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Dog owners attempt to seize control of the Internet from cat owners.

Viral photos posted during the dog days of summer, make a dent in feline web dominance


"Madly odd" on Facebook is responsible for this photo of a larger dog with the puppy on his back.

In another probably futile attempt to rest control of the Internet away from cats and their owners who are mostly owned by their cats; dog owners have posted certain photos designed to go viral.

Among them is a now famous photo of two dogs, one black one white wearing a sign that says "black labs matter ". The other sign says "white labs matter".

Another is a cute photo of a floppy eared cocker spaniel, carrying a cocker spaniel puppy in his backpack.

Is it any coincidence that the hip movie of the summer is a remake of Ghostbusters? And in the original 1986 Ghostbusters film, Bill Murray remarks famously that one sign of the apocalypse would be "dogs and cats living together"? We think not.

Images and videos of domestic cats make up some of the most viewed content on the web, particularly image macros in the form of lolcats. ThoughtCatalog has described cats as the unofficial mascot of the Internet.

The subject has attracted the attention of various scholars and critics, who have analysed why this form of low art has reached iconic status. Though it may be considered frivolous, cat-related internet content contributes to how people interact with media and culture. Some argue that there is a depth and complexity to this seemingly simple content, with a suggestion that the positive psychological effects that pet animals have on their owners also holds true for cat images viewed online.

Some individual cats, such as Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, have achieved popularity online because of their unusual appearances.

"Black labs matter, white labs matter, all labs matter" has added some levity to a serious topic

Indeed, these are the dog days of summer. The expression "dog days" refers to the hot, sultry days of summer, originally in areas around the Mediterranean Sea, and as the expression fit, to other areas, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.

The coincidence of very warm temperatures in the early civilizations in North Africa and the Near East with the rising, at sunrise (i.e., the heliacal rising), of Orion's dog, the dog star Sirius, led to the association of this phrase with these conditions, an association that traces to the Egyptians and appears in the ancient written poetic and other records of the Greeks (e.g., Hesiod, Aratus, and Homer in The Iliad) and the later Romans.

The expression is used in prose literature, poetry, and song and album titles.


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