For better or worse, winter, and the holidays are upon us. And whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, I think we can all agree that our downy, fluffy, woolly, friends are a gift. Let’s celebrate them together!

In case you’re new (in which case, welcome!): Favorites are chosen by one of the Snout Selectors (KrabbyPaddy, facw, Xyl0c41n3, Chuckles, CBG, k2b, and Hannibal), 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 Petfinder or any other shelter or rescue site. If you’re like me, you probably know people doing some good rescue/foster/support work in your area, so please feel free to share the love and the fluff from your hometown.

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 or tweet 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. So let’s find a moment of joy in these, our little endorphin-enabling wonders.


FluterDale’s FluterPups are busy getting ready for Santa!

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gerbilsoutofexile and Girlfriend’s Sasha is looking forward to spending the season in her new forever home.

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Agrajag’s Gus doesn’t mind the winter weather.

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But bitofivory’s pup prefers to bundle up.

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Mimi_Krimi’s Alice likes a good stretch before hibernation.

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Kia is very good at untying knots. That could come in handy untangling lights for oldwomanyellsatclods.

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Kiltedpadre’s Pitch has started shopping.

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Chuckle’s pup-in-law Baxter is definitely going on the NICE list.

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Area Woman’s Area Cat finds a little sunshine and a good book can relieve the holiday stress.

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fhrblig’s Sophie can brighten the coldest day.

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Pancho Villeneuve ST’s Kamala is NOT READY for the holidays!

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That’s all for this week. Now show us your little angels!