Darn, That Was a Dom Pérignon ’85, Too

We just couldn’t end 2011 without a visit from our new best friend, Zooniversity’s quilled quipster, Teddy Bear. Looks like Teddy’s been hitting the corn — and the champagne bottle — a little early this year. Relive Teddy’s past words of wisdom on our Teddy page.

Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011

People, this year’s Top Ten Cutest Photos list blows 2010 and 2009 AWAY—see for yourselfs. This morning, we checked the Xtreme Cute Overload Stat-o-Meter™ which tracks every post, checks the amount of screeching per image, and reports back. Then we know we got ya. Based on that metering system, and without further ado, here are the Top Ten Photos of 2011.

Cue the Cute Lang Syne music!

#10 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Goosey Two Shoes

Just when we thought Red Goose Shoes went out of business decades ago, they go and make a comeback. Sender-inner Rebecca B. explains:

These nice folks were staying with us at the St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, FL. They let me photograph their pet goose, who goes by the name of “Gator.”


While walking alongside his owners in urban or suburban areas, Gator often has to cross many blocks of asphalt and concrete. All that rough terrain takes a toll on his feet, so his people commissioned a special pair of Teva sandals for their bird.


They say it’s totally worth the expense, and Gator seems to like the shoes just fine …


… though sometimes it looks like he “marches” more than he walks. Very deliberate steps.

#9 Cutest Photo of 2011:
You’re my Puppy

According a story floating around the Internets, this little ginger foster kitten named Cheech was introduced to a teeny tiny five-day old orphaned chihuahua puppy named Casanova.


Cheech took to the little puppy, immediately grooming and cleaning him.


The puppy responded to his every touch, snuggling up to his new friend like a pup to his mother.


When Cheech was tired, he would climb into the puppy’s box and cuddle, sharing the heating blanket.


To Cheech, he was “his” puppy and best friend.


You have GOT to be kidding me [cross-eyed head tilt], Holly F. Photos may be by Kimberly J, we’re not sure…

[ooh ooh, lookit who popped up in the comments! the original story!]

#8 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Cutest Kitten in the World.

For your Caturday pleasure, this is an encore Presentayshe of Meme, originally posted April 2008.

There are really no sufficient words to accurately describe the proshness you are about to witness. Rest-assured the Japanese [shaking fist to sky] beat us AGAIN on this one. This time with the delectable dollop named “Memebon”

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See a LOT more of Memebon, her family and tons of merch over at Memebon.jp ;)

#7 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Release the Dweebs!

OBOY OBOY HERE I GO HYUP HYUP LEMMIE ATTEM HERP DERP


HUFFA PUFFA WAIT FER ME CHUFFA CHUFFA WHEEZE


BLARRFLE NARFLE FLAPPITY-FLAFFLE MARGLE PLEARF BLAP


Submitterated by Mischa M. More poise and grace here.

#6 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Plankittening

Kitten Planking! IT’S THE NEW OWLING! TEAPOTTING!

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Elizabeth V., you are a TRENDSETTER

#5 Cutest Photo of 2011:
The Tiniest Snorfer

(…is also the tiniest hoofer, schnozzle and ear flaps coincidentally.)


You absolutely must click to see the other shot of this piglet by whisker snaps photo.

#4 Cutest Photo of 2011:
THIS JUST IN: Pug wearing Pug Slippères

Redonk. Scroll down for proshness:


Sender-Inner Megan B. likes things in triplicate to be safe. Photo by Wombatarama.

#3 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Baby ferret dreams of changing THE WORLD!

One day, [dreamily] ferrets won’t be seen just as furry knee socks with eyes, or hammock-dwelling, mischievous ne’er do-wells!

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No! [shifts anerable feets] we ferrets will stand up and — Mmm, delicious blankie — lead other Pocket Pets by example!

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No more shoe stealing, constant cat swiping or hiding under bed covers surprising humans when they least expect eet! —Yawn—

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That day will come, Claire. It will.

#2 Cutest Photo of 2011:
Ladies and Gentlemen, the best pet Halloween costume of all time.

For the record:
1. Yes, I am biased because I have (and adore) Italian Greyhounds
2. Yes, I am biased because I love Star Wars
3. Yes, I am biased because I appreciate my local “inspiration” for AT-ATs

Still, you cannot deny this remains the best Halloween pet costume you’ve seen since “Croc Munches Pup


Inspiring work, Katie M.! Pup “Bones” has a FaceBook page, natch.

#1 Cutest photo of 2011:
How to Pick Up a Baby Red Panda in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1: Locate Cub. Snorf cub neck to determine if said cub is indeed the correct cub that needs a pickin’ (up.)

Chester Zoo - Red Panda Baby
Step 2: Brace self with nearby log (or chair leg) for support

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Step 3:  Grip cub firmly with patented Double-Wrap-Around-Huggular-Neck-Chomp-n-Claw™ motion!

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Step 4: If cub grip loosens, perform extra snarfing action at nape of neck

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Step 5: Finally, carry cub around like you own the place!

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Oh and, try not to swing the baby to and fro, it’s bad form.

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Cuteporter Sarah A. discovered these gems by RomeoOliverPool.

So there you have it, the Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2011. We hope your mind is sufficiently blown. Our Stat-o-meter™ will register it, you cannot hide!

Don’t miss the older (but in no way better!) Top Tens!
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Videos of 2010
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2009
I can’t for the life of me find 2008! Anyone in the comments let me know!
Top Ten Cutest Photos of 2007

We’re ringing in the new year…

[Swishy swish, clinky clink, chatter chatter, cheer]

Betty’s swinging from the chandelier!

And Marv’s making pointless observations to anyone sitting near.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Lemur, Patty S.

Cute or Sad: No Depth Percept-shons

Aghnnnn! [Head tilt] Poor baby tortoise Kevin just hasn’t gotten the hang of it yet!

Sender-Inner Haley L. says: “Forgive the camera shaking, I was laughing too hard.”

Got a Picture Without so Much Cat in it?

We’ve got dog, box and cat,

Dog, rug and cat,

Dog, pillow and cat,

…or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and CAT!

Could you do the dog, pillow and cat without the cat?

CATS! CATS! CATS! CATS!

With apologies to Monty Python and Spam lovers everywhere. Photos: Luke and Lilly in a box by Tricia F. Two of a kind, by Ant. Pillow kitty Ziggy and Moxie pup, by Annabelle L. Beaker & Guinea pigs by Ilovebutter. Two kitties, Dudley & Fergie, by Janet B.

I Got Yer Happy Birthday Right Here

When presented with a singing birthday card, this cat responds the way we all wish we could. (We’re still looking for the follow-up video, in which the cat finds the greeting card factory and burns it to the ground.)

Rocket Bun, Ready for Takeoff

We’re here at Yuk-Yuk Flats for the test launch of the experimental X-27 ½ rocket bun. I can see the test pilot, Felix “Crater” Farnsworth, has strapped himself aboard, and once the rocket fuel is digested, we should be “go” for launch.


Michelle P. says: “Here’s a photo of Howl (cat) and Salvador (rabbit) (photo shot and animals snuggled by Tracy T.). They seem like good friends but you know what they say about keeping enemies closer…”

The Sloths… need… your… help.

Judy Arroyo from the Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary says: “Over twenty years ago a small sloth was brought to my door. I cupped the tiny animal in my hands and knew I had to do something…”

Baby sloth, Costa Rica
“…This baby sloth was dying of starvation. Her mother was most likely dead and I was faced with a huge challenge. At the time, little was known about sloths, much less baby sloths. I was warned that I should let the baby go, that I would not be able to feed her, that I would only prolonging the inevitable.”


I looked down at her little face and knew that I would do anything in my power to save this tiny sloth. Buttercup had a few difficult months. Today she holds the record of being the sloth to live the longest time in captivity and she reigns supreme over our veranda at the Sloth Sanctuary.”


The Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica is in great need of your end-of-the-year donation consideration!

Your donation can go far:
$10 – stuffed ‘Mom’ surrogate
$20 – baby bottle
$50 – baby check-up
$100 – baby incubator
$200 – feed a baby for a year

Consider donating today, here.

OK! OK! Sloth close-up!


Consider donating today, here. Top image by Salz R. Thanks to Miriam S. and Georgienne B.

Trying Not to Sneeze

I hope I don’t get sick. I might get a productive cough. And being productive is bad for my reputashons.


I bet Lilly washes her hands frequently, Lee K.

Meanwhile in Russia…

Nesting Dolls! Now available in original life-size!

Hide the vodka! Ahhh too late.


It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, Mischa M.

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