Dogs of Instagram SG

So… I’ve been posting photos of Mango on my personal Instagram account for some time, and realised there’s actually many dogs in Sg with their own accounts. So sometime in May, I created Mango’s own Instagram account. Suddenly there’s an influx of dogs from Sg following Mango and vice versa. Such an interesting community! I was quite amazed by how everyone knew everyone else too. And so many outings!

At one point of time I realised I might not be following everyone. Or say capturing everyone in the widespread Instagram web of dogs in sg.

I’ve always been trying to keep track of dog events in here where you can bring dogs too. Missed quite a few because I didn’t know enough people who actually bothered to attend such things. Also been part of a Shetland Sheepdog group on fb for awhile, and I’ve never actually attending a single gathering. The gatherings were few and far between with not many attendees.

But the Instagram group seem to be more on the ball with gatherings/events! Doesn’t matter the breed of dog, as long as your dog is friendly (maybe humans are friendly too) and willing to meet up, who cares about the breed, right? This community seem perfect (because everyone tries to attend gatherings/events)!

So to find a way to get everyone together…..! *brainstorm* Also, partly because I started using the direct message function on Instagram and the messages got too many when trying to arrange for meetups so I got quite irritated. Fb message is way easier to manage (on phone and computer).

Facebook Group is born!


Pros:

Make announcements easily (as compared to announcing through Insta when not everyone is following everyone)
Add events visible to members only
Message owners easily
Posts won’t disappear in the swarm of Insta posts

Cons:

Not everyone has a fb account
Some owners want to remain anonymous


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When trying to pick the 9 features and winners, we also find favourite photos that we have to disqualify because the human hasn't updated you and your pet's details on our Facebook pinned document yet. Only Singapore residents can receive the prize, and we'll only know if you qualify if we can match your Instagram feed with your Facebook profile. The document also helps us detect lurkers who may join in order to gain access to our members and spam them, etc. Basically actions that most of us wouldn't welcome. So if you haven't joined us on Facebook yet, or updated your details, please do. We regularly remove members who appear to be lurking to make the community a fun and safe one for real members. πŸ™‚ K, that's all the community notices! Watch out for the winning entry and the new photo theme that we'll post tomorrow! πŸ˜‰ #dogsofinstasg

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So with a fb group born, someone has got to manage it, right? Roped in a few friends (weliveinaflat and somewhitecookie) from Insta and tadah! We make the admin group. Since we’re new to this, we try to slowly tweak all the rules and stuff over time.

Also, we came up with photo themes! You can always refer to the Instagram account for DogsOfInstaSG for the latest theme. And weliveinaflat managed to source for sponsors for a small gift to the winner of the theme! It’s fun!! Join us join us!! And don’t we love challenges? 9 entries (including the winner) will also be featured after the theme closes!

Here are some themes so far…

Hash tag theme this week: My first day home To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG) 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is a photo of my first day at home for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsfirstdayhome photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 21 July 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 24 July 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. *keychain sample pictured. PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. This hash tag photo theme activity is ongoing. A new theme will be introduced every two weeks. Looking forward to seeing all your photos!! πŸ™‚

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Theme 1: #sgdogsfirstdayhome

NEW THEME: National Day RULES To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there. 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is my Patriotic Dog photo for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsnationalday photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 4 August 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 7August 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. PRIZE To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart *PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. ***pictures may be picked at random for inclusion by the person making these announcements :p but are not indicative of the final 9 pictures picked for feature. Canine citizens of Singapore, looking forward to seeing all your photos!! πŸ™‚

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Theme 2: #sgdogsnationalday

NEW THEME: Me and My Fur Friend RULES To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there. 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is a photo of me and my furfriend for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsfurfriends photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 18 August 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 21 August 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. PRIZE To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart *PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. ***pictures may be picked at random for inclusion by the person making these announcements :p but are not indicative of the final 9 pictures picked for feature. Looking forward to seeing pictures of you and your furry buddies! πŸ˜€ #dogsofinstasg

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Theme 3: #sgdogsfurfriends

Ohai just your friendly admins from @dogsofinstasg checking in! #MangoTheSheltie

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Your friendly admins.

So far, through this, I’ve made more friends with dogs. And last year I was musing that Mango didn’t have enough friends. Now he has so many! I’ve also attended Cookie’s birthday party, met up with some at the dog run for a picnic, got invited to another party we couldn’t attend, gone on some walks together, learnt about making homemade treats from people, gone to The Green Corridor for the 2nd time with more dogs, gone swimming withΒ them at Sentosa and now we’re planningΒ our own private events! And all these in the span of 2months? How cool is that?

It does also help that most of the InstaDogs are quite the social people, and their dogs mostly well-socialised and well-behaved. For dogs that are not, we try to help by meeting up and acting as a socialisation group. And we share ideas and information regarding training. So far, it’s been a pretty good journey. Hope it stays that way!

Join us!

Dogs of Instagram SG Facebook Group

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6 thoughts on “Dogs of Instagram SG

  1. […] When Mango’s human first created our Dogs of Instagram Facebook group. Her idea was that this was a common space for the Singapore Dog Instagram community to have a communal chat group. Conversations were happening all over the place on individual IG accounts and DMs, etc and if we want to go out as a group, it’s just difficult to manage such conversations on IG and/or watsapp. You can read more about her thoughts here. […]

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