Humans are as vain about animals as they are about themselves. Sure, a pet can be cute, but there are ugly ones out there. Thanks to contests like Petaluma, California’s World’s Ugliest Dog show, some are celebrated for their hideousness. And even those who aren’t lauded in some grand spectacle are being judged. That’s why Twitter’s @dog_rates has been so effective, and why @thecatreviewer is also gaining steam.
@dog_rates has a bit more of an internet humor bent, which has been on full display via the saga of Brant/Brent, a follower who just didn’t get the pumped-up rating system that ignores the limits of a zero to 10 scale.
After months of hating on the rating system, Brent had a moment of reckoning.
In other news, Brent finally came around https://t.co/QE2Oz32JIv
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) November 25, 2016
He’s probably not the only one mad at the dog overlords rating their fellow canines. For those who want a more hands-on approach to the pets they encounter, @thecatreviewer is right up your alley. Rather than rating images of pets it receives, the account calls on its followers to do the rating themselves.
Unsurprisingly, @thecatreviewer’s system has its own quirks too.
— constant badthoughts (@allwrongthink) November 29, 2016
— Sian B (@funktious) November 29, 2016
— Philippa_Perry (@Philippa_Perry) November 28, 2016
The accounts have inspired their fair share of copycats but also some pretty great spinoffs. Not everyone has a conventional pet, and some folks are more passionate about our scaly lizard friends or barnyard pets than pet pals of the furry variety.
these aint the shoes i ordered :-/ 8/10 pic.twitter.com/dWJxfDmL7K
— We Rate Lizards (@WeRateLizards) November 29, 2016
What a fine froggo fellow 12/10 what a lovely baby pic.twitter.com/f7v7sApiHe
— We Rate Frogs (@WeRateFrogs) November 29, 2016
A SEVERE ERROR HAS BEEN MADE. THESE BUNNIES GET 10/10 NOT 10/19. https://t.co/h5rXq8DxK1
— we rate bunnies (@WeRateBunnies) November 25, 2016
Twitter positivity and cuteness: 10/10