By Arré Bench Apr. 23, 2020
Costume designer Rashida Ellis posted a picture of her bulldog, Big Poppa seated on the balcony and looking absolutely crestfallen because he misses “playing with the kids in the building”. It led to an outpouring of love for the 3.5-year-old English bulldog on social media.
Quarantine life is tough. We’ve made the now notorious dalgona coffee, tried that fitness challenge, ’grammed every other trend since day one but the lockdown hasn’t been easy to live by. At least we’re lucky enough to have a strong WiFi connection and all these distractions. But little Big Poppa? Not so much, and it’s breaking hearts across the internet.
On Wednesday, Atlanta-based costume designer Rashida Ellis posted a picture of her bulldog seated on the balcony and looking absolutely crestfallen. Seeing the pup feeling down because he misses “playing with the kids in the building” led to an outpouring of love for the 3.5-year-old English bulldog on Twitter.
Big Poppa has been so sad today, I think he miss playing with the kids in the building. He just watches them from the patio pic.twitter.com/gVooqvZ5oI
— Rae Elle (@RaeElle) April 22, 2020
It seems like Pop is having a hard time adjusting to the isolated lifestyle like the rest of us, and if you didn’t already detest the world you have a bigger reason now.
I detest the world that hurt Big Poppa https://t.co/s58xlBV8ZE
— JP (@jpbrammer) April 22, 2020
Ellis understands why her pup is having a difficult time. Like many of his kind, Pop is little a social being. And while he loves receiving pets from actors when Ellis takes him on sets, “He loves children and then other dogs and then adults,” she told Buzzfeed News. “In that order.”
Ellis, who has been keeping herself busy by making clothes at home to sell online, noticed Pop seated on the patio acting mopey as he stared down at some kids playing below. “He kept making noises to get their attention, but we’re six stories up and they can’t hear him,” she said. “I was like, Oh my god, he’s really sad.”
According to Ellis, Pop’s favorite thing to do in regular times is to play with kids. “The sad thing is we have to social-distance even him,” she adds. When she shared the picture of a sad Pop on Twitter, it immediately went viral and “Big Poppa” soon became a top trending topic in the US.
Game of Thrones favourite Maisie Williams was just about ready to lay down her life for this pupper.
not being dramatic but I would literally die for big poppa
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 22, 2020
And she wasn’t the only one.
I would throw myself in front of the virus if it meant Big Poppa could go play with the kids. https://t.co/OYbAC3O8Xs
— mike mulloy (@fakemikemulloy) April 22, 2020
Can corona go away already? Big Poppa wants to play! #priorities
Fuck everyone else, we need to cure corona for Big Poppa. https://t.co/8wG9qUl3Bd
— Obsessed Dodgers Fan (@MoreDodgerBlues) April 22, 2020
And remember, if you break quarantine you’re only further hurting little Pop.
if you break quarantine, you are ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTING TO HURTING BIG POPPA https://t.co/88ium2rupx
— no/man/show [k’20] (@Total_Bummer) April 22, 2020
As comedian and host Ellen DeGeneres suggests, “Stay inside. Flatten this curve. Do it for Big Poppa.”
Stay inside. Flatten this curve. Do it for Big Poppa. https://t.co/q2c9GYZMgN
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 22, 2020
Even the host for all the good boys worldwide, WeRateDogs stands in solidarity with Big Poppa in these ruff times.
i will find a cure myself if it means seeing Big Poppa smile again. 14/10 https://t.co/YVarud5bNr
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) April 22, 2020
Big Poppa’s Instagram suggests that the little pup was a globetrotter before travels were grounded to aid social distancing measures.