It’s the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year! Gather your friends- the winged, hoofed, pawed and finned, to keep you company during the long, dark night.

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.


Geraldine is dining at KK4Bama’s.

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Chuckle’s Olive wraps up to be both warm and stylish.

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Book It’s Pinon will come out when he’s good and ready!

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Edie Beal’s Costume’s Little Dude knows how to look good while staying warm.

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Pumpkin Spies’ Boggs is doing his fart, er, I mean part, to warm up the house.

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Jettgirl24's Batman, Sister, and Hot Rod are all about the love this season.

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Hi! my Name is Rossssssss braves the dreaded Kinjaverse to bring us the adorable Twig!

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BlueTulipRozeOnTheThirdDay’s Mo is judging us all.

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It’s the Ghost of Christmas Past in the guise of gerbilsoutofexile and her beloved Casey.

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KiltedPadre’s Edgar wants to know “what’s in the box?” I just hope it’s not Pitch’s head!

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YoucancallmeAl, Ruby, and Otis snuggle together on the sofa.

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Boo plays Kwistmas Kitty for HoneyHeart and Homey.

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Flamingo 83 pt2 brings us a PSA from her beardog Chiflado. Don’t forget the Ursid meteor shower peaks tonight!

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Now, warm our hearts with your pics!