Dog Websites With Daily Photo Updates 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 very often to entertain visitors with funny or cute dog photos submitted by visitors. New photos are added every day or on a frequent basis. 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 three dog photo sites frequently and one occasionally. I've reviewed each of these sites below. Two are photo and comment sites. Another has photos, a description, and a forum. One is a comprehensive site that includes daily photo updates and dog facts. This website educates as well as entertains.
The Phenomenon of Dog Shaming
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. A new photo is posted on most days. Images from previous months and years can be explored via the Archives menu.
The website sometimes holds special events, such as competitions and polls. 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.
Denver Being Shamed
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. The site generally publishes several photos of the dog and more information about the pet than is supplied on the previous site. 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 one 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 people that run Dog of the Day also run 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 on the dog website 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, different dog photos appear every day (or at least every weekday). One photo shows a puppy. Despite the site's name, the photo in another section of the site 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 sometimes reveals other pictures of the pet.
Visitors to the site can create a profile and then upload photos and/or videos of their dog to create an album. People registered with the site can see each other's profiles, add another person and their dog as "friends" (as on social media sites), and send messages to each other. If someone wants their dog to appear publicly on the Daily Puppy website, they must apply via their profile.
Other Features of the Daily Puppy Website
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, a description of dogs that have been adopted, and a search box. The site offers a widget for people to put the daily 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 site'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" and contains lots of ads. Unlike the case for some of the posts, there are no dates on the articles in the dog care section. Given the fact that some of the posts in other sections of the site are old, 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.
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 description of 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. Photos are posted regularly. Some of the photos have votes, but comments seem to be rare. The site has a Facebook page, which gets more response
Upside Down Dogs is really a "one trick pony", but it's an amusing site for an occasional and quick visit. From a personal viewpoint, I prefer to visit 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 given their personality, or that I hope they never do. Life with dogs in the family is never boring!
My Rating for Each Dog Photo Website
Rating (Out of 5.0)
Reason for the Rating
The Daily Puppy
Entertaining and informative
Dog of the Day
Entertaining photos, interesting information, and a forum
Entertaining photos and captions but limited activities for visitors
Upside Down Dogs
Amusing 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