Amaz­ing An­i­mals Get Lots of Likes on Face­book

So­cial me­dia sen­sa­tions know how to wow!

Gulf & Main - - Gulf & Main - BY ANN MARIE O’PHEL AN

There are nearly 2 bil­lion monthly users on Face­book spend­ing at least 20 min­utes a day on this re­mark­ably pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia stage. While many of us hook up with our friends and fam­ily, oth­ers con­nect to a va­ri­ety of four-legged and feath­ered su­per­stars with their own pages and a le­gion of fol­low­ers.

Meet crowd fa­vorites Dally, an 8-year-old Jack Russell ter­rier who rides atop Spanky, a 9-year-old minia­ture horse. The two are not only sen­sa­tional per­form­ers, they’re the best of friends. Check out the ath­letic prow­ess of 5-year-old Bam­boo, a mutt who se­ri­ously knows how to skate­board and is also prac­tic­ing his soc­cer skills. Get to know stylish 7-year-old Cru­soe. The minia­ture black-and-tan dachs­hund loves to travel, en­joys the lime­light and “au­thors” his own books.

Be­cause of their amaz­ing feats, nat­u­ral abil­i­ties and con­sid­er­able amount of charm, it’s easy to see why these an­i­mals are so­cial me­dia stars.

DALLY AND SPANKY: THE DAZ­ZLING DUO

Dally and Spanky have been work­ing to­gether since 2012, when Spanky was res­cued and taken to Horse Creek Ranch near Spokane in Washington. Dally, the un­pop­u­lar runt of her lit­ter, ar­rived at the ranch in 2011. “For Dally, it was love at first sight. Spanky took a lit­tle longer,” says their trainer, Francesca Car­son. One day, Dally couldn’t hold back her feel­ings any longer and just jumped on Spanky’s back—a move that started it all.

Dally and Spanky have a cou­ple of books out: The Dally and Spanky Col­or­ing Book and, more re­cently, The Great Adventures of Dally and Spanky: The True Story of a Res­cued Minia­ture Horse and a Jack Russell Puppy. “Both kids and adults love the book’s mes­sage that ‘no mat­ter what we look like or how dif­fer­ent, we can tri­umph to­gether,’ ” says Francesca Car­son.

In ad­di­tion to Face­book, the show-stop­ping two­some can be found on YouTube, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

BAM­BOO: THE AMAZ­ING ATH­LETE

Bam­boo, from Solana Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, is an im­pres­sive skate­board­ing dog who is also hon­ing his soc­cer skills and prac­tic­ing Fris­bee.

The res­cue mutt was adopted as a puppy by Mike Bo­laris and

his fam­ily. Bam­boo was al­ways ea­ger to learn to do ev­ery­thing that Bo­laris and his chil­dren could do, so it was fun work­ing with him on spins, twists and other tricks. “Teach­ing him to skate­board was as easy as just giv­ing him en­cour­age­ment to do so,” Bo­laris says.

CRU­SOE: THE STYLISH SOJOURNER

Cru­soe is a minia­ture black-and-tan dachs­hund re­sid­ing in Que­bec, Canada, with “mum and dad” Lauren and Ryan Beauch­esne, who got him as a pup.

Cru­soe has al­ways been a celebrity in the mak­ing. “I used to take pic­tures of him as a pup and post them to my personal Face­book,” ex­plains Ryan. Peo­ple first fell in love with him through those pic­tures.

Such qual­i­ties make Cru­soe great to work with, and he just knows when it’s act­ing time and has no prob­lem wear­ing home­made cos­tumes. These in­clude jun­gle ex­plorer dog, hunt­ing dog and Mickey Mouse dog. Be­cause of the pop­u­lar­ity of his wardrobe, he’s com­ing out with his own cos­tume line. And he’s the “spokes­dog” for BarkBox, where mem­bers are sent a themed col­lec­tion of toys, treats and a chew ev­ery month.

BINI THE BUNNY AND EIN­STEIN

While Dally and Spanky, Bam­boo, and Cru­soe are four sen­sa­tional an­i­mals, there’s Bini the Bunny, of Los An­ge­les. The 4-year-old Hol­land Lop rab­bit plays basketball, combs and styles hair, and en­joys ar­cade games. But Bini is most fa­mous for cre­at­ing orig­i­nal paint­ings!

There’s also Ein­stein, a 20-year-old African grey par­rot that loves to talk, sing, dance and do im­per­son­ations—an es­pe­cially funny one is of ac­tor Matthew McConaughey.

And while you can "friend" and fol­low these amaz­ing an­i­mals on Face­book and other so­cial me­dia, you just might also be in­spired to teach your old dog a few new tricks!

Ann Marie O’Phe­lan is a South­west Florida writer and a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to TOTI Me­dia.

Dally the Jack Russell ter­rier and Spanky the res­cue minia­ture horse show us the true mean­ing of friends.

Bam­boo (above left), Ein­stein (above cen­ter), Bini the Bunny (above right) and Cru­soe (be­low) are so­cial me­dia rock stars, each with le­gions of fans.

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