FOR THE QC
There is only one thing in the world that comes close to paralleling the pure, uncensored joy provoked only by running one’s fingers through a small pup’s soft fur after the monotony of daily happenings: dogspotting.
The sport, involving our furriest friends, was established through a Facebook group in 2006 by the self-proclaimed dog guru himself, John Savoia. Though not an overwhelming presence within the current online dogspotting community, his sport, and the creation of the Free Point System would forever alter the landscape of dog-snapping aficionados worldwide.
The game is simple: spot a dog and snap a picture. There are a few basic guidelines: the dog cannot be yours or one you’ve met already, and a spot cannot count if it is deemed as “low-hanging fruit,” or a place where dogs are typically located.
Dogspotting allows both amateur and accomplished spotters alike to share in the goodness that is a dog sighting. The free point system allows for other spotters to assign point values to each particular spot based on a wide spectrum of attributes: cuteness factor of the dog itself, location, or even the cleverness of the caption.
Prior to the entrance of Josh Boruff, however, dogspotting hadn’t fully reached its fruition as an online activity. In 2014, Boruff radicalized the sport just as the online community was blossoming. He established the Boruff Orthodox Method, which is a far more complex point-value system for spotting in which certain spots could receive bonuses or even penalties towards the scores. Though some supported the change, the new method provoked much controversy within the once-tightly knit community, primarily based upon the logic that the smallest dogs would receive less points than their larger companions. Fortunately, advocates for the Free Point System ultimately won out, defining the current atmosphere for the dogspotting Facebook group of today.
Only weeks ago, I was unkowingly added to the Facebook dogspotting community by one of my friends prior to my departure from my last class of the day. As he was fully aware of my uninhibited affection for all things furry and four-legged, my friend had unintentionally introduced me to a new world I could cling to when seeking a reprieve from my own world. Fortunately for us, there is never a lack of dogs wandering around campus. There is something so incredibly pure about a stranger’s joy upon encountering another beloved pup and witnessing the happiness it evokes from the other members of the group, despite the miles separating them.
Whether you and your dog are separated by state lines or simply the hours spent in class each day, Dogspotting is the perfect antidote for a heart desperately craving man’s best friend.
Comprised of nearly half a million members, dogspotting has become a worldwide phenomenon. dogspotting provides an escape from the ordinary posts populating our news feed as well as issues we’d rather not dwell upon. Whether you are merely there to witness the glory of dogspots, both local and international, or are an avid spotter yourself, dogspotting has established a community founded simply upon a love for one of the purest animals in a sometimes seemingly fabricated world. One might assume that it is not every day that you may encounter hundreds of pups, but through the benevolent souls contributing to the Facebook group every hour, there is no void of cuteness on any given basis.