THEY ARE BACK!!!!! For the forth year in a row, the world-famous Shiba Inu Puppy Cam went live today with it’s adorable new litter. Born May 21 they are set to become stars just like their predecessors (Teams A, B, and C became stars in 2008, 2010, and 2011).
The cam was originally set up by a couple from San Fran who wanted to monitor their Shiba Inu puppies while they were at work. The live streaming website showed the puppies being ridiculously adorable and doing what puppies do: sleeping, playing with toys, destroying things, suckling their long suffering mother. Anyway, it went viral and according to Wiki: “By October 13, 2008, three million viewers had spent 1.2 million hours watching the puppies via the Internet.”
They even have their own message board for people to gather and gush about these living plush toys:
“The real-time Shiba Inu Puppy Cam Message Board allows you to chat with other fans and “Shibaholics”. Stop on by and say hello at: http://puppycam.yuku.com/. You’ll need to sign up to do so but it’s really a fun place to chat about our Shiba furballs.”
Why is this an internet phenomenon? Well, this is what I think: I’m sure it would be similar to the way the owners would be working away in their office, then once a task is finished, they’d switch windows to check on their pups. I know some of my work mates and I would do the same thing! Even though they are not ours to monitor and take care of, there’s something so lovely about working away at your job, then “hmmm I wonder what those little furballs are doing?” and have a quick real-time check in. Watching them grow as the weeks go by is even cooler.
The Pacifiers™ wave is about things that soothe and comfort. Sometimes things get really stressful at work. If you have a little window open with live streaming cuteness to your computer, even if it’s just for a moment, you get to go: “awwwwwww”.
The Human Truth™ of this wave is: “Make the world go away.”™ We can’t make work go away, but the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam can give us interludes of furry cuteness to ease the pressure every now and then.