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Wednesday Whimsy: Tender moments with a stuffed rodent

Jessica Miller and Analog the Prairie Dog get lost in each other’s arms at the Thinc Iowa opening party.

The more we’ve perused photos from Thinc Iowa 2012 the past couple of weeks, the more one thing has become abundantly clear: People love to love our resident spokesrodent, Analog the Prairie Dog

Like, people don’t just like Analog. They like like him. 

The little guy now transcends the status of mere homedog; he’s become the target of frequent, widespread and overt shows of PDA (that is, prairie dog affection). 

That was no more evident than earlier this month in Des Moines, where the good people of Thinc Iowa canoodled, cuddled and cozied up to Analog for an assortment of precious photo both moments. What follows are some of our favorites, compiled in the first of what (we hope) will become a recurring series on Silicon Prairie News, “Tender Moments with Analog the Prairie Dog.”

Xs and Os abound as Adam Haun, Analog and Jill Felska strike a pose.

A “Startup Community of two: Brad Feld and Analog. 

Analog whispers sweet nothings into the longing ears of Brian Waller.

Griffin West and Analog strike the classic prom pose. 

Tony Bohnenkamp tickles the ivory — presumably to serenade the stuffed animal.

Shawn Harrington and Analog share a moment over a cup of joe from Mars Cafe. 

Tara Hunt puckers up to plant a kiss on the prairie dog.  

Dan Shipton finds himself mesmerized by that piercing prairie dog stare. 

With Analog in his arms, Brian Hemesath sees all his worries melt away.

Antonio Neves gazes deep into those prairie dog eyes; Geoff Wood gazes approvingly into the camera.

Amber and Ben Pankonin give the SPN mascot some TLC.

Ryan Niemeyer (from left), Rigo Neri and Keith Entzeroth show Analog a little love. 

We’ll spare the snarky commentary here because, well … the sight of Matt McIver introducing his daughter to a new stuffed animal friend is just so darn cute. Seriously. Precious. 


Credits: Photos by Anna Jones and Phillip Harder

Wednesday Whimsy is an occasional feature wherein we try to help you get over the hump (day), bridging the gap between the work week’s first and second stanzas with a delightful dose of ridiculous. Have an idea for Wednesday Whimsy? Let us know at editor@siliconprairienews.com.

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