If Robert Sullivan's riveting Times magazine article about city rats scared the bejesus out of you (an eleven inch rat, with a ten inch tail...shudder), Gothamist offers you this sweet tale: A sanitation worker came across a litter of day-old black Labrador puppies in Queens. At first, Stephen Falk thought the puppies, freezing behind a Dumpster, might be rats: "I looked down near my feet, blinked, took a second look, then a third, and decided it was a puppy." The puppies are adorable and up for adoption at the North Shore Animal League; call (516) 883-7575 to adopt.

Sullivan's book, Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, does seem like it'll be an interesting read. On an empty stomach, of course.