He’s so golden, you’ll probably need a pair of sunglasses to look at him.
If you’re a local of Wilmington, you’ve probably seen Oakley. The giddy golden retriever loves to stroll around our coastal North Carolina city and you can’t help but bust a smile whenever you see him.
This golden boy sure has won a special place in all of our hearts! But you know what’s crazy? You don’t have to live in Wilmington to know Oakley. In fact, you don’t even have to meet Oakley to be inspired by his lovable face! All you need to do is look up @mypupoakley on Instagram to follow his journey, just like thousands of people all over the world already have.
Currently, Oakley’s Instagram account boasts over 34 thousand followers… and those numbers are growing everyday. His sweet photos and videos make it obvious that this pup not only has a golden coat, but a golden attitude!
So how exactly did this drool-worthy social media star rise to Instagram fame? Well, it’s all thanks to his mom who’s always had a sweet spot for puppy dog eyes.
Morgan is a young professional who’s demeanor is just as cheerful as her furry ray of sunshine’s. On any given day, the proud dog mom can be spotted walking Oakley all over town… a sight that makes all of us smile.
So, how did this sweet friendship start? Well, Morgan explained that she’s always wanted to have a puppy of her own, however, she knew that it would be wise to wait until after graduating college to get one. And her patience paid off! As she was finishing up her final year at the University Of North Carolina Wilmington, Morgan heard about a Golden Retriever breeder in West Virginia from her family’s veterinarian. So, 5 days after graduation, Morgan hit the road in search of her new best friend. She arrived at the farm to see the puppies and it didn’t take long before one little furball caught her attention. “On the day I went to pick him out, all of the puppies were jumping all over me, but Oakley just sat patiently about a foot away and smiled up at me,” Morgan said. “I knew he was the one.”
Knowing that Oakley had a face too cute not to share, Morgan quickly decided to create an Instagram account for him. “I started his Instagram about a week after I got him when he was 9 weeks old,” Morgan said. “I originally started it so I had a place where I could post endless pictures of him without flooding my personal account.”
However, it wasn’t long before what started out as a simple account became a viral sensation. “A couple weeks after I started the Instagram, I made a video of Oakley and I dancing in the car and the video somehow ended up going viral,” Morgan explained. “After the video went viral, for weeks he would get about 1,000 new followers a day.”
Realizing that she had a true star at the end of her leash, Morgan continued to keep all of Oakley’s new followers entertained with daily updates on his sweet, happy life. His success continued as he gained the attention of more and more people all over the world. “I continued to post cute pictures and funny videos of my quirky pup on his Instagram and a few other videos went viral,” Morgan said. “Dog pages started sharing his pictures, and his videos were featured on a Nat Geo Wild TV show called Puppies vs. the World. More and more people followed him and continue to do so.”
Even though Morgan knew Oakley was one in-a-million, she didn’t expect the growth of his account to happen so quickly. But, then again, he is a cutie pie! “I am very surprised about how many followers Oakley has on instagram, but at the same time I’m not because he is the most perfect boy,” Morgan confessed.
So, what’s it really like running an account that is loved by over 30 thousand people? Well, Morgan explains that running the account can take up a lot of her time, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! In fact, Morgan said that through Oakley’s account, the two have been able to meet a lot of new friends. “My favorite part about running Oakley’s instagram is connecting with the community of dog instagrammers,” Morgan said. “I actually have made friends with other local golden owners through his Instagram and we meet up and have puppy play dates and photo shoots! It’s a lot of work to keep up with his Instagram, but it’s fun.”
With all of the exciting meet ups and play dates he goes on, Oakley is sure living the life… and he isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon! So, what’s next on the agenda for this golden boy? Well, more adorable adventures, of course! “I am a teacher and have summers off, so Oakley and I are getting ready to have a summer full of adventures,” Morgan said. “I just trained him to ride in the kayak with me, so hopefully we will be kayaking to some islands around Wilmington this summer.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ll sure be keeping up with Oakley’s Instagram to see how that goes! And even though Oakley has many talents, which include making goofy faces and being able to kayak, there is one trick he does that Morgan claims is her absolute favorite. “Fun fact: Oakley doesn’t instinctively like to snuggle very often, so I trained him to cuddle on command,” Morgan said. “It’s about the cutest trick ever!”
Now, that’s a good boy!
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