Boo (dog)

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Boo
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
BreedPomeranian
SexMale
Born(2006-03-16) March 16, 2006 (age 8)
San Francisco
OccupationThe World's Cutest Dog
 
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Boo
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
BreedPomeranian
SexMale
Born(2006-03-16) March 16, 2006 (age 8)
San Francisco
OccupationThe World's Cutest Dog

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.[1] As of July 2014, Boo has over 14 million Likes on Facebook.

Background[edit]

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, and Khloé Kardashian called him the "cutest dog on the planet".[1][2]

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.[1] 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.[1] In April 2012, Boo was the subject of a death hoax after #RIPBOO appeared on Facebook. Tweets followed as Gizmodo writer Sam Biddle tweeted Boo had died. It was later confirmed by The Chronicle Book staff that Boo was well and alive.[3] In July 2012, Boo was named the Official Pet Liaison of Virgin America.[4]

Mike Isaac of All Things Digital outed Boo's owner as a Facebook employee in August 2012.[2][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Benny Evangelista (August 17, 2012). "Boo, 'the cutest dog on the planet'". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ a b "Boo, the World's Cutest Dog, Calls a Facebook Employee "Mom" - Mike Isaac - Social". AllThingsD. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ Posted: 04/11/2012 8:16 pm Updated: 04/12/2012 2:20 pm (2012-04-11). "Boo Is Alive: Dog's Death Refuted On Facebook As #RIPBOO Tweets Flow". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ Posted: 07/11/2012 4:25 pm (2012-07-11). "Boo, World's Cutest Dog, Is Now Official Pet Liaison For Virgin America (PHOTOS)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ Choney, Suzanne. "Is Boo the 'cutest dog' in the world a Facebook plant? - Digital Life". Digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  6. ^ Alyson Shontell (Aug 8, 2012). "Meet Boo, 'The World's Cutest Dog'—And The Secret Facebook Employee Behind Him". Business Insider. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 

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