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."

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COMMENTS (16)
  • ziont-Orv
    10/27/2014 - 12:38 p.m.

    *sigh* The internet is so easily entertained first it's grumpy cat now this?! are you kidding? But however... these people are using the internet people to aid and assist animal charities. that's a good cause... unlike grumpy cat...

  • BANA454545
    11/04/2014 - 12:24 p.m.

    So cool that the dog is famous on the internet and that is a really funny pitcher of the dog and its cute little face well not in this pitcher LOL

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    11/19/2014 - 12:35 a.m.

    Wow, Tuna, the hound must be famous in his hometown in Instagram, but here, there must be something funny in this article, it said when ever tuna sees someone wearing a hoodie or outfit of a picture of tuna himself gets really excited to see that he could see the picture of himself that tells him that tuna is right now famous to people in Instagram, tuna's owner's hometown, but it is kind of funny and boring at the same time after I read the article.

  • kayg-Orv
    12/12/2014 - 12:37 p.m.

    Ohhhhhh LAwddd Jesus ! forgive me Lord But this dog is weird-looking! its not the kind of dog I would call... ya know cuteeee. How is this dog popular again? especially being on Instagram ! really?? that dog should be on a website called www.uglydogs.com

  • garnetl-cur
    11/12/2015 - 11:18 a.m.

    there was no question so I am gonna say this...GRUMPY CAT IS WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BETTER IN MY OPINION :) But I will say this... THAT. DOG. IS. ADORABLE. I now want to know why the original owner rejected him and why.

  • tashag-1-mci
    11/12/2015 - 11:32 a.m.

    I think Tuna is cute. I also think it is awesome that they use the Instagram account to aid animal charities.

  • caches-lew
    4/20/2016 - 12:56 p.m.

    I think it's funny for someone to make an instagram for a dog.I can see someone putting a picture of there dog on instagram but not a profile just for the dog, that's retarded.

  • vmend-gon
    4/28/2017 - 12:23 p.m.

    I think he isn't the most popular dog on Instagram because first you have to look at all the dogs before you decide

  • Kyranj-smi
    11/27/2017 - 12:17 p.m.

    This was a good passage.It had great detail and information.

  • Kaileyv-smi
    11/27/2017 - 12:22 p.m.

    That dog seem's very funny.

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