Who among us doesn’t smile whenever we see a pug? They have a sad but adorable face that’s almost irresistible, even if you prefer cats over dogs. Between that face and the unique way that pugs walk, there’s something special about this particular breed of dog. Of course, most people know that pugs typically have dark fir. However, there is a famous pink pug named Milkshake that has become an Internet sensation in recent months with dog lovers going crazy over his unique coloring for a pug.
Today, Milkshake is 21 months old and one of the Internet’s most famous pets thanks to the hashtag: #Milkshakethepug. His owner, Maria, who lives in London, first took him home when the pup was just 10 weeks old. Maria explains that she saw him playing amidst the other pugs in his litter and knew that she wanted to take home the unique-colored pug.
“I had never even heard of pink pugs before,” Maria explains. “But when I went to the breeder and spotted Milkshake I thought he was adorable, and knew I had to have him.”
One in a Million
The reason Milkshake is pink is likely from one of his ancestors suffering from albinism, which causes a lack of pigmentation. As a result, Milkshake has pink fir and blue eyes, making him a rarity in the pug world. There are only a few dozen other pugs in the world that share Milkshake’s pink color. Fortunately, Milkshake doesn’t have any of the other health ailments caused by albinism, giving the famous pink pug the best of both worlds.
“They’re very rare. At the time, I think Milkshake was one of 30 in the world but there have been a few litters,” says Maria.
Famous Pink Pug Named Milkshake
Soon after taking Milkshake home with her, Maria knew that she had something special on her hands. She soon set up an Instagram account solely for Milkshake. With help from #Milkshakethepug, a star was born. The pink pug’s Instagram account has over 92,000 followers and is filled with hundreds of pictures of the famous pink pug Milkshake.
“Milkshake is the most famous pink pug on social media,” Maria explains. “His Instagram started just as a bit fun but straight away he got such a positive response. A lot of people messaged me saying they’d had a bad day and seeing Milkshake really cheered them up which encouraged me to post more. His following just kept getting bigger and bigger.”
Thanks to his Internet fame, Milkshake now lives the life of a celebrity. Maria even describes her pet as happy but “very spoiled.” Milkshake’s life is filled with frequent photo shoots to make sure all of his social media followers get their regular dose of this adorable pink pug. Milkshake also makes weekly trips to the dog spa and even has a trainer who prepares the pug to compete in dog shows.
On top of that, Milkshake follows Maria around everywhere she goes, including to her work. At the end of the day, Maria feeds Milkshake the finest dog food, as well as a little chicken as a reward for being such a good boy.
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Just in case Milkshake’s 90,000-plus Instagram followers weren’t enough, Maria says that people who follow Milkshake on social media are often “star-struck” when they see him in person. It’s not exactly the average life of a pet. Then again, the famous Milkshake isn’t your average pug.