Man’s BFF

This is Sandy. My brother found her 10 years ago as a stray puppy, so my family adopted her. She was an extremely good companion to my mother, who was very ill, had little mobility, and spent much of her life in a hospital bed in our living room. Sandy was probably my dad’s best friend too, especially after my mother passed away in August 2007. Since my father spent much of the last 20 years caring for his wife, he had very little else in his life, and I’m so glad Sandy provided him comfort and love. My father, unfortunately, passed away unexpectedly in June 2011, so Sandy went on to live with my brother again.

Sandy was diagnosed with liver cancer a couple of months before my dad passed away. After a very risky and very expensive surgery, she was said to be cured, only to have the cancer return again. We found out just last week, so yesterday, January 25, 2012, during another risky but hopeful surgery, the surgeon removed a tumor that was more than 3 pounds and attached to her liver and her intestines. In an act of mercy, it was decided to spare her the long and painful recovery from her surgery only to have her live a few more weeks. She was put to sleep, and while I cannot say with certainty that what was done was right or wrong, I do know that my world will not be the same without that sweet pup.

She was everything a sweet, loving, sometimes naughty puppy should be, and she brought endless laughter and smiles to the people who knew her. Goodbye Sandy! You will be missed.

That was a loving tribute, Meghan R.

No Exit Strategy Whatsoever

Remember this Boston Terrier troublemaker named Frito? Frito is the one seated, for the moment, at right, until he gets to CAT SNORFING

Well Frito is back! And now at the park. No cats were harmed making this video.

Frito at Pullen park from Ryan Shelley on Vimeo.

Nice camerawork, Ryan S.!

The squeakingks!

The chubbular regions!

The learning to walkings!

It’s entirely too moshe! — wait, is that a poop on the floor? [facepalm]

And introducing: FAVE FRAME™ (My favorite part of this movie, the new video equivalent to the Cute Overload Xtreme Close-Up)

Super-Sender-Inner Josh N. sent this one in after emitting a Super Squeal.

Cute Debut

Hello World!

Elphaba’s my name.

Madagascar’s my game.

My only game.

Hi. I’m new, wanna be friends?

All sifaka lemurs, like me, are threatened. All lemurs live on Madagascar.

Madagascar is one of the world’s most endangered biodiversity hotspots. These are photos taken by Duke Lemur Center staff photographer, David Haring, sent to us by Niki Barnett, thank you!

Good Times™

Sproinging doorstop + English Sproinger Spaniel =

Many thanks to Bootcuts Queen Cristal B.

Dizzy Blonde


Bleach fumes!!!

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [thud]

Hedwig, the albino hedgehog, is very cutting hedge, Heather H.

What the Heck is That?! Part II

That is a dog.

What kind?

A really big kind.

Aw, like one of those puppies that got a little bigger than its owners expected?

Might as well milk it for all we can, Miriam.


Thanks to everyone who bought a Cute Overload 2012 Page-a-Day Calendar, we’ve sold out our stock at (but they can still sell you one from a third party)!

Looking for ideas for those torn-out pages? Get stylish like Carolyn G., who says “I have been taping up all the calendar pages on my wall. Here’s what it looks like so far. Sometimes I get so excited about putting up the next one that I tear it off before the day is even over.”

So, Tell Me About Yourself…

Really? You don’t say? Well, I’ll be, isn’t that interesting! How many penguins, did you say? Goodness, that’s a lot! And on a unicycle, no less! Mercy! But isn’t that illegal? Ah, I see… so is there a lot of money in that sort of thing? Gracious, I had no idea!

Image courtesy of our favorite partner National Geographic. Photo from The Great American Zoo Trip, in which photographer Joel Sartore and his 18-year-old son take portraits of as many endangered animals as possible.

Ding Dong!

Anybody home? I know you’re iiiiiin there! (sing song)

Alloo?! This is your wake up call!

Are you playing dead? (listens for heartbeat, checks pulse and breathing)

Obviously Dudley is ded from the Fergie-cute, Janet B.


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