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Dogspotting Is The Newest Trend And It's Incredible

Have you ever seen a dog somewhere in public and just wanted to shout with excitement? Me too. Every day.

That's why when I stumbled upon Dogspotting I knew I had found my people. It's a Facebook page dedicated to people posting pictures of dogs they see in their everyday life. So basically, it's heaven. The page allows users to give "points" to dogs, with bonus points available for floppy ears, good listening, and all around wonder.

We spoke with Reid Paskiewicz, VP of Dogspotting, which has grown into a huge company.

"I started around 2008 with the concept creator John Savoia introduced it in a troll forum I frequented. I was instantly hooked and it became my Lifestyle," Paskiewicz said via email to Shared. "It made perfect sense to me that if you are going to be outside and seeing random dogs all day, you might as well start getting points and sharing great spots with friends for bragging rights and feedback. Also seeing other members Dogspots was exciting and it was great to be part of such a positive community celebrating dogs."

Spotted: bear/dog/cuteness overload. Maverick is the name, and being cute is his game! 🐶

Posted by Lachy Smith on Sunday, August 20, 2017

There are some rules to the page which every member must agree to before joining.

"We have multiple groups that have different sets of rules but all of them have the basics of no spam or unauthorized solicitation, no memes or shared content (original content only), no pressing issues (politics or dog debates), and to Be Excellent To Each Other while interacting in the comments," Paskiewicz says.

The basic ground rules are:

  • Respect the Admins
  • Respect the Rules
  • Respect Others
  • No Service Dogs
  • Respect Privacy
  • No Selfies
  • No 'Famous' Dogs
  • No Non-Dog Posts
  • Dog Parks, Dog Functions, Pet Stores, or anywhere else dogs are expected are off limits
  • No Drama
  • No Memes

The page is rapidly growing, which has allowed the company to develop a Dogspotting app as well.

Steve is out here to steal your girl

Posted by Nadine Astrakhan on Sunday, August 20, 2017

But it's not just the Facebook page where you can see the dogs!

"We have grown from a few dozen folks from 2008-2013 to almost now 670k from 2014-present," Paskiewicz told Shared. "The app is constantly changing features to upgrade the experience and right now you can use the app to submit a Dogspot with a score per the point ruleset (and maybe make the point leaderboard with enough dogs), or bypass the game and post a dog or your own dog on the Dogspotting Society feed, which is just a big fun dog club. Additionally you can give "pats" to any dog by tapping it and dog with the most pats are featured in the Top Spots feed. You can still post any dog uploaded to the app directly to the Facebook groups, so this will enhance the spotting for core Facebook members by adding a bunch of cool tools."

Tuckered out doggo still wet from the beach at Crazy Burger, ready to chow. 10/10 love this loaf

Posted by Rowan Talbot-Guerette on Sunday, August 20, 2017

As for what Dogspotting wants to do in the future, it's pretty simple.

"Continue to grow our positive community across social media and keep the dogs flowing to our members," Paskiewicz told Shared. "We have some great opportunities right now working with Facebook groups and communities team to make things even better with new tools and features. Facebook has been great at listening to feedback and interacting with group admins. I have high expectations we will hit 1 million members next year. "

We asked Paskiewicz about his favorite dogs so far, and the answer did not disappoint.

"This is an almost impossible question but for my personal fave I have to go with the sidecar pugs Lolo and Yoda who are alternately spotted dozens of times a year in downtown Vancouver. I collect them all."

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These were some of our personal favorites!

what's better than a surprise puppy????? a surprise puppy with a heart nose!!!!!

Posted by Sarah Ortega on Sunday, August 20, 2017

VIP guest at work today does a h*ckin squish

Posted by Kylee Ellis on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Proudboye in Madison, WI

Posted by Ben Bruce on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Met a tired floof at the brewery. Hang in there Bennett, you got this!

Posted by Chelsea Skurow on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Couldn’t find Lionspotting so I’ll just leave this here 🦁

Posted by Iain Robertson on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Doug likes chewing cigarette butts and being an asshole.

Posted by Amber Dernulc on Saturday, August 19, 2017

THIS IS PEANUT AND I'VE ONLY JUST MET HIM BUT I WOULD KILL FOR HIM

Posted by Molly Riann on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spotted this sleepy gal at work named lightning, was blown away by how cute n sleepy she was, good girl\10 only 6 weeks...

Posted by Grant Morris on Thursday, August 17, 2017

Met this stunner in San Diego. His name is cosmo because he looks like space. 11/10 truly out of this world! Edit: bonus pic in comments!

Posted by Karen Weinstock on Thursday, August 17, 2017

If you would like to join Dogspotting, you can do so here!

Taking inspiration from Dogspotting, we chose to spot our own dogs at the office...and they're pretty cute!

Takaani

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Captain

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Captain has graced us with his presence today 😍

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Lola

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Louis

Desk dogs are the best dogs. #dogsofshared #dogsofinstagram @your.majesty.king.lou

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Pess

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Jerry

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Amber

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Winston

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Lily

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Gunther

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Jax

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When you can't believe Jordan left for the day. #lifeatshared #dogsatwork #fridays #instadog #officedogs #rufflife🐶

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Archie

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Peanut

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Peanut how are you so precious? #peanut #dogsofshared #bulldog

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Odie

Odie broke the internet with his skills. RIP Internet

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Will you be joining Dogspotting?