This Big Apple celeb won’t mind if you give her a hug on the street.
A 5 1/2-year-old golden retriever has been garnering media attention — and Instagram fame — for the hugs she gives out as she and her owner walk around Chelsea.
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.
Fernandez-Chavez started an Instagram account after a photo he took of her hugging actor Gerard Butler blew up on his Facebook page, he said.
Loubie with actor Gerard Butler. (Courtesy of Cesar Fernandez-Chavez)
“[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 passersby, standing on her hind legs and holding hands with people she meets on their walks.
She’s even been able to get tech-obsessed New Yorkers to look up from their phones, Fernandez-Chavez said.
“We’re so glued to our phones, but then [passersby] take a second to admire her and talk to us,” he said. “She’s making random people happy on the street, and that makes me happy too.”