Times are tough and everyone can benefit from a little distraction. And what better than puppies? March 23rd is National Puppy Day, a holiday which celebrates man's best friend and helps to raise awareness about pet adoption.
Although the internet belongs to cats, dogs have certainly made a big splash in the meme world. Perhaps the most famous internet of all time in known as Doge, a Shiba Inu who became known around the world in 2013. The meme is based on a 2010 photo of the pup and is commonly accompanied by phrases in broken English. The famous pup is named Kaboso in real life and was born in 2005. She was adopted in 2008 by a Japanese kindergarten teacher from an animal shelter, after her puppy mill was shut down. Kaboso's now famous photo was first posted in 2010 by her mom and shortly grew traction online after being shared to Tumblr and later Reddit. The meme peaked in popularity in 2013, making it to number 12 on MTV's "50 Things Pop Culture Had Us Giving Thanks For This Year," between Seth Rogan and James Franco's "Bound 3" video and Rob Ford's substance abuse scandal.
Today, dog meme culture has evolved to include many more sophisticated words and phrases, such as pupper, doggo and woofer. A pupper is any small (or as the internet would say, smol) dog—such as a Chihuahua, Pomeranian or Yorkie. If a pupper is especially barky, then he/she is a yapper. A doggo is your quintessential dog breed—Golden Retrievers and Labs. Then, woofers are your big boys—Mastiffs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes.
In honor of all the puppers, doggos and woofers, we've gathered up some of our favorite dog and puppy tattoos from Instagram—take a peek at the pawsome ink and let us know your thoughts on this story on social media.