It's been a good week for ...
Don't get me wrong. As domesticated animals go, cats are up there with the best of them. They certainly beat terrapins when it comes to personality. But I don't get the mass moggy obsession that has been sweeping the internet.
So popular are our feline friends on YouTube and the like that now they are getting their own film festival. The Internet Cat Video Film Festival, which takes place next month in Minneapolis, will celebrate the phenomenon of sharing cute feline videos online. The event is described as a chance for people to come together and "LOL [laugh out loud] in the presence of others".
The comic qualities of cats have obviously passed me by. I'd always thought that the term "viral felines" had something to do with cat flu.
Apparently there's a classic clip of a cat "playing" a keyboard. LOL.
Cats also feature in humorous images emailed and shared around the web. I Can Has Cheezburger is a blog dedicated to adding hilarious captions to pictures of cats. The site, which is said to receive more than a million hits every day, was sold in 2007 for a reported $2 million (£1.3m).
LOL. All the way to the bank.
It's been a bad week for ... dogs
Well, their owners. More specifically, Russian ones.
Maria Ivakova is a model on a mission to rid Moscow's streets of dog poo. In a dramatic shift from catwalk to sidewalk, she's become a vigilante who isn't afraid to take direct action. When a woman in a swanky open-topped sports car failed to clean up after her handbag-sized pooch, Ms Ivakova lifted the excrement in a napkin and chucked it at the offending pet-owner.
Some might say her action is a little too direct. Throwing dog dirt around the streets of Scotland may be tempting but would probably end badly. But Ms Ivakova has certainly touched a global nerve. After footage of the incident was posted on the internet, it went viral (if cute cats can do it, presumably anything can) and has attracted more than one million hits since it was uploaded on July 2.
Ms Ivakova is obviously destined for stardom ... as a scooper model.
We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules, which are available here.
Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.