Instagram Anstagram’s

We joined Instagram a few months back and we’ve really had fun using it. Neither of our Mom’s are on Twitter though, so I thought I’d blog about some of our favorite “an-stagrams” (animal Instagrams) for them here today.ย You know- so they could keep up with their grandpets.

(Hi, Moms! Instagram is a free photo-sharing programย that allows us to take a square-shaped photo with our cell phones, apply a digital filterย to it, give it a caption, and then share it on Twitter.)

One of Max’s favorite things to do is lounge. This is one of my favorite anstagrams of him lounging…

Here’s another one…

And then of course there’s this one…

And speaking of crazy weird positions…

I’ve heard of the “downward dog”, but I’m not familiar with that one.

My favorite is when I can grab my cell phone quick enough to capture memorable moments of our animals hanging out together…like this one of Kit-Cat playing with Max’s wagging tail…

And this one of them touching paws…

And this one…

Favorite. Anstagram. EVER!

PS- We’re LetteredCottage on Instagram if you’d like to follow along with the an-sanity, ha!

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  1. says

    Super pics! I agree instagram definitely fills the void of Polaroid-like snapshot sharing for the electronic medium. And I really really like the pic of y’all using the space you’ve just renovated. Somehow it seems to put things more into perspective (perhaps by including people/activities for scale?) than simply the reveal – although those too are awesome.

    Because I am a detail-oriented nerd, please note that while pics taken/filtered via the instagram app may be shared via twitter or fb, instagram has it’s own api ( There are multiple third party sites that leverage the api for unique presentations and application of the stream.

    • Layla says

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ Because I am technologically-challenged, you lost me at api. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Help!

    • Layla says

      Oh! Kev just explained what you probably meant. <:-) I was just trying to break down how *we* use it to our Moms- LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • says

        So I’ll be the first to say that actually knowing what an api is at a truly technical level is probably not necessary unless someone has aspirations to be a developer.

        What I *do* think is very important for instagram (and other social media) users to have is awareness that any developer [basically anybody] can register for a client_id and start querying the instagram datastream for any purpose. Instagram’s TOS for developers protects users from really skeevy activity (like spamming/harassing) but what about perfectly legitimate business needs, like marketing? Even if a user is never contacted directly, data aggregated from mining activities can be used to create predictive models for influencing purchasing choices.

        Different people have individual comfort levels on this kind of thing, and there are strong arguments for many perspectives. just an fyi [even to the Moms out there]

        • Layla says

          Oh my! I’m not sure what most of that means, but I sure do thank you for taking the time to share that information here for folks who *do* speak your language! ๐Ÿ˜€

          • says

            Predictive modeling – in simplest cases – is just correlation. Like figuring out people spend more at the grocery store if they shop when hungry. Or what profile type (demographics, etc) is most affected by certain types of marketing.

            There are a lot of very bright, hard-working people for whom their career is about presenting products in the best possible light not only at a practical level, but also one that is emotionally driven. As educated consumers, it is important to be able to distinguish between emotional needs that are internally (e.g. value) driven and those artificially created for other [totally legit] purposes. I like to lose myself in fantasy as much as the next gal, but it’s nice to be [at least] vaguely aware of when it happens :-)

  2. Marianne in Mo. says

    Animals are so fun to photograph! Some of my faves we have are of long gone pets, as well as the ones where my daughters dressed our dogs in cabbage patch outfits – the dog-spressions were hilarious – “pleeese, if there’s a God, make them stop dressing me”!!! HA!!! As for twitter, I dropped mine due to lack of followers – sad!!

    • Layla says

      I know, right? I could NOT get to my phone fast enough when he feel into Kit-Cat’s arms! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. says

    I just love these pictures and Instagram. We have a yorkie and she is best friends with our cat. It’s so cute to see cats and dogs together and that your parents think of them as “grandkids”. My mom does the same.

  4. Jody says

    The flexible Kit-Cat photo… We call that the “high five”. It seems like whenever our fluff monster sits down her foot automatically goes up like that. So when we see her that’s the our immediate comment…”high five!”

  5. kelly says

    love instagram and our doggie! those are really cute pics!! looks like you guys are loving your new space and getting lots of use out of it, that is so great! (what is with at random musings, this is not a techie blog!)

  6. says

    Cute. Getting the perfect shot of a silly animal is my favourite thing too because while it’s not rare, they don’t know how to “hold a pose”. Not all of us have Westminster (?) quality animals.

  7. Melinda says

    Such cute pictures! I bet the “mom’s” are loving them. Our daughter and son in law have two mini doxies and we love them to pieces – though we are still holding out for a grandchild or two : )

  8. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    What precious photos!
    The one with Kit-Cat’s paw in the air could be “High 5”. Kit-Cat version, of course.
    Glad to see you resting and hanging out. As a “mother”…..I have been worried about you! xoxoxoxo

    • Layla says

      Thank you! I’m doing much better today, and I sure do appreciate your thoughtfulness! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. debbie r says

    I was wondering what instagram was. I keep seeing the word out there. The pic with your feet and all your loves gives the feeling of all is right with the world in this moment. The pic of Kit-Cat hugging up on Max is great.

  10. says

    All you instagram photos are adorable, but I love the one; hanging with the homies the best. Its great to see Kev enjoying his new (and might I say TIDY) desk. I LOVE the word YES on the door!

  11. Ann W says

    Looks like your new guest room is everyone’s favorite room! A blogger in Australia used to have a post once a week – Animals on furniture. They were hilarious. You should start this in the states. Ann

  12. Kaye says

    Animal lover that I am, I truly enjoyed these photos! I can’t help thinking, how could anyone look at that last picture of Max and Kit-Cat and deny that animals have a heart and soul? Those two are real buddies, and it makes me smile!

  13. says

    AWWWWWWWW!! I am so smitten with your four legged babies, it’s not even funny! You are sooooo lucky, and they are so unbelievably cute I simply CAN NOT STAND IT! I so miss my granddog, who is all the way in Singapore, and I live in NY :(.

    And I must admit, I was (and still am) totally lost with that tech talk also…what WAS that??!! Glad to know one can still have a gorgeous blog like your’s and not be a techy. Unless, of course, Kevin does all the purdy stuff? Your pictures totally made my day. Thank you!

  14. Peggy Winter says

    Those pictures are so cute, but the photo quality is terrible. You take such great pictures and it just makes me want to see them in a better quality. I find that true of so many people that use their camera phones for pictures now.

    I think in years to come they will regret not having better quality photos to look at.

    • Layla says

      Sorry, Peggy! We actually do takes TONS of pictures of our pets with our “real” cameras. I just shot these with my iPhone because it was all I had near me at the time, and strangely enough, they look great on the screen on my phone. I noticed they didn’t look as clear when I skooched them over here, but I decided I wanted to share them anyway. Fuzzy pics of my fuzzy pets- ha! We’re hoping our Moms enjoyed seeing them regardless of the fuzz-factor. ๐Ÿ˜€