This NYC Golden Retriever Is Giving Out Free Hugs To All
If you’re in New York anytime soon, there’s one attraction you certainly can’t miss.
Loubie 'The Hugging Dog' has made headlines due to the free hugs she gives to people in Chelsea.
The 5-and-a-half-year-old pup has an instagram following of 46.6k followers and is all about the love.
You can catch her walking around Chelsea with her owner, and is often seen stopping to give strangers hugs - it’s one of the most heartwarming things you’ll ever see.
Loubie, short for Louboutina, first started “hugging” passersby a few years ago, after learning how to shake hands and stand on her hind legs, her owner Cesar Fernandez-Chavez said.
He then started an Instagram account after a photo he took of her hugging actor Gerard Butler blew up on his Facebook page, he said.
“[Loubie] just happened to be holding hands with me… and [Butler] just happened to see us, and he was like, ‘No, this is not for real,’” Fernandez-Chavez recalled. “[My friends] said, ‘You need to start her an Instagram.’”
Since then, Fernandez-Chavez has been posting and re-posting photos of Loubie hugging friendly people, looking adorable as she stands on her hind legs and holds hands with people she meets on their walks.