Pet owners know how special it is to have a human-animal connection, and, especially during quarantine, being close to a furry friend can be especially meaningful.
That’s how Rashida Ellis feels about her 3-year-old English bulldog, Pop — who she sometimes refers to as Big Poppa.
“It’s just me and him, so without him, being [inside] during quarantine would be a lot harder for me,” Ellis told Insider. “Some days, he does the silliest things, and it just makes me laugh so hard.”
Recently, Ellis, who lives in Atlanta, was working from her living room when she heard whines coming from her apartment patio, where Pop was sitting in the sun.
“He just sat down and dropped his head,” Ellis said. “I grabbed my phone and took the picture to share with my friends because he was so sad. I went to go and give him a rub, and I noticed two children outside — they’re brothers — that Pop plays with sometimes on his walk, and I realized he was trying to get their attention but could not.”
Instead of being able to play with his friends, Big Poppa watched from the balcony above in what made for a sad but adorable (and photo-worthy) moment, Ellis said.
Ellis shared the picture of Big Poppa in a tweet on Tuesday, and the next morning, she said, she woke up to find that her dog had become an overnight canine celebrity. To date, the picture of Big Poppa looking sad has been retweeted more than 93,000 times.
“I posted the picture and thought nothing of it,” Ellis said.
Following the original, now-iconic picture of Pop looking sad on the balcony, Ellis has shared some updates about her lovable dog. For example, Ellis ordered Pop a new dog bed, and even though it was a bit small for his size, he didn’t seem to mind.