THIS JUST IN: From the C.O. Mailbag

Dear Everyone at Cute Overload,

This note is long overdue, but better late than never I suppose.

The upshot of it all is that CO has saved my butt, over and over and over.

The longer story of it all is that I broke up with my boyfriend in August of 2011 and almost immediately thereafter attempted suicide. I survived, and have begun creating a new life with a wonderful man who I refer to as my “Upgrade”. However, my attempts to start over did not stop my ex and his new girlfriend (who had been my roommate) from harassing me incessantly, harassing my boyfriend, spreading around horrible things about me that were not true, etc. I put a restraining order on my ex-roommate, but the judge dismissed it as a ‘property dispute’. It’s been kind of like one of those nightmares where you keep feeling like you’re waking up, but you’re really not.

Praise Ceiling Cat for my boyfriend, though. Every time I would receive an email from one of them and would feel like my head was about to explode, he would say “Cute Overload! NOW!“. The humor, silliness, and generally overwhelming cuteness would put me in a better mood almost instantly and help me calm down much more quickly. Then I could write a response that was appropriate. It was very helpful — for me and for him :-)

I must also mention that this was all going on during the fall and winter, when my mental health issues are at their most debilitating. The fact that the worst I ever did was write an unsent poison pen letter is miraculous.

So, thank you thank you thank you, Cute Overload, from both me and my boyfriend.

Much love,
[Name witheld]

[This part is from Meg] P.S. Cute Overload! NOW!

Sheesh, Everybody’s a Comedian These Days

I break out my best Cockney accent for this post, and some joker tops me with two simple words:

BREEEEEEEEEEEEL-YANT!!

A winner is you, Greg N.

This is not my fault.

Bbbb_125I am the very model of a bouncing baby bunny butt
I’ve bounced across the continent, from port to park to Pizza Hut
I know the whole Glossary, and I quote -isms Cute-icle
While standing on my two front paws, in manner most anerable

I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters controversial
I comprehend what ticks you off, both social and satirical
I clarify the Where and Why of issues touching all of us
From literary inchworm to domestic hippopotamus

I’m practiced as a pilot and like Lindbergh I can navigate
From bunway to the bayou, from the Midwest to the Golden Gate
I’ve sampled every pudding type from cantaloupe to coconut
I am the very model of a bouncing baby bunny butt!

Shave and a harecut, two bits.

Thanks to all you crazy Peeps in the comments, and of course Gilbert & Sullivan

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGGLES!!

[Hanging 20 joke here]

CHAKA BRA!

Imperial Beach was once again home to the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, where pups surfed to wild applause… Some photos from the past couple of years competishe:

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Ruff Riders, originally uploaded by Broompl (Pete).

 


Ruff Riders, originally uploaded by Broompl (Pete).

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Tubular, Flavia…

THIS JUST IN: Iowa pet rescutes

Man, Iowa is having a TOUGH time. The people, pets, everything. It is rough.

Thankfully, the Humane Society is on the scene, heroically saving pets from precarious situations, providing safety, shelter and reuniting folks with their ani-pals…

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[Dog is all 'Baroo!?!']

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[Kitties are all Pfffffffft!-pffffft!]

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Get an emergency plan together for your pets! Donate here to Humane Society Flood Fund!

Whut up, Self Peeps!

Thanks for the mayn-shons, Self magazine.I agree, C.O, is all about de-stressing. And paws. And muzzlepowshes. And chomping on kitten ears while no one is looking.

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Josée L., thank you for the SCAN-tabulous submishe!!!

“That’s so cute I could puke a rainbow”

Have you ever said that?I thought so.

Here is a nice series of images you can point to, the next time you’re overwhelmed with Teh QTE.

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It happens, right, Valerie M.?

Purdue U wants to know what you think…

Bye_bye_baruHave you ever lost a pet? Have you experienced the grief of losing a pet? This survey is for you…

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement wants you to take a moment to help other pet owners deal with the loss of a pet. This research will be used to help counselors and other professionals better understand the issues that patients who have lost pets.

Ribble ribble

From condos to castles, Barry has you coveredFrog-saver and stellar mortgage broker Barry writes:

"My wife and I were at a Chinese market when we spotted these bull frogs being sold for the Chinese New Year to be eaten. We decided to save one from a sad death and took it home. They sealed it in a bag with a sticker price tag just like I had bought a piece of meat. When we arrived home, our dog Puka fell in love with the frog. She thinks its her baby. She mothers it and follows it everywhere. If he tries to hop away she will nudge it back with her paw. When its in the tank she never leaves its side. She loves her Phineous frog!"

Shifty eyes

[will you please check out the eyeball action on this frog]

Bluuurrrp!

Ehn! [pushes with nose]

Run away!

This is CuteNessNetwork…

…[James Earl Jones voice]

Thanks to CNN London employee Kasia K., who suggested the title "Cute Overload" for a CNN story on baby tigers. Below, see anchor Charles Hodson began reading the story with "Cute Overload… in a Hamburg zoo" and then continue with the story of five little lion cubs on their first public outing.

Rokkin’! [Air guitar]

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Ahh—Cute Overload and Nobel Peace prizes—two great tastes that taste great together… [See news ticker below title]

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Thanks, Kasia… ;)

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