What Can You Learn from a Dog Who Tweets?

Wine Country Dog

It is not uncommon these days to see animals with social media accounts. In fact, in a recent DoggyLoot.com survey, six percent of people responding said that their dogs were on Twitter.

As I looked at my Twitter stream the other day, it occurred to me that one of my favorite tweeps is a dog. I met @winecountrydog, a gorgeous Welsh Corgi with 10,000+ followers, about four years ago. I became an instant fan.

I think it’s the mix of helpful facts, animal advocacy and humor that keeps me reading @winecountrydog’s tweets. Living in Sonoma Valley, California, he tweets about wine (of course), animal and wildlife welfare and human disaster response—with a sprinkling of observations on life.

@winecountrydog’s human is a writer, so she gives this dog a particular way of talking. She has his voice down and she does not waver.

What does @winecountrydog talk about on Twitter?

Sometimes he teases his friend, resident cat Meezer

Like any normal dog, @winecountrydog has a love-hate (mostly love) relationship with his cat pal:

He gives health advice (for humans, too)

In this exchange, we were discussing the surprising benefit of drinking hot tea when the temperatures soar:

He warns dog owners about dangers

A tweet to remind dog owners about the risks of walking their dogs on pavement during extreme summer temperatures:

And he is a strong advocate for protecting pets and keeping them safe

A tweet reminding pet owners to shield their animals from  4th of July fireworks trauma:

You can follow @winecountrydog on Twitter. I think you’ll like him.

Oh, I almost forgot: There is still time to enter my book giveaway. Go to my previous post for a chance to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. Contest ends Friday, July 5.

What about you?

Do you have social media accounts for your dog or cat?

Do you follow any animals on Twitter or Facebook?

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14 Comments

  1. Paul Hawley July 2, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    How out of it am I, anyway? Less every day, let us hope. You’ve just taught me what is a “tweep”.

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    • Paul Hawley July 2, 2013 at 7:30 am #

      (relentlessly plowing on beside the point) I’ve often heard that a hot or warm drink is a way to cool off when overheated, & my experience bears it out: the transpiration that erupts helps restore balance, thanks to removed heat of evaporation, if the air is moving at all. The opposite remedy, a cold drink when one is uncomfortably cold, does not seem to work. Also, dogs don’t sweat, so if they’re hot, cool drinks & panting must suffice for them.

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      • Judy Lee Dunn July 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

        Haha. So many random thoughts in my blog post today. Something for everyone.

        Thanks for explaining the science of hot beverages in hot weather. Science was always hard for me. : ) Seriously, I never would have tried a hot cup of tea, but it worked wonders.

        @winecountrydog did share a tip related to all that fur and the inability to sweat. His “mum” takes a handful of cold water and lets it fall on his head. That way, he says, it gets past the fur and onto the skin, where it is most needed. I tried this with Ms. Booda, our cat, and, though she hated the water on her (she gave me several glares), it helped to cool her off. (I had been applying a water-soaked washcloth to her fur but the water wasn’t really getting through.)

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  2. Corinne Rodrigues July 2, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Judy – I’ve got a dog that blogs and has his own Facebook page! Dogs these days are so smart, aren’t they? 😉

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    • Judy Lee Dunn July 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Corrine,

      Wow, a blog AND Facebook? That is one busy dog! Very cool.

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  3. Courtney Cantrell July 2, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    My cat has Facebook…but sadly “she” rarely uses it anymore, as “she” doesn’t have the time. Since I can barely keep up with my own social media outlets, I can relate.
    ; )

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    • Judy Lee Dunn July 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      I would think that it would be easier to slow down the frequency on Facebook than it would be, say, a blog. Hmm. I wonder why “she” doesn’t have time anymore. Haha.

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  4. Joan Rough July 2, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Judy, Neither my dogs or the cat tweet or have a blog. They tell me it’s way to much work and would prefer to sit on a soft cushion and watch the world go by. Lily, the cat, still hunts and this morning ate a whole cicada and then got sick on the hall carpet. Sam and Max, the dogs, watching her torture the poor bug, wanted a taste, too. But I didn’t let them out and they were unhappy with me for a while. If they tweeted or blogged they’d probably complain about me.

    Joan

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    • Judy Lee Dunn July 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Haha. No use putting them on social media if they are just going to be mean to you. That sounds just like a cat. Attack, eat and promptly heave it all up. Don’t you love ’em?

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  5. Lori Gosselin July 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Hi Judy,
    I can’t believe that 6% said their pets had a twitter account! It’s cute, though, and an effective way to get a message across!
    Good for them! I’m having trouble keeping up with my own account yet they are maintaining two! But how cute to “communicate” with a dog in this way!
    Lori

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    • Judy Lee Dunn July 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Lori,

      Actually, the beauty of it is that my friend has just this one blog. She talks about wine and wineries, animal rights, responsible pet ownership and disaster relief response, all in @winecountrydog’s voice. Effective and fun at the same time (although some of the topics are not funny). Bob and I met her and her beautiful dog a couple of years ago when we visited wine country. The link in the second paragraph will take you to that story. Thanks for stopping by (and for tweeting about this post)!

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  6. Tilin WCD July 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Furbro and Mum join mywoofself in thanking you for talkin’ ’bout ourselves in your blog, dear Judy! You a furry kind and caring human.

    Needin’ to make a few clawrifications. Furrst of all, mywoofself not “cute.” Good adjectives: adorable, mature (in 16th year), intellectual, opawinionated, and rawther prawper.

    True, Mum is writerly, and Mum did teach myself about writin’, but Mum does not need to write WCD stuff. Edit some, furhaps. But myself mature paw-writer with own voice and uneeq indiedog style.

    Re da piccie posted ere: is of furbro Jackie Nippers. Himself my underdogstudy and occashunal pawticipant in WCD tweetin’ and writin’. Someday da Nippers will ‘ave to run da whole tweet show. Pray Meezer does help ‘im.

    Ourselves not in eastern part of county, wot is Sonoma Valley part, but in northern and western Sonoma County. Also doo spend lot ‘o time in mountain boonies far north ‘o our home county.

    Regardin da teasin’ of Ani Meezer, is cuz hermewself so funny. Meezer spends lot ‘o time torrrmentin’ Mum. BOL … Myself does luv Meezer and hermewself does ADORE myself … as is only prawpurr. Our corgwyn kind can be furry loyal cat furriends.

    As fur disaster readiness and response tweetin’ + facebookin’, wot ourselves been dooin’ since ’08, is ’bout payin’ it furward and helpin’ everybuddy (incl ourselves) stay safe. Da accuracies and timin’s of our ‘mergency/disaster info relies on Mum’s fact-checkin’ and disaster response training+experience. But my ol’ woofself furry well schooled in Disaster Animal Response networks and players, so Mum and myself a team. Now got caveat: Plz doo beeware of social media individuals or orgs wot might seem as if they doo know wot they r dooin’ whilst ackchewlly tendin’ to “borrow” info and not knowin’ howl or carin’ to fact-check. Jus woofin’.

    Need cicada recipes? Ourselves happy to offurr ’em for Joan Rough’s furriends. BOL

    Arroooooooo!

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  7. Tilin WCD July 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    P.S. – This comment be for dear Judy’s readers wot doo not know my ‘tankerous ol’ woofself: Da comments above are simpawly clawrification. Myself and Mum doo luv Judy and doo luv her blog post. Was jus takin’ rare oppawtunity to set da record strrraight on a few paw-points. (Hope Judy not infurr my ol’ woofself harsh or grouchy. BOL)

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    • Judy Lee Dunn July 3, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Haha. No “cute” here. How can a dog be taken seriously if we call him cute?

      Sorry I got the wrong pic. This one is of your brother. I think I have mixed up the photos before. Bad me. : )

      Thanks for the warning about not believing everything we read on social media. I have been pulled in by information that proved later not to be fact-based, so I appreciate bloggers and writers who verify their sources.

      And you could never be cantankerous. To the point, maybe, but not cantankerous. : )

      Thanks for jumping in here.

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