11 Adopted Dogs You Need to Follow for National Puppy Day
Any holiday that celebrates man’s (and women's) best friend is OK in our book, but one that also promotes adopting baby furballs in need? Now that gets our attention. In addition to celebrating the magical canine creatures in our lives, National Puppy Day encourages dog adoption and aims to educate people about horrific conditions at the puppy-mills where many pet store pups are bred. So in honor of the holiday—which was founded by pet and home lifestyle expert Colleen Paige in 2006—we're celebrating 11 Insta-famous dogs who were adopted into their forever homes. Scroll down for their success stories, and visit nationalpuppyday.com for more information about how to adopt.
With over 2.1 million followers, Marnie is a celebrity in her own right. But that doesn’t stop the 15-year-old Shih Tzu from getting starstruck and snapping a selfie when she meets fellow famous friends. Still, her life hasn't always been glam. Marnie was placed in an animal shelter after being rescued from the streets of Connecticut in 2012. She was adopted four months later at age 11—and she’s been living it up ever since. Marnie's chilled with everyone from Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato to Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper. She frequently advocates for senior dog adoption, and loves walking and parties in her free time. Her only major dislike? Being alone.
Born without eyes, Smiley spent two years in a puppy-mill before he was rescued by his loving family. And while he may not be able to see, that doesn’t keep the Canadian golden retriever from living life to the fullest. Now 12 years old, he’s a certified child therapy dog with St. John Ambulance in Ontario, and a quick scroll through his Instagram feed delivers countless snaps of the pup smiling so big that it’s hard not to smile in return. Seriously, just look at that face!
Back in 2008, this puppy-mill rescue’s owner adopted her from a South Florida shelter just in the nick of time. With medical and behavioral issues, things weren’t looking good for Ella Bean—but after learning to trust her new, loving human, the 4-lb Yorkie mix did a complete one-eighty. Now, she spends her days traveling the world, wearing glamorous outfits (seriously, her accessories game is on point), and running charity auctions on her mini-Macbook from her Brooklyn home.
Tuna the Chiweenie was rescued as a 4-month-old puppy in December 2010, and he became an internet sensation just two years later. Now 6 years old, he's amassed over 1.8 million Instagram followers—and it’s easy to see why. Tuna charms with his personality and unusual looks, which include an exaggerated overbite and recessed jawline. His goal is to bring people joy, and he promotes body positivity. He’s also an animal rescue ambassador, and has his own book: The Underdog with the Overbite.
Toast was rescued from a North Carolina puppy-mill in 2011, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been doing well (and doing good) ever since. When she’s not spending her days lounging in the Hamptons or walking the streets of New York City sans leash, she advocates for senior dog adoption and travels the world, visiting luxe resorts with her adopted sisters Muppet and Pants (and their mom, @the12ishstyle blogger Katie Sturino). In 2016, she wrote a book, Toasthampton, and married philanthropist Finn, the Dachshund-Chihuahua mix behind Friends of Finn. Toast wore a custom Marchesa dress for the big day, because obviously, and proceeds from the wedding were donated to National Mill Dog Rescue.
Toast’s sister Muppet is also a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy-mill rescue, and she considers herself to be “the Jan Brady of dogs.” She has the same lolling tongue as her sister—a result of having their rotting teeth pulled after being rescued from puppy-mills—but Muppet is very much aware of her sister’s place in the spotlight. Her Instagram captions are sassy and witty, and she often shames Toast for her fame-hungry ways.
Underpants, or simply “Pants” as she’s known, is perhaps one of the funniest pups on the Internet. After eight years in a puppy-mill, she was rescued by Sturino and moved in with her sisters Muppet and Toast (who the Japanese Chin refers to as “Drunk Dog” and “Fame Dog,” respectively). While Pants has a hilarious approach to social media and life itself, she’s fought hard to get there—and we’re not talking about her work for “Cheap Boss,” as she calls her mom. The pup has overcome breast cancer and been through multiple surgeries to recover from her time spent breeding in captivity. Now, a healthy and happy Pants spends her time meditating to Mozart and seeking her ultimate goal: fame.
Norbert is a whopping 3 pounds of cuteness. The mixed-breed pup—who’s part Chihuahua, Cairn Terrier, and Lhasa Apso—was adopted through petfinder.com at just four months old, and was already a registered therapy dog by the time he turned one. Norbert still spends most of his time giving back, volunteering at nursing homes, schools, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He even founded his own kindness project, Norberthood For Good, which donates a plush toy Norbert lookalike to Toys for Tots for each one sold, and he also donates a portion of proceeds from his third (yes, third!) book, What Can Little WE Do?, to special-needs animals.
Four weeks after he was born without two front legs, TurboRoo the Chihuahua was was taken to a veterinarian in Indianapolis. The breeder who brought him in was planning to give him up, but while there, the pup quickly made an impact on veterinarian technician Ashley Looper. She ultimately adopted him, and TurboRoo quickly thrived in the care of a loving family. He eventually received a set of two front wheels courtesy of a 3-D printer, and he now moves around just as any four-legged dog would. TurboRoo frequently encourages people to give other “handicapable” pets the chance at a normal—and downright adorable—life, which he enjoys alongside his two-legged sister Ruby.
When he was just a puppy, Hamilton the pug was found on a Columbus street missing a lot of fur. Named Rocco at the time, the pup was placed in a local shelter and then taken in by Ohio Pug Rescue, which placed him in a foster home before he was adopted by his forever family in 2008. Now living in the Big Apple, Hamilton has made friends at the dog run and hits up Shake Shack regularly. He’s fully recovered from a few medical setbacks along the way, and spends most of his time hanging out with his brother, Rufus, and posing for adorable photos.
@ifitwags, aka The Pointer Brothers
Initially, The Pointer Brothers’ account followed Travis & Gus, two German Shorthaired Pointers who were rescued by the same owner (at the time, 10-year-old Travis was in a foster home and 9-month-old Gus was at a shelter). The pair quickly bonded in their new Vancouver home and became social media superstars. After Travis tragically succumbed to cancer in 2015, Gus was joined by a new rescue brother, a Vizsla named Alfie. Now, their Instagram account documents the duo’s daily activities and raises awareness for dog rescue.