re doing great!

  61. I don’t understand war, I understand the soldiers who serve their country and honour them, it’s just war as a concept that I don’t understand it’s such a waste.

    Now cute men with little orange kitty I understand!

  62. Animals are great for mental health. I’m sure these kitties helped the marines as much as the marines helped the kitties. Wonderful pictures.

  63. @ Tigress – prefectly said!

    Anyone who saves and animal life is wonderful in my book!

  64. We rescued the kitties! Doesn’t that mean we won the war?

  65. I miss Teho!

  66. I think I am in love…

  67. precious and beautiful on a multitude of levels

  68. LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann) says:

    THIS is an Oprah trifecta, two cute kittens and a hunky Marine! Whoo-ee!!!

  69. wannadance says:

    sob, snif, SNORK, patooeyl
    she cries SOOOOO puurty…

    can’t even see the screen.

  70. There’s a facebook group for these guys as well as the site mentioned above (and a few others) that helps dogs get out. You can help with the effort!

    Group for the guys above (with more pictures of their cuteness!): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=358949518513

    Operation Help Save Others (dogs): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=131857154945&ref=ts

    Help soldiers get their new pet home: http://www.NowzadDogs.com

    Gutz the dog: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10150122172100357

    Sabbot & Trigger: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=105912966115977

  71. To Carol A. Cashes: there’s a big difference between loving the men and women serving in the US military and loving the US military itself. As Sorry said, it indeed makes zero sense to love the US military. It’s a machine with great power that can be wielded in the service of both good and evil; it has no soul or conscience of its own beyond those of its commanders (who are often morally bankrupt bastards).

    Also, in response to “Men who love animals are good husbands and fathers. They have compassion and empathy” I’d like to point out that human beings are perfectly capable of being good, loving and compassionate caretakers of their families and pets, while being monstrously evil murderers at the same time. This is a fact well demonstrated by history. For example, study what happened in Nazi Germany if you don’t believe me.

  72. Fleurdamour says:

    The kittehs are freakin’ adorable, and so is the saintly GI. Hubba.

  73. georgina0912 says:

    A tough guy with a heart of gold. Doesn’t get any better than that!!

    The SPCA-International have a program that rescues the pets from soldiers stationed overseas, it is a wonderful program. Check it out if you have a chance and even better, donate if you can to help bring more of these precious war victims to safe homes in the US :)

    http://www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.html

  74. God bless America! And kittens. God bless kittens!

  75. This really touches me. The marines (and all soldiers) need the cats as much as the cats need them. Something to nurture and love in such a horrible environment! Some little lives to love and be loved by them

  76. How touching to see a soldier not yet so hardened by war that he’s lost his compassion for the small & helpless creatures of the world! I salute all of you, members of all 4 branches of the military, for protecting me and my country… and innocent little kittehs!!

  77. Carol A. Cashes says:

    Oliver: *with mouth pursed tighter than a chicken’s a*** – Hmmph!

    With that said, this site is dedicated to cute animals and the people who love them. The ORIGINAL author of “..love the U.S. Military” was referring the to men and women and not the machine. “Sorry” may have meant the “machine” but it didn’t start that way. I responded to the original train of thought.

  78. Entering into an animal’s world, with it’s in-the-moment viepoint, is a great stress reliever, as is just playing with the animals. And for the families that got the kittens from their kids in war, it’s a contact point with their person in harm’s way.

  79. Wow. Is it National Nuffer’s Day?

    As for Oliver, I am taking refuge in Godwin’s Law of Internet Interactions.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

    There is a corollary that says “The first who mentions Nazi Germany, loses.” :P

  80. We like our Marines tough on the outside and Cut Overloaded on the inside!

  81. Carol A. Cashes says:

    Theresa: ROTFLMAO! Yeah!

  82. Jennifer says:

    That makes me want to cry.

  83. Thank you kind soldier for taking care of that cute kitty and for your service. God bless.

  84. Sigh…I agree with the “you put a sad in my rainbow” comment, although it’s totally expected on a post with photos of soldiers. Whether you agree with the war in Afghanistan (or Iraq) or not, I think it’s a lovely story of these *individual* Marines’ compassion. I always get weepy reading stories about servicemen & women who make friends with strays. Whether you support the military or not, War Is Hell. It can destroy those who are in it mentally and physically. Experiences like this help soldiers stay sane in midst of insanity.

    I’m sure the majority of our soldiers over there wish they *could* give the same kind of rescue to the human victims of war. Unfortunately, that’s a lot more complicated than adopting a stray kitty. Don’t begrudge these young men for things they don’t have control over; can’t we simply celebrate their love for the kittehs?

  85. @Oliver sure thing, i sure do love me some US military machine like that one cuddling the kitten up there.

    @Sorry no worries, i’ll use simpler words next time.

  86. Hon Glad says:

    Theresa – Reductio ad Hitlerum, indeed

  87. This is exactly how I picture our Theo…

    What a lovely story. Thanks for posting. :)

  88. Oh my goodness. Two of my favorite things: soldiers and kittens! SQUEE! When my boyfriend comes back from the deployment he’s leaving on soon, we’re getting a kitten. I will have to take (and send in) pictures of him playing with said kitten while in uniform. :)

  89. lulubastille says:

    Um. Orange kittens and tattooed men separately make me weak at the knees. I have no words for my emotional response to the two together with a bonus emotional storyline.

    For further unashamed eye-candy: http://cuteboyswithcats.tumblr.com

  90. Hah, should’ve seen that one coming. Theresa, I hereby acknowledge my defeat. :)

    And I really didn’t want to be a Nuffer; it’s just that the way some people think truly scares me. I’m glad Carol is not one of them.

  91. Shannon says:

    I get that same exact look of bliss on my face when I get to cuddle a kitten. Not nearly as often as I’d like,

  92. Martha in Washington says:

    As the mother of a Marine currently in Afghanistan (but, Thank You Baby Jesus! about to come home!) I adore this post! I wish my son could have found such a friend over there.

    And he is a Marine not a soldier. Soldiers are in the Army.

  93. enlightenmentgirl says:

    I have a 13 year old son who loves kitties and is thinking about joining the military service. The middle picture of the Marine with the kitty is adorable and makes me think I’ve seen a glimpse of my son’s future.

  94. You want to talk Nazi Germany? Then think about the millions MORE who would have been murdered in death camps had the Allied forces not gone to war.

    To those who regard the military as “evil” or whatever: your military is one of the reasons you live in a free & independent first-world nation. Yes, not every war is fought for the right reasons. Yes, the power of the military has been misused by our government. Yes, the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan are full of political BS. But unfortunately, in this world military power is a necessary thing. So sorry, but anyone who think the military is wrong/evil/unjustified has no concept of the reality of global politics. (And for the record, I have no military family other than grandpas who fought in WWII, I didn’t support the war in Iraq, I’m not a Republican, etc.)

  95. NougatCat says:

    /Where/ is that CO dating service, again? : )
    Yeah, the situation sucks, but so sweet seeing a couple cute critters saved…

  96. whiskers says:

    I always wonder why a post involving something quasi-controversial has to be about the controversy. Why can’t it be a lovely set of pictures of a good person in a hard place doing a good thing? Why is it about what got him into that place in the first place? There’s kittens. There’s incredibly hunky, strong, compassionate, and tattooed eye-candy. And people are talking about the WAR?? WTF guys? It’s like letting a little kid loose in a candy store and expanding his allowance, and then giving him a lecture about type two diabetes. Who is that freaking paranoid and reactionary?? Now stfu and let your bloodsugar go wonky by taking another look at the anerable kittehs and the unbelievably dishy marine, k?

  97. Those are REAL MEN!

  98. That is a wonderful story. Many kudos to the Marines for thinking of their fellow animals in need!

    BTW, I looked at the blog, and it seems that all cats in Afghanistan are marmies. Who knew?!

  99. I’ve always judged a man by how he treats kittehs. It’s a sure-fire indicator of overall character. My marmie, Blondie, picked out my husband for me and we’ve been together for 24 years. Kudos to men and little critters!!!!

  100. CMS2004 says:

    Oh my frigging God. If those pictures don’t conjure up a “God Bless America” and “Semper Fi,” I don’t know what does. I don’t know who’s cuter — the Marines, or the kitties?!

    As for those unfortunate nuffers who can’t bring themselves to respect the US Military and its service members (sorry, I don’t see how you can love the warrior but hate the machine; they go hand in hand)… you are more than welcome to leave this wonderful country of ours and try to make your way in Iran, or North Korea, or Cuba. Go to any other country, for that matter, and see how THEIR military acts and what they do. You’ll be begging for the brave men and women of the USMC, Army, Navy, Air Force, even the Coast Guard, in no time flat.

    Some people just don’t know how good they’ve got it. Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure, I’m a loud and proud Navy Wife. Unless you’ve walked a mile in a serviceman’s shoes, or those of his loved ones, you have no freaking clue.

  101. mobiustrip says:

    In response to whoever brought up Godwin’s lawn, Hitler hated cats. This Marine clearly loves cats. I may not always agree with the U.S. Military Industrial Complex but I can’t disagree with a handsome man who cuddles kittens.

  102. @wuyizidi Sergeant-Major perhaps? ;-)

    @jujube My Mom’s childhood marmie was named Blondie! She had her for 20 years.

  103. knittinkitten says:

    So cute! Applause to the soldiers for their compassion for these helpless creatures! My marmalade manxie is sitting by the computer looking on in approval as I write this. Well done!

  104. mobiustrip says:

    Guh. Law, even. Godwin’s lawn is no doubt strewn with battered copies of Mein Kampf.

  105. My Grandpa fought in WWII. He was in the navy.

    The bureaucratic side of the military I’m not thrilled with, but then I don’t like bureaucracy in general. The rest of the military is just fine in my book. It’s because it’s there with those brave men and women serving that we’re able to live the lives we lead. And then they go and do this! Too cute!

    There are also rescue operations for the humans affected by the war, but of course Cute Overload and it’s focus on adorable animals shows us hunky soldiers with kitties instead. :P

    Too our service men, you have my full support. Come back safe!

  106. Juniper Jupiter says:

    Well, those pictures made me wanna barf rainb…wait,

    They made me wanna BARF LIGHTNING AND BELCH THUNDER!!!

    HOO-AH!!! :D

    Too kyoot, BTW!!! <3

  107. Please, let’s not bring Nazi’s into this. They’re such an inflamatory subject.

    I think one of the nice things about the recent military actions is that as a society we’ve matured to the point that we’re able to separate our feelings about the men & women in the military and the orders that they carry out.

    It hurt my parents deeply that even though my father was a noncombatant in the Viet Nam war, he was spit on and yelled at when he finally came home from the front line. And he was a chaplain! He wasn’t killing anybody.

  108. mobiustrip says:

    Yeah, let’s steer this back toward cute kitty bellies.

  109. jillian says:

    love it! this made me so happy!

  110. Godwin’s Law? In MY Cute Overload? It’s more likely than you think…

  111. schnell says:

    Hazzah! Way to go guys! Helping out those that can not help themselves in such a terrible place. Love this post!

  112. Carol A. Cashes says:

    Oliver: You are correct. I am not one of “them”, I’d be one of “those”. I’m too old and tired to get riled up (refer to to heaving breastses in first post). I am, however, encouraged and heartened by the swift defense of most things military on this site. How does it go – “Hate the game, not the playa”? And you are correct that seriously deranged people can love an animal and disregard human life. This has been fun, but I gotta get some work done!

  113. What can I say that other comments haven’t said already? Cute, patriotic, inspiring. We need more love like this in the world.

    –bossgripes.com

  114. Annabel says:

    OMG lovely lovely, cute soldier and cute kitten, a man embracing his love of cute!!! It’s like a man with a baby, instantly adorable :)

  115. Awww! Little ginger kitty! :smooch: I’d be kissing on it too. <3

    As for the war comments, I'm a war child (grew up in Bosnia) and everyone gets defensive when their military is bashed, disrespected, etc. Keep in mind that not everyone sees eye to eye so comments such as the ones presented on here shouldn't have been brought up.

    One could argue that nobody forces American "soldiers" to serve (since enrollment is optional) and, in a way, American soldiers are commissioned to "kill". Others can argue that they enroll to keep us free and to spread democracy… so it's all in what you believe.

    Whoever said that "soldiers are only in the Army" — surely I hope you were trying to be funny.

  116. kibblenibble says:

    Comment threads like these are one of the things that keep me coming back to CO. I may not agree with everything that is said, but I love reading what y’all think. I have been trying to put into words what these pictures make me feel, but I can’t. At first I was struck by the youth of this brave marine. Then the expression on his face in picture 2 says something about the wonderful relationships and emotion we share with our fuzzy friends…pure bliss. I feel sorry for anyone who does not get this kind of joy being in the company of animals. I am also humbled by the bravery of our military, even though I do not always agree with the reasons we go to war.

  117. CMS2004 says:

    @105 — sadly they’re still being spit upon. My husband did two years at a ROTC unit as part of his Officer School (this was about six years ago) and was routinely spat on by fellow students and called a “baby killer” when he walked by in uniform. Classy!

  118. We had some lovely service-people rescue a pair of rabbits from a street market in Kuwait. Once their tour was done, they could not take them back to German because of import regulations. So they found our wonderful folks at the Red Door Shelter in Chicago and arranged for both buns to be shipped stateside!

    Here is their story:

    Both buns were checked out, speutered, and have been adopted into a loving home.

  119. <3 to Martha in Washington and your son. I am so happy he is coming home!!!! <3 <3 <3

    Second picture made me have cries. But in a wonderful way. If only all world leaders had tineee tabeees to pet, I'll bet the world would be at peace immediately.

    Come home safe, all mean and women of our Armed Forces <3

  120. *all “men”, not “mean”. Sorry about that

  121. tracylee says:

    One more for the Men of C.O. calendar!

    I looove seeing my Navy BF get all cute playing with my dog… he scratches her ears and talks quietly to her when he thinks I’m not watching… *le sigh.* Stick him in his uniform and I’ll melt into one puddle of squishy tracylee goo. Throw this handsome Marine + kitteh in the mix and I’m done for.

  122. Queen Zola says:

    OMG! Patriotic Marmalade. UNCLE SAM WANTS MARMALADE!

  123. I agree with Jen and Mary F: tough guys being kind to cute kittens! I hope the kittens brought those Marines a moment of that wonderful peace that can only be achieved by snuggling a kitteh/puppeh.

  124. bellasmom says:

    Yes, well…..and then there was the story a couple of years ago about US soldiers throwing a puppy, and then shooting at a group of dogs, using them as target practice. Hopefully the “soldiers” who did that and any others who abuse the helpless animals find themselves blown to smitherines on a land mine. Good-0n-YA.

  125. OMG SO CUTE!!! I love how he’s so rugged and tough from the war, yet he has such a cute expression on his face while hugging the ADORABLE kitten

  126. Put me down for the Men of C.O. calendar!

  127. So precious! I bet those kitty’s really cheered them up! :-)

  128. Kittytoes says:

    What a cute picture of two loving creatures.

  129. Men of CO calendar. I wants it.

    Even if they are only itteh bitteh kittehs and not people (who need plenty of help, I agree), an act of kindness is an act of kindness. Don’t naysay it, just rejoice that some living creatures were spared from suffering.

    Plus, we get pictures of this totally-sexy-kitten-saving-uniformed-studmuffin to boot. What is there to complain about?!

  130. Mary (the first) says:

    I’m gonna stay out of the commentrevsy and just say that is a cute kitteh and a cute Marine and WHERE is that “Cute Men of CO” calendar we’ve been promised?!? (Ok in all fairness, no one has promised a calendar, but really, why not? Clearly there is demand!)

  131. I don’t know what the controversy is and for once I don’t care. All I can say is if there is any medicine to helping our soldiers serving in this war this is it. I worry all the time about their coping skills and mental well-being. They go weeks, months without hugs or all tactile affection – how can that be healthy? The truth is it’s not. So if every camp was given a mascot or pet to care for I bet you it would do magic wonders for their peace and happiness. I’m not religious but I understand prayer and pray for no less. Bless our troops.

  132. LaureninGeorgia says:

    I just have to weigh in on this discussion. First – I think any time you can help any living creature, you are helping make the world a better place. And you are doing something very positive for yourself. So, helping the kitties helps the servicemen. Second – our servicemen and women hate the fact they can’t help the injured and homeless people devastated by the war – they feel guilty and helpless. So helping the animals assuages some of those feelings.

  133. Wow everyone…everytime there is a picture of a guy everyone jumps all over it! I mean Jamin is completely gorge but all these other guys are pretty average. I guess holding a cute animal gives you that extra oomph?

  134. Love the kittens and love the US Marines…. Excellent post!

  135. jiffknee says:

    I love the thought of the mutual happiness brought to both kitties and soldiers . . . kitties find lots of love and new homes and soldiers find a brief respite from the war. Happy marmies are sure to bring a little sense of love and home to one’s heart – especially in situation where there seems not enough to go around.

  136. Das Kyoot! I d’awwww’d.

    Facebook site-sharing security-check captcha passphrase of the day: “has motive”. I lol’d.

  137. Okay, this almost made me burst into tears and explode from teh cute at the same time. I’m so glad that Marines get to snuggle kittens and the kittens get to snuggle Marines.

  138. These pictures are heartwarming and I love you, Carol. “Hate the game, not the playa” made me chuckle!

  139. God bless us, everyone, especially all the service men and women;
    Sending some Marmie snorgling memories over to Teho……. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  140. i_wuvs_puttins says:

    Okay, CO, you finally got tears out of me but they were happy ones! Bless our troops!

  141. I’ll kiss the cute marine if the kitten won’t….

  142. Oh my frigging God. If those pictures don’t conjure up a “God Bless America” and “Semper Fi,” I don’t know what does. I don’t know who’s cuter — the Marines, or the kitties?!

    As for those unfortunate nuffers who can’t bring themselves to respect the US Military and its service members (sorry, I don’t see how you can love the warrior but hate the machine; they go hand in hand)… you are more than welcome to leave this wonderful country of ours and try to make your way in Iran, or North Korea, or Cuba. Go to any other country, for that matter, and see how THEIR military acts and what they do. You’ll be begging for the brave men and women of the USMC, Army, Navy, Air Force, even the Coast Guard, in no time flat.

    Some people just don’t know how good they’ve got it. Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure, I’m a loud and proud Navy Wife. Unless you’ve walked a mile in a serviceman’s shoes, or those of his loved ones, you have no freaking clue.

    You’re an idiot. I’m married to a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. You can both hate war and respect/love servicemen and women. Not everyone has to lose their shit over this to prove their patriotism. I, for one, find it really touching and sweet. But that’s me. If someone doesn’t dig it the way I do, I’m not gonna invite him or her to leave the country. Get a friggin’ GRIP.

  143. primly, as long as they go through quarantine [kittehs, that is] and get all their shots: I’m sure the Marines’ behinds remember having all theirs!
    One of my favourite war comic books showed Baron von Hammer and his dog.
    But military + marmies = no Teho.
    Le sigh!

  144. Scout C says:

    These kitties are very adorable and the baby in the first two pix is so tiny. The seviceman rescuing them is so young too.
    Commenter #50: “Men who love animals are good husbands and fathers” is a gross generalization and not universally true. While neither a husband nor father, Hitler loved his German shepherd dogs — was he a good person? Would he have made a good husband or father? I think not.

  145. Cordelia says:

    Sweetest story ever!!!

  146. JackieRose says:

    God bless pussy cats and the Marines who love them.

    I want to hug the kitties and the soldier, too!

  147. daaang he is hot! and the 2nd photo leaps out and into my heart. how I understand craving the soft warm bundle of love.

  148. amandaaaaaaa says:

    @Nina – i can’t believe you’re the only person to mention jamin!

    i guess a cute animal + an average looking guy does make the guy look cuter, but i agree, jamin is “gorge” with or without the animal :]

  149. victoreia says:

    1) OMIGOD MARMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2) Support our troops! Bring them home!
    3) I miss Teho, too.
    4) OMIGOD MARMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That is all.

  150. CoffeeCup says:

    @vacuumslayer – I don’t think that person meant it in such a literal sense, in that the military members are in absolute terms, the machine. I think that person meant that if you support and appreciate the military members, you have to support the military as a whole. They go hand in hand. It’s like the president – you might not agree with his politics, but you can support and appreciate the Office of the Presidency, and give him the respect that comes with the role. You might not agree or support the war, but you should respect the role that comes with being in the military, and you should support the military as a whole. At least, this is what I interpret the “machine” to be – for the record, I don’t have any family members in the military, but I work with a lot of former military members.

    @Alena – perhaps it is a cultural difference, but in America, the different branches of our military are referred to by different titles, and they prefer it this way. While they are all “soldiers” in the sense that they fight in combat, you would never get away with calling a Marine a soldier because the Marines prefers to call itself the Marines. This is the same with our other branches of the military – the “official” preference is that “soldier” when used to refer to a specific member of a specific branch, be ONLY used with the U.S. Army. You also would not call a member of our Air Force a soldier. Hope I’ve helped.

  151. CoffeeCup — That’s understandable and yes, it might be a cultural difference… but, in my experience, I’ve heard US Air Men refer to themselves as soldiers, thus, I see anyone in a military uniform (regardless of branch) a soldier. Also, I’ve met plenty of Marines and I haven’t been verbally attacked once by referring to them as soldiers. So… I don’t know. I do understand what you’re saying and it does make sense but a soldier is a soldier is a soldier. LOL

  152. Ruffian9 says:

    I know it’s been posted, but, Marines with Kitties calendar?….ALL OVER THAT. I’ll take 3.

    Brave men with helpless kitties….lethal cute.

  153. BStrange says:

    I love the wheezkery skepticism of the kitten in the first pic. And seeing tough guys – and tough gals – go squashy-centered over cuteness always makes my day. :)

  154. CMS2004 says:

    “You’re an idiot. I’m married to a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. You can both hate war and respect/love servicemen and women. Not everyone has to lose their shit over this to prove their patriotism. I, for one, find it really touching and sweet. But that’s me. If someone doesn’t dig it the way I do, I’m not gonna invite him or her to leave the country. Get a friggin’ GRIP.”

    Well, then. Good on you for bringing rank into this… my husband is a LT. So I guess that means your d*ck is bigger than mine… and way to TOTALLY miss my point. l was trying to say that for people to paint this awful picture of the military is completely off base, and that we have the greatest military in the world. I was trying to inject some perspective into other people’s knee-jerk reaction of “OMG soldiers are babykillers and the military is nothing more than a mindless killing machine!!!!!1111111!!!.” I couldn’t care less, really, if a stranger on the internet chooses to live here or anywhere else. It wasn’t an invitation to “love it or leave it”, it was an invitation to educate themselves. But thanks for freaking out. That really made my night.

    Thank you, Coffee Cup, for going to bat for me. YOU got my point and didn’t have to resort to name calling. *Sigh* it’s so sad how EVERYTHING on the internet de-evolves into a flame war.

    [Hey, *I'm* in the military now & I appreciate your viewpoint. But yeah, teh intarnets is full of this crap, from all sides & directions; I just let it roll off me these days. - Teho, the former Mod ;) ]

  155. Alright, folks, take it outside.

    I work at a newspaper all day, and I come home to CO for non-political, non-shrieking, theraputic cuteness.

    Hedln: Cute Marine snorgles fuzz-licious kitten
    Subhed: CO fans wonder if he’s single

  156. AuntieMame says:

    Vacuumslayer, whatever point you may have had, you lost me at “You’re an idiot.”

  157. *tears*…..sweet, sweeeeeet tears of joy!

  158. We can dehumanize people and kill them indiscriminately, but God forbid we do it to kittens!

    Seriously though, I cried a little when I read the article. Don’t be surprised that this topic is something of a lightning rod for flame wars – it should be. People should have an opinion on our perpetual war, even if that opinion is filled with unwarranted patriotic zeal and xenophobia.

    Support our troops by supporting decisions that keep them out of unnecessary wars.

  159. Marmies and marines: a great go together.

    Flamewars: not so much! Knock it off.

  160. So are these kittehs marmines?

  161. To all y’all fellow Cuteoverloaders — Marmie is not impressed by your endless political debate in which neither side sees eye-to-eye. Take this issue to the White House, not the Internets.

  162. @Sorry, perhaps you need to educate yourself about the Marines, including our Marines who are serving in these 2 wars. They are saving civilians, they reach out to, and improve the lives of kids there. They didn’t start this war, they didn’t ask for it either, but they were sent and they are putting their very lives on the line. You’re entitled to your opinion, but these brave men are deserving of all our respect. Something you, who is safely at home in the US should consider before issuing any more snark.

  163. thisdaydreamer says:

    I’m a total peacnik neo-hippie and these pictures just melted my heart.

    However we feel about the military and the war, we can’t deny that it was good for both the kitties and the soldiers that the little fuzzbutts were saved, and I’m all for another little bit of good in the world.

  164. chanpon says:

    Squeeeeeeee!!!!

  165. I highly recommend everyone click on the link posted to view all of the other photos.

  166. If you haven’t checked out the Unique Scoop link, do so. It’s quite adorable to see big tough US Marines so enamored with little kittens.

  167. Noelegy says:

    Why can’t we all just enjoy the Cute?

  168. As a former soldier IE Army I can tell you every bit of cute we can get we take. It really does help the stress and you would be surprised at the fact its normally the guys that need it more.

    As for the flame war as a Vet I fought for your right to say what you want when you want so do so. But it would be nice if you kept it civil and preferably in places meant for such discussions. Remember its as much of a right to not hear things as it is to say things.

    Shout out to my brothers and sisters still in the line of fire as we say in the Army “Stay Alert Stay Alive”

  169. Can I adopt him? No, I don’t mean the cat!

  170. Mrs. Catlabash says:

    Thud.
    *picks self up*
    That middle photo is now my desktop.
    Kudos, brave and gentle soldier, for keeping your heart out on your sleeve – and your kitty in the nape of your neck – even in the toughest conditions!

    Praying that you and all our men and women in uniform come home soon, safe and sound. And with kittehs in their duffel bags.

  171. “If only we could end wars with cute bombs…..”

    That would be HORRIBLE! Why would you bomb with cats!?!? I’m a little bit disturbed.

  172. I think CO should create a calendar–cute guys n cute animals. OMG!! I rarely post, but I really had to for this one.

  173. DillPig says:

    They are both adorabuhls…I hope the guys retained enough fluffy love-meisters (in the safest possible places) to care for and snorgle themselves. Snorgling kittehs is good for the soul, especially in times of stress. And then they should take them home with them when they leave.

  174. These pictures are the perfect example of how a sweet animal can make even the hardest of situations go away for at least that moment.

  175. Christine says:

    This is wonderful :]

  176. Go vacuumslayer! Love the passion. Also can’t stand that kind of posturing.

  177. This is the Internet: not everyone reading and commenting lives in the US. I don’t for instance. Exercising my freedom of speech in this case has more to do with Tim Berners-Lee inventing the www and my government allowing me access (unlike others, e.g. the Chinese or the Saudi) than any vet, american or otherwise, fighting for my right to say what I feel like saying.
    I was careful not to offend the military, I am very much aware of its inevitability. All I said is that these images do not – at least in my case – elicit the kind of straightforward emotions Maru’s videos do.
    Over and out.

  178. @Whiskers 96 – i agree wholeheartedly! I see the kitteh, not the foreign policy.
    It seems this boils down to whether a post is of Simple Cute (standard pic of cute with no extraneous factors) or Complex Cute (cute + human/ injury/ environment/ etc), or ‘Cute with Layers’. Some of us can appreciate both without getting our knickers in a twist, others seem to get quite stressed… As someone else said tho, it certainly is interesting hearing so many points of view! CO is good for broadening one’s mind.

  179. How lovely these soldiers can get a bit of cuteness. Brings tears to my eyes.

  180. I found this website with more pictures of the kitties and the guys.
    Check out the expression on the face on the guy on the right in picture 10.

  181. radhika says:

    OMG! so cute :)

  182. God gave us pitiful humans Dominion over the creatures of His Creation. This means He has charged us with protecting and caring for them. Our soldiers are doing just that. I’m sure God is pleased.

  183. Charlotte H says:

    I sent this in and forgot to put my name on it… xD

    You left the picture of the belleh out?! And the pic of the marine asleep with the kitty sleepin?
    Though sadly Simba and Ra-ko passed away :(

    I do love kitties… <3

  184. i want one of those calendars.

  185. Natalie says:

    @Nina – I respectfully disagree. The guy above easily matches Jarmin’s cuteness level. Different strokes I guess. Maybe it’s the tattoo. :p

    And CO PTB: until you work out the logistics for the Men of CO Calendar, can we at least get a “Cute Guys” *section*? I think it’s time.

  186. Surrealle says:

    Those blog pics are the coolest, cutest pics I’ve seen in a long time.. And although I have limited knowledge on the subject, it seems like we’re making some progress when it comes to letting the soldiers save animals, which in turn “saves” them (in some ways). I hope we’ll continue to make progress over the years to come, because there are so many positives to this for humans AND animals.. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  187. Carlisa says:

    I LOVE THE PIC! ….I LOVE OUR SERVICEMEN/WOMEN
    I can’t believe the political BS, but I notice that most times its not even peeps from our own country…so MEH! Pick up your trash on the way out! kthxbai!

  188. Hup, hoop, bleen, four!
    Hup, hoop, squee, four!
    Hup, hoop, splode, four!

    You know the drill, cutoverlodeans.

  189. Tak the Hideous New Girl says:

    I am not as cute as the kitten, but I wouldn’t mind cuddling with that Marine.

  190. Linda Slater says:

    Hard to see who is happier in that picture, the man or the kitty!

  191. Matahari says:

    Brought tears to my eyes *sniffing*, what a great story and what a sweet picture of the guy with kittie on shoulder. The best.

  192. Matahari says:

    @Whiskers: thanks, my sentiments exactly

  193. Who knows, I may end up out there myself in a year. Marine infantry tends to be much further forward than Army intel, but I’ll keep my eyes open, my ears cocked, and my head down. Updates as appropriate, and as I have them to relay. ;)

  194. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!! That is awesome of them!!!

  195. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww is all I can say….AWWWWWWWWWW

    Thanks marines for remembering the little guys!!!

  196. I can easily separate the individual serviceperson from the mission/command/machine, and I don’t automatically DISlike or DISrespect hem for their work. I’ve certainly had to do my own share stuff I didn’t agree with because the boss said to.

    I just also happen to believe that they don’t automatically deserve EXTRA or MORE respect and love than anyone else who does a tough, dangerous job in civilian life. They’re just people of all kinds doing a job, like you, me, and the farm laborer who puts food on our table.

    This particular Marine, however, is aces in my books for helping the kitties while also doing his tough job. And he definitely belongs in he CO Cute Guys calendar! He should be Mr. June, because that’s when most Geminis (sign of the twins) are born, and the marmies are such perfect twins. Semper Fluff!

  197. wuyizidi says:

    Hmm, lots of big, tangled issues being discussed here. Here’s my attempt to separate and try to make clearer sense of them

    [POST DELETED. WE HAVEN'T GOT ENOUGH FOOD AND WATER TO SUSTAIN ALL THE HOSTAGES OF A THREADJACK THIS LONG.]

  198. Bookmonstercats says:

    Hellloooooo Theo. How wonderful to see you (as it were).

  199. Liz the Librarian says:

    Forget the kittehs, can I have the guy?

  200. Someone has likely pointed this out already but I believe it was Ghandi who said (paraphrasing here) that you can tell a lot about a society based on how they treat their animals…

    I think that is what this post is really about. We are a proud, animal loving people. That does not stop at our borders.

  201. Mod-in-Training says:

    [@LaureninGeorgia

    I think any time you can help any living creature, you are helping make the world a better place. And you are doing something very positive for yourself. So, helping the kitties helps the servicemen. Second – our servicemen and women hate the fact they can’t help the injured and homeless people devastated by the war – they feel guilty and helpless. So helping the animals assuages some of those feelings.

    i'm going to buy a stretch hummer just so i can have a bumper sticker big enough to have your post on it.

    seriously, i'd love to see your quote on the introduction page to the Men of CO calendar.

    --M.i.T.]

  202. This made my week!!! Thank you, C.O.!!!!!!!!!!!

  203. Mod-in-Training says:

    [NOW LISTEN UP, YOU KIDS!

    YOU HAVE ALL JUST LOST THE TRIP TO FARRELL'S TOMORROW.

    If I hear one more peep out of any of you, I'm calling your mothers RIGHT NOW.

    I mean it: One. Peep.

    Yes, Missy, you can all keep talking about the Marmie, but that's IT.

    NOW GO TO SLEEP.

    --M.i.T.]

    I HEARD THAT!

  204. Wow – M.i.T. – if that was directed at me, re the quote in the calendar, it would be an honor!! :) I don’t if it was but if it was – wow…just wow. And I do hope that calendar actually happens – it would go perfectly with my CO desk one-a-day.

    *salute*

  205. Mod-in-Training says:

    [Okay, I think I get it now. This is the Teho-bait post. The post that brings out the worst in everyone, just to see how I handle it. Well I CAN'T handle it! Please, someone tell me, WWTD?!

    Feel free to sing a long with me...

    when criminals in this world appear
    and break the laws that they should fear
    and frighten all who see or hear
    the cry goes up both far and near for...

    TEHO!

    --M.i.T.]

  206. Czechmate says:

    Megsy, could we pleeze have a Hot Men of ResQte calendar now? I just know there’s enough material!

    Sending respect and admiration to all members of the U.S. Military.

  207. LOL OK, you were probably actually talking to wuyizidi. Oops. *turns red*

  208. Mod-in-Training says:

    [@DKN My fault! I got my @'s all balled up!

    Please return to your normal color!

    --M.i.T.]

  209. Well you ARE still in training, I guess! ;) And Christ, that is a damn good quote from LaureninGeorgia. Damn good.

  210. Rather see a real life photo moment!

    Who has time to follow a cat around all day?
    @Sorry- Maru’s pics are cute but are hardly much more than cute entertainment.

    Im partial think my kitty is better than Maru.

  211. spacebunny says:

    “Hey Searge! Can I keep him?”

  212. Ekajati says:

    Which is cuter – squishy kitty or blissful smile on the soldier’s face… BEAUTIFUL!!!

  213. Oh here we go again….someone else bashing the US. What a shock. You know what Anna…I really don’t care what you think of my country any more than you care what I think of yours, where ever that may be. This was simply a picture of a soldier who rescued kittens. It isn’t a political issue. Keep your nasty comments to yourself. You don’t say where you’re from so we can’t exactly examine the past of your country. Convenient. Either come here for the cute pictures or go complain somewhere else.

  214. Mod-in-Training says:

    [sorry (and don't you love it when people apologize BEFORE they launch into teh offensive?), but jenna's lob to anna's lob to the troll's serve will be the final play of the match.

    --M.i.T.]