"You might still be thinking that Maru is just a dog. Really, though, he's more than that. Ono began posting photos of Maru after Japan's devastating earthquake in 2011, 'with the hope of easing people's anxiety, even a little bit,' he writes on Maru's website. When people responded to tell him the photos were helping cheer them up, he continued to post three photos a day, every day. Now, four years later, Maru has racked up nearly 2 million Instagram followers." via Time.com.