Anyone who knows me knows that I consider myself an animal person.  To be completely honest, I prefer the company of animals to most people.  I have worked with animals my entire adult life with my passion being the exotics I worked with for the San Diego Zoological Society.  Nowadays, my business is helping people with their pets.  Nonetheless, I like to spend my free time perusing animal-themed accounts on Instagram, making sure my feed has a good mix of exotic animals and pets….with a dose of goats to make me laugh!

Here are my top 10 favorite animal-centered Instagram accounts:

  1. Pumpkin the Raccoon

I worked with raccoons years ago and frankly, they are hilarious, mischievous little troublemakers with thumbs. They are always hungry and they can outsmart dogs for sure, and most people. Best part is that Pumpkin’s people don’t feel the need to dress her up to get a laugh (or followers). Raccoons are just that good.

  1. Teddy the Shetland

This guy is a total ham. Whether he’s working it to get the attention of the ladies, or hanging out with his animal friends, this guy is a character.  And he rocks the best bedhead!

  1. Esther the Wonder Pig

This could have been the cautionary tale of what happens when you adopt a “micro-pig” who turns out to be anything but small, but instead this is a tale of love and acceptance. And life with a 600 lb pig in your house. No need to dress Esther up in clothes either. She is stunning in all of her pig-ness.

  1. Juniper the Foxx

I’ve worked with foxes before as well and know that while I would never want to live with one in my own home, watching one rule someone else’s house is just fascinating. Plus, there is nothing cuter than a smiling fox.

  1. Tomiinya

This adorable, cross-eyed cat and his feline companion just make me smile.  They like to do cat-stuff like hide in boxes and burrow under the blankets, but they will also tolerate costumes and other human nonsense.

  1. Goats are family

I know that goats are very big right now, but honestly, I’ve loved goats since I was a kid visiting the 4H exhibits at the county fair.  I also know they are mischievous and will eat your shoelaces but come on. They are irresistible.

  1. Haus of Chihuahuas

Cuteness overload so sweet it will make your teeth hurt.  Recently, one of their Chihuahuas had to have surgery and I swear I was on pins and needles until they brought her home to recuperate. Yes, I am that invested in someone else’s dog.

  1. Mark and Mya’s Adventures

So Mark is an Australian who decided to fulfill his late father’s dream of traveling the world. Only Mark is doing it with his beautiful, white German Shepherd Dog in tow.  His adventures are taking him all over the United States right now and he shares stories and travel tips along the way.

  1. K9 Jester

I never thought I’d see the day when a canine police officer, a male Malinois, would make me laugh and smile as much as this dog.  His human partner started the account and the dog is a riot. He may be a working dog, and you know you wouldn’t want to cross him, but boy does he look silly in that whirly-twirly hat and in goggles.  The saddest part about this account is that the officer and his dog will soon be parting ways.  This fact literally made me cry.

  1. Africanimals

Some of the most beautiful photographs of African wildlife that I’ve ever seen.  Breathtaking.  One of my favorite accounts to peruse when I need to see beauty in the world.

What are some of your favorite animal Instagram accounts? Tell us in the comments!

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at


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