Animals rule Instagram. And with one look at the account @ChewieTheChi it is easy to see why. This Star Wars-inspired Chihuahua weighs four pounds and has a fierce underbite. Get to know this adorable rescue pup.
Chewie was named for the Wookie from Star Wars – that would be Chewbacca. He lives in Sacramento with his owner, Sarah Gottlieb. She rescued the dog back in January of 2015 after falling in love with his adorable underbite.
12. Sassy Man
“He has a lot of personality for a three-pound dog and can be very sassy at times (typical Chihuahua),” Gottlieb told Mashable. “He’s also a huge sweetheart and always loves to cuddle.”
11. Stray Dog Rescue
He was brought in as a stray to the Humane Society and was quickly taken in by Chiquita Chihuahua Rescue. After spending a short few months at the rescue, Chewie found his forever home. Now he is able to advocate for other rescue dogs through his social media presence.
10. Underbite Star
Chewie loves sharing his 6-toothed underbite for all to enjoy and spreads awareness about the importance of adopting rescue animals. The dog has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram already. And Chewie not only has his own Instagram, he has his own website!
9. Snaggletooth Trademark
It took the dog about a year to amass such a big fan club. His mom says his snaggletooth is his trademark. He has only seven teeth because he needed dental work after being saved by the local police. But the dog turned his crooked smile into a charming trait.
8. Kiss Him He’s Irish
Sarah and her partner Alicia immediately fell in love with the dog’s smile. Now they celebrate every holiday by giving the cute little dog a special outfit. On St. Patrick’s Day, he says “Kiss me, I’m Irish!”
7. Ramen Timberlake
One day Sarah put ramen noodles on Chewie’s head and called him Justin Timberlake. Much to her surprise, everyone was thrilled with the photo, which pokes gentle fun at Timberlake’s curly locks. Several big Instagram accounts re-blogged the post.
6. Chewie Meets Chewbacca
When Chewie celebrated his idol, Chewbacca, by posing alongside a doll of the popular character, his Instagram love soared. Suddenly he was a topic of conversation on websites all over the world.
It’s always sunny in Chewie’s corner of the world. This stylish ensemble includes a Hawaiian t-shirt, sunglasses, and a hat. Don’t forget the killer laugh! Chewie looks like he is ready for a fun day around town.
4. Four Pounds of Joy
“Though he is only four pounds, he has a big heart despite what he has been through and he was the perfect addition to our family,” Sarah told the Daily Mail. With good looks, charm, and costumes, who can deny that this little dog doesn’t spread plenty of joy?!
3. Mother’s Day
On Mother’s Day, Chewie dressed up in his favorite suit. “Happy Mother’s Day to all the dog moms (or dads) who adopt and spoil fur babies of the world. I think this face says it all.” And of course looking all dapper in his Sunday best, it certainly says a lot!
“Chewbacca’s Instagram account is about spreading smiles and positivity,” Sarah explains. Since Arizona has one of the biggest populations of chihuahuas, Sarah and Alicia want to spread the word about how great they are as pets. Hopefully, his story inspires more people to adopt rescue dogs.
1. Get Social
Those who are interested in learning more about rescue dogs – and those who love pictures of cute animals – will love to visit Chewie’s social media presence. In addition to his Insta, he can be found at Facebook/ChewietheChi and at his website, www.chewiethechi.com.