2018 Global Pet Expo Day 1: Hanging With Doug the Pug

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Day One of 2018 Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, is a wrap, and it couldn’t have ended in a more fun way–hanging with canine celeb Doug the Pug!

One of the best things about 2018 Global Pet Expo is all the adorable and amazing pets I get to meet. Many celebri-dogs and celebri-cats I follow and love make it here and I go all fan-girl. And this year, I squeed over Insta-Star, Doug the Pug.

“‪Never settle for less than two scoops” -Doug

A post shared by Doug The Pug (@itsdougthepug) on Mar 18, 2018 at 8:50am PDT

No, seriously–when I met Doug the Pug and his mama/Momager Leslie Mosier, it was like I was at a New Kids On The Block concert! If you think he’s adorable online, you should see him in real life! I got to ask Doug what he loved about the Global Pet Expo and he said he’s loved all the butt scratches, the belly rubs and tons of attention!

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Doug calls Nashville, Tennessee his home and has since his mama brought him home from an Ohio breeder in March 2012. He’s been all over the world for his book tour; that’s right, he’s an author–Doug the Pug: The King of Pop Culture and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, TIME and more!

He’s followed on social media as the most followed pug on the Internet with over 3.3 million Instagram followers, 2.53 million Twitter followers and a whopping 6.1 million Facebook followers! He’s so big he calls celebrities like Ed Sheeran, Justin Bier, Meghan Trainor and even Katy Perry friends! He’s been in music videos and songs, and has a crazy popular line of merchandise that is all about him, or follows the themes of his Stranger Things parodies. He’s talked fashion with Cassadee Pop and ‘beer’ with LoCash.

“‪Does my booty look ready for the beach?” -Doug

A post shared by Doug The Pug (@itsdougthepug) on Mar 14, 2018 at 8:09am PDT

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Essentially, Doug has claimed the Internet as his, and we don’t mind at all! Still, as famous as he is, at the core, he’s just Doug–a pup with the most adorable, squishiest face and who likes to make people happy! Leslie says that in the years that Doug has been on social media, he’s touched the lives of many people who’ve followed him for laughs and giggles, and that’s what keeps them going on their whirlwind adventures. He’s got big plans ahead, Leslie says, with an upcoming tour and tons of new products he loves.

In the meantime, he’s just hanging out with regular old people like me, which makes ME happy because is there anything better than famous dog snuggles? No, not really!

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