Pup saves kittens from fire!

Most peeps would push others out the way during a fire, but not this pup. He stayed behind to make sure the kittens trapped inside got out safely.

Jump over to Yahoo!/AP to see the story.

Puppulence

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Thanks to all the rubberneckers who sent this one in, especially Berthaservant!

The 7 Types of Pet Costumes

First, let’s get one thing straight. Pets hate costumes.

I DON’T CARE IF YOU THINK YOUR DOG LOVES IT when you strap a Cowboy Barbie on his back, or YOUR KITTEH APPEARS TO ENJOY WEARING A PRINCESS TIARA. Someone needs to tell you, and it might as well be Cute Overload. Your pet pretty much hates it.

When we dress our pets up, it’s for our own selfish enjoyment. So you might as well DO A STELLAR JOB, because your pet only benefits from a costume if that costume generates gobs of attention.

You owe your pet a damn good costume. Which brings me to the point. A LOT of you are SLACKING and/or CONFUSED out there. Think of the ANIMALS. Let me show you what’s what. [Beckoning motion] First we have:

1. The Famous Human Costume

The Good: You always have to explain it. "He has a mini mohawk! He’s Mr. T., SEE!?"
The Bad: Your pet still hates you if you don’t step it up to make it recognizable

Exhibit A: Mr. T:

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And a well-crafted Martha:

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2. The Cutesy Hurl-a-Thon

The Good: You’ll get a lot of "Awn, he looks adorable!" from other insane people
The Bad: Anne Geddes will come after you with enormous hedge clippers

Behold Bunny in a Lettuce Cup:

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3. The Non Sequitur Costume

The Good: Often very well-crafted. Drugs and/or heavy wine use is almost always associated with each costume idea.
The Bad: Lots of WTF?…OK! reactions.

The "BoomBox":

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The "Mix Tape":

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The "Buttered Pupcorn":

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The "Rice Krispy Treat":

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The "Ham":

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The "Metro Line"!?!?!?!

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4. The "I Had it Lying Around" Costume

The Good: You finally clean up the house
The Bad: Your cat continues to hate you

There’s the Boxed Wine Kitteh Leaf Thing:

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And Aluminum Foil/Rubber Band Turtle ‘Jaws';

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5. The "My-pet-is-going-to-kill me-but-I’m-doing-it-anyway" Costume

The Good: Target Dog Costume Sales reach all-time high thanks to you
The Bad: Your pet kills you.

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Nah, don’t take the tag off. What’s the point?

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5. Build on Your Strengths Costume

The Good: A costume that takes advantage of and accentuates a particular pet attribute
The Bad: Your pet’s "attribute" is on display (the fact he looks like a pimp cannot be helpful)

Behold the Golden Retriever Lion:

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The Built-in Ewok Face:

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The Fish in a Bowl that Happens to look like a Jack-o-Lantern:

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The Cow-Spotted terrier:

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The Suave Hedge:

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The Built-in Wetsuit:

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And the Dog that Happens to Look like a Pimp:

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6. The Epic Transformation Costume

The Good: The pinnacle of a great costume—creative! imaginative! inspiring! Transforming!
The Bad: Everyone else instantly feels like crap when they see your genius

Behold…Elvis:

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The Jumbo Dachshund Dog:

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The Wizard of Oz:

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The Croc Versus Pup: (more photos here)

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The Fast Food Gang [Making gang doughnut symbol with hand]:

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The Thanksgiving Turkey Decision: (That thought bubble is actually part of the costume):

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And, our current favorite, the Headless Horseman:

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7. The Just Plain Wrong Costume

Don’t worry if costume types 1 through 6 don’t encourage you. There is always type 7; just plain wrong. When in doubt, you can always create fake cleavage for your Boxer.

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Huge thanks to all Sender-Inners over at the Martha Stewart/CuteOverload Costume Contest. Keep those submissions coming!

In no particular order: Oswald the Pug by kheilbrunn, The BoomBox and Mix Tape by lawlerc, Vino Paws by lvmyboys3, Elvis pup by sashimi54, Cat that’s gonna kill by pastryprncess, hot dog vendor by StephanieJaxBeach, Oz by hrlollar Thanksgiving Decision by newfy, Ewok by raindropSJ, Cow by Breehan, Pumpkin Fish Tankie by piebispro, Martha Stewart Magazine by soulofart, Buttered Pupcorn by poc2u, Bulldog Pimpin’ by cknlomein, Headless Horseman by newfy, Boxer St. Pauli Girl by hobie_utah Ham Dog by PaleBlue, Retreiver Lion by JeanninePC99, Terrier Scuba Diver by herrinkr and James Bond Hedgehog by jacqtav.

Lawdy, Was That Me?!

So sorry, y’all, I had a touch of the vapors!  Must have eaten some bad shrimp or something!  Goodness gracious, ah’m turning braht ray-edd from embarrassment, ah do dee-clay-uhh!

(fans self while giggling nervously)

Just pretend it never happened, Melanie H.

The Talk

"… you see, when a mommy bear and a daddy bear love each other very much, they … umm … go back to the cave, and … ahhh … well, it’s sort of like playing leapfrog, only without so much leaping …"

It's OK, we covered this in biology class already.

I can never get through this without using hand puppets, Melanie H.

The Nyac Tribute Roll

People, this video is like the "Who Died" part of the Oscars. There’s even a piano soundtrack.

Ruhmember dear ole Nyac, the intrepid survivor of the Exxon Valdez spill, who went on to achieve GREATNESS by holding hands with her Vancouver Zoo tankmate? Now you can relive her getting cleaned up from oil, chomping on a crab lunch, and yes, holding paws.

Sarah W. Made us get our otter-embroidered hankies out again. Thanks a LOT.

Soooo immature

[White pup] "Hey! Isn’t that your Corgi crush is over there?!!!"

[White pup] "I’m gonna yell your name out so she turns around!!!"

[Tan pup] "Nooooooooo! Don’t—"

[White pup] "DAISY!!! OVER HERE!!!"

[Tan pup, hiding] O… M… G.

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This horrifying elementary school memory brought to you by MayJ., photographer of A spot in the sun, Adorable 6 wk old puppies, and 6 wk old puppies, soooooo cute…

The Bear From Ipanema

(a little musical accompaniment, if you please …)

Tall and brown and young and furry
the bear from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes each bear she passes goes "aaah"

In the sea, he’s always waiting
He’d gladly give up hibernating
for when she passes each bear she passes goes "aaah"

Ohhhhhh, but he watches so sadly
Hooooww can he tell her he loves her
Heeeeeee would just give his heart gladly

But each day when she walks to the sea,
She looks straight ahead not at he …

Ahhhhhhhhhhh...

May I have this samba, Melanie H.?

HOT SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PUPPY FEED ACTION

[Touching corner of stove gesture] Ow!

I tried to look away, Nichole O., but you’re right. I can’t.

Major Cheeks, Reporting for Duty

Did you know that Cute Overload has powerful new audience camera technology where we can actually SEE site visitors as they browse photos?

It’s true.

I bring this up to let "Jill M." in Ohio know this bunny can’t kiss her back.

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Sir Cheeks-a-Lot, otherwise known as Macro-Bunny, originally uploaded by Danz in Tokyo.

I got a built-in gold lamé smile, Bebeh

Wow, check out this blorpular fellow, the piglet squid over at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in Los Angeles.

Holy combover!

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Via BoingBoing and Zoologix Science Blogs. Sender Inner C.S.O, excellent bloated find.

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