Fresh Pet Love

Watching the Dallas Buyer’s Club again because I really think it may have been the most powerful movie I have seen in years, and because the relationship between Ron and Rayon was perhaps one of the more romantic and realistic love stories I have seen in a movie in years. The transition of Matt M’s character from being a bitter homophobe to his genuine love for his partner (not in a physical sense), played by Leto, was one of the more sincere portrayals of love that I ever remember. It’s really a beautiful, powerful, and important movie. I know I watch a lot of crap, but this was something everyone should watch.

Having said that, thought I would lighten the mood with some pics of the piglets. First up, her royal highness on her chair giving me the side eye:


His royal majesty:


Finally, our lady of perpetual exuberance, Miss Lily, who was trying to trip me while I was taking pics of the others because she wanted me to get on the floor and play:


And now back to his majesty, who is turning out to be one of the most photogenic cats on the planet, who also clearly decided his closeup before was not good enough. So he stood up, moved, meowed to get my attention, and then posed:



Night, haters!

31 replies
  1. 1
    YellowJournalism says:

    I think that may be one of the cutest pictures of Lily you’ve ever posted.

    And Rosie is throwing you some serious shade. Whatever did you do?!

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    Arclite says:

    Lily is just adorable.

    I have Dallas Buyers Club, but haven’t watched it yet. Now I’ll have to move it up the list of things to watch. Thanks.

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    Little Boots says:

    night, and stop being angry.

  4. 4
    fordpowers says:

    oohhhweee lily is so pretty!! I want one!!

    And I can see that kittykat is a handsome man
    but shaving a cats ass still aint on the bucket list.

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    Little Boots says:

    your pets are really cute.

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    Mary G says:

    That is the best picture of Lily you have ever taken. What a doll.

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    ruemara says:

    I love that Lily pic but Takkun has alllll those guys beat for photogenic. Sorry.

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    Elizabelle says:

    You are turning into a regular Walter Chandoha.

    Best series of pet pics, evah. (*that don’t include Tunch)

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    TG Chicago says:

    The Lily pic is adorbz, but my fav is the first Steve pic. Big mane, up on the tree, looking like master of all he surveys… good stuff. The hanging paw seals it.

    Obv no pic can ever top the TUNCH shot, but this might be in that league.

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    Jacks mom says:

    Way cute pics of the kids. Steve looks like my cat Althea sans the extra digits and shaved butt.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Well this is worth getting upset about. I wonder how many court officials are investors in these private probation companies, like that judge in Pennsyvania who was paid to send kids to a private detention center.

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    Josie says:

    Love the picture of Lily. Her personality really shines through in this one.

  13. 13
    Joy in FL says:

    start my day with photos of John Cole’s piglets…. very auspicious.

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    Manyakitty says:

    Not sure about you, but can I marry your critters?

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    monkeyfister says:

    Everyone loves Senior Pictures Day!

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    WereBear says:

    Maine Coon charm — it’s magic!

    We have a ham in our home… but it’s the kinda-Ocicat, Tristan.

    But yes, there are cats who run from the camera, and those who run to it!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Rayon. I love that name. It’s perfect for that character.

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    seabe says:

    From a lot in the trans community, they didn’t like the movie as much as the Globers:

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    Violet says:

    Love that picture of Miss Lily. So cute.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Agree with all that’s the best pic of Lily ever. But that last photo of Steve, his eyes are amazing.

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    Paul in KY says:

    I like the top picture of Steve. Just looks so relaxed.

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    Lurker says:

    That’s the best picture of Lily I have ever seen, Cole! She is absolutely adorable.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I loved that Rosie looks so calm and elegant. And all of her is in the pic.

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    muddy says:

    Look at Lily’s eyes just brimming over with Daddy. It’s no wonder they are on the buggy side, they are just that full of love.

    ETA: Rosie looks quite svelte.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Haven’t seen Dallas Buyer’s Club, but that essay sparked a thought: I wonder if at least some of the extreme hatred directed at transwomen* is because they’re rejecting their male privilege and pointing out to all of society that being A Man is not, in fact, what everyone should want to be. They’re pointing out by their very existence that not everyone envies straight men and thinks they should forever be at the top of the social heap.

    It’s analogous to my surmise that what drives a certain group of white people batty about Obama is that he chose to join the black community, marry a black woman, rise through the political ranks in a city with a powerful black political base, etc.

    * I’m assuming that I’m using the correct word for someone who appeared to be biologically male when they were born and transitioned to being a woman. I know someone will (hopefully politely) correct me if I’m wrong.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    I like how Steve’s hanging paw shows his thumb so well. He also knows not to look directly at the camera, so you get nice eyes instead of red lasers; such a handsome boy!

    Lily simply brims with love, and Rosy looks happier than any JRT I’ve ever seen – she even tolerates roomies!

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    Jebediah, RBG says:

    Great pix of all of them – esp. love that look on Lilly – about to asplode with love.

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    Keith G says:


    I know someone will (hopefully politely) correct me if I’m wrong.

    That made me snort.

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    My Truth Hurts says:

    He sure is a beautiful bastard.

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    Booda says:

    John, thanks for introducing me to Wiley cash. I just finished his latest and it’s just a great read. He’s now on my watch list of authors, so I’m notified when they have a new book coming out. It’s New southern gothic that makes me want to go back and revisit some Faulkner and flannery o’connor.

    Oh, also, That lily face kills me very time

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