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Too Cute: Its Appeal
People like seeing baby animals. People also like seeing baby animals grow up and learn how to move around the world. In Too Cute, a show from Animal Planet, the series focused on showing various baby animals, like puppies, during their first ten weeks of life. Some of the episodes involved breeds of puppies that would normally be portrayed as incredibly savage or mean, but were actually quite nice when they were in an environment that did not force them to become mean. Another aspect about Too Cute was that other species of animals got to interact with the main subjects in an episode, and the cuteness that that gets emphasized in a single episode caused viewers to see how the relationship between the two animals would prosper. And even episodes that shift the focus to an entirely different species of animal, like kittens, included a dog who normally wanted to be friends with the kitten or initially just tried to ignore the baby animal. One episode that had an animal that was normally portrayed as savage look adorable as a puppy involved rottweilers. An episode that involved Keeshond puppies growing-up on a farm, and eventually attempting to befriend other animals like ducks. And even an episode involving adult Terriers and five rescued kittens included adorable scenes of the kitten trying to become friends with the Terrier. Too Cute was a show that made all of its episodes adorable with its baby animals, and that has contributed to its popularity.
Rottweilers have received the reputation of being one of the more meaner breeds of canine. Portrayed in various forms of media as vicious, angry, and potentially very painful to interact with, rottweilers were obviously not considered one of the more friendlier breeds. Too Cute however, shows that even rottweilers started out as puppies. In this case, a mother rottweiler gave birth to a big litter of puppies. However, instead of being portrayed as tiny little savages who would eventually grow into the bloodthirsty killers that people would normally think they could become, they were portrayed to have more mischievous qualities. In one video the rottweiler siblings were old enough to start playing with each other more actively. Which meant wrestling. The narrator in the video then points out that rottweilers, with their intelligence, were actually pretty good family pets. But it was a good idea to teach gentleness to a rottweiler puppy. So Too Cute had a montage of the rottweiler puppies interact with human children. And the video showed that rottweilers can actually be pretty sociable if they were taught the proper socialization skills.
Another video showed an adorable scene of a rottweiler puppy learning how to walk with a leash. When the puppy showed obvious discomfort with the leash, the narrator noted that the other rottweiler puppies were helping the restrained rottweiler puppy escape its leash. However, with the help of mom, the restrained puppy learned to accept the leash and walk with it without problems. Here the viewer saw that a rottweiler could learn to behave if the dog learned how to behave in the puppy stages.
Interacting With Other Breeds
Another aspect about Too Cute were the interactions between different animals with the baby animals while they were growing-up. One episode involved a baby goat being the surrogate child to a family of Coton de Tulears that just had their own litter of puppies. Here the pygmy goat, Pipsqeak, got the chance to see her surrogate siblings. Being an entirely different species than your other siblings in the animal world meant that Pipsqeak's method of greeting was either intimidating or potentially painful. In an act of headbutting her siblings and being far more exhausting for their puppy bodies to endure, Pipsqeak causes the Coton de Tulear puppies to fall asleep after watching her prance around. While this initial attempt at playing with her siblings failed, Pipsqeak would get other chances once the puppies grew slightly older.
Once the puppies were slightly older, Pipsqueak tried to make friends with them again. Unfortunately, the puppies still could not handle the giddiness that Pipsqeak exhibited when greeting them. But when Pipsqueak started to give up on playing with her siblings, one of her brothers, Snowflake, decided to try to make friends with Pipsqueak. Pretty soon both the puppy and the pygmy goat were getting along and playing together. Pretty soon Pipsqeak's other surrogate siblings decided to play with Pipsqeak. This video ends with an adorable montage of all the puppies and pygmy goat finally playing together as a family. It was stories like this one that made Too Cute a popular show for viewers. There were numerous stories of baby animals growing-up and learning to get along with other animals who were living under the same roof, but the narrator made the story sound a lot cuter than other stories about different people learning to get along.
Other Baby Animals
Even when Too Cute focused on the growth of an animal that was not a dog, a dog, or multiple dogs, would enter the picture and become a part of the story. One story involved a litter of mixed breed kittens who were living under foster care. Living under the same roof with two adult terriers made the terriers uneasy, mostly because the narrator made the dogs seem uninterested with the new additions to their home. One of the orphaned kittens, Louise, thought these dogs were interesting and the narrator portrayed her as someone who was looking for guidance. Once Louise began walking, she attempted to follow the two older terriers to try and get to know them better. After various attempts like using their things, doing stunts that got her in trouble, and growing into an age where she was old enough to be adopted into a new, permanent home, Louise was the only kitten in her litter to stay in the house with the two older dogs. Luckily, Louise was more than willing to share.
Too Cute was a show on Animal Planet that thrived on making episodes featuring a wide array of baby puppies and kittens growing up and learning the ways of the world. As a puppy, even dogs considered mean and vicious could be portrayed as adorable, like the rottweiler. And watching two different baby animals get along like siblings could be considered cute by different viewers. And even when Too Cute focused on animals other than puppies, it was still ridiculously adorable to see different animals interact with one another.