Pointer en Pointe

Is your dog trying to tell you something? She probably is, because none of our furry friends is as communicative as the loyal canine. Dogs have a rich variety of methods to let us know what they are thinking and feeling, from vocalizations ranging from worried whimpers to boisterous barks; visual cues such as tail position and the well-known “play pose”; and, in outlying cases, interpretive dance.

I call this one “Ode to the Rapture of Trees.”

Via Twitter.

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43 thoughts on “Pointer en Pointe

  1. allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Epic scrolldown, Mike. I am literally in tears here. 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣

    • Haha March 22, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      My goodness, I can hardly see because of the tears in my eyes from laughter!

    • Mariana March 24, 2017 / 4:59 am


  2. Blue Footed Booby March 22, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I want to know what that dog is actually doing. It’s almost like the constituent parts disagree on the overall system’s net momentum, and are desperately trying to hurtle in opposite directions.

    • Emsthemonster March 22, 2017 / 11:02 am

      He is being auditioned for the second part of Black Swan.

    • allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Someone needs to write their physics thesis on this pup.

      • Murray C. March 22, 2017 / 9:59 pm

        There’s a white cat (or two, it seems) who does a similar dance, isn’t there, Mike? I believe you even credit Jules Feiffer as your inspiration.

          • Ricky's Mom March 23, 2017 / 7:46 am

            Sadly indeed. But Jules Feiffer is still funny. And so are you. And this dog, this dog—yowza!

            • Murray C. March 23, 2017 / 12:42 pm

              That was early on in my posting things – before”Cutetropolis” if I’m not mistaken? – I was rather pleased with myself for having found this since it turned in to such a fabulous inspiration for Mike. I like the Kitty Kat song, too – missed that somehow.

  3. Alice Shortcake March 22, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Anna Pawlova!

    • Faye March 22, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Oh my god.

      • Ricky's Mom March 23, 2017 / 7:46 am

        Oh my dog.

  4. AJ March 22, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I don’t know what’s funnier – the pic or the comments. Either way, I’m just in tears and I desperately need a good laugh this week. It’s gone from bad to worse at my place – My 79-year old mom had a fall over the weekend and gave herself a concussion, my little nephew had a meningitis scare (only the flu thank god), his mom’s now sick, they’re being evicted and the person who owns my rental has decided to sell it so it’s either buy it or move. AAAARRGGGHH, thank god for Cutetropolis to take my mind off things.

    • Brouhaha March 22, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Goodness! That is a lot at once, I hope things start looking up!

    • Emsthemonster March 22, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      I am sad to hear all these problems, AJ 🙁 I hope the situation improves soon.

    • allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      • AJ March 22, 2017 / 1:47 pm

        Thanks everyone. The way I look at it, it can only go up from here. Good news is next week I get a little vacay, fly out to see my hubby in Hawaii where he’s on work assignment for the next several months. Hmmm, maybe I just won’t come back?

        • Dulcie March 22, 2017 / 8:41 pm

          Yeah that’s a good idea AJ – consider it!! But if you don’t here’s hoping things get better 😨!

    • Murray C. March 22, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Oh, my heaven you do need something to cheer you! And probably some hugs from the ever-dependable gang here at Cutetropolis. Here’s one!😘(close as I could find)

      And, yes, belly laughs over the scroll-down – and at the silly dog. He looks like he had a frisbee thrown his way and was going all-out for it.

    • Catwhisperer March 22, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Sending positive vibes your way!

    • Smartypants March 22, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      AJ, that’s a lot to deal with! Sending hugs – I hope you enjoy your vac. in Hawaii.

    • debg March 22, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      AJ, so sorry about all the bad news this week.

    • Ricky's Mom March 22, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      What an utterly craptastic time you and yours are going through, AJ! That is so rotten. Ricky and I send good juju and puppy kisses.

      Thank goodness for vacations when you really need them. Please enjoy it.

  5. Doug March 22, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    .. I is a pointer .. see .. it’s over their .. *points in 5 different directions*

    • AJ March 22, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Gee George, which way did he go?? He went that a-way, (and that way, and oh yeah, this way too)!!!

    • allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 12:59 pm

  6. Tigger Jourard March 22, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    It’s the best display of “pas de derp” I’ve ever seen.

    • allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      Nice! I’ll have to remember that one.

      This is not the first “interpretive dance” post we’ve had. Maybe “pas de derp” needs to be a tag.

      • Murray C. March 22, 2017 / 1:49 pm


    • Smartypants March 22, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      I like it! Adding my vote for a ‘pas de derp’ tag.

        • allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 4:46 pm

          That works. 🙂

    • AJ March 22, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      I saved this photo to my computer to use as a screen wallpaper and titled it exactly that – Pas de Derp.

      • allein 🐾 March 22, 2017 / 4:16 pm

        I just did, too. 😉

        My current wallpaper is the pup with the leaf bouquet on his way to prom.

        • Smartypants March 23, 2017 / 12:17 am

          Love that one too! I have two sloths hugging with a big hibiscus flower.

  7. Faye March 22, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I see seven points. I looked for the eighth point. But that’s just me. (the tail oh and 9).

  8. AB March 23, 2017 / 12:27 am

    Gaaah! It’s a vicious pit bull! Stop it before everyone dies laughing!

    • Murray C. March 23, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Maybe that’s their vicious secret – they make you die laughing?

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