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Paws off politics

It’s official: people would rather see pets on social media.  It certainly didn’t surprise me when I read that most people prefer to see photos of their friends’ pets on social media — even more than pics of food and kids. 

I have a confession. Just this morning I got fed up with all the hateful and negative political ranting on Facebook and I posted on my personal page a comment that “Even though we all have a right to our own opinion, please go back to posting pictures of your pets, grandkids and yes, even your dinner you had last night.” Within a matter of a few hours I had over 70 “likes” and over 50 comments with photos attached of puppies, kids, flowers, families and many other wonderful pictures.  Wow, that was amazing. 

A recent survey of Pet First Pet Insurance policy holders found that almost 84 percent of people preferred to see photos of their friends’ pets on social media. In fact, pets easily beat out other common categories like lunch photos (2.3 percent) and — gasp — cute kid stories (7 percent).

The number of people interested in your selfies was a tiny 3.5 percent – the same as the number who want to hear more about your politics. Ouch.  

“Of course, we at Pet First know firsthand how important pets are to the families who love them,” said Katie Blakeley, CEO of Pet First Pet Insurance. “But it was interesting that the survey found that we also love other people’s pets. We never get tired of looking at our friends’ pups and kittens. ”

About 3 out of 4 survey respondents said they follow at least a couple of pet-focused social media channels, and more than 40 percent think their own pets are potential Instagram stars. About 13 percent have started accounts for their pets, and another 30 percent have considered it.

 “The results are pretty clear,” said Blakeley. “Think twice before posting about your lunch or even your kids – bring on the pets.” 

I can’t help but think that scrolling through Facebook and seeing adorable puppy and kitty antics could certainly go a long way in reducing your stress and bring a calm relaxation to your weary soul.  So, if you want to get lots of “likes” on Facebook, bust out the pet photos.  

If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society and check out the pets that are available for adoption.  Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please be responsible: spay and neuter your pets. 

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the board of directors of the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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