Carleton created an Instagram account for her
corgi named Cheeto, which now has close to 2,000
Kan. ó In this age of technology, almost anything is
possible. Drones may soon be delivering Amazon packages,
cars are driving themselves and dogs are posting on
right, pets have taken to social media to connect and
share their cuteness with the world. For the record, itís
not really the pets that are running these accounts; itís
owners are creating Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
accounts for their furry friends in a trend that was
boosted by celebrities. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Cee
Lo Green, Ed Sheeran, 50 Cent and Lady Gaga are among
the celebs that have created social media accounts for
accounts are usually presented as though itís the
animal behind the keyboard, speaking in its own voice.
The pets post about chasing the mailman, they post
selfies and make snide comments about owners taking them
to the vet or giving them a bath.
University student Andrea Wheeler, 20, created Facebook
and Twitter accounts for her dog, Stymie, a
beagle-basset-corgi mix, when she was in high school.
Wheeler tried out a Facebook app called Dogbook that
allowed owners to link their dogís page to the ownersí.
However, it lacked the full functionality of a regular
Facebook page, and Wheeler said it wasnít as fun.
I went all in and made Stymie his own Facebook
account," Wheeler said. "Then when Twitter
started becoming popular, I made myself an account, and
after a while, I figured Stymie needed one as
said she realizes the ridiculousness of the whole
concept but has too much fun with it to care.
just think itís hilarious," she said. "Heís
a dog. He doesnít have thumbs or even a need for a
social media account, but he has two."
said she likes to post comments about what Stymie did
that day or some funny comment a dog could make about
pop culture. She said one of her favorite things to do
is start conversations on the Facebook walls of Stymieís
friends or even with herself. Stymie has around 50
friends on Facebook and 27 Twitter followers.
English, 25, created an Instagram account for her cat,
Meatball, about a year ago.
said sheíd been using the hashtag #meatballtheamazing
when posting pictures of her cat and decided to get him
is quite the character," said English, of Wichita,
Kan. "I feel like more people can enjoy the things
he does via social media."
posts pictures of Meatball sunbathing, scratching his
belly or lying around and adds witty captions in his
voice. Since joining the web, Meatball has attracted 53
followers. English said she tries to post on his account
at least once a week.
said social media accounts allow pet owners to share
their petsí individuality with the world.
think weíre in an age where animals are becoming more
like family, and weíre becoming increasingly more
aware of their unique personalities," English said.
Josh Davis, 24, decided to make his dog an Instagram
account six months ago. Davis said he noticed most
accounts are run by female pet owners, but believes the
trend is for anyone who loves their pets.
made the account for Roxy, my pit bull, because I
thought itíd be funny," Davis said. "Plus,
sheís an extremely beautiful pit bull. Got that same
look you see in dog calendars."
posts pictures of Roxy in holiday outfits or in everyday
doggy clothes with captions about Roxyís life.
said that Roxy has only 43 followers, but still manages
to get three times the amount of likes that he does.
Although Davis created the profile for fun, he said he
gets more out of it than just giggles.
get to share the joy and happiness Roxy brings me on a
daily basis," Davis said. "I know Iíll have
that memory of her when sheís no longer with me."
than simple fun
an online company that promotes and encourages pet
enthusiasts to blog, post or write about their pets via
social media platforms, agrees with Davis that pet
social media accounts are more than simple fun.
Bryant, marketing and PR manager at BlogPaws, said that
pet accounts are a way for people to make friends, build
networks and find like-minded people.
are members of the family," Bryant said.
"Since all members of the family take to social
media, it makes sense to have the pets there, too."
said aside from finding fellow pet enthusiasts, the
practice is driven by the overarching concept of
pampering is becoming the norm," Bryant said.
"With the American Products Association reporting a
record-setting spending of more than $60 billion in the
pet industry for 2015, having our pets on social media
is a natural progression in the mix."
State University senior Allie Carleton, 21, made an
Instagram account for her corgi, Cheeto, and it has
gathered quite a following.
started the account in May when I got her,"
Carleton said. "Sheís close to 2,000 followers
said she followed a lot of corgi accounts on Instagram
and had fun interacting with the corgi community on the
site, so when she got Cheeto, she knew she wanted to
create a profile for her.
a hard life, you know, because Cheeto is more popular
than I am," Carleton said. "One time I went to
a social gathering and people knew her and not me.
People follow her Instagram before they even find
said she isnít jealous of her corgiís rise to
stardom because the account makes her happy, too.
makes people smile and gives them something to laugh
about," she said.
"Stymie Wheeler" on Facebook, @StymieTheDog on
posts: "been a pretty successful day so far! woke
up, slept some more, went outside, ate some grass, peed
on a bush, rolled in poo, barked at a van, ate some more
grass, sniffed my mailbox, now im going inside for a
life yesterday: went #psycho and darted upstairs! lol i
was so crazy and idk why!"
Name: Meatball (cat)
meatballtheamazing on Instagram
posts: A bio line reads "Donít be jelly of the
captioned "Donít hate me because Iím
donít think youíre ready for this belly."
pit_bull_queen_ on Instagram,
posts: A bio line reads "Pit bull adopted off the
rough streets of kansas. Help my dad share my love with
the world! Follow for happy vibes! World champion food
of her lying around captioned with, "I created lazy
Sunday" or "Just 5 more minutes?!"
you have food, Iím going back to bed."
cheeto_the_corgi on Instagram
posts: "Sorry if Iím hyper Ö Itís #nationalcoffeeday
and Iím about to have my fix"
all my furriends has a great Christmas. I was spoiled.
Santa brought me three toys and a new blankie"
straight for the mud at the dog park. Letís just say
Ö Mom wasnít as happy about it as I was."