Dogs of MSP was honored to host some of Minnesota’s famous Instagram pups on stage as they “walked the red carpet” at Linden Hills Woofstock on Sept. 8th, 2018. Read on to learn more about your favorites, and give them a follow and check us out too, @dogsofmsp!
NAMES: Lexi (and sister, Lena)
FOLLOWERS: 4.8K Facebook, 1.4K Instagram
You can often find Lexi cruising around in her Jeep with camper and surf board in tow. While her wheels have evolved over the years, one thing that doesn’t change is Lexi’s passion for helping rescues in the Twin Cities. Lexi has done a great deal to bring awareness around the local rescue community, and she’s guaranteed to bring a smile wherever she goes. Not surprisingly, Lexi keeps a busy social calendar with her many requests for event appearances, TV interviews and photo shoots.
NAMES: Juji (goldendoodle) & Chris (owner)
Chris and Juji have quite an extraordinary story. As a self-taught photographer who moved to Minnesota three years ago, Chris was flabbergasted when he posted his first life-size photo of Juji, and his account skyrocketd from 700 followers to 35K (within 6 months), and now sits at 114K. Chris’s account has garnered much attention all over the world, and he’s even received a call from Michelle Obama’s office! However, nothing makes him happier than doing custom big dog portraits for people all over the world. Juji and Chris are BFF, and there’s nothing they love more than watching sports together, as Chris describes Juji as “the ultimate guy’s guy.”
NAME: Gus Gus (short for Augustus)
Gus Gus is a three year old french bulldog who gradually took over his mom’s Instagram account, and now has a whopping 57,000 followers. While Gus Gus may look like the perfect model on Instagram, he is prone to Frenchie fits. If you ever are in the vicinity of one of his tantrums, the sounds range from a dolphin to a screaming child to a turkey. Gus is an experienced traveler, and he often travels to other cities just so he can meet friends from Instagram, even human friends like Dean (@deanie_babies) from The Bachelor!
Finnick Harold is 4 years old and he’s a cattle dog mix. At home, he likes to pull his weight by cleaning the bathroom, with his bathtub licking skills (i.e., obsession). His favorite toy is any sort of rubber squeaky toy. The louder, the better and all the better to annoy you with. One thing on Finnick’s bucket list would be to visit a dog beach in California where he could play all day and let the other dogs chase him. His favorite place to visit is Grandpa’s house because he has the best backyard for fetching and chasing rabbits.
Jack is two years old and he’s an English Labrador Retriever. He is known for his uncanny ability to steal things! His favorite things to steal are kitchen and bathroom rugs, towels, pillows, socks, toilet paper and his absolute favorite - the remote! When asked if Jack has a favorite toy, the response was, “Does the remote count?” Spoken like a true Lab, Jack’s bucket list would consist of visiting every lake, ocean, river, pond, and puddle of water there is! His best friend is his little human cousin Connor, who is 10 months old. Jack absolutely adores this little man (especially when he has food on his face)! The feeling is definitely mutual, as they have a very special bond.
NAME: Marvin (Marv)
Marv is a Beagle/Rat Terrier mix from Secondhand Hounds. He loves to fetch, swim, meet new friends, patrol the backyard for bunnies, and occasionally will table surf in hopes of finding food! One thing about life with Marv is that toys have a limited lifespan, as he’s constantly on a seek and destroy mission. Marv’s best friend is Annie Mea who is a Golden Retriever. They met at 3 months old, and they’ve been BFF’s since their first play date. These two even have matching Dogs of MSP bandanas, and they are the cutest duo ever!
NAME: Ellie (Eleanor Annie)
Ellie’s Instagram account was created the same day she came home in May of 2017. Today her account has grown to over 21,000 followers! One unusual thing about Ellie is that she does not enjoy walks. Gasp. She will protest by sitting down several times when she’s out and about on an “almost walk.” She does however love piles of laundry on the floor, chicken and pancakes, and spending time at her family’s cabin in Crosslake. Ellie’s bucket list is short and sweet - she would love to swim in the ocean and play fetch on the beach! Her favorite places to hang out are Inbound Brewco, Modist Brewing, The Freehouse and Chuck & Don’s.
Lucy is a three year old Australian Shepherd mix from Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Minnesota. She was pulled from a hoarding situation with 30 dogs on a property in Tennessee. Sadly, all but 3 had starved to death in a yard tied up to various items. Lucy was one of the 3 survivors. Today life is very different for Lucy and she is always up for adventures, whether it be kayaking, hiking, camping, stand up paddle boarding, or skijoring. She also has the travel bug, as she has traveled to seven states, and even crossed the border into Canada. Her biggest trip was a 2,000 mile road trip to Colorado over 12 days. Lucy takes her friendships very seriously, and she will sit and wait for her friends to arrive when she visits dog-friendly breweries and patios (whether they’re expected or not).
Remi is a mini Australian Shepherd who just celebrated his first birthday on August 12th. Remi’s favorite thing to do is RUN! He especially loves when there’s another pup around that he can run circles with. His weirdest quirk would be that he prefers to sleep like a human. He only likes to lay with his head on the pillow and he LOVES being tucked in! Remi’s bucket list would consist of the following: 1.) Meet every dog in the city. 2.) Destroy every toy at Chuck and Don’s. 3.) Learn how to work the magical ice cube machine on my own.
Yuuna is a 10 month old Shiba Inu with an addiction to pup cups from Dairy Queen! She also happens to be the world’s most polite treat taker. However, she will not be shy when it comes to spitting out a treat she doesn’t fancy. If Yuuna had a bucket list, it would read as follows: 1.) Hike more trails and go into the mountains. 2.) Meet all my SoCal Shiba followers. 3.) Off-leash freedom at all times (in typical Shiba fashion). Yuuna loves visting any place with treats or pets, as she’s a very social Shiba.
Luna is four years old and she’s an American Staffordshire Terrier/Great Pyrenees mix. Born in Georgia, Luna was adopted by her mom and dad from the Golden Valley Humane Society when she was only 8 weeks old. Luna enjoys long walks and fine dining, and she’s always up for a party with her dog friends. Added bonus if it means dressing up in fancy outfits handmade by her mom. She also loves finding new and exciting dog-friendly places to visit, supporting the local rescue scene, and is a huge supporter of local dog-friendly businesses and dog organizations.