#DogsAtPollingStations: The trend you knew was coming

Screen grab of tweet by @kcatclarkeImage copyright Twitter@kcatclarke
Image caption Fionn, Luna and Roby gathered outside while their owners went to cast their votes in Cumbria on Thursday

As people across the UK cast their votes in the general election their paw-fect pooches have also been exercising their voting rights, and predictably the hashtag #DogsAtPollingstations has become a social media trend.

Image copyright Twitter/@SAMiCURE
Image caption Phoebe in Manchester waits patiently outside her polling station

Many posted images of their dogs online after polling booths opened on Thursday morning and the hashtag has been used tens of thousands of times with over 8000 tweets sent in the first two hours of voting.

The election trend also appeared last month in local elections, the EU referendum, and last year’s general election.

But this year, a new Twitter emoji has been released for those using the hashtag – a terrier donning a union jack. Twitter partnered with The Dogs Trust to encourage use of “Paw-ing Stations” to make dogs joining their owners more comfortable.

Image copyright Twitter/@DachshundOtto
Image caption Otto and Ava in Hampshire brace the Thursday morning cold and head to the polls
Image copyright Twitter/@TheSpeer7
Image caption Max in Tamworth, Staffordshire seems a bit bored of waiting
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Image caption Hugo in Nottingham pawses for a scratch
Image copyright Deli
Image caption Deli the dachshund in west London made sure to look the other way to provide some privacy
Image copyright Twitter/jodiedoubleday
Image caption Two-year-old Romanian rescue Marlowe posed near a polling station in Canterbury, Kent – we think the sign isn’t quite right, seems to be pointing to a dog?!
Image copyright Twitter/@DrRJWalker
Image caption Digby aka Mr Woofs in Leicester took his public duty very seriously
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Image caption Ped the lurcher seemed more interested in playing catch and having a roll in the grass in Surrey

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Image caption Angus the bernese mountain dog cast his vote in Isle of Wight
Image copyright Twitter/@CBBC_Hacker
Image caption While Hacker T Dog hoped someone would bring him biscuits while he waited outside
Image copyright Twitter/@H_Ingram
Image caption “Why are you going there?” Wonders Mavis in Bury, Lancashire
Image copyright Twitter/@mallocuproo
Image caption Sprocket in Bedfordshire called on his fellow canines to go for a walk… to the polling station

Some pooches were unable to make it to the polling station, but didn’t want to be left out:

Image copyright Twitter/@Mansehound
Image caption Sirius The Dog’s people in Knockbain, Scotland posted their vote early on so he couldn’t take part in the game
Image copyright Twitter/@Ned_Donovan
Image caption Prussian Otto von Bisbark was ineligible to vote so stayed home

One feline didn’t seem impressed with the trend:

Image copyright Twitter/@John_FusionPR
Image caption Kenny’s clearly leaving it to the dogs

Even Friday the hedgehog wanted a piece of the action in Hemel Hempstead.

Image copyright Toni Lambert
Image caption Friday the hedgehog hangs out at a polling station in Hemel Hempstead

But could the trend possibly catch on with other animals – #horsesatpollingstations anyone?!

Image copyright Twitter/@DarrenBirdie
Image caption Move over dogs, horses want to take centre stage

Someone clearly saw our appeal:

Image copyright Twitter/@FontwellPark
Image caption Did somebody say polo station? Sunset Skye in west Sussex

By the UGC and Social News team; Additional reporting by Patrick Evans

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