Pet Influencer: Stray dog suddenly turns Instagram star!

There’s always something wonderful to find on social media. A former stray dog, Popeye, is Instagram’s newest sensation. With close to 360,000 followers, Popeye doubles as a pet and food influencer. And honestly, he’s the cutest dog on these streets. Take a look!

 

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The Peking duck at @duckhousempk is 👌🏻. Check my stories for more of our special meal. . . . . #popeyethefoodie #duckhousempk

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“When Ivy Diep adopted a stray dog on the streets of Los Angeles, she had no idea he was going to be a future Instagram star”

And so the story began!
Popeye’s owner, Ivy, first found it as a lonely, skinny and dirty dog on the streets. But somehow, she was drawn to the dog and quickly adopted it.

She cleaned him up and started to pet it,  like a regular dog. Often, she’d take Popeye along on food dates with her husband. However, there was a special trait in Popeye– he was surprisingly calm around food!

Ivy recalls that Popeye wasn’t like other dogs that’d go after people’s plates or cause a scene.
“I’d bring Popeye any time I can, and we realized he was really good around food. He doesn’t lunge for food or really even care for it. He just liked to be out,” she explained.

So unconsciously, Ivy began photographing her pet. And it turned out he was good with photos too! Popeye was a natural when it came to poses, and it didn’t take long for Ivy to capitalize.

She would dress him up in dog sweaters, shirts, hats, gloves and other accessories she could find. Then in 2015, she created an Instagram account for Popeye– and the rest became history!

 

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“OK, human… I’m ready for your walk.” #popeyethefoodie

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Pet Influencer: Stray dog suddenly turns Instagram star!

Popeye the Foodie has drawn in more eyes than Ivy had imagined. The pet influencer account has almost 360,000 followers, and the numbers don’t stop!

“I think food and dogs are already pretty popular on Instagram, so I think the combo of food and dog is a bit special,” Ivy said.

Moreover, Popeye is doing great for himself when it comes to business. Currently, the Popeye the Foodie Dog merchandise is out, which sells several cute products like sweaters, mugs, and caps– with Popeye’s image eating a doughnut of course.

“Ivy and her husband named the stray dog Popeye because he seemed to respond to it more than other names”

 

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One of those who will pay that extra dollar… @bbcmcafe in West Hollywood. #aesthetics

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The pet influencer, Popeye, used to be shy– but seems to be coming around now

Ivy further revealed that her lovely Insta star was very reserved in the beginning. Popeye rarely played with toys, and ate just a handful of food items.

“When we first had him, he was timid around food and snacks,” Diep explained. “He also didn’t really play with toys; he only played with our sweater sleeves.

However, time and tide did a good number on Popeye and is now drawn to different types of snacks. In fact, his favorite is chicken nuggets! How adorable.

“He’s now more comfortable with snacks and is more playful with toys”

 

 

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And as far as endorsement goes, let’s just say Popeye is bagging the most! He’s done sponsored ads for so many brands and restaurants including Xtiosu, ChicknSkin and EmbarkVet.

Plus, he gets to pose with other pet influencers like the cutie, Chewie.

The future turned out bright for Popeye, didn’t it?

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Amanda Lucy

AMANDA IS A 25 YEAR OLD COLLEGE GRADUATE. LOVES MUSIC,DANCE AND IS AN ARDENT USER OF THE INTERNET. YOU CAN FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM @nana_yaba. SHE STARTED WRITING FOR INFLEUR IN NOVEMBER 2017

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