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Dog Websites With Entertaining Photos and Interesting Facts

Linda Crampton is a biology teacher, writer, and long-time pet owner. She currently has dogs, cats, and birds in her family.

Scala the Leonberger as a puppy; she's sitting next to my golden retriever

Scala the Leonberger as a puppy; she's sitting next to my golden retriever

Daily Photo 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. The primary purpose of the websites is to educate dog owners, although they often 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 often to entertain visitors with funny or cute dog photos, some of which are submitted by visitors. New photos (or photos that are new for a particular visitor) are available every day. Clever or interesting captions, comments, or descriptions are often added to the photos. Some sites have added value in the form of useful information for dog lovers.

I visit two dog photo websites frequently and another one occasionally. I've reviewed each of these sites below. One of the sites includes dog photos, a description of the pet, and a forum. Another contains puppy photos and dog care facts. The third one features dog photos that follow a specific theme.

Misha, my Labrador retriever

Misha, my Labrador retriever

Dog of the Day

Dog of the Day is a site that allows users to showcase their pet with multiple photos and written information about the pet. As the name of the site suggests, one dog is chosen each day (or almost every day). Visitors submit photos and information about their dog in the hope that he or she will be highlighted on the home page of the website. Sometimes multiple photos of the pet are shown.

The left margin of the home page has a link to "Yesterday's Dog of the Day". Once this page is visited, a Back button is activated, which allows the visitor to go backwards one day at the time.

Unfortunately, not all of the controls on the website work. The site reportedly has an archive of daily dog photos going back to 1998. It would be nice to quickly access them. The site does have a search function, but it wasn't working when this article was last updated. There is a way round this problem, however. The search box on the Pet of the Day website (a companion site) does work at the moment, and it displays records from the Dog of the Day website.

Entering a term such as "golden retriever dog of the day" in the Pet of the Day search box sends the visitor into the Dog of the Day archive. If "dog of the day" isn't included in the search term, forum posts about golden retrievers will appear as well as posts from Dog of the Day.

Interesting Forums

One advantage of the Dog of the Day website compared to the other ones described in this article is that it has a forum called Pet Talk. Forums can be enjoyable and useful because they enable people to communicate with each other about specific topics. The Pet Talk forum is fairly active, which is the main reason why I gave this site the highest rating in my poll below. There is something new to look at every day at the site .

The people that run Dog of the Day also run a Cat of the Day and the Pet of the Day website. Pet of the Day covers horses, rabbits, rodents, birds, reptiles, and other animals. The Pet Talk link on the dog website gives people access to the dog, cat, and pet forums. All three sites have a Twitter and Pinterest page.

Scala as an adult: she's upside down and in a playful mood!

Scala as an adult: she's upside down and in a playful mood!

Daily Puppy

Historically, Daily Puppy was the most comprehensive of the three websites that I mention in this article. It was a hybrid site that was a combination of a daily photo site and an information site. The home page looked like the front page of a newspaper. Different dog photos appeared every day (or at least every weekday). One photo showed a puppy. Despite the site's name, the photo in another section of the site showed a "grown up" dog. Information about each dog was shown under the photo.

Visitors to the site could create a profile and then upload photos and/or videos of their dog to create an album. People registered with the site could see each other's profiles, add another person and their dog as "friends" (as on social media sites), and send messages to each other. They could also sign up for a newsletter.

Unfortunately, the situation has changed. The website has been taken over by another company and the home page is now much more basic. It contains rows of photos that act as links to other areas of the site. The first three rows are titled “Meet Some Pups”. Each photo links to more photographs of the puppy. The next two rows are titled “New in Dog Care”. The posts that I've seen in this section are actually two years old, which can't be classified as "new". They do contain some useful information, though. All of the articles that I've seen on the site have attractive dog photos

Visitors can explore the article topics on the site by clicking on the menu bar at the top left of the page. The search bar at the top of the page works well. Searching for "puppy images" results in more photos being displayed. Each item on the site has links to other ones at the end. Scrolling down the page will reveal additional photos and articles. A visitor could spend a lot of time on the site as they go from one link to another. The articles have references, which supply more information.

Some Precautions

Some of the articles on the Daily Puppy site aren’t dated. I suggest that people read these articles with caution. Information about dog care and safety can change over time as our knowledge increases. The articles on the current version of the Daily Puppy site appear to deal mainly with training and behaviour instead of health problems. The Dog Care section includes information related to health, however.

Another point to consider is that some of the article contributors are writers but (based on their bio) not pet experts or pet professionals. This doesn't mean that their information is wrong or not worth reading, but it's something to keep in mind.

The Dog Shaming Website

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, which adds value to the photo. Images from previous months and years can be explored via the Archives menu or via the search box. The search box also allows people to search for photos of specific breeds. Visitors can comment on the photos if they click on them. The photos can be shared on social media accounts. The site shares the photos itself on its Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages, allowing visitors to comment on and/or share the image.

Unfortunately, at the time when this article was last updated, a new dog photo hadn't appeared for several months. The archive is interesting and entertaining, however. It goes back to August, 2012, so a lot of photos on the site will likely be new to the visitor, though they aren't new to the Internet. The blog-like Archives menu makes it easier to "time travel" on this site than on the other two that I've reviewed.

My Rating for Each Website

WebsiteRating (Out of 5.0)Reason for the Rating

Dog of the Day

4.0

Entertaining and updated photos, interesting but limited information, navigation is possible but inconvenient, the site has a forum

Daily Puppy

3.5

Entertaining photos and captions, lots of information, but limited activities for visitors and apparently not updated recently

Dog Shaming

3.0

Entertaining photos and captions but limited activities for visitors and not updated recently

Entertainment and Education

My ratings in the table above are subjective. Some people may rank the sites in a different order from me and give them a different score. The Dog Shaming site was once very popular and caught people's interest. 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 that I've described are interesting, though.

References and Resources

© 2012 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 15, 2012:

Thank you very much for the votes and the share, Mary. The dogs in my family are too big to be picked up, but I have a cat who likes to be carried upside down. It must be fun to carry Baby that way!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 15, 2012:

I never heard of these websites, but I'll check them out! Thanks for letting us know. I am a true dog lover as many of my Hubs reflect. My crazy dog, Baby, like to be carried upside down.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 18, 2012:

Hi, glassvisage. Thanks for the visit. I have seen some funny cat pages on the Internet. I love cats as well as dogs, so it would be fun to explore these pages!

glassvisage from Northern California on November 18, 2012:

Please please please make a page like this but about cats! :D

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 10, 2012:

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, b. Malin. I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub!

b. Malin on November 10, 2012:

Even though today, I no longer own a Dog, I still Enjoyed this Hub...Made me Smile and Laugh. The Photos & Videos are Wonderful too. Some Excellent thoughts, and Advice. Thanks for Sharing Alicia.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2012:

Hi, Dianna. Thanks for the comment! My family has contained a combination of dogs and cats for quite a long time, and the two animals have always got on well together.

Dianna Mendez on November 08, 2012:

Your photos are so adorable. I love that the cat gets along with the dog. I don't have pets right now, but these website will help those who do need the great advice.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2012:

Hi, Nell. I appreciate your comment and vote. Yes, I think that dogs are lovely animals and wonderful pets!

Nell Rose from England on November 08, 2012:

Loved this Alicia! and your photos of your own pets were great too, it just goes to show how soppy and silly we are where dogs are concerned! haha! voted up! nell

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2012:

Thank you for the visit and the comment, ignugent17!

ignugent17 on November 08, 2012:

Very beautiful and interesting site. I always enjoy the cute pictures of different animals.

Thanks for sharing. :-)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 07, 2012:

Thank you very much for the kind comment, girishpuri!!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on November 07, 2012:

Awesome presentation, nice video and awesome pics.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 07, 2012:

Thanks, bac2basics. I enjoy looking at animal photos and videos too!

Anne from Spain on November 07, 2012:

Hi Alicia. I love funny / Cute animal video sites and really enjoyed this hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2012:

Thank you very much for the comment, drbj. Yes, all three dogs are much loved, although unfortunately Scala and Sam have passed on. All of my dogs (and my cats) are/were wonderful members of my family.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 06, 2012:

Awwwwwwwww! What a sweet tender cute doggy hub, Alicia. It would take a person with a heart of stone not to be captivated by your photos and videos. Your own dogs, Misha, Scala and Sam, have the look of well-loved pets.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2012:

Thank you so much for the comment, GoodLady! I appreciate your visit.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 06, 2012:

Who could have imagined!!! It's just so unbelievable. Loved this original hub!!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2012:

Thank you very much, Tom! I appreciate your comment and the votes.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 06, 2012:

Hi my friend, i was in doggy heaven when i was reading this hub. Loved all the beautiful photos of your beautiful pets to ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2012:

Thank you, bluebird.

bluebird on November 06, 2012:

Sweet!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2012:

Thanks, Peg! The Shaming Dogs site is interesting, and the descriptions are often funny. It's a very successful site, too.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 06, 2012:

Loved the Shaming Dogs video and the pictures were irresistible!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2012:

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, Eddy! I appreciate the vote and the share, too.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 06, 2012:

A wonderful hub;I truly loved it and have to vote up plus share.

Eddy.