Have you ever encountered a meme showcasing an attractive light brown pug? Doug is the dog behind the viral Internet meme. And this dog is significantly more than just a mushy face.
Doug the pug may be the most influential influencer with four legs, a tail, and an extremely wrinkled and mushy face. The extremely popular dog has 18 million social media followers and over 10 billion Facebook video views. The dog is so popular that the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee proclaimed May 20 as Doug-the-Pug Day every year.
This extraordinary pug not only fills his timeline with photos of his travels and daily activities, but also offers hope and happiness to children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Together with his human companion, Leslie Mosier, he has been visiting hospitals to deliver cuddles and pug kisses to sick children.
The first time Doug visited a hospital, it was clear that the cute mutt was a natural at relieving the discomfort of children. Doug has formed relationships with every patient, parent, and hospital employee he encounters.
During the holiday season, he would dress up as Santa Claus, much to the joy of the little patients. Leslie felt that Doug had discovered his calling in life when he observed this.
Though Doug’s affection is a much-appreciated source of emotional support for the families, Leslie recognizes that it has its limits. It can be both physically and financially taxing to get treatment for various types of disorders. With this in mind, Leslie realized she needed to take more action.
Recognizing Doug’s famous status, Leslie established the Doug the Pug Foundation in an effort to assist these families financially. The foundation determines which family has the greatest financial need and ensures that contributions are provided accordingly.
The online celebrity may be our daily source of happiness on social media, but he is, more crucially, a source of hope and inspiration for families battling life-threatening illnesses.
Source: Doug the Pug