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Insta-Dogs: The Popular Pooches of Instagram

August 14, 2014

Over the past few months I have progressively become more and more addicted to Instagram. I love having visual updates from my friends all around the world with a click of an app and unashamedly being able to see personal pictures of famous celebrities (and more!). I never envisioned myself obsessing over dogs, but before I knew it I was regularly ‘checking in on’ several doggy accounts on Instagram that had me oohing, ahhing, and cracking up. Turns out Insta (as I like to call it), is also a massive cyber community of adorable dogs striking ridiculous poses with hilarious captions. Who let the dogs out on Instagram?!

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I’m not sure what the owners of these dogs do for a living, but they must have professional cameras, a lot of time on their hands, patience and humour. Insta’s top doggy accounts have 1,000’s of followers and most of them take the time to reply to the endless comments each picture generates. Sounds like a full time job to me! If you’re new to Instagram or Insta’s prime pooches, then simply follow these accounts to have entertaining four legged pal pictures at your finger tips on a daily basis:

Piggy and Polly

Piggy and Polly are two beyond adorable white French bulldogs that are soo cute, they almost look fake!

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The two frenchies are most frequently snapped snuggling amongst crisp white bedsheets or modelling various collars, hoodies, leashes, sunglasses and bow ties. They’re basically the French Bulldog equivalent of Kate Moss really…

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If I was Piggy and Polly’s owner, I would probably spoil them rotten and take them everywhere with me too! How could you ever say no to these faces?

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When they aren’t busy catching up on beauty sleep, Piggy and Polly accompany their owners on errands and coffee runs (in Goop-esque picture perfect cafés) while continuing to loyally look ridiculously loveable in their pictures. I call dibs on a pup in their first litter!

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Pugs of Instagram

As a self confessed passionate pug lover and owner, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first stumbled on the Pugs of Instagram account, which acts as an online resource to showcase pictures of pugs around the world on Insta. Whoever is behind this account, I salute you!

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Pugs of Instagram has over 490,850 followers, who like me, regularly check for the latest loveable puggy snaps of the day. If you’re looking for some new pug pals to follow on Insta, then you have come to the right place!

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Mr Biscuit The Pug

One of the first pugs I started following thanks to Pugs of Instagram was the adorable Biscuit the pug, all the way from Sydney, Australia.

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He has a great sense of humour, is undeniably adorable, and I feel like I’ve virtually watched him slowly grow up from a young pup thanks to Instagram (yes, I know I sound like a total stalker!). Fellow Londoners, if you cannot have a dog, this could be the next best virtual solution!

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Follow Biscuit and his friends at the dog park as his mum Daisy tries to keep him out of trouble. He’s even currently running an online Insta campaign to help safely return his missing pug pal Molly back to her home.

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Thanks Biscuit for allowing us to share a glimpse into your pug life Down Under. Looks pretty sweet to me!

Digby Van Winkle

Every time I login to Instagram I can’t help but check Digby Van Winkle’s latest picture for a laugh. Digby and Alo, two Griffons from Wellington, New Zealand are hands down two of the most funny and photogenic dogs to hit the cyber world.

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These charmers must have a very large dress up box, as they seem to constantly be wearing different outfits and accessories in their pictures- much to my delight! I don’t know how their owner (who also sells really cute doggie bling on Etsy) gets them to pose like this, but whatever their secret is, it’s working. Keep up the good work Digby and Alo!

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Tuna Melts My Heart

Have you ever heard of a Chiweenie dog before? I hadn’t either, until I stumbled upon the Instagram page of Tuna, a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix.

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Once a rescue dog at a farmers market in Los Angeles, Tuna is now an internet sensation with over 912,000 Insta followers and his own clothing line, with a portion of the proceeds going to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Whoever said an overbite and a crumpled chin wasn’t adorable didn’t know what they were talking about!

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Though some might perceive him as being an underdog, Tuna’s unconventional cuteness has resulted in an out-pour of cyber love and affection from his fans around the world. As his Insta name suggests, Tuna really is melting hearts! See more about Tuna here.

Harlow and Sage

Another doggy Instagram phenomenon I can’t get enough of is Harlow and Sage (and Indiana), two inseparable little and large four legged companions who have the time of their lives being best friends. Harlow the Weimaraner’s former best friend Sage sadly died of old age last year, so along came Indiana the Dachshund  = a match made in heaven.

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I love watching what Harlow and Indiana do best together on Insta: bringing to life in pictures and videos that it really is a dog’s life.

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Their Insta videos are goofy, sweet and absolutely priceless. Did I mention they have a book deal in the works too? For more about Harlow and Indiana, take a peek here.

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If you have also fallen in love with a dog on Instagram, or if you are a dog on Instagram that you think I should follow then please let me know. We might be enjoying the dog days of summer, but these poochy Insta accounts are so doggone cute that you’ll stayed entertained for months to come – woof!

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Bogart The Pug

Bogart’s Halloween Fashion Dos And Don’ts

October 17, 2012
Hi readers, it’s me, Bogart the pug, back by popular demand to tell you what to wear and what not even to dare put on your dog this Halloween. Trust me when I tell you that I’m an expert on Halloween costumes – after all, my mum has put me through A LOT! Allow me to impress you and talk you through what I have worn on past Halloweens…

Here I am channelling hot dog chic before I went on my gluten-free diet.
Ahoy there, it’s me Captain Pugwash. I accidentally ate that parrot on my pirate hat whilst trick-or-treating – oops!
Yes, even I get in drag every now and then. Especially when I am sashaying down the Castro in San Francisco in scary style! What can I say, I have always been in touch with my inner diva.
Loved the bow tie. Hated the bunny ears. Mum thought I was the Easter Bunny but we all know I really looked like a Playboy bunny. Still waiting for Hugh Hefner to invite me over to the Playboy mansion.
I told you I had a big dressing up box! I get inundated with fan mail, and fellow canine fans have sent me pictures of their Halloween costumes – the good, the bad, and the oh so ugly. Dog owners listen up, because I am about to show you what is acceptable to dress your pooch in this holiday season without making your canine friend commit social suicide. 

Don’t tell my mum or granny but I secretly love the occasional fast food treat. Perhaps we all might have a soft spot for McDonald’s somewhere, but would you and your friends really want to dress up as a Happy Meal?
This shar pei lost a lot of dignity on this day. Not only is she not drinking bottled water, she is dressed as an oddly coloured clown fish. Paging the fashion police because I spy a fish out of water!

I’m a Star Wars buff and these costumes certainly have the force! Unambiguously the ultimate accessory, Yoda’s lightsabre is (hat tip to this fun Yoda translator).

Dressing as the Headless Horseman is certainly frightening, but this costume makes diving for scraps under the table a bit problematic. 
5 stars all round for this impressive equestrian number. It’s only a matter of time until we see medieval jousting inspired outfits in Vogue.
Not many pooches can pull off a wet suit, but this look is a winner in my book. Those flippers are just adorable and I wish I had them for my last trip to the beach. As my idol P’Trique says, this costume is #chictothenextlev
How much did they pay that poor pooch to dress up as the lobster in the pot? Nuff said! Woof
I’m usually a bit biased, almost automatically loving another pug, but this costume isn’t even accurate – have you ever heard of a spider with 10 legs? Maybe I am being more harsh than judge Britney on US X Factor, but this arachnid is the scariest thing I have seen this Halloween.
Gobble gobble who let the turkey out? Watch out sweet thing, as Thanksgiving is around the corner and my mum wouldn’t think twice about sticking you in the oven. While turkey neck is never pretty, the one on this costume is quite cute!
Get on the boat with Banana Boat! These dachshunds really must have been going bananas – b-a-n-a-n-a-s – when they let their owner dress them up in these costumes AND had them sit in Chiquita banana boxes. I hope they were at least sponsored?
I’m not sure if this is a hairy dog with a horrific haircut or a wanna be orangutan. Whatever this mutt’s secret, maintaining that mane must require a lot of Harry Barker dog shampoo, which I adore.
Seriously? Someone pass me my iPhone 5 so I can call animal services on this owner, because this is a different league of spooky. From the look on this basset hound’s face, something tells me he will have the last laugh!
Well, that’s all from me today folks. All this rating and slating of costumes has made me exhausted and it’s time for one of my many afternoon power naps. So, what do you think I should wear this Halloween? I’m all ears – woof!