Five Orange County Dogs to Follow on Instagram

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Sonny and Goose the dogs in Carrboro


When Riley Rogers spotted a puppy that looked like a younger version of her 3-year-old pointer/hound mix named Sonny, it was only a matter of hours before she drove to Winston-Salem to adopt him. Now Sonny, named after his sunny disposition, and Goose, a 1-year-old pointer/lab mix who is named after Goose Island Beer Company, one of Riley’s favorite breweries, are a package deal. Riley started documenting their adventures shortly after their family moved to the area. “It was a great way to share the places that we were discovering with other dog owners in the Triangle, show my friends and family who aren’t local what we were up to,” Riley says, “and to keep track of where we had been.” Some of their favorite spots to visit include Jordan Lake, Phydeaux and Weaver Street Market. During their rides around town, Goose likes to ride facing backwards in the car. And Sonny enjoys greeting the family each morning with a nice, long howl.

Willis poses next to the sunflowers at Dorothea Dix Park


Willis, a 2-year-old goldendoodle, has racked up almost 9,000 Instagram followers by flashing his smile while enjoying all our area has to offer – fine dining, outdoor adventures and play dates with friends. Owner Hunter Bomba got her furry companion in 2017 shortly before beginning graduate school at UNC. “I started Willis’ account two weeks before I brought him home,” Hunter says. “I decided to start an Instagram account to spread the joy; it’s nearly impossible to frown while looking at a cute puppy!” One of Willis’s favorite spots to visit is The Town Hall Grill because of its doggy dinner menu. He also frequents Al’s Burger Shack, Barley Labs and anywhere with a shaded patio where he can kick up his paws. 

Bo Horne in his UNC jersey


As soon as Laura Horne laid eyes on a bulldog with a cleft lip in May 2018, it was decided: “Once we met him, there was no question that he would be a part of our family,” Laura says. A family poll that included votes from Laura’s two sons, Knox, 15, and Charlie, 10, determined their new pet would be named Bozilla due to his Godzilla-like size, or Bo for short. Knox and Charlie also encouraged Laura to start an Instagram account for Bo, which now has nearly 7,000 followers. “It’s an amazing community!” Laura says. Nearly every photo of Bo on his account highlights his furry rolls. When Bo’s not posing for photos, he likes to wait for delivery trucks to drive by. He’s even forged a friendship with his mail carrier. But the real fun begins after the trucks leave. “He loves receiving packages and shredding the boxes!” Laura says. 

Augustus the Poodle in front of the Old Well


Whether he’s posing by the Old Well or enjoying a hot dog at Sup Dogs or sipping water from a blue cup at He’s Not Here, standard poodle Augustus Frye is a social butterfly who knows how to work it for the camera. He loves giving hugs and high-fives, says owner Kelcie Frye. One of Kelcie’s favorite parts about running an account for Augustus is the creativity behind it. “It always feels funny to post captions from the perspective of my dog, but it’s become a great outlet for my own creativity,” Kelcie says. Other perks include being connected to a community of dogs and dog owners through Instagram, as well as within her own town. “It’s been a really cool way to see and meet other dogs in the Chapel Hill area,” Kelcie says. And as for Augustus, who sometimes goes by Auggie or Bubba, he’s happy to be an Instagram star since it involves lots of treats and snuggles.

Holden the Golden is a therapy dog and a UNC fan.


Named after Holden Beach, a frequent destination for dog-mom Caroline Bowers, Holden the Golden is a 4-year-old golden retriever whose playful pictures have garnered the attention of nearly 50,000 followers since 2015. “We love Holden Beach, and we knew we would love this golden retriever, so Holden the Golden it was!” Caroline says. His sister, Sophie, also a golden retriever, was adopted a couple of years ago and makes frequent cameos on Holden’s account. One of Holden’s pet peeves is when Sophie tears up his tennis balls. “Holden will hide tennis balls from Sophie by laying on them like they are eggs,” Caroline says. “It’s adorable.” Though Caroline started the account as a way to track how much Holden was growing, it became much more. “I had no idea it would turn into the platform it is today,” Caroline says. “Now it is a platform where Holden gets to spread joy to thousands of people each and every day!”
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