Hes the most popular dog on Instagram
Hes the most popular dog on Instagram
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Tuna the hound peeks out from beneath his blanket. He bares his row of buck teeth for the camera.

Courtney Dasher rescued the dog in 2010. The mixed-breed pooch has bug eyes, a big nose and infamous overbite. Four years later, the dog from California is dubbed a "Chiweenie" in hashtags. He is the most popular dog on Instagram.

Pet owners are unleashing their pooches on the photo-sharing service. They set up accounts to show Manny the French bulldog sporting spectacles. Or Tuna poking his schnoz out of a suitcase.

Funny pet photos get plenty of play on Facebook and Twitter. Those include "muttbombs." That's where people Photoshop dogs into snapshots of themselves or celebrities. Shelters and others use them to promote adoptions or rescue campaigns.

Animal lovers eat up the snapshots of dogs doing the darndest things. And that gives Manny and Tuna insta-fame on Instagram.

Dasher, who says Tuna resembles Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons," started @tunameltsmyheart in 2011.

"You would never hear me call Tuna ugly," Instagram spokeswoman Liz Shepherd said. "He has unconventional beauty. Some people say Tuna is the best part of their day."

Handsome is the word Dasher uses. "He's so unique, and I love that and everything about him," she said.

Manny, once rejected by a breeder, is now the world's most followed French bulldog on Instagram. Amber Chavez of Chicago says her dog looks like a cross between a bunny and a piggy.

Manny's owners use their dog's account to aid animal charities.

Loni Edwards of New York City follows Manny, who has been posed to look like he's sipping a soda. She said silly or cute canine antics put her in a good mood. There's plenty of that from Manny. He spins on his back legs to a rap song in one short video.

Chavez and Dasher say motivation for their posts comes from their dogs or the fans.

"Every time we turn around, he's doing something cute or funny," Chavez said. Plus, Manny "gets excited when he sees a hoodie or outfit coming his way."

Critical thinking challenge: What is insta-fame?

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COMMENTS (126)
  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    6/16/2014 - 03:48 p.m.

    I think that these people who like this very ugly dog are weird because they are liking someone's dog that is very ugly and that should be alive. I hope that this dog can become more like a dog then a poop because it is the world's ugliest dog that shouldn't be alive. I hope that these people can make that dog become what it wants to be

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    6/16/2014 - 04:03 p.m.

    I never knew an animal can be that famous on a social network site like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. It is amazing how an ugly dog turns out to be the most popular dog on Instagram. I think this is a new species of dog because no one has ever seen a chiweenie before.
    Critical thinking challenge: What is insta-fame?
    Answer: Insta-Fame is when you get famous in a social network.

  • mai123123456456789789
    6/17/2014 - 10:27 a.m.

    I think that Tuna is a unique dog just by reading this article and I would wish to have a unique dog just like Tuna.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    6/17/2014 - 12:25 p.m.

    I think that the dog is very happy being posted in Instagram. I think this dog is helping many people around the world,because the dog is shining light to every children who is an orphan or not. This dog is truly amazing from just rejecting his breeder and then into a famous dog who's nickname is "@tunameltsmyheart"
    Critical thinking challenge: What is insta-fame?
    Answer: Insta-fame is when you are in Instagram and then you get famous.

  • PomGetsWifi
    6/18/2014 - 10:04 a.m.

    I agree that the dog does look like Mr. Burns. He's a really cute dog, too. I've never seen him on Instagram but I would love to see these dog's pictures.

  • 12345Cassie6789
    7/09/2014 - 10:17 a.m.

    That's cool that this dog is famous on instagram. He is so adorable! Its cool that people do snapshots and "muttbombs" of their pets too!

  • FelipeMeneses
    8/12/2014 - 01:33 a.m.

    Critical thinking challenge: What is insta-fame?

    Basically, insta-fame refers to the high attention someone gets through instagram or any other social media. In this era of technology people are spending a lot of time on the internet checking out their friends, famous people, etc. And it is expected for some people to get more attention than others. One of them is this dog, stated as the most popular dog on Instagram.
    A ton of people have insta-fame because of a funny video or photo they uploaded to the internet. In addition, some of these people get paid for doing so, they get sponsored by a company and every time they upload a video or photo, they get money according to how many followers they currently have.
    Besides being something used daily by basically everyone now, it is the form of revenue of others.

  • 22Jenna-May
    8/13/2014 - 02:43 p.m.

    cute dog he is a funny dog he looks like a human.but he is like famous dog on instagram he looks real nice. and he is real funny as soon as i seen that picture it made me laugh so hard.laugh out loud.

  • 22Jenna-May
    8/13/2014 - 02:43 p.m.

    cute dog he is a funny dog he looks like a human.but he is like famous dog on instagram he looks real nice. and he is real funny as soon as i seen that picture it made me laugh so hard.laugh out loud.

  • 22Jenna-May
    8/13/2014 - 02:43 p.m.

    cute dog he is a funny dog he looks like a human.but he is like famous dog on instagram he looks real nice. and he is real funny as soon as i seen that picture it made me laugh so hard.laugh out loud.

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