Upward Facing Dog: Pup sleeping on its back becomes viral sensation 

Photo: Janess Cua Facebook page.
Photo: Janess Cua Facebook page.

A dog has launched a thousand memes, all for her weird sleeping habit.

Paningning the Shih Tzu gave a whole new meaning to “Upward Facing Dog” after photos of her sleeping on her back — with her fluffy belly completely exposed — went viral over the weekend.

They were first shared by her hooman, Janess Cua earlier last week in the Facebook group Dog Lovers Philippines.

Siguro kanya kanyang trip nga lang talaga yan. Balakadyan!

Janess Cua 发布于 2019年3月25日周一

geh lang trip mo yan eh…

Janess Cua 发布于 2019年3月27日周三

The two photos had about 66,000 reactions, 35,000 shares, and more than 2,000 comments as of this article’s posting.

Cua has also shared a photo of her dog on her personal Facebook page and got thousands of reactions to it as well.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386775755241294&set=a.104737713445101&type=3&theater

Netizens commented that they could totally relate to the pup’s mood. Many also found her cute (Who wouldn’t?) and loved that she sleeps like humans.

Twitter user @accnsl called the dog her “spirit animal.”

Meanwhile, actress Chienna Filomeno (@ChieFilomeno) said that Paningning stole her heart.

https://twitter.com/ChieFilomeno/status/1111584814346338304

@kyungseng couldn’t hold her emotions and wrote in all caps: “THE AMOUNT OF CUTENESS WITH THE WAY THIS SQUISHY LIL PUPPY SLEEPS!!! AAAAHHH PANINGNING JUST EARNED A NEW STAN.”

https://twitter.com/kyungseng/status/1112024175978254336

Complex Magazine also uploaded photos of Paningning on its Facebook page. Their post has gotten 7,000 reactions, over 5,000 comments, and more than 2,000 shares as of this article’s posting.

https://www.facebook.com/complex/posts/10157777221779367

Cua said in a message to Coconts Manila that she did not expect that her dog’s photos would go viral.

“I’m happy that they went viral but at the same time, I was shocked because I did not expect that to happen,” she said. “It’s really just my hobby to take photos of my pet dogs.”

But netizens’ obsession with Paningning does not stop with comments. She’s now a full-fledged internet sensation and has inspired memes, artworks, and even an internet challenge that has people sharing photos of their dogs doing the pose.

Facebook user Erren Elizalde created phone wallpapers featuring Paningning. Now everyone can have the cuteness in their pocket!

#Paningning surely did receive a lot of love from everyone and I’ve decided to create wallpapers for ya’ll. OG Photo: Janess Cua

Erren Elizalde 发布于 2019年3月29日周五

He also photoshopped her into photos of landmarks and Game of Thrones‘ Iron Throne.

Paningning’s escapade!OG Photo: Janess Cua

Erren Elizalde 发布于 2019年3月29日周五

Artist Kara Bodegon drew an illustration of Paningning.

The dog has also been edited into a bunch of funny situations.

Here’s Paningning as Superman:

As a character in the game Mobile Legends:

As a dance group performing in a reality TV competition:

Surfing in the Japanese artwork “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”:

https://twitter.com/iamwetblanket/status/1111987043322613760

“I’m amazed by those who created the artworks for Paningning,” Cua said. “I’m also thankful because they love my pet.”

How did you first find out about Paningning? What’s the cutest meme you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @CoconutsManila.

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