Social media sensation Boo the Pomeranian died in his sleep at the age of 12. With 10.5 million Facebook followers, Boo was a star. In addition to his popular Facebook page, Boo appeared on several TV shows, in a calendar and was the subject of four picture books. One of them, Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog, has been translated into 10 languages. There is even a Gund stuffed animal in his likeness.
Known as the World’s Cutest Dog, Boo could easily have passed for a stuffed toy himself. His huge forehead, big eyes, open mouth with his pink tongue protruding slightly and practiced head cock are exactly the traits that we humans respond to naturally. Our brains and hearts see that kind of face and do everything but scream, “Oh, so cute!”