That said, it’s curious to note that a recent bit of “research” by the New York Times revealed that the four most common dog breeds on Instagram are the pug, bulldog, terrier, and chihuahua. That’s four of our squarest-shaped dog breeds. Not a dachshund in sight – the sausage dog was designed for Cinemascope, really.
On social media, everyone’s having a good time
Okay, so not every doggo seems to enjoy being objectified in the name of first-rate social media as much the next pupper. It’s difficult to tell if Menswear Dog truly understands how great he looks in the latest human fashions, for example – is he sulking, or is that just a Zoolander-style male model pout? Lucielle Bull (geddit?) wears pretty much the same deadpan expression whether she’s roaming on the beach or tolerating another of her owner’s costume box inspirations. Occasionally something like a smile reveals that maybe Lucille’s in on the joke (although it’s important to remember when posing your dog, a dog smile is not always a smile).
But Lilly, Silas, and Gustav, the outsider pets of Instagram, seem to positively revel in their actualization on social media. If John Waters remade Lassie, he would probably swap out that all-American do-gooder collie for a duo of unconventionally beautiful (and fabulous) freaks like Lilly the Peking Terrier and Silas the Chinese Crested, with their hairless feline companion Gustav the Sphynx.
Putting control back in the pupper’s paws
So what would happen if these dogs – or your own loyal pupper – was to take matters into their own paws and open an Instagram account? Surely we can’t be too far away from a dog-friendly selfie stick, after all (be warned: attempting to throw it away would be futile since he’d just chase the stick and bring it back). Well, the good people and consummate dog-lovers at Canine Cottages had just that thought and created this awesome new set of sketches to illustrate just what your dog might get up to with his own social media handle.
A meticulously-framed flat-lay of his favorite possessions (leash, ball, bowl, treats)? Check. Silly selfies with his head poking through the face-in-hole of a Capitoline Wolf-themed tourist attraction? Gotcha. The obligatory food photo of his evening meal? Naturally.