Take a Shiba Inu and make it look grouchy and you’ve got a relatable pup that can take over the internet.
Chester has nearly 10,000 followers on his Instagram, many of whom create fan art of his apparent bad temper.The dog has always had a resting tetchy face, ever since Kirby Kaufman, 29, adopted Chester from the Nebraska Humane Society in July 2017.
He does occasionally look like he mightbe smiling, but most of the time his eyes are shaped as though his eyebrows are furrowed and his mouth has a distinct downward turn.
Unlike a lot of animals who look grumpy but are actually really friendly, Chester isn’t the most upbeat of pets.
‘Chester doesn’t get along with other dogs,’ says Kirby. ‘He’s an only child.’
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Along with not gelling with puppy pals, Chester can kick off if you make any changes to his lifestyle without proper warning. We relate.Kirby says: ‘Chester is very much of a creature of habit. So moving furniture around or disturbing his bubble (the size of New York) is asking for trouble.
‘He rarely barks, but he’ll act out when you do something that upsets him.’
He’s also extremely ‘food motivated’. See what we mean about Chester being relatable for the masses?
Kirby started an Instagram account for Chester after his grouchy face attracted attention on Facebook pages such as Shiba Inu Crazy People and Dogspotting.
‘It’s really exciting,’ she said. ‘The account has an audience engagement rate of nearly 30%. Anything over 3% is above average.‘For example, Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian have engagement rates of 3% and under. However, they both have millions of followers. So the math is a bit different.
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‘On Facebook, they use angry (aka amgery) reacts to be in solidarity with his grumpiness.
‘Overall, the comments are positive. We do get people asking for fan merchandise. Several people have made their own fan art of Chester, which is really cool.
‘And then there are the haters. But haters gonna hate.’
Anyone else bookmarking Chester’s account for all future reaction pics?