With some help, I scraped Hayek's data to grab his location, captions, tags, etc. from Instagram. I thought I'd make a word cloud of his most common tags which I've included here:
Out of the 135 posts so far, the following tags make up the top 30%:
I don't think I started actually tagging his posts with these top tags until recently. Thanks to tags such as #SoCalBeachDogs and #SoCalPawsCheck we got to meet some dogs and their cool owners at a dog beach meet-up here in Del Mar dog beach.
I look forward to seeing what Hayek's tags look like a year from now-- that is, if I keep on maintaining his online presence through Instagram. (If you don't know, managing a dog's Instagram along with everything else is a lot of work!) For sure, I'll keep you posted :)
About a year ago (55 weeks according to Instagram), I started Hayek's Instagram account for fun. The pictures in his account more often than not include location information, so I decided to map out all the dog-friendly places we frequent with Hayek.
For those of you who are not familiar with San Diego, San Diego is one of the most beautiful and one of the most dog-friendly cities. It is full of dog friendly places such as dog parks, dog beaches, restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries that welcome dogs. Thanks to word-of-mouth, our own exploration, Instagram and websites like BringFido, we've discovered many of the dog friendly places which Hayek loves.
For this blog post, I scraped Hayek's Instagram for the locations we frequent and I got about 24 unique places. I mapped them below to illustrate just how dog friendly San Diego is. This was done using Instagram's API, Stata, and a user-written command called gmapmark which wrote the html code below.
The plotted points above include the following dog-friendly locations:
The parks we frequent include a blend of off-leash dog parks and regular parks such as Liberty Station in Point Loma (which hosts SUP Pups San Diego), and Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park.
Off-leash dog parks
We also like to go to dog-exclusive places like Dirty Dogs (dog grooming and specialty dog food) and Three Dog Bakery in Del Mar (dog bakery and specialty dog food). These places are also included in the map above.
Overall, the list above gives a glimpse into the types of dog friendly places that exist within San Diego. Keep in mind that this list is just a subset of the places that exists on BringFido.com or other websites that list dog-friendly places for San Diego.
In Instagram, the same map can be seen if you go to the "location" part of Puppyhayek's profile. See below:
I hope that you enjoyed this post on the dog friendliness of San Diego. This gives an idea into the #DogFriendlySD or #DogFriendlySanDiego places that we frequent. Also, we sometimes include the #SoCalPawsCheck tag which includes places all over Southern California. Hope to see you dog friendly people and doggies there! :)
Last weekend, we got to go to a couple of dog meet ups in San Diego. Thanks to Instagram and the dog-friendly community through #SoCalPawsCheck and #SoCalBeachDogs we found out about a meet-up at Fiesta Island on Saturday. We went and met lots of dogs and dog-friendly people.
It was our first meet-up and our first time at Fiesta Island. It was a huge success we loved it and Hayek had a blast. Thanks to being there, we found out about an "unofficial" meet-up happening the next morning at Del Mar dog beach. Of course, we attended that meet-up, too. Our weekends tend to involve plans that include dog-friendly activities so we can spend a lot of time with Hayek, but last weekend was the most Hayek and dog-centric in a long time. Not complaining, though. We love dogs, and so does Hayek. It definitely was a weekend well-spent.
So, anyone who ever meets us and our dog always asks where Hayek got his name. He's named after the Austrian economist Friedrich August von Hayek (F.A. Hayek). It's kind of a long story, but it boils down to the following circumstances in 2010:
We adopted Hayek in September of 2010 and we celebrate the anniversary of his adoption by buying him presents, toys, or yummy treats. These yummy treats typically include In-n-Out pup patties, Sprinkles' cupcakes, and/or Three Dog Bakery (in Del Mar) dog treats. He is a very special dog and deserves all good things! Okay, okay, yes, he's spoiled.
This year I decided to make him some of "Paco's Peanut Butter Cups" from the cookbook "Home Cooking for Your Dog" by Christine M. Filardi. This was the very first recipe I tried out from the book and it turned out great! Hayek loved the peanut butter cups. These peanut butter treats, were made with : rolled oats, mozzarella cheese, eggs and, of course, peanut butter.
The treats were super easy to make and very rewarding, too. They are good for 3 days in the fridge and can be kept frozen in the fridge for 3 months. Hayek kept asking for more and I will definitely be making this again in the future.
Happy adoption anniversary, puppy Hayek!
Link for the book on Amazon
Age: 6 years old