No? You don’t? Oh, that’s OK. Primo ‘Tock Splayage BTW, Gus! “Greetings! Here is Gus, a 9 month old Wheaten Terrier. Flops down next to my feet when I sit at the kitchen table. What a dingus. Happy ‘Tocktober!” -Chrissy B., Goshen, IN.
We have established that when Animuhls give us the ol’ Side-Eye…it’s Cute. Question: what if their eyes are ON the side? So theoretically…they’re in Cute Compliance 100% of the time. Yes? No? Comments encouraged!
“C.O. is my perennial pick-me-up. I wanted to share pictures of our Teddy Bear Guinea Pig named Pooky (after Garfield’s teddy bear.) She also only eats grass as a treat. No carrots, no lettuce, no parsley. Sincerely and hopeful, Briana and Karen.”
You don’t see too many Frogster ‘Tocks around these parts- a rare commodity, indeed. However, Melanie T. has solved that problem for the moment! “I took this picture several years ago in my back yard. Hope you likey!”
[We like the ROC #47, too. -Ed.]
This is the very first one. All the way back to the very beginning. Waaaay back in December of 2005. Twitter wasn’t even INVENTED yet! Rule Of Cuteness #01: Putting a paw up is Cute. Now that we’ve established that, who’s up for a quickie snorgle in the park…hmmmm?
Kristin MHS ’78/IU ’81 saw this on the Paw My Gosh FB.
This Puppeh is displaying about as perfect an example of Haunch/’Tock Splayage as you are likely to find anywhere. Add the questioning look and you’ve got Cinnamon, the complete package. (Oh, and the Curly-Q Tailio Iglesias and Bonus Toebeans.) “My name is Sumi. I thought you would like a photo of my dog, Cinnamon a.k.a. Cimanum! I love your website!”
Ah…..butt there’s more.
Yes, Cinnamon’s Splayage gets a 10 from our panel of judges- but these are classic, too. “This is my Beagle-Lab mix Kitsch and his favourite pose is ‘The ‘Tock Pose.'” – Allison L.”
Don’t see this one so often- #09: “Piles of a cute thing jack up a cuteness rating exponentially.”
So we’ve got that going for us. But WAIT as they say on the tube- there’s more! They’re ResQtes, too!
“This is Henry, Rocky and Duffy. I saw a pic of one of them as a kitten and rushed to adopt him, only to find he had two identical brothers. I could not separate them, so I brought them all home. They almost always sleep in a pile. They are 3 years old. BTW I’m Katey (the ResQte’s mommy and photographer) and i am an avid C.O. fan!”
“Hong Kong has been a long string of protests for democracy lately. Been too busy to do much beyond sitting in the streets and doing volunteer work. Even work and school has been cancelled! Can’t find a recent ‘Tock pic. Will Silvey’s stubby feet do? Best, Anry.”
The ‘Tocks & Haunch Splayage is reaaaaaallly top-quality this season, People! Quoting ROC #47: “Splayed haunch action is cute.” MANY thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write- and it’s only ‘Tocktober 6th! These ‘Tocks came in earlier today from Jen C. She says, “This is Mikey demonstrating some major high-quality ‘Tockage for ‘Tocktober. Mikey belongs to my boss, and he’s hanging out with us at work today.”
[*Note- I can tell you we wouldn't get much done around HERE if Mikey stopped by for a quick snorgle. -Ed.]
“This Hummer fluffed its tail feathers at me, and then gave me The Look Of Disapproval!” -April H., Portland OR.
[*Note: With Side-Eye -Ed.]
“This is Maximo, aka Max Cat, in one of his favorite positions. One day I caught him under a sunbeam, blissfully warming himself. All you could see were a pair of Marmie Legs and a tail and all you could hear was snoring!” -Joanne.
[Bonus ROC #40: "Sleeping in a sunbeam is cute." -Ed.]