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UPS Dogs: a Hidden Instagram Gem

According to Statista, a statistics and information gathering website, as of September of 2017, there are more than 800 million instagram accounts actively posting material. In a day and age when people follow celebrities, their favorite companies and the obligatory friends and family, I often find that there are not many instagram accounts that I come across that are truly special and that I religiously follow. However, about a month ago, that all changed when I read a clickbait article on Facebook about a ‘UPS Dogs’ Instagram account. 

After hearing about such an account, I naturally replayed all of the scenes from cartoons and other TV shows where a postal worker is chased down a bitten by some resident’s dog. However, the UPS Dogs account is a place where UPS drivers are able to share some photos of the good doggos that they encounter along their delivery routes. Their Facebook page describe how “UPS drivers deliver packages all day long. During each day, drivers encounter many dogs, most friendly and some not so nice. When time permits, drivers snap a photo and send it in to UPS Dogs.’’

A short time spent checking out either their Instagram or Facebook account will reveal photos and videos from all over the country that drivers have sent in of their favorite pups, of all ages, sizes and types. Each post comes with a fun caption of not only where the photo was taken, but also someshort, but really sweet, anecdotes about the four legged bark boxes and driver’s experiences with them. While posts with dogs dominate the account, occasionally, some other animals take the spotlight and join the woofers on the account. Parrots, opossums, horses, cats, goats and chickens have all had a chance to bask in the glow that is social media stardom. Even though the account is fairly new, as its first post was made on October 18 of 2017, it already has 120,000 followers and 211 posts. Some posts even allude to an increasing number of UPS delivery drivers carrying a stash of dog treats on their trucks in order to have some goodies incase they happen to run into any canines deserving of them. 

While I do not have any pets of my own back home, I regularly visited my friend’s pets in highschool and even though the college does bring therapy dogs on campus once a month, I still feel as though I am constantly missing a fur beasts’ presence, so I can only imagine what those of you who do have your own pets back home are missing. This is in part why I think this account is so great. Dozens of sweet dogs portrayed with fascinating people that just doing their jobs. In a time and place where many of us want woofers surrounding us, this Instagram account gives me something to look forward to at the end of the day. So, I encourage you to take moment, log onto you Instagram account, and check out an awesome display of good pupperinos.

All photos from UPS Dogs Instagram Account.

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