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 (127)
  • 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.

  • 17Blake-May
    8/14/2014 - 02:28 p.m.

    thats crazy that dog looks like a cow or something crazy like i don't really think thats true though.

  • 02Tasha-May
    8/19/2014 - 02:37 p.m.

    This dog is super cute. Do you think a dog could be more famues than a human? Again this dog is aborable. This dog is awsome.

  • loveone
    8/21/2014 - 02:54 p.m.

    wow this dogs is so cool.I cant belive that this dog is on facebook instagram twitter.he or she must be a smart dog to do that .i never know that dogs can spin on his back legs to rap songes.

  • cosmer1593
    8/21/2014 - 02:55 p.m.

    why is the dog smileing for the pictures? why is the dog the most populare dog on instagrameWhat is insta-fame?Every time we turn around, he's doing something cute or funny

  • Eric6789723200
    8/22/2014 - 08:35 a.m.

    Tuna is a cute dog ,and he has an wonderful overbite. He is a funny dog ,and he is not ugly. I think that people who think he is ugly ,then they are so mean ,and rood ,too. He is wonderful ,because he will peek out from under his blanket every morning to see his momma looking down at him. He is famous on the internet ,because he his a pretty little dog ,and a wonderful little mixed pooch.
    Manny the French bulldog is a wonderful dog to ,because he does tricks when listening to a rap song. Manny can spin on one leg while doing something very funny. He can do a lot of funny things ,and he gets really excided when a sweater ,or an outfit gets toward him. He loves to play fetch ,and loves to lay down next to you ,too.

  • brandi1018
    8/27/2014 - 01:25 p.m.

    This is a actually a really cute piece. These doggies are making peoples days by there cute little ways. Although it could be bad if these dogs get too famous, someone could get where they live and steal them.An interesting thing about this is that some human don't even get instagram famous and these little dogs did. Theses dogs are so lucky and made a lot of people happy.

  • brittanydandron99
    8/29/2014 - 08:44 a.m.

    I love animals especially dogs and i think this is cute. One thing that is positive about this is that the owners can get noticed and they can come up with different kind of charities to help raise money for animal abuse. a negative for this is that animal haters or even just dog haters will try to make you not want to do any kind of Charity because they will raise so much hate to your insta page. I think this is fascinating because i love dogs and taking pictures so pictures of dogs making cute faces is a great way to do some kind of Charity especially if your a dog lover like me. In conclusion you can use these dog's fame for a good cause and adore the pictures of cute dogs while doing it.

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