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Apr 11, 2008

We CAN all get along.

And here is the proof:

Heidi B., you're right, this interspecies snorgling is OFF THUH SCALES

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Bravo, Sir, Bravissimo!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Wow.. that's great. I love the Velcro comment he makes..

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Weird.. Katrina.. that's actually my real name.. so .. Hi to another Katrina!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM

My favorite moment is when the cat gets caught with his tongue sticking out after slurping on the rattie. That's weird, wonderful stuff.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

That is one attractive-ass rat.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:53 AM

I was literally thinking about these animals this morning because this is in my town! I don't have photos or video though, so all I had was a pdf of the article when he was interviewed in the local paper. Sadly the local paper is only available for viewing with a subscription. The guy trained them to do this! It's even more incredible when you see them walking down the street together. I mean, my cats would never walk on a leash, let alone on a busy city sidewalk, let alone behind or on top of a dog, let alone with a rat on top...

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:56 AM

commentrovery starting in 3...2...

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Really LOVELY! Peace!

Anne Boleyn
 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:01 AM

I agree w/ Daniel; my favorite part is the look on the cat's face when he realizes he's been caught licking on the rat. He's all like "Whoops! Um...he's just tasty, that's all.." What I love most about this is how totally unconcerned the rat is, especially considering he's the one who has the highest chance of being eaten by the other two, if things ever got ugly! Which doesn't look likely to happen anytime soon!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:04 AM


 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I love when the little girl puts the rattie on her head. "This looks fun, lemme try it . . ." I really appreciate people who don't hate on the ratties.

I hope the poor dog gets some lickylove. He's the one who has to carry everybody!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I see these guys all the time in Santa Barbara! They are all little bundles of snorgleness!!!!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Why am I not surprised that the owner is some hick from Bumfark, Arkansas or wherever? Cute animals, tho' !

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Pimping out your animals on the street for entertainment... totes not cool.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Gosh Estlin - could you be just a little more derogatory?

I adore how the rat is so comfortable and laying all splayed out, on the cat, on the dog - it doesn't matter... just let him be comfortable! haha

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM

I bet they're all on Ecstasy.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM

The guy reminds me of Danny Bonaduce for some reason. The animals are great. I wish I could trust my cat for one moment with the hammies, but I just can't. He loves watching them in their carefully cat-proofed cages, which is fine, but he has to go into exile when the hammies are out to play.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Jeebus, the guy's not pimping them - it's not like people who make monkeys do stupid tricks for money. I s'pose the Santa Barbarans can confirm, but I didn't even see a hat or bowl out for money - he just seems to like to hang out and get the attention, and last time I checked, dogs, cats and rats pretty much enjoy lounging around and getting some attention, too.

Not only is there interspecies snorgling, there's I Shall Leeck you action, rat 'tocks, who knows what else - is there something beyond trifecta?

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM

I see these guys all the time in downtown SB. They were posted here before, but this is a much better quality video of them.

There was a commentroversy last time too. But they really don't have it bad.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:51 AM

There needs to be a grasshopper on that rat. Playing a violin.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

sooz, he does accept tips, and he lives off of them. There are lots of tourists in SB, so there are a number of street performers, and tips are good. Still, the animals aren't mistreated or abused.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

sooz is right, the guy is not pimping them out per se. When interviewed for the local paper, he said he doesn't ever ask for money. He does have a jug out, but he doesn't make it about the money. I will say though, when you see it you want to throw tons of money at him. The animals see the vet regularly, the guy has a car, and he does stay in motels (doesn't live on the street exactly). He has traveled to other states too (the cat chose--of it's own volition--to start riding on top the dog when they were in a snowy city). I've even seen this guy in Santa Monica, not just Santa Barbara. Many people have worried that he's drugged the animals somehow, and animal control gets called on him occasionally when he arrives in new cities, but they always determine there is absolutely no cruelty. He just timed the training with the animals in their development.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:02 PM

The animals probably love it. Look at all the attention they get from both their owner and the people passing by.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:02 PM

These animals don't appear to be drugged in any way. Just peacefully coexisting: no religion or politics to get in the way. Loved the way the kitty was licking the rat, and that very sweet, mellow dog putting up with the attention. Sweet, precious animals, and more power to their owner, too. He's not bothering anyone, and who could argue with his philosophy? If the world could operate on this level, it'd be a beautiful thing. We really can learn a few things from the animals after all.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I want to get in on that snorgling action. Maybe the dog can sit on me...

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM

You know, Golden Katrina, if everyone with the name KATRINA would come out of hiding it would be much better for all of us.
I have had my lovely name for 54 years now and some meteorological phenomenon isn't going to ruin it! I like my name and I hope you like yours- what is your middle name? Mine is Stevenson.

Off my soap box, thank you for listening.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Wow! I actually saw this guy and his pets in Telluride over 10 years ago. It is still amazing. If only I could get me animals to be so well behaved.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Just amazing. I am against dragging cats into public places, which they hate, but this one is as calm as can be. The guy's comment about the peace sign says it all. This might be the best video ever on CO.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM

In Victorian times sideshow acts exactly like this were called "Happy Families". One showman explained that the secret of a successful "Happy Families" act was to make sure that the animals NEVER went hungry!

Alice Shortcake
 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

This reminds me of "The Napping House" where all the pets are stacked on one another.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Hmmm, those animals look drugged or beaten into submission.

But they are damn cute.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Wow, I just started working on this cross stitch... http://www.janlynn.com/detail.cfm?ID=7206. I'm going to think of this guy whenever I work on it!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM

All they need is a goat and a donkey and they are an old German fairy tale! Amazing!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Well, almost!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:52 PM

booger, kittie, and mousie -- tres originale!

"I bet I can stack em up"

give the dog a pa-sickie!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Yay! I live in Denver, and I see these guys walking up and down our pedestrian mall in the summers! I love them so much!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 01:58 PM

First of all, "Telluride, CO" is not "Bumfark, Arkansas" (and no offense intended to the people in Arkansas, either)....it's that kind of attitude ("Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, same thing") that gets countries into trouble these days.

Second, SANTA BARBARA!!! My (at-least part-time) home for going on seven years!

It's also EXACTLY the kind of place where you would expect this kind of lazy, summer-day snorgling between creatures of all kinds. Come visit SB! And see some theatre or dance while you are here!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 02:16 PM

NUFFERS! We can't all be PhDs in nuclear whatever. (Or "nukular" as some..., oh never mind). They seems to be making people happy and, if they make a living making people happy I'll bet it isn't a big living but it MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY. Lighten up.

Anne Boleyn
 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 02:24 PM

Oops! That would be, "seem to be....", not "seems", Here in Bumfark VA we sometimes type ungrammatically.

Anne Boleyn
 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 02:27 PM

Telluride is a famous ski resort town that attracts its fair share of celebrities. I wouldn't exactly call it a breeding ground for "hicks."

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 02:29 PM

the rat seems to has a flavour!!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 02:37 PM

I'm getting increasingly frustrated by the idiots who drop by once every three years to comment on something with bitterness and vileness. I'm talking to you, Estlin.

BUT, just as soon as my blood begins to boil, here are the great citizens of COville to rescue my blood pressure by just being good, kind people.

Thanks, guys. You're all wonderful.

And I thought this video was pretty amusing...it seemed a little bizarre to me, but then again, I don't tend to like street performers who aren't musicians or don't have any obvious "talents" to show...I mean, rat sitting on cat sitting on dog is amusing, but for some reason, I find it kind of creepy. I guess just the fact that the animals just seem really blase about the people. But I guess if they've done it enough times, they get used to being around people.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 02:47 PM

Bumfark? BUMFARK??? I'll have you know there are some very highly educated people in the state of Arkansas. Some have even become PRESident. ;)

That said, this vid is off the heezy. :))))))))

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 03:15 PM

is it just me or do these animals look bored as hell?

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 03:26 PM

Santa Barbara CO is repping it today!

This rat/cat/dog show is so played out downtown, but seeing it through CO eyes, i suppose it is pretty adorable...

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 04:39 PM

haha i love the guy who goes:

Dees da mos amazin ting i ever see in mah life!

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 05:02 PM

I know Hillary B.

Hint: Go Cardinals.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 05:19 PM

where is this? I want to meet this group in person. Like a pilgrimage. It would be just like hugging Amma, but way furrier :)

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 08:02 PM

Was this guy around SB before I left in 1997? This is what I call cute (until the little girl put the rat in her hair--sorry rat-lovers I have a total paranoia about rodents). More amanuls plz.

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:27 PM

I'm impressed that the ratty will sit that still! My two would be off looking for interesting things to chomp on, heh heh....

 |  Apr 11, 2008 at 11:50 PM

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