Shannen Findlay


The world’s most famous pets – where are they now

The world’s most famous pets – where are they now

If you have ever used Instagram or Facebook – or social media in general – then a few famous pet names might come to mind. It turns out, some of the biggest stars on social media are furry! From a grumpy kitty, to a smiling pug – these pets have earned millions of followers and fast become online sensations.

Here are just a few of some of the world’s famous pets.

Grumpy cat

Grumpy cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, might probably be the most famous cat. Her underbite and feline dwarfism contributed to her becoming an internet sensation in September 2012 after her image was posted to Reddit. After being accused of photoshopping the image, the owner posted a series of videos to prove the naysayers wrong that went viral.

The cat’s popularity since then has continued to increase but Tardar Sauce’s parents aren’t quite sure what her breed is. The family of Tardar Sauce says, despite her unhappy looking face – she is a perfectly happy six-year-old cat who loves to be spoilt.

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A post shared by Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) on Sep 10, 2018 at 5:38pm PDT



Boo is known as the ‘world’s cutest dog’ lived in San Francisco. He has had 16 million followers obsessed with his and his dog siblings Buddy, Blue and Benny’s every move over the last few years.

Sadly, Boo the Pomeranian passed away early in the morning of January 19 this year.

The fluffy pup’s owners say he had shown signs of heart problems ever since his furry “best friend” – his brother called Buddy – died in 2017.

"We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us," they wrote on his official Facebook page.

Boo was the official pet of Virgin Airlines and as his bio said, he was a dog, and life was good for the sweet Pomeranian.

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Dearest friends of Boo, With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy. Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time. Since starting Boo’s FB page, I’ve received so many notes over the years from people sharing stories of how Boo brightened their days and helped bring a little light to their lives during difficult times. And that was really the purpose of all this...Boo brought joy to people all over the world. Boo is the happiest dog I’ve ever met. He was so easy going that we never had to bother with training. He made the manliest of men squeal with delight over his cuteness and made everyone laugh with his quirky, tail wagging personality. Over the years Boo met some super cool people, a lot of crazy talented people, but most of all so many kind people...friends who gave him endless love, people who prioritized his comfort over getting that perfect picture, partners who understood that Buddy ALWAYS had to be included, and last but definitely not least, the amazing doctors, therapists, and staff at Adobe Animal Hospital and Sage Veterinary Centers for the countless hours of care and dedication they poured into Buddy and Boo. I brought Boo home in the spring of 2006 and so started the greatest, most heartwarming friendship of all time. Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us. He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven. Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go. Thank you to all of you for following along on their silly adventures over the past 10 years. They sure had a LOT of fun. With love and our deepest gratitude, Boo’s humans

A post shared by Buddy Boo Blue Benny (@buddyboowaggytails) on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:29pm PST


Venus the Two-Faced Cat

Venus the two-faced cat has amassed over 300,000 fans on Facebook, so she is no stranger to internet stardom. Interestingly enough, the gorgeous feline’s family have no idea how she inherited her distinctive coat – her official motto being: “0% Photoshopped, 100% Born This Way”.

After being adopted in 2009 from a dairy farm in North Carolina, US, Venus has been hard at work maintaining her adorable personality and gaining notoriety for her unique hair. Since then, she has become truly one of the most famous cats in the world.

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Where does your cat go to keep warm?

A post shared by Venus the Two Face Cat (@venustwofacecat) on Feb 2, 2019 at 11:02am PST


Doug the Pug

With over 12 million followers amassed over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, Doug the Pug is no ordinary pup. He was even crowned with the 2017 Shorty Award for Instagrammer of the Year! The award-winning pup is a star in the eyes of many, especially his mother Leslie Mosier.

She got Doug as a puppy in the summer of 2012, and in 2015 made the decision to dedicate her life to the sweet dog!

Do you recognise any of these famous pets? Let us know in the comments below.