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Jan 01, 2006

Rule#11: A cute animal + food = even cuter

Alertly point out by photographer extraordinaire Kora Manheimer The bunny "Oolong" has earned his spot on the Internet by balancing dessert items on his head.

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Please also see my new favorite site photo, submitted by Lora Singleton, of a Daschund puppy in a bun.

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And let's not forget that we must bow down to the Japanese in every category [Japanese national anthem playing in background] For their brilliant kittens and puppies as sushi and desserts sent in by Rae Wescott:

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Comments

Mmmmm... yum.

Rachel
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 05:18 PM

The bunny is amusing, but the one with the puppy just looks sick. Maybe it'd be funny if it were a fully conscious, full-grown dog sandwiched in a giant bun, but that puppy just looks so helpless it's sad.

Alyson
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 05:50 PM

Oolong is the best-known object-balancing rabbit ever - he even has his own Wikipedia article!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oolong_%28rabbit%29

Unfortunately Oolong passed away in 2003, but his successor is Yuebing, who is also becoming an accomplished object-balancer.
http://www.h6.dion.ne.jp/~yuebing/

Meredith
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 06:08 PM

I have a picture of a full grown daschund in a bun costume. I should send that in, since that puppy does look a little sad.

Shawna
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 06:45 PM

Awww I love the picture of the dog in the bun.

Cairo
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 06:54 PM

I have to say that the little kitten and puppy sushi and desserts kind of turns my stomach. Considering all of the strange foods the Japanese like to eat, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there wasn't some truth to these little edible creations. (ever watch "Iron Chef" on T.V.??) These things are not my idea of "cute" at all.

Bethany
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 07:09 PM

Another puppy on a bun:

http://www.duke.edu/~ccd2/hotdog.jpg

Puppy sandwich!
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 07:42 PM

Those puppy dessert plush are adorable! Was that image ganked from an online store? I would love to know where I could purchase one.

RedRabbit
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 09:26 PM

That cotton candy cat is called Nyan-Nyan Nyanko. It's produced as plushies, stationery, stickers, etc by a company called San-X (kind of like Sanrio/Hello Kitty ?). Just in case you wanted to know.. ^_^

Sarah
 |  Jan 01, 2006 at 10:41 PM

The Japanese don't eat cats and dogs. That's the Chinese. I should know I live in Japan.

ashley
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 03:17 AM

ohh! that puppy is so yummy.. I could eat him up!

L.Bo
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 05:02 AM

Oh yes, this site would not be complete without a tribute to Oolong.

VaCKo
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 08:02 AM

I want to know where I can buy those sushi puppies o.o

Dickie
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 08:15 AM

Do a Google search for "Nyan-Nyan Nyanko" and you'll find a site that sells the plush kitty and more cuteness.

Dustbunny
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 08:29 AM

Anyone having any luck finding these? I've got some of these plushies, but I can't find the sushi pups or the cotton candy kitty...

Tania
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 08:56 AM

As a Chinese person I really take offense to the comment from ashley. I've never eaten cat or dog and from what I've learned in history books and such many countrys (including European countries like France) have eaten dogs and cats especially in times of war when the country is starving and their cows are too valuable to eat because they produce milk, plow fields, etc.

Rosa
 |  Jan 02, 2006 at 08:35 PM

also ... if you type in "san-x" and "plush" in ebay search...you will find tons!

Lauren
 |  Jan 03, 2006 at 09:22 AM

i don't find the photo of the little dog between two slices of bread cute at all. i find it shocking. What is it? hot dog??!!!

virginie
 |  Jan 03, 2006 at 09:58 AM

Sorry, but I take large offense to the blatant racism here. It shouldn't matter that you're japanese, chinese, whatever, and if you've seen iron chef, none of that should lead you to believe that cats and or dogs are eaten. There are some rare instances of people suffering from crippling poverty in every country at some point in time eating small animals. Squirrels are cute, and many americans eat them. Same with bunny. Why, then, does everyone assume a rumor they hear about another people is true? Do some research or say that you heard it, don't purport it as fact.

Speak
 |  Jan 03, 2006 at 11:57 PM

actually people, let's get this straight.
I lived in china for a year and i often saw on menus "black dog" or "yellow dog". While it was disturbing and I didn't partake in it (i am a vegetarian) you have to realize that it is cultural. In China people don't keep these animals as pets... so to them it is as normal as eating cow. Also, in the US people often eat rabbit... so let's remember not to throw stones in glass houses, kay?

comeonnow
 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 09:53 AM

As to the eating of dogs in China (and Vietnam, I think -- I could swear that they have a dog eating festival once a year, no joke), it's not racist to say that this is so -- it's racist (or culturally biased) to say that it's wrong.

It is a strange line to draw, and purely relative, that eating cows is right and eating dogs is wrong. Same with the bunnies and squirrels -- why is it okay with mainstream Western culture to eat pigs (who are intelligent animals, smarter than dogs, it is said) but not to eat rodents?

Silly.

Anne
 |  Jan 05, 2006 at 01:53 PM

To Rae Wescott, wherever did you find the cute photo of the dog plushes?! A few of us are trying to figure out who makes them and if they can be purchased online. ;) Thanks!

Valerie
 |  Jan 07, 2006 at 06:11 PM

I have to find those dog plushies!!!!

There are people in China and elsewhere that eat cats & dogs. But if you eat cows & pigs, you aren't really one to say that it's wrong. That's why everyone should be vegetarian.

Genevieve
 |  Jan 10, 2006 at 10:25 AM

cats & dogs are eaten all around the world and for different reasons - sometimes there is no alternative and sometimes people just like it.
http://www.messybeast.com/eat-cats.htm i've eaten horse and kangaroo.

Lindsay
 |  Jan 10, 2006 at 05:09 PM

the pec of the dog in a hot dog bun mad me lol a LOT!!!

dark_moonlight
 |  Jan 14, 2006 at 08:45 PM

the bunny looks like it has a big shit on its head

zombie sweetheart
 |  Jan 26, 2006 at 02:25 AM

i hate those pics. its cruel

annie
 |  Jan 26, 2006 at 10:40 PM

Why dont you just shoot me? O wait! My head exploded, you waited to long!

Lili of the Valley
 |  Jan 27, 2006 at 09:23 AM

all cat and dog things aside, this whole site is about animal love. the ads about animal friendly items, donate to animal sancutaries, and so on. So WHY is it that the Japanese are so great on this site? They may have good things, but SOMEONE on site site should realize that Japan kills OVER 20,000 dolphins a year, as well as WHALES. don't believe? go to www.bluevoice.org watch the clips. or google it. Then say japan is great. I dare you.

cuteiscool
 |  May 03, 2006 at 06:28 PM

2 words funny funny

Desertrose
 |  Jun 23, 2006 at 12:10 PM

The Japanese don't eat cats and dogs. That's the Chinese. I should know I live in Japan.

Posted by: ashley | Jan 02, 2006 at 03:17 AM
actually people, let's get this straight.
I lived in china for a year and i often saw on menus "black dog" or "yellow dog". While it was disturbing and I didn't partake in it (i am a vegetarian) you have to realize that it is cultural. In China people don't keep these animals as pets... so to them it is as normal as eating cow. Also, in the US people often eat rabbit... so let's remember not to throw stones in glass houses, kay?

Posted by: comeonnow | Jan 05, 2006 at 09:53 AM

Erm, no...Chinese people don't eat dog. I've been to many places in China, and saw no dogs being eaten, or on menus. Some people think that Chinese people are squinty eyed freaks who eat innocent puppies and kittens like babaric savages. Oh, and not to offend Korean people, I heard that in SOME places in Korea they eat dogs. I saw pictures of a crying puppy in a cage by a food stall, and a dude eating a boiled dog. It made me cry. Oh, and in China people do have pets. I saw countless people with lapdogs pet their dogs and kitties. And crickets. :P

Moo
 |  Jul 05, 2006 at 08:11 PM

ummmm........poor thing! to bad it can't see what you guys are doing!

Avril lavignes Sister
 |  Jul 29, 2006 at 07:39 AM

Erm, no...Chinese people don't eat dog. I've been to many places in China, and saw no dogs being eaten, or on menus. Some people think that Chinese people are squinty eyed freaks who eat innocent puppies and kittens like babaric savages. Oh, and not to offend Korean people, I heard that in SOME places in Korea they eat dogs. I saw pictures of a crying puppy in a cage by a food stall, and a dude eating a boiled dog. It made me cry. Oh, and in China people do have pets. I saw countless people with lapdogs pet their dogs and kitties. And crickets. :P

Posted by: Moo | Jul 05, 2006 at 08:11 PM

Ditto that. Pets are extremely common in China now, and although I'm certain that there are rare places in which they do eat what is considered unedible or barbaric to eat, it is certainly not on the normal menu.

Comeonnow:Eating dog is not cultural. And... where the hell in China have you been living in?

Ashley: I take offense in that. Excuse you. I honestly don't think you know what you're talking about.

DelaA
 |  Jan 18, 2007 at 08:38 PM

My word, people.

If you judge peoples' decision to eat dogs or cats, why don't you have a problem with eating cow or chicken?

It doesn't hurt to think outside your own cultural reference point sometime.

Peace out~

p.s. Whaling isn't the coolest thing in the world, but it doesn't mean there aren't people in Japan that are sympathetic to the issue. We often seem to argue with each other instead of banding together for the common good.

Falcore
 |  Mar 11, 2007 at 07:54 AM

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