Best of Our Valley 2019 Spotlight: Coco the Maltese Dog, ‘Best Pet Instagram’

For over the past 20 years, we’ve celebrated the Valley’s best. From the top businesses and professionals to the people who make it all happen, Arizona Foothills Magazine’s annual Best of Our Valley contest recognizes Arizona’s crème de la crème across more than 400 categories. From the best doctors and best resort down to the best cup of coffee you can find around town, each Best of titleholder is chosen by those who know the city best – our readers.

Each week, we’ll be highlighting individual winners from Best of Our Valley 2019, who share their advice, insights and thoughts on what it means to be a part of this exclusive list. Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

The Best of spotlight is on @cocothemaltesedog, who claimed Best Pet Instagram. Congrats, Katee, Coco & Cici!


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AFM: In a brief 2-3 sentences, please tell us a little bit about you & your account, @cocothemaltesedog —
@cocothemaltesedogI’m a 5lb 1 1/2yr old female purebred Maltese.  My parents brought me home in early June & started my Insta account on May 20th, 2017, which took off immediately!  In early January 2018 my little sister Cici, also a purebred Maltese, joined the family & shorty after that The Ellen Show Instagram account re-posted a video of us pups meeting for the first time!  That video went viral and has over 4.5M views on Ellen’s account.  We have also have been sponsored by PetSmart & we are currently signed with The Dog Agency of NYC.  We are almost at 70K followers in our 1 1/2 short years on Instagram.

AFM: What does it mean to you to be a Best of Our Valley winner?
@cocothemaltesedogIt means a lot for us to be a Best of Our Valley Winner as this is voted on by fans, family & friends!  This is our second BOOV win with last year’s 2018 “Top Dog” & 2017 “AZ Foothills Cutest Dog.”

AFM: What’s your favorite part about being the Best of Our Valley’s Best Pet Instagram?
@cocothemaltesedogThe best part is for sure the win and knowing so many people voted for us day after day for months, that means the world to us.

AFM: Have you seen any benefits as a result of being a BOOV winner?
@cocothemaltesedogThe benefits of being a winner is definitely more exposure & more followers 🙂

AFM: How do you put your “best” foot forward every day?
@cocothemaltesedogWe put our best paw forward by posting the cutest photos we can get daily as we get so many comments & DMs that we make people smile & brighten their days with our posts — it doesn’t get better than that! 🙂

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