Dog Websites with Funny or Cute Photos and Interesting Facts
Websites for Dog Lovers
There are some very useful websites for dog lovers on the Internet. Most of these sites describe the different types of dogs and tell people how to take care of their pets. They also have interesting and informative photos, videos and news reports. The primary purpose of these websites is to educate dog owners, although they try to entertain people as well.
I enjoy visiting the informational dog websites and learning new things, but there is another type of dog site that I also like to visit - the daily photo site. The main purpose of daily photo sites is very often to entertain visitors with funny or cute dog photos. New photos are added every day or on a frequent basis. Clever or interesting captions or comments are often added to the photos. Some sites have added value in the form of useful information for dog lovers.
There are four dog photo sites which I like to visit on a regular basis. I've reviewed each of these sites below. The first two are photo and comment sites. The third has photos, comments and a forum. The last one is the most comprehensive site. It includes daily photo updates and dog facts. The website educates as well as entertains.
The Phenomenon of Dog Shaming
The Dog Shaming Page
At this site people submit photos of their dog taken after he or she has been naughty. The idea behind the site is to "shame" the dog by publishing their photo and describing their crime on the Internet for the whole world to see. The shame description is hand written on a sheet of paper and placed beside or on the pet. Of course, in this case the shaming is meant to be a joke, but visitors to the site get to see amusing and cute photos. I'm sure that many of them are reminded of similar incidents in their own dog's past!
Visitors can upload photos of their dogs being shamed once they've read the rules and submitted some personal information. Each photo that's published has a short, explanatory comment from the pet owner, which adds value to the photo. Visitors can also leave comments on photos taken by other people. A nice feature of the site is Adoptable Fridays. The website showcases photos of adoptable dogs on Fridays.
Multiple photos are posted on most days, so a visitor is almost guaranteed to see a new photo or photos when they go to the dog shaming site. The site has Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages.
Denver - A Dog Who Knows That He's in Trouble
Upside Down Dogs
The idea behind Upside Down Dogs is to display close-up photos of dogs taken while they were upside down. The effects of gravity on a dog's appearance are often funny. Some people photograph their pet while he or she is upside down and then flip the photo around so the dog appears to be the right way up. This produces a very strange effect. There is a comment about each pet under their photo.
Visitors to the site can choose to view photos of specific dog breeds. They can also vote on each photo, leave a comment and share the photo. The site has a Facebook page.
Upside Down Dogs is really a "one trick pony", but it's an amusing site for a quick visit. The previous website seems to offer more value, though. Upside Down Dogs posts only one new photo a day while Dog Shaming often posts multiple photos in day.
Both the Upside Down Dogs and Dog Shaming sites consist of funny photos with comments. From a personal viewpoint, I prefer the Dog Shaming site because I find the photos more amusing and because I can identify with many of them. I often see things that my present or previous dogs have done, that they could do or could have done given their personality or that I hope they never do. Life with dogs in the family is never boring!
Dog of the Day
Dog of the Day is a site that allows users to showcase their pet with multiple photos and written information. As the name of the site suggests, one dog is chosen each day. Visitors submit photos and information about their dog in the hope that he or she will be highlighted on the website. By clicking on the "Previous Dogs" link on the home page, people can explore an archive of daily pet photos going back to 1998. The site also has a search function.
One advantage of this website compared to the previous ones is that it has a forum called Pet Talk. Forums are useful because they enable people to communicate with each other about pet topics. The site also contains a link to a pet poll. On my last visit, the poll asked people to vote on the question "Does your pet lie?" The yes vote was winning! Visitors can submit ideas for poll questions.
The two people that run Dog of the Day also runs a Cat of the Day and a Pet of the Day website. Pet of the Day covers horses, rabbits, rodents, birds, reptiles and other animals, The Pet Talk link gives people access to the dog, cat and pet forums. All three sites have a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus page.
Golden Retrievers from The Daily Puppy
The Daily Puppy
The Daily Puppy is the most comprehensive of the four websites that I mention in this article. It's actually a hybrid site - a combination of a daily photo site and an information site. As on the other sites, there are new dog photos added daily. One photo shows a puppy. Despite the site's name, the other photo shows a "grown up" dog. Information about each dog is shown under the photo. Clicking on the photo of either the puppy or the adult reveals other pictures of the pet.
In addition to the daily dog photos, the home page of the website has other things to see or do. There are pictures, articles and videos (such as a video entitled "Tips For Preparing Your Dog For a Hurricane", which I saw on one visit). The page also has photos of dogs with birthdays on that day and a search box. The site offers a widget for people to put the puppy photo on their blog. Visitors can sign up for a newsletter.
The Daily Puppy site has a dog care section that contains potentially useful articles. It also has a blog and an article section, but neither of these have been updated in a long time. The Daily Puppy's Facebook page is very popular.
The Daily Puppy is an interesting and informative site. However, it isn't perfect. The home page is very "busy" with lots of ads. Although all the photo sections of the site are updated regularly, the other sections of the website aren't. There are no dates on the articles in the dog care section. Given the fact that the articles in the other sections of the site are so old, however, I suggest that people read the articles in the dog care section with caution. Information about dog care and safety can change over time as our knowledge increases.
My Rating for Each Dog Photo Website
Rating (Out of 5.0)
Reason for the Rating
The Daily Puppy
Entertaining and informative, photo sections updated regularly but not the other sections
Dog of the Day
Entertaining photos plus a forum
Entertaining photos and frequently updated, but limited activities for visitors
Upside Down Dogs
Entertaining photos, but limited activities for visitors
Entertainment and Education
My ratings in the table above are subjective. Some people may rank the sites in a different order from me. The Dog Shaming site in particular has caught people's interest and is very popular. The "shaming" technique has spread to other dog photo sites on the Internet. I prefer sites that contain useful information for dog owners as well as funny or cute photos, however. The photos on all of the sites are certainly entertaining, though!
© 2012 Linda Crampton