We write about plenty of rare and unusual animals, but this one is stealing the hearts of people all over the world. This very rare pink pug has recently went viral with his adorable baby blue eyes and overall pink body.
Meet Milkshake. He is believed to be one of less than 100 pink pugs in the world.
His pink nose, ears and toes gets attention everywhere he goes.
He has racked up over 55,000 followers on his Instagram page in just 16 months.
His unique pink fur is caused by a lack of pigmentation, likely from an an albino in his lineage. Albinism is a genetic disorder that is often followed with health problems such as blindness.
Luckily, Milkshake does not have any health complications at all.
Milkshake takes part in National dog shows and appears in photoshoots with human influencers.
His owner, Maria London noticed his unique color when she went to pick him out. He was the only pink pug in his litter. She knew she had to have him.
On his Instagram page, Maria shares Milkshake’s luxury lifestyle. She says that Milkshake is the most famous pink pug on social media. His Instagram started just as a bit fun but straight away he got such a positive response.
“A lot of people messaged me saying they’d had a bad day and seeing Milkshake really cheered them up which encouraged me to post more.”
“His following just kept getting bigger and bigger. He gets recognized all the time, everywhere we go – not just in London but in different cities too.”
“Sometimes people come up and say ‘there’s a pug just like him on Instagram called Milkshake’ and I’m like ‘this is Milkshake'”.
“People get a little star struck, it’s quite funny. Milkshake loves all the attention. We get people messaging every single day asking if they can send him stuff. At Christmas he gets more gifts than I could ever dream of getting.”
“He enjoys getting dressed up and posing for all his photo shoots because he knows he’s guaranteed to get some chicken after. When I do a shoot with him when we’re out and about, people will come over and take their own pictures and give him a cuddle. He loves it.”
“He’s a very pampered pug. He loves going to the dog spa for a wash, blow dry and pedicure every week. Because pugs can have problems with the folds of skin on their face, I wash his face every morning and then put a special powder on. It’s like he gets a daily facial. He has a better beauty regime than me.”
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The owner goes on to say, “He’s a happy-go-lucky dog and he’s very friendly. He gets himself in trouble sometimes at the park because he tries to approach every person and every dog and give them a lick. He’s very affectionate and playful and he loves children. He needs someone with him all the time, he’s like a baby. But I freelance and work from home lots so he’s very spoiled. If I do have to go to meetings, I make sure they’re at a dog-friendly cafe and take Milkshake with me. He’s so chilled out, I’ve even been thinking of training him as a therapy dog. It’s quite amazing the effect he has on people. I think he’s just brilliant, he’s so lovely. He’s my first dog and he is the best companion.”