If you’ve been on the internet for the past decade there’s little to no chance you haven’t encountered Minnie and Max. The sibling pugs have gained international fame thanks to a viral head tilting clip of them that was featured on The Ellen Show.
“In late 2008, we had our pug friend Mabel staying with us while her humans were traveling,” said the pugs’ owners in an interview with Hello Bark, talking about the story behind the viral clip. “We posed all three for a photo tilting their heads (as many pugs do) and sent it to them as an email attachment. We then did a video similar to the photo while asking a few recognizable questions of them. ‘Wanna go for a riiiide, etc.’ We tried to attach it to an email as well but the file size was too large. We decided to upload it to our rarely used YouTube account and simply send them the link. (We also CC’d a couple dog friends who we thought might enjoy it.)”
Their clip was soon featured on the world’s biggest stages, including ABC’s Good Morning America, Ellen, and Regis and Kelly. Another version of the video also appeared on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and several subsequent videos appeared on Animal Planet, making the pugs overnight celebrities.
Now, with more than 100k followers on Instagram, the pugs’ online presence is bigger and greater than ever before. It also serves a good cause, as the pooches’ owners use their social media platforms to promote pug rescuing.
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