Dog has more Insta followers than you

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FIND YOUR CAR ON FIND A - Lisa Mayoh

IF YOUR pet pooch has an In­sta­gram ac­count, you’re not alone.

A new study shows that 60 per cent of Aussie pets have their own so­cial me­dia page – some with tens of thou­sands of followers.

The sur­vey, by pet-sit­ting net­work Mad Paws, also found that 50 per cent of pets are be­ing treated to fancy or­ganic meals, and one in five have the lat­est fash­ion and ac­ces­sories.

“Our re­search shows nearly 50 per cent of Aus­tralian dogs have their own bed­room, one in five pet own­ers have pro­fes­sional photos taken of their four-legged friends and over 70 per cent of fur-ba­bies get flashy presents on their birth­days,” Mad Paws co-founder Alexis Soulopou­los said.

Dog own­ers also ap­pear to spend big bucks on their pooches, with 60 per cent splash­ing out more than $150 a month on toys, food and ac­ces­sories – some­thing Mel­bourne’s Sylvia Fron­czak knows all about. Her New­found­land, Bent­ley, has 48,000 In­sta­gram fans and loves be­ing in the spot­light.

“When I first got him I thought he was pretty cute so I thought I would make an ac­count for him – and then there was one video, of me putting out a dan­de­lion for him to sniff but he eats it – and it went vi­ral,” she said.

“I love that other peo­ple love him too – if I don’t post for five or six days I get mes­sages ask­ing if Bent­ley is OK.”

Photo: Supplied

Sylvia Fron­czak and Bent­ley.

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