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Life can get stressful, tiring, and boring - sometimes you need something to brighten up your day. Well, meet these adorable dogs from all over the world! These dogs earned their fame by spreading happiness and absolute cuteness to Instagram users worldwide.

Here are just some of Instagram's four-legged celebrities:

Maru - matutaro

One of the most famous dogs on Instagram, Maru is a Shiba-inu living in Japan. His favorite activities are smiling and napping. With over 960K followers, Maru has appeared on Japanese television and even has his own photo book. 

Tuna - tunameltsmyheart

Meet Tuna, the most famous "Chiweenie" (cross between Chihuahua and Dachshund) on the Internet! He started out as an abandoned dog on the side of the road, but now he spreads joy and laughter to his 920K fans on a daily basis. 

Brazilian Bulldog Family - jmarcoz

Come look at the happiest Bulldog family on Instagram! This Brazilian Instagram user stole the hearts of dog lovers by posting pictures of her Bulldogs being just too adorable. After glancing at her photos, you'll sure to love Bulldogs and follow her account!

Ginny - ginny_jrt

Don't mistake her as a stuffed animal! This is Ginny, a Jack Russell living in the United Kingdom. Napping and bacon is her definition of happiness. Take a look at her napping photos - they are priceless!

Muu - ayasakai

Instagram user ayasakai captured the world's attention when she posted a picture of her son, Tasuku, and his best friend, a French Bulldog named Muu. These pictures just prove that a man's best friend is a dog! Since then, over 500K followers have fallen in love with the two of them. Everyone envies a friendship as deep as the one between Tasuku and Muu. 

 


 

 

Summer is the perfect time to spend with your dogs outside. You know how much dogs love the sun, but are you making sure you are protecting them from common summer hazards? Here are keywords you should keep in mind when you and your dog are enjoying summer: Car, Hydration, and Burns.

 

CAR

NEVER, leave your dog in the car! It does not matter how long or short you leave your dog; the temperature inside the vehicle can quickly rise in minutes. Even if you leave the car window open, the inside temprature can still be harmful for your dog. Dogs are not able to control body temperature like people. For dogs, their sweat glands are only located on their footpads and they must pant to lower their body temperature. 

 

Consequences of leaving your dog in the car include heatstroke, permanent organ damage, and even death. In addition, you may experience interrogations by the police and animal control. 

We may have done this at least once in the past, but in order to keep our precious furry friends safe, let's stop this bad habbit now, before it's too late!

 

HYDRATION

Dehydration and heatstroke are common hazards of the summer heat. In order to prevent these from happening to your dog, make sure you keep them well hydrated. Always have access to fresh, clean water, and always carry portable water bowls for your dog.

 

Speaking of water, why not enjoy summer at the pool or the beach? Swimming and playing fetch in the water can help keep your dog cool. Also, who doesn't like a wet dog!

 

 

BURNS

Just like people, dogs can also get sunburns, especially parts of their body with less fur. Most common areas vulnerable to burns are the nose, ears, belly, and the groin. Provide shade, and although your dog may love to sunbathe, make sure he/she dosen't spend too long under the sunshine. Sunblock is another option for skin protection; however, be sure to find one that is safe and non-toxic for your dog. 

The paw is another area of the body that is vulnerable to burns. Hot surfaces, such as sidewalks, streets, and sand can result in burned footpads and can be very painful for your dog. To avoid burned pads, adjust your walking schedule to cooler parts of the day, such as in the morning or at night. Also, let your dog walk on the grass, where the surface temperature is often cooler.

 

Keep these keywords and tips in mind, and go spend the best summer with your four-legged best friend!

 


 

Summer is almost here! Are you excited? Are you??! We sure are. There are so many fun activities to do in the summer and many of them can even involve your dog! Here is our pet-friendly summer guide to fun!

Take the entire family (including your dog) on a hike: 

A great way to get yourself and your pet active while enjoying the outdoors is to go on a quick hike. Find a pet-friendly trail in your area or, if you own your own land, you could even wander around your own property. Make a fun game of it by putting together a "treasure hunt" for your dog by burying his favorite treat or toy and helping him sniff it out!


Go for a dip: 

When the temperatures are high and you find that both you AND your dog are panting like… well, like dogs, then it's high time to cool yourselves off. Go for a refreshing dip in a lake, stream, pool, or even take a run through the sprinklers. Dogs enjoy water in the summer just as much as you do! You can even take along your dog's favorite toy to play fetch in the water. Just make sure it floats first or you'll have one sad pup on your hands.  

Go to the beach or the dog park: 

There is absolutely nothing more satisfying than watching your dog run free in an open space. He basically turns into a puppy again! It's awesome and adorable and you'll be so happy you took the time to get out into the fresh air. Whether you head to a beach, a dog park, or even a regular dog-friendly park, all you'll need to take are your tennis shoes and your dog's favorite toy (or stick). Oh, and don't forget your dog, of course!

Car rides and road trips: 

We recently wrote a blog post called Why Dogs Love Car Rides annnnnd you should probably read it. What dog doesn't love to stick their head out the window and spray slobber on the cars behind you while you're going full speed? We'll tell you…. there is NO dog that doesn't love a good car ride. At least no dog we've ever seen. 

Make "Pup"sicles: 

Everyone loves having a cool, sweet treat on a hot summer day. Making pet-friendly versions of popsicles by blending and freezing fresh fruits, juices, and yogurts is so super easy. Modern Dog has some pup-approved variations on their website that include:

  • Peanut butter, banana, apple juice, and yogurt
  • Watermelon, strawberry, pineapple juice and yogurt

The best part? These can double as a dessert for both you AND your four-legged friends. Unless you end up making a more savory, chicken broth flavored 'cicle. We suggest you skip that one and let Fido have all the fun to himself. 

Go camping: 

You pretty much knock out several other items of our list when you take your dog camping. You can hike, go swimming, visit beaches and parks, and even take a road trip to your camping location. That will make one happy doggy right there! Plus, think of the amazing fetching sticks you'll find! 

Whatever you choose to do, please don't forget to take lots of breaks, have plenty of water available, and try to avoid extreme activities during the hottest parts of the day…. for the health of both you and your pet.