10 Pugs on Instagram You Should be Following

Do you like pugs? If you said ‘no,’ we probably can’t be friends.

You see, I have an obsession with pugs. I am what you might call, ‘pugsessed.’

I can’t get enough of their cute, smushed up, derpy little faces. And all those rolls! And their curly tails! And…ok let me stop right now before I get carried away.

But seriously, I LOVE pugs. And I don’t even own one. YET.

I can, however, live vicariously through other people who do.

Instagram is full of pugs. And it’s where I spend most of my days oogling and crying over the pugs of the world.

In fact, I probably follow more pugs than people.

“But, Liana,” you might say. “There are hundreds or probably even thousands of pugs on Instagram. Which ones should I follow?”

Well, the honest answer is…ALL OF THEM. ALL OF THE PUGS!

But I understand not everyone is as pugsessed as me. And for that reason, I put together a little list of the 10 pugs on Instagram you should be following.

These are some of my favorites, for various reasons (and in no particular order). And hopefully, they may become some of your own.

Without further ado, may I introduce:

1. Mr. Pickles and Bella

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Mr. Pickles and Bella are a fawn and black puggy pair owned by known pug aficionado and illustrator, Gemma Correll. Follow their adventures around Oakland, CA and across the world as they travel with their mom and dad.

2. Percy the Pug

A young, UK, fawn pug, Percy the Pug always looks dapper in one of his bowties. You never know what he’s going to get up to next from having pool parties to carrying the rings for a wedding.

3. Doug the Pug

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“‪Harry Pugger is going to Hogwarts!” -Doug

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Probably the most famous pug of all, Doug the Pug is the king of social media…and pop culture. He has his nose to the ground when it comes to the latest trends and even got Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness to officiate his mom and dad’s wedding!

4. Loulou the Pug

Loulou is the most adorable baby girl pug. Like seriously. Just look at her. 😍 I love her Instagram for all its vibrancy and colors. Plus, she loves to dress up and looks especially pretty in her puggy hats and flower crowns.

5. Butch Cassidy the Pug

Butch Cassidy is probably one of the most majestic pugs I have ever seen. I mean…he’s just stunning. As such, he was the star of the BBC2 Documentary ’10 Puppies & Us,’ and even does modeling and stunts! What a professional!

6. Sir Sauerkraut

Sir Sauerkraut is an older, California-based puggy with lots of personality. His Instagram handle is @pugridesshotgun because he gets to ride up front with his ma. He’s also got a thing for sharks, and like Percy the Pug, rocks a mean bow tie.

7. Milo & Otis the Pug Walsh

Milo & Otis are actually both pugs despite the fact that they’re named after a dog and cat movie from the late 80s. These fun guys love dress up and have crazy pool parties with all their puggy friends. Plus they almost always have their sad, pug face on so you can’t help but say “awww,” through their entire Instagram feed.

8. Brandy the Pug

Brandy the Pug is probably the most impressive of all the pugs on this list. Not only can she swim with the best of them, she actually hikes, surfs, and snowboards. She has competed in the World Dog Surfing Championships (placing 3rd) and is even sponsored by GoPro!

9. Lil Pickles Da Pug

Lil Pickles gives new meaning to the pug loaf. He has rolls for days and is super chubs. In fact, he’s often seen looking longingly at something, which is most likely tasty food of some kind. He makes me giggle and has some of the funniest outfits I’ve seen on a pug.

10. The Pugdashians

Despite your opinion on the actual Kardashians, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble getting behind the Pugdashians. These three sisters do everything together, and their humans often dress them alike too despite them being different ages. The youngest, Tilly is a prize-winning show pug while the other two are more into that snuggle-life. Plus their whole family works with a pug rescue in Maine so they’re even philanthropic like their human counterparts.

Are you going to follow all these fabulous puggies on Instagram? Which one was your favorite?

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5 Ways to Feed Your “Penny Dreadful” Addiction Until Season 2

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Eva Green as Vanessa Ives

Living in Los Angeles, there are advertisements for new movies, TV shows, and music everywhere. Most of the time they’re an eyesore as studios wrap entire city buses with them or cover large billboards in Hollywood with them. However, the ads for Penny Dreadful had me intrigued. I loved the name even though I had no idea what it meant. The letters were blood red and everything else was black. The mood was dark and gothic and mysterious. Some ads only featured Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, while others included more of the cast like Timothy Dalton and Danny Sapani. The actors stared, brooding and serious, and I thought “This is my kind of show!”

The gothic nature of Penny Dreadful also attracted a few friends of mine and inspired a “Goth Night In” viewing party of the pilot episode. We were riveted and discussed where the series might go as we began to recognize familiar characters: Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Van Helsing. Although I was unable to keep up with weekly viewings of the show, I watched an episode when I could and quickly became obsessed.

With only an 8-episode season, Penny Dreadful was over in a flash and I was left wanting more. Luckily, I was able to attend Comic-Con and attended the Penny Dreadful panel. Showrunner John Logan promised an expansion of the universe in season 2, which will include more about Ethan Chandler’s past and the importance of Madame Kali. While that did quench my thirst temporarily, I find myself now in Penny Dreadful withdrawal, looking for anything to tie me over until Season 2. Here are five great ways fellow Dreadfuls can feed their addiction.

5. – Pre-Order the Soundtrack on Amazon

If you’re a soundtrack fiend like me, you probably noticed the beauty of the music in Penny Dreadful. The opening theme is incredibly moving and a perfect intro to the show. It also makes me think of someone running from their demons, (whether literal, sexual, or whatever) and then being overcome by them which creates this emotional roller coaster played out with the various string instruments. Every time I hear it, I get really excited and sad at the same time. Oh, the power of music! You can pre-order the soundtrack for Season 1 on Amazon here. The release date is August 19th, which is only five days from now!!! What are you waiting for?!

4. – Subscribe to the Penny Dreadful Channel on YouTube

For anyone who wasn’t there, or for those who just want to relive the magic of Comic-Con, videos from the panel are up on YouTube. There are also a multitude of clips from the show, production blogs with behind the scenes video, and interviews with the cast. With a count of 65 videos on their channel, there’s enough content to last a few hours, and that’s only the first go round of viewings. Here’s a taste of what you can expect to find:

3. – Swoon Over Reeve Carney and his brother Zane Carney’s music

While this isn’t directly related to the show, it is related to Mr. Dorian Gray himself, Reeve Carney! Reeve and his brother Zane have a band appropriately named Carney and have released two albums of material. Their music is blues influenced rock with sexy undertones that channels classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. There’s even a hint of Jeff Buckley in Reeve’s vocal delivery, which excites me greatly as he will be playing Buckley in the biopic Mystery White Boy. Both brothers also have solo projects with Zane playing a residency at the LA club Hotel Cafe for the month of August, and Reeve releasing an album in 2015. Check out their circus themed video for “Love Me Chase Me” below.

2. – Follow the Cast and Crew on Twitter

If you’re social media savvy, check in on some of the cast and crew on Twitter along with the official Penny Dreadful account.

@SHO_Penny – Offical Twitter page. Posts updates on the show, videos, news articles, RTs from cast and crew, merchandise, etc.

@ReeveCarney (Dorian Gray) – Reeve posts about his music, his brother, and the show a lot. He was quite active leading up to Comic-Con as well.

@ReeveCarney: Just Read the first episode of Season 2 of @SHO_Penny...My goodness...Boy, ami I excited...!!!! :) #johnloganrules

@BilliePiper (Brona) – Posts on Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, stage plays, award show appearances, and more.

@DannySapani (Sembene) – Apparently he’s a big stage actor in Britain, currently appearing in Medea. Lots of posts about Penny Dreadful and some about his activism for various causes.

@ChrisWKing (Supervising Producer) – He only joined Twitter a few weeks ago, but is posting a lot of behind the scenes photos.

@SaritaAllison (Key Prosthetic Makeup Artist) – She is responsible for The Creature’s makeup as well as the master vampire on the series. She also worked on the Harry Potter films creating prosthetics for the goblins and Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique makeup in X-Men: First Class.

@JamesEHawes (Director) – The show switches off between directors, but he is apparently directing the first episode of the new season. He posts about the show as well as political issues.

1. – Interact With the Show on the Official Website

If you haven’t been to the website yet, become a part of the demimonde and explore! There is so much to do on there you can get lost for hours just clicking on things. You can have a tarot reading done, explore a map of the Penny Dreadful universe, and even hear classic Victorian poems read by the cast. The website is a very unique way of interacting with the show on a very intimate level.

Penny Dreadful Tarot Reading

I’ll be keeping up with updates on Season 2 as they’re released so keep it locked to Sonic Iris! ❤