Nov 20, 2010

Toad Petting

I have never, ever, evereverever thought of toads as cute. In fact, I always just felt they were slimy and gross and, well, just gross. Until today.

Who knew toads like to be petted? Just look how happy that little toady is to be getting scritches and scratches! He's just like a cat or dog, leaning in to them and loving it! It's... it's... *deep breath*... it's almost like toads are cute now.

What do you think?

Note from Cute: I have heard that some toads are poisonous, but I'm going to assume this little guy is squeaky clean. I'm also going to assume that that guy washed his finger in a giant tub of bleach and hand sanitizer after petting the toad. :)

Nov 19, 2010

Tiny Turtle Wants Kitty Kisses

They say that opposites attract, and maybe it's true. One: soft, furry, indifferent, 13 pounds or so. The other: hard-shelled, green, determined, maybe 3 ounces.

And yet, there's nothing this tiny turtle wouldn't do for just one sweet smooch from his kitty love...

BONUS CUTE: Have you seen this kitten riding a turtle?

Nov 18, 2010

Lucy the Smiling Horse

Lucy is one happy horse, and she loves to flash her pearly whites to prove it!

That's cute and all, but what makes it really cute is that she does it on command. I had a good giggle at this one -- I hope you all do, too!

Her mom actually taught her this trick by tickling her lip with her finger until she lifted it... then she 'd get a cookie. Eventually she's do it if her mom just touched her nose. And then, after a while, she just started smiling all the time... just to get a cookie! Silly Lucy. Smart girl!

Nov 17, 2010

Kitten Hiding in a Pile of Kittens

Can you see him? Right there, snuggled deep in the cuddle pile... There's a fuzzy little white kitty with his paws outstretched having the best little dream.

Still don't see him? Don't worry, you will. ;)

Thanks to Cute's friend @ceejness for passing on this cute hiding kitten video!

Nov 16, 2010

Two Cats Tuesday: Pimp Being a Kitten!

Happy Two Cats Tuesday, Cuteheads! Isn't today just the best day?

Pimp got a little crazy with his contribution the Cute today -- he decided to put on a good show and romp around and trample and stalk one of his favorite toys!

For those of you who don't know, my sweet baby Pimp is 11 years old, so these moments of kitten-like behavior are getting a little more few and far between. But don't you worry, this mature dude still has plenty of spunk left in him!

That box on the floor is the box from a bookcase I bought at IKEA. Pimp and Moo loved playing around on it so much that I actually had to leave it there taking up the whole dining room floor for over a week!

The things we do for our kitties...

Moo gives Pimp and his crazy antics the side eye. o_O

Nov 15, 2010

The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Read Today

I am an Animal Rescuer.

I will never bring about world peace.

I'm not a brain surgeon and I'll never transplant an organ to save a life....

I don't have the ear of a powerful politician or world power.

I can't end world hunger.

I'm not a celebrity, and God knows I'm not glamorous!

I'm not looked up to by millions around the world. Very few people even recognize my name.

I'll never win the Nobel prize.

I'll never save the rain forest or end global warming.

There are a lot of things that I'll never do or become.

But today I placed a cat!

It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn't care what happened to it, but yet who were responsible for it even having existence in the first place.

I found it a home.

It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend who will give them unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love.

No, I'm not a rocket scientist but today I saved one of God's precious creatures. Today, I made a difference!

I am an Animal Rescuer.

My job is to assist God's creatures.

I was born with the need to fulfill their needs.

I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection.

I have bought dog and cat food with my last dime.

I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.

I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.

I have fallen in love a thousand times

and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body.

I have Animal Friends and friends who have Animal Friends.

I don't often use the word "pet."

I notice those lost at the road side

and my heart aches.

I will hand raise a field mouse

and make friends with a vulture.

I know of no creature unworthy of my time.

I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven.

But I believe there are!

Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?

We may be master of the animals,

but the animals have mastered themselves.

Something people still haven't learned.

War and abuse make me hurt for the world,

but a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind.

We are a quiet but determined army.

And making a difference every day.

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan.

Nothing more rewarding than saving a life.

No higher recognition than watching them thrive.

There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play

who only days ago, was too weak to eat.

I am an Animal Rescuer.

Note from Cute: I got this in an email from a friend who works with Animal Aid, and I admit to tearing up as I read it. You know, I bet some people think I'm crazy, or just don't really get how anyone would go so out of their way to help one animal like many of us do, but WE know it's worth it. We know it's important.

Please share this with your friends who work with rescues or just your animal-loving friends in general. I know I'm glad my friend shared it with me, and I hope others get to read it, too, just to see how beautiful all their efforts really are.

Now if that isn't cute, I don't know what is... :)

Nov 14, 2010

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'... Keep Them Kitties Rollin'

This is Pancake the cat. Pancake loves juicy chicken and will learn almost any trick to get some -- like doing barrel rolls!

I have no idea how you teach a cat to do this, but Pancake somehow knows to roll over and over and over when his daddy tells him to "barrel roll." And then he gets some chicken, of course.

This has got to be one of the cutest cat tricks ever!

Thanks to Tamar from I Have Cat for sending me this adorable video and introducing me to Pancake's blog!
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