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Big Poppa
Photograph: Courtesy of Rashida Ellis

Meet Big Poppa: the lockdown hero we've all been waiting for

Consider him our quarantine mascot.

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Atlanta-based costume designer Rashida Ellis is the owner of Pop, a beautiful 3-and-a-half-year-old English bulldog that's quickly become our quarantine mascot—courtesy of Twitter, of course.

Earlier today, Ellis posted a picture of Pop on her profile. Take a look:

Just like the rest of us, it seems like Pop is having a hard time adjusting to isolation. Can you blame him? 

Ellis snapped the photo earlier this week after noticing Pop acting mopey on her patio while looking at some kids playing downstairs. His reaction didn't surprise the designer.

According to Ellis, whom we spoke to directly, Pop's favorite thing to do in regular times is to play with kids. "He loves children more than anything," she says. "After that... [it's all about] grabbing my shoes on purpose so I can chase him around the house." Pop is sad because he can't run around with his neighborhood kids—which makes him that much cuter.

Now stuck at home with Ellis, who he has been living with for three years, Pop's preferred activity involves jumping on the couch and pushing the skateboard around the garage.

As for his adorable name, Ellis explains that she was inspired by his "grandpop"-like face (the same one that's brought him fame today!). Given her love for Notorious B.I.G., she sometimes calls him Big Poppa also. 

Although we feel just like Big Poppa looks, we must admit that these photos of him both pre- and during quarantine are lifting our spirits. So, thank you, Pop!

Big Poppa

 

Photograph: Courtesy of Rashida Ellis

 

 

Big Poppa

 

Photograph: Courtesy of Rashida Ellis

 

 

Big Poppa

 

Photograph: Courtesy of Rashida Ellis

 

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