Y’all, I know a bunch of you have kids and “back to school” is just awesome for you, and I’m really glad for you,but OMG. As a teacher?! This is such an insane time of year. So I clearly need me the fur faces something bad.

In case you’re new (in which case, welcome!): Favorites are chosen by one of the Snout Selectors (Sorcia, EdieBealesCostume, 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.

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.

Drumroll! Last week’s winners!

Kamora’s expression is exactly what I think I look like when a student says, “I won’t be in class next time — will I miss anything important?”

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This is what my students look like when I assign group work...

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And this is what it looks like when Teacher’s Pet is trying to help another student...

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This is PRECISELY how I feel when I’m being overwhelmed by papers to grade...

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Congrats on the new Fur-baby, Vivlock! This is the face I make at the online gradebook I’m forced to use despite terrible user interface.....

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And this is me every Friday after classes are over....

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This is me when kids ask me something that is already on the syllabus, but I look less regal, generally speaking.....

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Please go see ALL the cute from last week — it was super epic.

Now show me your Fur Faces, GT!!