Celebrity Animals: Doug the Pug

by Emma Esteves

Having over one billion video views, along with 12 million followers on Instagram, Doug the Pug is a dog that deserves some special recognition. When I first came across this internet phenomenon, I instantly became a fan. He has is own Youtube Channel (which I highly recommend if you need something to smile about) and even makes special appearances when on tour.

But, Doug’s talent’s don’t just stop there. He is the face of, “Doug the Pug Merchandise”, and was even nominated for  “Kids Choice Award Instagram Favorite Pet” and, “The Shorty Award for Best Animal.” In addition to these accomplishments, Doug served as the inspiration of a novel titled, “Doug the Pug-King of Pop Culture,” composed by his owner, Leslie Mosier.

In a Huffington Post article, Leslie Mosier mentions that she began to document Doug’s journey after her friends were tired of seeing him on her own instagram. From there, major media corporations, such as Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, and even Time Magazine began to take interest. She also mentions that Doug has become quite a star, being featured on Good Morning America, Katy Perry’s, “Swish Swish” music video, and was even sent to Lollapalooza this year.