The Connecting Nature of Pets

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There’s something about animals (and pets in particular) that’s connective. Pets bring people together, make people laugh, and unite people unlike most things can. Even today, in our seemingly polarized society, you could put on silly YouTube videos of pet bloopers on the TV and everyone in a room would unite and laugh despite their varying political or societal beliefs. And when you’re out in public there’s something magnetic about pets, especially dogs. It’s almost like they have their own vortex—they seem to draw in anyone within a 50-yd radius, even the most staunch businessman. People (especially children) will even cross the street just to ‘ohh and ahh’ and ask a pet owner to pet their dog. And then if you add in another dog to the mix, forget about it, because dogs are for sure magnets for each other. There’s no question, they’re most definitely cross streets, playgrounds, and fences just to socialize with one another!  


While we do our best to connect in person, face-to-face or snout-to-snout, there’s no getting around the fact that we’re in a digital revolution. In this highly connected and digital age we’re living in, the opportunities to digitally connect and socialize over (and with) our pets are endless and we thought we’d share a few with you, our lovely Petology community.


YouTube

If you’re looking for animal entertainment, look no further than YouTube. Search for ‘Try Not to Laugh Dogs’ or ‘Try Not to Laugh Cats’ and settle in to watch hilarious dog and cat moments caught on camera. And if you want to double your entertainment (and your joy), add kids to the mix, search for ‘Try Not to Laugh Dogs and Kids.’ Most of these videos have view counts in the 6-22 Million range! Search around, because YouTube also has some great resources for your dog, like 8-10 hours of relaxing and calming music to put on while you’re at work or even videos on how to teach your dog to bark if you’re furry friend is needing some help in that area. And if you want to get into following some particular dogs there are oodles of YouTube channels with dog personalities (think dog vlogs) like Gone to the Snow Dogs which has almost 700k subscribers, Gohan the Husky which has 1.3M subscribers, or Laika the Husky which has 1M subscribers (the fans on YouTube definitely have a thing for Huskies)!


One of our personal favorites: EMBED https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=s8n16rns-iM


Facebook

While Facebook is traditionally known as a place to stay connected with long-distance family, reconnect with old high-school friends, and make one’s political or social opinions known, it’s also a place to connect over our furry companions. You can post pictures of your pet, laugh at pet videos that come your way, and join Facebook Groups for nearly anything dog related. Search ‘dogs’ on Facebook and then click on ‘Groups’ to join Facebook Groups for connection, grooming, playdates, healthcare, training, breeding, therapy, pet advocacy, and everything in-between, including a group called ‘CBD for Dogs - Cannabis for Dogs.’ And if you’re into doggie celebrity, Facebook also happens to be the original home to the most famous dog in the world, Boo the Pomeranian who has over 16M followers. Another big Facebook dog personality are the Pug duo, Minnie and Max who have almost 1.4M followers.


Instagram

It’s no secret that Instagram is a busy platform. With over a billion users, it’s definitely the social media preference for Millennials and Gen Zs. And as you’ll recall from our article, Trending: Millennials and Their Furry Babies (Pets), Millennials are waiting to have kids so their feeds are filling up with their furry children. Instagram has become a social media haven for furry influencers. Yep, that’s right furry influencers are a thing and there’s quite a slew of pet owners that have created Instagram accounts dedicated to their unique and beloved pet. Each pet account has its own flair for sure and if you spend a little time exploring, you’re bound to find hundreds of other accounts to follow depending on your preferences. If you’re a pet love like us, we promise you’ll find lots of joy following some of these incredible (and adorable) pooches:


And maybe you’re asking, what if I want more? What if I want a way for my pet to get social too? Don’t worry, we’ve got two great resources for you.


EdgyPet.com is the first online social community made exclusively for pet-lovers. It’s the Facebook of the Animal Kingdom. You can create a human profile to connect with other pet lovers and enthusiasts, but you can also create a pet profile for your pet(s). Yep, you heard that right! Most social media platforms are for pet owners, but EdgyPet allows your pet (furry, feathery, or scaly) to create a profile and connect directly with other pet friends (and if you have multiple pets, no problem, you can have a unique profile and feed for each of them). One of the things that makes EdgyPet so unique is the ability to search and connect with pets by attributes and traits like personality type, lifestyle, health conditions, nutrition and diet preferences, breed, and life stage. This new and revolutionary platform is the perfect way to build an authentic community around the uniqueness of your pet and the animals you care about. EdgyPet allows you to post pictures and videos, comment, tag friends, and send messages (and they even have an App so you can stay connected on the go).


MeetUp.Com is an online community where you can join and schedule MeetUps for just about anything! One of the categories they have is ‘Pets,’ which allows you search, join, or start a MeetUp in your community centered around a particular niche. You might want to connect with other pet owners in your city. Or maybe you want to get more specific and either join or start a MeetUp for your breed of dog. The options and possibilities are endless and this is a great tool for socializing your pup and scheduling playdates for your pooch.


Additional Resources:

https://barkpost.com/life/influential-internet-dogs/


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