The Internet has become a place for many people to demonstrate their talents and skills and become moderately famous. Some of these Internet celebrities are known for characteristic looks or behaviors; some are also not even human at all. These are some of the famous Internet animal celebrities, there are several that are not on the list below and there are several more, in the distant future, who haven’t been discovered yet.
“Sockington (also known as “Sockamillion” or “Socks”) is a domestic cat who lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has gained large-scale fame via the social networking site Twitter; his co-owner, Jason Scott, an archivist and Internet historian, has been regularly posting from Sockington’s Twitter account since late 2007. As of May 2010, Sockington’s account has over 1.5 million followers, many of which are pet accounts themselves. Sockington is a grey and white domestic shorthaired cat; he was found as a stray outside a Boston subway station in 2004. In July 2014, Parade magazine called Sockington a “Pet Power Player” and named him #1 in their list of pet social media sensations.” – Wikipedia
Grumpy Cat aka Tard (short for Tardar Sauce)
“Tardar Sauce (born April 4, 2012), better known by her Internet name “Grumpy Cat”, is a cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, says that her permanently grumpy-looking face is due to an underbite and feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat’s popularity originated from a picture posted to the social news website Reddit by Bundesen’s brother Bryan on September 22, 2012. It was made into an image macro with grumpy captions. As of December 10, 2014, “The Official Grumpy Cat” page on Facebook has over 7 million “likes”. Grumpy Cat was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on May 30, 2013, and on the cover of New York magazine on October 7, 2013. In August 2015 it was announced that Grumpy Cat would get her own animatronic waxwork at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco.” – Wikipedia
Biddy the Hedgehog
Biddy the Hedgehog was a tiny, cuddly friend – known for his travelling adventures on Instagram. Unfortunately in March of 2015 Biddy passed away from Cancer. His 600,000 followers that he amassed in his short but memorable lifetime were extremely devastated by the news.
Bodhi, otherwise known as the “Menswear dog” is a handsome Shiba Inu who started modelling men’s clothing on Tumblr, as a joke, until he became a sensation. Now he has every type of social media that he can be followed on looking better than most people, wearing clothes that cost more than most peoples clothing.
Doge is an internet meme based on a funny picture (shown above). Doge’s real name is Kabosu, who was adopted and rescued by a Japanese kindergarten teacher, Atsuko Sato. While this picture’s popularity started slow, once it hit Reddit it was reposted several times with many funny internal monologue-like captions. From there, the memes continued and the popularity grew, leading to an increase in purchases and adoptions of Shiba Inus.
Hamilton the Hipster Cat
Hamilton the Hipster Cat was born with a unique pattern of fur on his face, that very much resembles a hipster mustache. His adorable face and beloved feline-facial hair helped his popularity grow. He now sports 100,000 Facebook likes and over 550,000 Instagram followers. Hamilton can also be seen on Twitter, Vine, Youtube and in an upcoming Friskies Music Video.
“Colonel Meow (birthdate unknown, adopted October 11, 2011 – January 29, 2014) was a male Himalayan–Persian crossbreed cat, who holds the 2014 Guinness world record for the longest fur on a cat (nine inches or about 23 cm). He became an Internet celebrity when his owners posted pictures of his scowling face to Facebook and Instagram. He was lovingly known by his hundreds of thousands of followers as an ‘adorable fearsome dictator’, a ‘prodigious Scotch drinker’ and ‘the angriest cat in the world’. – Wikipedia
Maru the Cat
“Maru (まる, Japanese: circle or round; born May 24, 2007) is a male Scottish Fold (straight variety) cat in Japan who has become popular on YouTube. As of April 2013, videos with Maru have been viewed over 200 million times. Videos featuring Maru have an average of 800,000 views each and he is mentioned often in print and televised media discussing Internet celebrities. Maru is the ‘most famous cat on the internet.’ Maru’s owner posts videos under the account name ‘mugumogu’. His owner is almost never seen in the videos, although the video titled ‘Maru’s ear cleaning,’ is an exception. The videos include title cards in English and Japanese setting up and describing the events, and often show Maru playing in cardboard boxes, indicated by ‘I love a box!’ in his first video.” – Wikipedia
“He is the cutest one-eyed, disfigured pirate cat you’ve ever seen. Over the past few days, pictures of Sir Stuffington (pictured above) have been widely shared online, making him the latest in a rich tradition of feline internet obsession. But there’s so much more to Sir Stuffington than his adorable and funny Facebook photos. His story is one of perseverance and love, as well as internet fame. The cat and his two brothers were taken into Multnomah County Animal Services, an open-door animal shelter in Troutdale, Oregon. Sir Stuffington wasn’t in good shape—his damaged jaw, his missing eye, his upper respiratory infection, his heart murmur, his body covered in fleas and dirt. (All three were about six weeks old, and came in with calicivirus.) But even before the kittens had been taken to the shelter, local resident Blazer Schaffer had stumbled upon a Facebook photo of Sir Stuffington suffering in the street, and was determined to track him down. Schaffer, an animal lover who has worked with the shelter for a decade, soon found the three kitten there.” – Motherjones.com
Princess Monster Truck
Princess Monster Truck was found wandering out of some bushes in New York, by artists Tracey Timmons and Joseph Bryce. Concerned, they took her in and took care of her. Her teeth are due to a condition that is common among Persian Cat breeds. Princess Monster Truck soon got on social media and her popularity grew. Many compare her to Colonel Meow, saying she looks as if she will some day take over the world. If you enjoy her face and want her merchandise, she also has her own store and website, http://www.princessmonstertruck.com.
Beast, also known as Beast Zuckerberg – yes, he is related to the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg – is a Hungarian Sheepdog known as a Puli. He became a celebrity on Facebook, of course, and since his introduction he has gained 2.1 million followers and has been listed as a public figure.
Sam the Eyebrow Cat
Sam is a White cat who was rescued in New York, he has two unique patterns on his forehead which resemble concerned – or Jayden Smith’s – Eyebrows. Since Sam’s first picture was posted online he has gained thousands of followers and fans on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many other social medias.
Yogurt the Pirate Dog
Yogurt is a 5-year-old Chihuahua from Bangkok, Thailand who has gained thousands of followers on multiple social medias due to her missing an eye and long tongue that sticks out of the side of her mouth. This adorable face has obviously touched the hearts of her fans because almost every picture posted to her Instagram gets between 500 and 2,000 likes.
Tuna the Chiweenie
“Tuna, who became an internet hit with his adorably pronounced overbite and unusually crumpled chin, is now getting his very own line of merchandise.
The Chihuahua-Dachsund mix – also known as a Chiweenie – was adopted in 2011 by Courtney Dasher, who shared photos on Instagram of her beloved unique-looking pup almost daily. Now his website, Tuna Melts My Heart, has more than 375,000 followers, and Courtney has set up a web shop where fans can purchase merchandise including iPhone covers, T-shirts and mugs, all branded with his one-of-a-kind face.” – Dailymail.co.uk
“Lil Bub was the runt of her litter born to a feral mother. She ‘was born with several genetic mutations’, had to be bottle-fed and had difficulty being adopted. When Bridavsky first picked her up, he said ‘Hey, Bub!’ Her tongue always hangs out because of her short lower jaw and toothlessness, but her appetite is unaffected… Her photos were first posted to Tumblr in November 2011 then taken off after being featured on the social news website reddit. ‘Lil Bub’ on Facebook has over two million Likes. Lil Bub stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 that won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.” – Wikipedia
“Keyboard Cat is an Internet meme. It consists of a video from 1984 of a cat called ‘Fatso’ wearing a blue shirt and ‘playing’ an upbeat rhythm on an electronic keyboard. The video was posted to YouTube under the title ‘charlie schmidt’s cool cats’ in June 2007. Schmidt later changed the title to ‘Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat (THE ORIGINAL)’. Fatso (who died in 1987) was owned (and manipulated in the video) by Charlie Schmidt of Spokane, Washington, United States. Later, Brad O’Farrell, who was the syndication manager of the video website My Damn Channel, obtained Schmidt’s permission to reuse the footage, appending it to the end of a blooper video to ‘play’ that person offstage after the mistake or gaffe in a similar manner as getting the hook in the days of vaudeville. The appending of Schmidt’s video to other blooper and other viral videos became popular, with such videos usually accompanied with the title Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat or a variant. ‘Keyboard Cat’ was ranked No. 2 on Current TV’s list of 50 Greatest Viral Videos.” – Wikipedia
Tillman the Skateboarding Dog
Tillman is an English bulldog, who became famous when a video of him skateboarding went viral on Youtube, in 2007. Tillman’s unique skill has been featured in several commercials and other forms of advertising, also he holds the Guinness world record for fastest 100 meters on a skateboard, by a dog. Tillman also enjoyed surfing and hanging out with his Owner, Ron Davis. Unfortunately, October of 2015, Tillman passed away from a heart condition at age 10.
Beyonce the miracle dog’s story went viral when she wasn’t expected to survive, at all, and defied the odds. Beyonce was named after what the owner called “a strong woman to aspire to be like,” Popstar, Beyonce. Beyonce was the runt of her litter and not breathing at birth but eventually made a full recovery and has become one of the biggest celebrities in the dog world.
Nora the Piano Cat
Nora the Piano Cat, became famous for her 2007 youtube video “Practice makes Purr-fect,” which went viral. Since her fame she has appeared in several videos and gained fans on all social medias. For more information about Nora, you can visit her website at http://norathepianocat.com/
Boo the Pomeranian
“Boo is a Pomeranian that became an Internet sensation. Known for his short haircut, he has a popular Facebook page and is the subject of four photo books. As of January 2015, Boo has over 17 million Likes on Facebook. Boo the dog belongs to a San Francisco-based Facebook employee who created a Facebook page for the dog with a statement ‘My name is Boo. I am a dog. Life is good.’ He became popular in October 2010 after singer Ke$ha sent a tweet that she had a new boyfriend, linking to the page. Chronicle Books, noticing that Boo had 5 million Facebook fans at the time, approached the owner to write a picture book. In August 2011, Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog, written by his owner under pen name J.H. Lee, was published. The book was eventually published in ten languages. A second book followed, Boo: Little Dog in the Big City, as well as a calendar and plans for a cut-out book and additional children’s books. He also has his own stuffed animal for kids. His merchandise includes a Gund stuffed animal. Boo was appointed a spokesdog for Virgin America airline, which featured photos of him in an airplane along with advice for people traveling with pets.” – Wikipedia