Minnie and Max are arguably some of the most famous pugs the world has known. A clip of the two tilting their heads in unison has taken social media by storm, landing them a spot on The Ellen Show.
“In late 2008, we had our pug friend Mabel staying with us while her humans were traveling,” their owners shared the backstory behind the viral clip in an interview with Hello Bark. “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 video soon caught the attention of shows like ABC’s Good Morning America, Ellen, Regis and Kelly, and other programs. Another version of the video appeared on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and several subsequent videos appeared on Animal Planet.
But that wasn’t the end of it. A few years later, they now run a successful Instagram page that helps spread the message about pug rescuing. Get your pug fix below: