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Kiko is happy to be in your photo as long as it is clearly *about* her

Kiko the Finnish Spitz dog poses for a photo backwards and upside-down while her disapproving sister looks on.
Kiko the Finnish Spitz dog poses for a photo backwards and upside-down while her disapproving sister looks on.
All photos: Kaya the Shepherd via Instagram

Kiko is a 10-month-old Finnish Spitz puppy who insists on doing things her own way—especially when it comes to posing for her person’s Instagram photos. She lives with her sister Tofu and a wise, patient, and long-suffering White Swiss Shepherd named Kaya who acts as the mother of the group.


Some tongues are just too beautiful to keep hidden away

A Siamese cat with a flat face and blue eyes, sticking its tongue out.
A Siamese cat with a flat face and blue eyes, sticking its tongue out.
Photos: Neko Ikiru San via Instagram

A custom that is shared by humans and cats alike is the one where we keep our dang tongues in our mouths unless we’re using them for something. But like many such customs, this is simply something we’ve all kind of collectively landed on as a way of behaving and not, as it turns out, the law. And such is the fragility of our norms that it only takes one obstreperous malcontent to plunge us all into a topsy-turvy mayhem-world where some of us don’t keep our dang tongues in our mouths, ever.

The transgressor, in this case, is a…


One artist’s simple but delightful vision

On the left, an older gentleman with unkempt hair and a gray scarf; on right, a gray and black cat with a similar expression
On the left, an older gentleman with unkempt hair and a gray scarf; on right, a gray and black cat with a similar expression
Photos: Gerrard Gethings via Instagram

Gerrard Gethings is a British photographer who finds his muse in animals. His animal portraits are designed to show the personality and character of the subjects, bringing out their unique features and idiosyncrasies to show a real individual. As he says of his work:

Familiarity often makes us forget this, but when you get up close and capture every soulful detail in the eyes of a dog, cat or horse, then you start to remember where it came from. They seem important and individual again.

And although Gethings’s latest project is at its core about similarity, the effect is to…


The dogs think he’s a dog too, apparently

A wide-eyed tabby cat, Kiki, sits looking serious right in the middle of the frame, surrounded by three posing shiba inu dogs
A wide-eyed tabby cat, Kiki, sits looking serious right in the middle of the frame, surrounded by three posing shiba inu dogs
Photos: saki.ibuki.hazuki via Instagram

Kiki is a one-year-old cat who lives with three dogs in Japan, but no one has the heart to tell him. His brother and sisters accepted him into the family as a two-month-old kitten, and have patiently taught him all about life as a dog, which mostly seems to involve eating, going for walks, and posing for group photos that would look good as an album cover.

Unlike most cats, Kiki has no qualms about patiently posing with his pack, who have all been exceptionally gracious about accepting this tiny, oddly shaped, purring puppy into their family. …


Some dogs just march to the beat of their own drummer

Four cute shiba inu dogs pose smiling together on a step, but one (Hina) has her back to the camera and is in profile
Four cute shiba inu dogs pose smiling together on a step, but one (Hina) has her back to the camera and is in profile
Photos: Yokokikuchi_ks via Instagram

Let me introduce you to a Shiba Inu named Hina. She lives with her best friends, Kikko, Sasha, and Momo, in Hong Kong, and she is constantly ruining their photoshoots. Her older sisters are professional and versatile models, and they’ve mastered all of the important skills required to be relevant on Instagram—smiling, smizing, simpering, and looking extremely serious when the situation calls for it.

But no matter how hard she tries (which by all accounts, is actually not very hard at all), Hina can’t get on the same page. She’s just not a joiner.

There was, of course, the time when she fell asleep during the photograph.


Grumpy Cat 2: Grump Harder

Photos: Grumpy Kitzia

Once in a generation, a new cat rises from amongst the mewling feline masses with the talent, the drive, and the resilience to claw her way to lasting fame and glory. The abilities required to reach such dizzying heights differ from cat to cat — for Maru, it was a preternatural gift for the art of the cardboard box; for Shironeko, it was a Zen-like patience that allowed him to outwait and outlast his rivals.


Flowers are over. If you truly love someone, you should say it with bread.

Photos: Blondie + Rye

Now that we’ve all become experts in baking homemade sourdough, it might be worth taking a step back to see just how far we have to go before we reach perfection. Baker Hannah P., on Instagram as Blondie + Rye, uses colorful leftover vegetables to turn her breads into breathtaking edible creations.

Hannah posts before-and-after-baking photos on her Instagram, and assures fans that none of these delightful breads go to waste:

I have had many questions about what happens to the bread I bake. I even saw a comment from a person hoping the prettier loaves aren’t thrown out! The…


Photo: Jasmine Briones of Sweet Simple Vegan

‘It is like coloring in a coloring book, but with food’

Typical charcuterie boards showcase animal products, like meats and cheeses, but Kat Magsaysay of Cruelty Free Charcuterie is not interested in making those typical boards. Her charcuterie-dedicated Instagram page is full of boards that are colorful, original and, most importantly, vegan.

The self-proclaimed vegan charcuterie queen hopped on a lunchtime video call to talk about creativity, community and her favorite foods to add to a charcuterie board.


This is a beautiful, perfect gift for all of us

Photo: Sterling Munksgard/Shutterstock

Thursday started like any other day. We all sheltered in place, as we do now, trying to make our lives make sense in a troubling time: feeding our sourdough starters; learning to knit; watching Netflix; frantically looking after our children who never leave the house any more; longing for the distant dream of daycare. You know—the usual.

But then two beautiful things happened at once. Two perfectly normal but also perfectly lovely things that by themselves would be unremarkable, but together … well, together, they were rocket fuel. A supernova. A double rainbow. A twin star in our galaxy, gleaming…


A vital Instagram account to keep us sane and grounded

Photo: Charles Deluvio via Unsplash

For almost two years now, one of our nation’s great visionaries has been quietly doing the hard, vital work that no one else has the courage to do: Painstakingly, lovingly combining the only two things that have never actually let us down—dogs, and food. Now, more than ever, we must contemplate these essential documents of the world could be at its very best and commit them to our collective memory, for the sake of generations to come.

Let us first consider this perfect Pup Pop, and absorb what he has to teach us.

Once we have absorbed the message of the Pup Pop, we will be ready to contemplate this essential Hot Pup Sundae.

For more advanced sensibilities, a deep dive into this work of art will be both refreshing and informative.

And even the most refined palate will not balk at a perfect puppy parfait.

For the hipsters, the artistes, and anyone ahead of the game, this gorgeous cold brew in a mason jar will hit the spot.

And anyone with a more classic sensibility could do much worse than selecting a magnificent puproll to admire.

And once you’ve had a Snickerdoodle with your latte, you can never go back.

Though you may prefer to skip the cookies and brighten up your latte itself with a pom or two.

Or if you are in a more contemplative mood, I highly recommend musing upon this sad but beautiful berry…

… and this elegantly melancholy pasta dish.

Folks who already like their fruit furry will be delighted by this improvement on the humble kiwi.

And people who like things pretty corny will feel the same about this pupcorn on the cob.

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