Happy New Year and bonne année, my pets, for lo, it is 2017! Allow me to attempt to remove the sting of the cold sharp spray of reality that accompanies the new year (the hangovers, the already-broken resolutions, the drudgery of post-holiday cleanup, the horror of the upcoming Inauguration) by giving you a chance to post some fresh Fur Faces for our fresh (so fresh it should be slapped) New Year!

In case you’re new (in which case, welcome!): Favorites are chosen by one of the Snout Selectors (Sorcia, Edie Beale’s Pantsuit, KrabbyPaddy, mrsfinch), entirely on our own whimsy. WHIMSY. However, in the interest of solidarity, we try to select one dog picture and one cat picture (minimum!) each week. Other pets will also, of course, be considered. We love all your rats, bunnies, ferrets and other furry, feathery & finny pals. WE WILL NEVER DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CUTE. As always, we’re happy to dismiss any pictures if you decide you want them taken down at some point.

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If you don’t have a pet of your own to feature this week, I highly recommend featuring and linking to any cuties who are available for adoption and looking for a home on any shelter or rescue site. I know I’m not the only one lurking on Petfinder!

In that sharing spirit, if you don’t have a pet but want to participate, drop off your best Internet find of an animal gif or meme in the comments. The more animal lovers, the merrier. Speaking of sharing, feel free to share these posts anywhere in the Kinja-verse, because it has been scientifically documented that looking at pictures of cute animals reduces stress.

But first, some friendly Fur Faces from the last of 2016. It’s cold out, so let’s feature some cuddled buddies.


Gretchen’s Peej likes to sleep with Gretchen’s finger in her mouth. Way to enable that oral fixation, Gretchen.


Falafel Apostle’s pupper is serious about naps. SRS U GUISE.


So is NEcarbslover’s fluffy luffer.


temporary’s Chase knows when a girl needs a snuggle. I would like to snuggle Chase myself.


NastyHeart’s Boo got the heated throw for naptime. Because Boo’s built-in fur coat wasn’t enough, apparently.


CorgisAmorgis’ Gary wanted the blanket. CorgisAmorgis’ Gary got the blanket.


And, just a few final holiday moments:

Boswell fears that being made to wear the jingle-bell collar is just the first in a series of unfortunate events.


BeakerC brought us fresh buns for Christmas! Wait a minute, Beaker! Where’s the coffee to go with those buns?


And LaLadyDa’s snuggled pup doesn’t want to get up, even though the holidays are over.


And finally we extend condolences to kafromet, who has lost the wily wonder that was Bucky. We are so sorry, kafromet.


Now, mes amis, let me see the first-footers of 2017, all in their places with bright shiny Fur Faces!