15 January 2013

buck up

I've been in a bit of a funk lately, with a few things in life that have me feeling frustrated and down, plus perhaps a dose of the old seasonal affective disorder. Blerg. For times like this when I'm feeling a little sad or a little sour, sometimes I just need to fake some cheer or a better attitude to get me going down a happier path - and I don't know about you, but for me funny animal cuteness is often a good trigger...

This Toy Stories photograph series of animal figurines and funny captions by Aled Lewis is adorably amusing. Two favorites (but you should check them all out, and you can buy a whole book! I want it):
Aled Lewis Bull in a China Shop
Aled Lewis Well Played

If one is somehow still feeling blue after that, there's this 50 cutest things that ever happened page. This baby elephant face plant and stuffed toy look-alike puppy are my favorite.
elephant face plant
stuffed puppy

This is the clincher for me though: Ginger in Peter's glasses. Just remembering how much I cried from laughing so hard while he was taking these photos is enough to draw a giggle every time I see them. (And this is yet another example of how she is the world's most tolerant dog.)
Ginger in glasses

And of course there is a whole YouTube trove of cute animal videos, like Lala the penguin who wears a backpack to go shopping for his own fish or the sneezing baby panda that scares its mom, for a really tough day. Any other suggestions for me?


  1. I know how you feel, January sucks sometimes. Hope you feel better soon. In the meantime, try Cute Overload, The Daily Puppy, and The Pet Collective. Also this video. :)

  2. The BBC series (older) "Walk on the Wild Side" promos, which you can find on Youtube are hilarious voiceovers of wild animals. The best is Alan the Marmot (there's a french version with subtitles too). This is my go-to cheer up and laugh video.

  3. Why are dogs in glasses SO funny?!

  4. Animal Photobombs get me every time.

  5. There is always the corgi flop!

  6. marcel the shell, while maybe technically not an animal, is always good for a pick-me-up. hope life turns around soon.

  7. These are all great! My son slid some sillies like these at me one day when I was owly! Marcel the Shell is THE BEST! We recite the lines randomly when we need a break in the mood!
    Chin up! Laughing looks good on everyone!

  8. I'm totally convinced that there's no bad day that a picture of animals can't solve!

    The Glossy Life

  9. oh man - I got SAD for real when I lived in London. it sounds like a fake thing, but it's serious - take care of yourself!

  10. Sorry you're in a funk! I get a similar feeling now and again...I love the first two photos! I'm going to have to look that up.

  11. This was so great, I can see we have the same "cheer me up" kind of taste! Thanks for this-I'm in a funk too, I swear it happens every January. And your title reminds me of my mom who tells me "Buck up beaver" any time I am complaining to her about something! Ha! Hope you start to feel better soon. :)