Are Corgis Overtaking Cats in Interweb Pawpularity?

October 8, 2011 |

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We were horrified to read on CNN’s GeekOut blog that Corgis may be overtaking cats in pawpularity on the Interwebs. Say it ain’t so!

After a deft bit of investigative repurrting, the Mousebreath staff found the evidence to be pathetically weak, even contrived.

I’ll admit, that video of corgis playing tetherball was somewhat amusing. But cats can play tetherball, too, even if it’s only 71 pageviews’ worth. Corgis get credit for that video of Corgis singing Happy Birthday for the Queen Mum’s 100th birthday. But singing cats have been around furever.

Need we mention that Corgis are hopeless when it comes to fashion?

The only source of this dubious (and we feel compelled to add, BASELESS) claim is Caldwell Tanner, an artist at collegehumor.com who happens to adore corgis.

Ann Hoevel writes:

That’s because Welsh corgis have taken the Internet by storm, and according to artist Caldwell Tanner, they’re the perfect vehicle for online communication.

“In a very silly way I was trying to make a statement about it,” Tanner said about this small dog that has made its way into the zeitgeist. Tanner is a full-time illustrator at CollegeHumor.com and off-hour corgi enthusiast.

At work, because of the nature of CollegeHumor’s content, Tanner said he’s faced with a daily onslaught of videos, Internet media and culture. Being exposed to so many images and ideas now associated with corgis, Tanner had a realization.

“Cats are kind of the prototypical Internet animal, and now it’s corgis,” he said, referencing lolcats and advice animals Internet memes. “They’re like the new cats, the more sincere version of cats.”

So, a lone Corgi guy waxes poetic about a bunch of stump-legged tetherball-playing dogs and expects cats to cede their throne as the prototypical Internet animal based on his prejudiced and myopic observations? I think it’s time to hock up a hairball on this one.

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. Natasia says:

    Yeah, right, like I would have believed that anyways. Cats rule! Dogs drool!

  2. Andrea says:

    No way! Cats would never let them do that!

  3. Woofies smell … especially SHORT woofies!
    DMM

  4. Max says:

    There is no.frickin.way!

  5. Billie B says:

    Just the thought of it makes my stummick tern. Cats rool, dogs drool. THE END.

  6. ]NANA says:

    EU TB DETESTO CORGIS!!

  7. ]NANA says:

    Gatos se gabam e cachorros se babam!gatos mandam e cachorros fazem