Manny the Frenchie celebrating National Pet Day in Chicago June 24 2014
More than 190,000 “likes” on Facebook.
More than 470,000 followers on Instagram.
And he’s only three. Or thereabouts.
He’s Manny the Frenchie… as in the Manny the French, sink-sleeping bulldog.
Since April 11 is officially National Pet Day., the Chicago-based Internet canine sensation is marking the occasion right here in town.
The pet-friendly Kinzie Hotel in River North is welcoming Manny the Frenchie for a special two-hour event on Friday where your dog can get his or her photo taken with the celebrity canine. From noon to 2 p.m., you and your for-legged pal can partake in the meet-and-greet in the hotel’s lobby, 20 W. Kinzie.
Never heard of Manny, you say? According to a 2013 Huffington Post article, “Passed over for the pick of the litter and sold at a discount price, a Chicago-based French bulldog named Manny the Frenchie has gone from overlooked to overnight sensation in a matter of months. The beloved pet has become the world’s most web-famous French bulldog by eclipsing the popularity of Trotter, the “hipster French Bulldog” and popping up in all corners of the Internet. [He] … has a fondness for taking naps in the bathroom sink — has the kind of face that inspires (two) Buzzfeed listicles, White Sox fans, Audi promotions and even Martha Stewart.”