Big Poppa The Bulldog Is Very Sad About Being In Self-Isolation

As tough as isolation is on many of us, it can be tough on our pets as well. Sure, most of them are thrilled that their humans are home all day, every day, but for those that are used to being more social, this forced separation from their friends can be confusing and upsetting. Costume designer Rashida Ellis managed to capture this experience with a heartbreaking photo of her own dog, Big Poppa, as he watched the kids in her apartment’s courtyard playing without him.

“Big Poppa has been so sad today, I think he [misses] playing with the kids in the building,” she wrote. “He just watches them from the patio.”

“He kept making noises to get their attention, but we’re six stories up and they can’t hear him,” Ellis told BuzzFeed News. “I was like, Oh my god, he’s really sad.”

Big Poppa may just have one of those naturally sad looks, but quarantine has taken its toll on the otherwise social canine.

“When he’s inside, he just walks out to the patio looking for people,” Ellis said. “He’s sleeping more. He’s a little sluggish. I can tell he’s not as happy and excited as he usually is. He’s probably tired of just me playing with him.”

The haunting image of a dejected Big Poppa just wanting to play soon went viral, breaking hearts across the internet.

Many have declared their boundless loyalty to this magnificent boy.

And now we have a new reason to stay home flatten the curve: so Big Poppa can one day smile again.

Ellis told BuzzFeed that the photo is something she believes everyone can relate to right now.

“We can’t do the things that we used to do, we can’t hang out with our friends,” she said. “I think it just happened to be this dog — and not only is he so sad and cute and you want everything to change for him, but you want everything to change for yourself, too, because we’re all in this situation.”

Hang in there, Big Poppa! One day, you’ll be able to play again. One day.

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