This Rescue Pup Will Melt Your Heart

Queso, a Chicago rescue pup who loves cheddar cheese and kissing strangers has the most boopable nose. Part Pomeranian, part American Eskimo, part Pomsky, among his hobbies is digging at the beach and eating treats (his favorite snack is, quite naturally, cheese).

With thousands of followers on Instagram, Queso is slowly but surely taking over Petstagram. But his start wasn’t as easy. According to his owner, Sarah McVey, when Queso was a young pup, he lived in an Alabama shelter until there was a flood and he got lost. Thankfully, The Almost Home Foundation brought Queso and other dogs to Chicago to find forever homes.

“We first met at a foster’s home who was watching Queso while he was up for adoption,” recalled McVey in a chat with Swooft. “He had rashes on his belly, kennel cough, and an ear infection, but he was still smiling and happy to see us!”. As it turns out—it was love at first sight.

Making the case for “adopt—don’t shop”, these days, Queso is living it up. A celebrity in the making, he has even strutted on the pink carpet to raise money for One Tail at a Time. “Queso is great at posing (if treats are involved) so it doesn’t take too long to get a good picture,” says his owner. “I like to consider the timing of the post and if there’s a good holiday or trending topic to partake in, but for the most part it’s all about his normal life and activities.”

But McVey still admits it’s hard for her to wrap her head around her pet’s celebrity status. “Queso was recognized at the airport by a stranger and it was the most exciting day ever!” she exclaimed. Show him some love on Instagram: