Dog Websites With Entertaining Photos and Interesting Facts
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.
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.
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.
Forums can be very useful for pet owners as well as interesting. It's important to check any health information that's obtained from a forum with a veterinarian before using it in relation to a pet, however.
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 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.
A veterinarian should be contacted about dog health information. This is important even if an article is written or approved by a vet. A vet who is visited in person will be aware of the latest medical advances and will know about special conditions that apply to the pet. Online articles can be helpful in providing introductory or general information and in helping us decide on the questions that we want to ask our vet, however.
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
Rating (Out of 5.0)
Reason for the Rating
Dog of the Day
Entertaining and updated photos, interesting but limited information, navigation is possible but inconvenient, the site has a forum
Entertaining photos and captions, lots of information, but limited activities for visitors and apparently not updated recently
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.
© 2012 Linda Crampton