Hanging out with Hamish McDog
Meet Hamish McDog, a west highland terrier of tremendous character and charm. I follow him on Instagram because all the very best dogs have their own accounts, even though I do realise Hamish’s is administered by his mother, my friend Gail.
Gail brought Hamish along to see me recently at the terrific Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park, part of Sydney Good Food Month. He didn’t seem much interested in trotting around stalls dispensing silky ramen, pad thai noodles or Sri Lankan stringhoppers but he was definitely up for a pat and a smooch. I posted this pic of Hamish on my Instagram account that night and suddenly a world of westies opened up. There are hashtags such as #westiesofinstagram and #westiesarethebest and you don’t need to look too deeply for portraits of little chaps in tam o’ shanter caps and tartan kerchiefs and pretty girlie westies with checked bows and capes. I would follow all those accounts if that wouldn’t classify me as weird.
I am not a fan of Grumpy Cat, who even has her own branded range of merchandise, but I do follow two less publicity-seeking kittens and a squirrel in Japan. These three creatures are incredibly cute, and in the case of the squirrel, who lives in a carer’s wild garden, I have become marginally involved in his recovery from a small accident that damaged his great brush of a tail. Using a hiragana keyboard for my messages, I have been expressing my sympathy and advice from a neighbour who has an injured possum in his care, or at least I hope I have, as one slip of those keyboard characters and who knows what I could be wishing upon the poor, sad fellow.
It’s when you are immersed in Instagram, looking at pictures of puppies, that you may wonder if you are barking mad. I certainly do, but at least it is objective and without the need to judge or interact, unlike its Facebook sibling, which is full of causes, agendas and show-off friends who post BuzzFeed quizzes of the ilk of what fruit would you have been in a past life.
So I am scaling back Facebook and just hanging out with Hamish McDog and clever Instagrammers who post macro images of flowers and birds. It’s all furry and fuzzy and flighty and enormous fun.
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