BOOK REVIEW

Meet the cats and dogs of Instagram, as curated from accounts with millions of followers

Two Instagram accounts, one dedicated to endearing shots of cats and the other to dogs, have been collected into two books, just in time for Christmas

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 December, 2016, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 December, 2016, 3:12pm

Dogs on Instagram

by Ahmed El Shourbagy

Chronicle Books

Cats on Instagram

by Eli Omidi

Chronicle Books

3.5/5 stars

You’ve got dogs wearing glasses, dogs wearing bow ties, dogs wearing hats: pointy, straw, Santa. Dogs grinning. Dogs knee-deep in mud, dogs tucked up in bed with a bag of popcorn and the TV remote. Dogs, it seems, have no dignity. Dogs will do anything for a treat.

And then there are the cats: sly, coy, peevish. A few will tolerate the odd hat or sweater, but you can tell by their faces that they aren’t getting into it. They are enduring it. They are thinking snide thoughts about their owners. In Latin.

The genesis of these books – Cats on Instagram and Dogs on Instagram – is, of course, social media. The Instagram account @dogsofinstagram was started by Ahmed El Shourbagy and his then-girlfriend (now wife) Ashley Paguyo; it has 3.6 million followers.

Meanwhile, @cats_of_instagram, for reasons nobody can possibly explain, has 7.2 million.

Text in these books is minimal – non-existent, really, beyond a few silly captions (“Every day is National Dog Day”). These aren’t books to read, but books to flip through.