On depression and sunshine

Editor’s note: I’m the editor and founder of Tenderly, Summer Anne Burton. If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that we haven’t been publishing as often as usual lately. Mostly, that’s been because of my personal problems, some of which I talk about here, and some of which…


Our dog died and nothing else has seemed to matter as much ever since — aka where I’ve been for three months

A black dog reclining in the author’s lap in a hammock above bright green grass

I haven’t been getting anything done since election day. Like, nothing. I’m an extrovert, someone who derives a lot of my energy, creativity, and joy from socializing with others, and the pandemic had already squished my characteristic joie de vivre into a pebble before last November’s election night, triggering anxiety…


It’s not ‘good,’ but it’s good, you know?

A photo of a pizza hut pizza taken from one side, no regular cheese but deep red sauce, vegan sausage, veggies, & parmesan

We were a Hut family, meaning that Pizza Hut was the chain pizza chain we preferred and which I treasured as the world’s greatest treat. I dunked on Domino’s and Little Caesar’s lovers and they dunked right back on me. Regardless of family affinity, many of us shared fond memories…


Sarah Miller’s tribute to her dog is stuck in my head even though it’s a song with no tune

A dog sitting in a large window in a red-brick house, as seen from outside.

I just feel so warm and happy whenever I read along to this song-poem by the writer Sarah Miller, whose funny, frank, smart personal-plus essays are decade-defining. She writes brilliantly on Winona Ryder’s Forever Sweater, maxi dresses, The Best Abortion Ever, the emptiness of Nancy Meyers kitchens, and now WINDOWBEAR!


👋🏽 folks,

What a strange world we find ourselves in. And yet, every morning, the sun rises as if we are supposed to get up and get on with our days, and most days, I can do at least a little of that. …


Say ‘peanut butter’!

A cute squinting white dog sits near a foot pedal inside a colorful “photo booth” with an open air top and trees behind them

Important news of the day: Inventor Simone Giertz built her dog Scraps a backyard photobooth that is operated by a paw pedal. That’s right folks, you heard me, a paw pedal. This is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of cute stuff in…


When there are just so many things that do, we gotta start sharing the un-sucky with each other

A woman with curly hair and glasses leans over a computer, smiling while holding a cat, with a bottle and glass of wine

It’s been easy to get overwhelmed with bad news in recent months, and while it’s important to stay informed and active, it’s also important to give that overstimulated brain a bit of a break. …


It’s October! Huh? Let’s get into it. Here’s what’s new to Tenderly…

That debate was rough. Here are 20 adorable, smile-inducing pictures to wash your eyes out from the toxicity of politics right now — here for you whenever you need them.

Hossein Raspberry, a new Tenderly contributor, wrote about…


How many times do they have to ask?

Photo of a gray cat with his head resting firmly on the wrist of a hand gripping a computer mouse, his eyes closed peacefully

I was recently delighted when I came across a series of tweets from @gisel_ysbryd describing her creative new solution to an issue many cat lovers may find relatable: a cat that’s neediest when you’re working hard on your laptop. I knew one such cat — Irwin, pictured above, my truest…

Summer Anne Burton

Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tenderly. Former BuzzFeed exec. Moomin. Texan. Vegan for the animals. 💕

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