If you've been to a dog show, you probably know there are these strange creatures that "assess" and "evaluate" pooches and give them sub-par scores. I don't know what criteria they're using or even who they are, but the rascals must be mad—I've seen dogs and in my book, they're all immeasurably cute!

Luckily, there's an online project that agrees with me. It's called WeRateDogs and it does exactly what the name says. Started by Matt Nelson, it attaches witty captions to fan-submitted pictures of their pups, giving those fluffy ears, stubby paws, and pointy tails the praise they deserve. Oh, and a "grade" that exceeds the perfect 10, of course!

We at Bored Panda love this pure-hearted internet delight, and have already written about it here, here, and here, but Matt and his team keep themselves busy, so we have to keep up with them. Here's a new collection of their latest posts!

More info: WeRateDogs.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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The Penguin Bandit
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3 months ago

This doggo understands about unicorns ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Caro Caro
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Hahaha that face. What a sweet doggie OMG

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Nelson initially started WeRateDogs on Twitter just to brighten up people's feeds. But the account gained thousands of followers overnight, and that figure has kept climbing ever since. Currently, it stands at a whopping 9 million. Nelson was even able to turn the account into a business, selling merchandise and posting branded content.

"[I] got addicted to trying to make people laugh in that constrained character space," he told CNBC Make It. At that time, a tweet could contain only 140 characters.

As Nelson tweeted, he noticed that "every time I would post a picture of my dog or any content that had to do with dogs, it would do much better than my other content... That signaled that the internet loves dogs just as much as I did."

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Johnny Rodriguez
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3 months ago

This is gold!

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Alicia Butterfield
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3 months ago

What the hell is wrong with people. How could they get any type of pleasure from seeing that suffering? Here's hoping there's a special place reserved for them one day..

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Nelson launched WeRateDogs back in November 2015, when he was a college freshman at Campbell University in North Carolina. In fact, he released the account's first post from a local Applebee's, featuring the pup of the friend he was having dinner with.

By that night, Nelson received hundreds of messages from dog owners asking for their pups to be featured. At first, he also promoted WeRateDogs from his personal Twitter account, which had about 10,000 followers at the time but by the end of that week, it already passed him in followers.

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read041
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3 months ago

The beginning of the good life. Sleep well sweet Sundae.

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Auntriarch
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3 months ago

This post is for dogs, not bears!

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Caro Caro
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3 months ago (edited)

Ruxstin Bieber :)

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Nelson became overwhelmed with juggling college, a job at a golf course, and his social media newborn pretty quickly. However, instead of selling his side hustle, he decided to drop out of college before his junior year and moved in with his parents in West Virginia to focus on WeRateDogs full-time.

Fortunately for Nelson, his parents and close friends were very supportive of this bold decision and believed he could continue growing WeRateDogs. His dad, an executive director of a law firm in Charleston, even helped Nelson manage the business' growth once he started raking in significant revenue.

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Michelle M
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3 months ago

Woah. That is one old boy. I just love senior dogs

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Fiery Llama
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3 months ago

They are THE BEST

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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3 months ago

From when did we start bringing pup teddies to life!? This is too adorable💓

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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3 months ago

Bless him and his rescuers

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But the project is more than just smiles and awws. Nelson is also focused on raising money for dogs in need, posting links to crowdfunding campaigns each Friday. In 2020, for example, WeRateDogs helped raise $1.3 million!

In addition to encouraging his millions of online followers to contribute to these noble causes, Nelson also regularly donates to such campaigns.

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3 months ago

OMG THIS IS THE CUTEST PUP I'VE SEEN IN MY WHOLE SAD LIFE

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Auntriarch
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3 months ago

Gimme both, I can take it!

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Scott McLeod
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3 months ago

how an elderly pup should be pampered. Wish my boy had lived long enough to be pampered like that. Lost him at 15 with leukemia. Vet thought he was 8 or 9. Still miss you Whiskey

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Starflight of the Nightwings
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3 months ago

This needs to be higher

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"Since we only post one or two per week to the audience but are sent hundreds of others, we typically pick another one, in which either I will personally donate or WeRateDogs will donate as an organization," he explained.

The weekly tradition started in 2016 after Nelson realized a dog he featured needed a wheelchair. The dog's owner asked for about $500, but after sharing the fundraiser, $700 was raised in just 45 minutes.

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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3 months ago

What a beautiful model! Just look how poised s/he is!!

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3 months ago

:)

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theswallowii
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3 months ago

That is one terrorist I'm definitely willing to negotiate with! <3

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

Even the cat agrees.

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"It was very clear that my audience was looking for a way to give back," Nelson said. And they still are! Consider this: each campaign that appeared on WeRateDogs has been fully funded within an hour of being posted.

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Floof
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3 months ago

What amazing owners... They have my deepest respects

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Fiery Llama
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3 months ago

my hair has never looked that good

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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3 months ago

It's a 20/10 out of body experience!!!!

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Fiery Llama
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3 months ago

the casual elbow

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Nelson hopes to continue to share these campaigns with his audience and raise more money, as he found that many pet owners struggle to cover medical expenses, especially when most of them do not have pet insurance.

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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3 months ago

That smile!

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Michelle M
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3 months ago

This is the dog from that meme. Royalty!

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GoddessOdd
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3 months ago

Its pure love.

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Lizzie Smith
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3 months ago

For a moment, I thought the legs were fingers and she was a teensy tiny dog!

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“Part of the reason [WeRateDogs] has been so successful is because our audience trusts us with the curation of these stories, and now, our audience trusts me," Nelson said. "So, that consistency of posting every Friday and getting our audience used to it has really helped it become what it is like now."

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Floof
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3 months ago (edited)

Stunning background and beautiful Silly Seaside T-Rex. who else is risking their lives to get to pet it?

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3 months ago

Therapy dogs for high stress occupations is SUCH a godsend, speaking from experience.

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The Penguin Bandit
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3 months ago

Stop, drop, and nap!

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The Penguin Bandit
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3 months ago

That is the cutest "rug" I've ever seen

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Julia Atkinson
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3 months ago

Even pups are expressing solidarity with Ukraine

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Nunya Business
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3 months ago

I couldn't say no to that face ever.

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Floof
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3 months ago

Her eyes are stunning!

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The Penguin Bandit
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3 months ago

Always in disguise; love it!!!

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Susan Green
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3 months ago

That face!!!

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3 months ago

lemme get a HOIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
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3 months ago

Perfect name!

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Flare
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3 months ago

What a cute guard dog!

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Weim Central
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3 months ago

Of course it was!

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The Penguin Bandit
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3 months ago

Rofl what's with his expression, so cute but I'm not convinced he's not photo bombing

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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3 months ago

That face!

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alwaysMispelled
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3 months ago

That side eye!! You need to make it up to him pronto!

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Floof
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3 months ago

I seriously need a dog like this to call Ewok! also because they are soooo floofy!

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chi-wei shen
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3 months ago

He looks like he is able to steal your daughter's heart without much effort.

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Susan Green
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3 months ago (edited)

This would be the best flight ever!

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Rijkærd
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3 months ago

May she have 20+ more hats...

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Natalia
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3 months ago

Omg she is such a cutie 😍

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Susan Green
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3 months ago

Sploot.

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Weim Central
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3 months ago

He looks very serious.

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