The 2017 general election is upon us, which means that we’re all a little on edge. It’s hardly surprising: many of us have still got to rush home, cast our votes, try not to do anything mad that’ll render our vote null and void and then wait up ‘til the wee hours of the morning to find out which political party will be running this country for the next five years.
Thankfully, it seems as if our anxiety levels are ever-so-slightly reduced by the sight of an impossibly friendly and whiskery face.
And, no, we’re not talking about Jeremy Corbyn.
We’re talking, of course, about the #dogsatpollingstations that have been brightening up our social feeds all day long.
While the trend has been going on for the last few years, Twitter and Dogs Trust are supporting dogs and their owners in this year’s election by encouraging polling stations to launch ‘paw-ing stations’ by becoming more dog-friendly.
And a search of the hashtag is just… well, it’s just glorious.
We’ve scoured through countless snaps of Labouradors, Liberal Dachshunds, Chow Chowservatives, and more, to bring you our favourites:
We’re suddenly feeling a lot better about the day ahead. How can we not, when the future is in such capable paws?
If you’re thinking about taking your dog along to the polling station with you, Dogs Trust offers some simple tips.
- Get to the polling stations early with your dog
- Take a friend with you so you don’t have to leave your dog tied up outside, and never leave your dog in a car
- Encourage your local polling station to have a water bowl, and if possible a sheltered place for anyone waiting with their dog
Campaigns officer Jon Gerlis said: “We’re delighted that everyone is as excited by #dogsatpollingstations as we are – and we want to show that with just a few simple steps, polling stations can become paw-ing stations, by keeping dogs happy and safe, giving the nine million dog owners peace of mind as they vote on polling day.
“We’d like to thank all the polling stations who have taken the lead to become dog-friendly already, and invite many others to join us, by visiting our website. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos – we want to see lots of happy dogs enjoying their local paw-ing stations!”
Twitter UK managing director Dara Nasr added: “A great thing about Twitter is the unexpected trends that we see borne out of the imagination of the general public.
“Nothing encapsulates this more than #dogsatpollingstations where we see this levity in full effect. Plus it gets bigger and more widespread every time we head to the polls”.