The battle with Cute Overload continues

Last night, after receiving an email and saddening photos of Lacy’s MinPins, Frosty Paws and Gauge, who suffered severe skin damage from Hartz treatments, I posted a comment over at Cute Overload.

The comment was actually posted, so it seems as if I’m not banned from posting my comments, but I was quickly moderated and the comment was deleted.

Cute Overload comment

Shortly thereafter, “Theo” commented on my personal website:

A new comment on the post #1162 “Best Mac ad that I’ve seen to date” is waiting for your approval

Author : Theo (IP: ,
E-mail :
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Mr. Janicek —
As an adult in this country, you’re entitled to your opinions.  You’re free to try and convince others of them, on your own time and (let’s say just for instance) on your own blog.  Heck, you’re free to give all your money to Scientology if you want, not to mention the rest of the years of your life, should you so choose… as long as it doesn’t interfere with me, my time, or my blog.

Stop trying to sneak stuff like this into our comments:
Fur rls? (Srsly.)
Totally cute!!!
You should TOTALLY check out these photos of Frosty Paws:
And make sure to check out and
And make sure you NEVER, EVER buy a Hartz product that Cute Overload endorses.


You have your forum, we’ve got ours.  OK?
– Theo

I replied to Meg Frost (“Theo” used my email address to post the comment on my website):

Subj: Why?
Date: 5/16/2008 9:13:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent on:

Got it.  So, you’re just trying to make a buck?  Right, Theo?


As usual, no response.

3 thoughts on “The battle with Cute Overload continues”

  1. Ugh. That is absolutely repulsive. I’m so glad that I stopped going to that cruelty enabling website! How would the CO staff feel if THEIR hair/skin fell off, or if they died, from medicines that were supposedly “safe”.

  2. I’m an occasional visitor (read: fairly rarely, but I’ve been here before) to both this site and Cute Overload, and as such, I’ve not followed anything going on between the two sites.

    As such, this post seems confusing to me.

    I went to Cute Overload and I’m not sure what they have to do with Hartz or Sergeants products? Are they advertising them? I see some Google Ads – are the Google ads advertising Hartz products? (I didn’t see Hartz advertisements when I went to the site, but then again, I’m using Adblock Plus, so I generally don’t see ads on websites.)

    If that’s the case, you should know that the people who use Google Ads don’t really have control over the ads that are displayed on their sites. They usually go by keywords used on the page, so if a page talks about pets, pet products would come up. If a page talks about shampoo, hair care products come up, etc.

    The other thing that confuses me is, even if they are advertising for Hartz, why would comment spam ever be a good idea? When I get comments on my blog that are like, “So cute / great entry” and then the rest of the comment is “visit my blog / site” type stuff, I always view them as spam and yes, it is very annoying when people use your comments just to advertise another site.

  3. @MauserGirl: yes, they serve Hartz display banners. Your ad blocker is probably blocking them. They’re not Google AdSense ads.

    And yes, I totally comment spammed them. Twice. I did so to raise awareness of the dangers of Hartz to the Cute Overload crowd — people who love animals and would hate to cause their pets any harm. That isn’t my normal modus operandi, but two of us tried multiple times to respectfully get in touch with Meg to no avail. Honestly, if she would have had the decency to write back and say, “Yes, I’ve chosen to serve Hartz ads and that’s my prerogative”, I would have been totally fine with that.

    I’ve placed cards in front of Hartz products at the grocery store. So I guess I spammed the grocery store shelves, too.

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