Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Nowadays, it’s not unusual to learn about cats and dogs that blog, tweet, write books and entertain their Facebook fans with funny status updates. As intelligent humans, we know the animals aren’t really the ones doing such things, but we play along because it’s harmless fun. In the past few years I’ve become “friends” with quite a few cats and dogs on Facebook. Until recently I thought Giant George, with 65,000 fans, and CANIDAE Pet Foods sponsored Surf Dog Ricochet, with 23,000 fans, really had it going on.
Ha ha! Those numbers pale in comparison to “Boo,” the impossibly cute Pomeranian who, as of this writing, has amassed a staggering 1,109,355 fans! What’s more, Boo gains fans at the rate of about 4,000 every day! When Boo posts a photo or video of himself doing what he does best – looking incredibly adorable – as many as 17,000 people click the “like” button, and 700 to 1,000+ people leave a comment.
With such impressive stats, I think it’s safe to say that Boo is the most popular dog on the planet. I’m pretty sure that if beloved dogs like the legendary Lassie or Rin Tin Tin were to have a Facebook page, even they wouldn’t be able to compete on Boo’s level. What I find particularly fascinating is that aside from a witty photo caption here and there, Boo doesn’t really do anything – other than look cute of course. His “Info” section says it all: “My name is Boo. I am a dog. People love me!”
Indeed they do. People adore Boo even though he never answers any of the seventy squillion questions they ask him (“Boo, what breed of dog are you?” “Boo, how old are you?”) They worship Boo even though he never responds to their squeals of adoration (“Boo, you are truly God's gift to Earth!” “Oh. My. Gosh!! I’m going to faint from the cute!” “Boo, you're the most delightful dog on the Internet!” “Boo, I could just eat you up!”
If you think I made any of that up, you’d be wrong. Like I said, Boo has fans. And I must confess, I love Boo too – I think he’s just precious, and if I could clone him I’d have a dog just like him. Never mind that until I saw the videos of Boo, I was convinced it was a stuffed dog and this was all a hoax. I imagined Boo’s “creators” laughing at the stupidity of people who thought Boo was real. The videos changed my mind – it would be pretty hard to make a stuffed toy dance around the room like Boo does, or eat his dog food so charmingly that your heart almost explodes.
I am, however, just a little peeved at Boo. I wanted to do an interview with him for this blog, and I sent him several polite emails which he ignored. Harrumph!! I take comfort in knowing that it’s not just me Boo snubs, but every single one of his million-plus fans! I have to wonder if Boo’s meteoric rise to fame has given him a superiority complex. More likely, his family probably had no idea what they were getting into when they set up his Facebook page. After all, who could predict that a few photos of an adorable dog would create such a stir? It would be a full-time job answering even a fraction of all the “fan mail” Boo gets.
So I decided to forgive Boo for ignoring my interview request. Besides, he’s so freakin’ cute that it’s impossible to stay mad at him for very long. Boo, I just adore you. Now call me!
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