Instagram is my ultimate addiction, filling me with joy from its endless memes and dog photos — but let's be real, mostly dog photos. Though there's a plethora of Instagram-famous dogs to follow, by far my favorite is Bodhi, an adorable Shiba Inu and the star of Menswear Dog. I'll be the first to admit that Bohdi is 100 percent more photogenic and fashionable than me, as he flawlessly poses for photos wearing jackets, hats, and sunglasses from designers like Gucci and Ralph Lauren.
To lean more about the story behind this dapper dog's internet fame, we spoke with Yena Kim, Bohdi's owner and the creative genius who spurred the pup's social media stardom. Kim explained that the idea to start Menswear Dog came about on a whim one rainy Saturday morning in their home of Brooklyn, NY. "Bodhi peered up at me and as a joke, I draped a cardigan over him, fully expecting him to shrug it off like a dog normally would," she explained to us via email. "But instead, he saw how it made me laugh and a smile cracked across his face as though he knew how amazing he looked." Naturally, she ran for a camera to capture the perfect moment.
After snapping a few photos that her friend uploaded to a Tumblr page, Kim noticed that the pictures were featured on GQ's website, and thus Bohdi was thrust into life of Instagram prestige. Since then, Yena and the Menswear Dog have become quite the jetsetters, having traveled to Los Angeles for the World Dog Awards and Vancouver for a recent brand collaboration.
"I think the best pet Instagrams successfully highlight what's unique about the dog and are given an original voice."
What a life, right? If you're a dog owner seeking to catapult your furry friend to internet stardom, Kim has some helpful words of wisdom to share. "I think the best pet Instagrams successfully highlight what's unique about the dog and are given an original voice," she told us. "Is you dog a complainer? Does your dog make the best mess in the world while you're away? Chances are, there are thousands of people that can relate, and it's always best to translate that shared empathy into quality original content." Another pro tip to keep in your back pocket: "Have peanut butter on hand."
As if you really need another excuse to follow the fashionable adventures of Bohdi, read on for a peek at our favorite photos of him to date.