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10/24/2012

YOU GUYS. The Cute Show went to the Montreal Wiener Dog Races! In these three minutes and 13 seconds you will see racing dachshunds! Dachshunds in costume! Dachshunds jumping through hoops! A 14-week-old dachshund puppy named Arthur who was born without eyes!

The Montreal Wiener Dog races were organized to raise awareness and funds for dachshund rescue organizations; this year’s races benefitted Animal Adoption Montreal and Helping Homeless Pets. You can see more videos of the event at the official site.

04/13/2012

Are you ready to drop dead of cuteness? I know I’ve said this before, but I sincerely mean it this time. Vice’s The Cute Show has MORE FOOTAGE of the orphaned wild board piglets and their foster mother, Baby the French bulldog, at the Lehnitz animal asylum in Germany.

In addition to the rambunctious little bitty piggies, you get to see some of the other residents of the sanctuary! Rescued animals! Interspecies love! You can’t handle how sweet this all is!

04/05/2012

Get ready to drop dead of adorableness: It’s highlights from the Rabbit Grand National! Bunnies doing hurdles! Bless you, The Cute Show, for bringing us this thing of beauty and wonder. I feel like I’ve found my calling and it’s training bunnies to jump over stuff fast.

Now, I did wonder if this was especially good for rabbits. I know that things like obstacle courses can be enriching for dogs, but shy little bunnies? So, I consulted with rabbit expert (and vegan we love) Anne Martin. And she gives it her OK! Anne says:

That video is pretty adorable!  I think rabbit show jumping is OK, as long as the rabbits have good lives as companions while they’re not jumping hurdles (and it sounds like these women in the video love their rabbits, and have them live inside), and rabbits aren’t being killed/disposed of if they’re not champion jumpers or that their “titles” were being used by breeders to sell rabbits (I don’t think you have to worry about that here).

I think it’s a good video to share—it shows how rabbits are intelligent, agile, and not the stereotypical bunny-in-the-backyard-hutch-that-is-so-depressed-he-just-sits-there-and-waits-for-nothing-forever.

Here’s a website with great info on how to clicker train your rabbit, for those who might be interested in training their rabbit to jump hurdles, after they watch the competition video!

The only caveat I would put on the clip is that they show rabbits in cages with wood shavings—the phenols from the wood can cause liver damage, so House Rabbit Society recommends avoiding shavings.  Also, spayed/neutered rabbits will use a litterbox, so don’t need “bedding” all over their cages like that—check out my handout on safe alternatives to pine shavings [pdf].

Thanks, Anne! Isn’t she the best? If you have the bunny-jumping fever, there are, in Anne’s words, a bajillion rabbits on Petfinder in a location near you. If you need me, I’ll be watching this video on repeat until my brain explodes from cuteness.

02/09/2012

The Cute Show visits a guinea pig shelter in the Netherlands! I checked out the site of the “cavy village” and they say you can buy a cavy, but really I think they mean you can adopt one. And then when they say you can adopt one, really they mean you can symbolically “adopt” one of the old cavies by making a donation. The old ones get their own section of the shelter, an old cavies’ home! They call them “retired.” Aw. 

I had a guinea pig when I was little and I feel SO GUILTY about the way I treated her. She spent her life all by herself in what I now know is a gestation cage and I rarely cuddled with her. Poor Speedy! I feel terrible. When I am old and have a farm I’m going to have my own cavy-village dedicated to Speedy! And no cavy will ever be alone ever. 

01/19/2012

The Cute Show brings you: baby wombats! OMG I want a baby wombat! Without flying to Australia though. Because I’ve been on that flight and it’s hella boring. Dramamine can only keep you knocked out for so long and my tum prevents me from boozing it up on the plane. I know, I’ll bring my baby wombat along to entertain me! Oh, Womby, you’re the best.

09/22/2010

Here’s a newish video about moths by Lucy Cooke, creator of that awesome and adorable baby sloth video. It can’t compare to baby sloths, but what can?! It’s still cool though. So many kinds of moths! I like the ones that look like leaves—who’s with me?! Those guys are totally cool. They’re all, “I’m a moth! I’m a leaf! I’m a moth! I’m a leaf! I’m a moth AND a leaf!”

As suggested in the video, head over to the Amazon Conservation Association to see how you can help save the rainforest. And if you need a sloth fix, Cooke created a longer, more informative, slightly less cute video for The Cute Show. I love Alfie! He’ll stay a puppy forever! That’s the ultimate dream. And how cute is it when they hold the babies by their arms? So cute. OMG I need a sloth!!! Seriously, I can’t continue without one. Purse sloth! I’m coming for you!

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