UPS Driver’s Perfect Pictures With Dogs Go Viral

Pups of Jay Hardesty Instagram

Jay Hardesty, a UPS driver with an incredible smile and warmth that projects from the screen, started a hashtag on Instagram for the many excellent pictures taken with dogs he’s met in the neighborhood. He likely never expected the collection to go viral, but this is a treasure trove of pure joy.

On Twitter, author Jami Attenberg wanted her followers to know about her UPS driver’s Instagram hashtag, #pupsofjay, which featured more than 50 pictures of Jay posing with the dogs he encounters on his delivery route.

This has been a bracing news week even by 2019 standards, and Attenberg’s tweet about Jay and “his” pups felt like a balm unto the wounded soul of the Internet. While the combination of a lovely person and adorable pets is always going to be popular content online, I think we particularly needed Jay’s hashtag at this moment in time. The tweet went viral, and rightfully so. I’m not speaking hyperbolically when I say that Jay’s pursuit of joyful snaps with dogs is the purest thing I’ve ever seen. I needed this. You needed this.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the great Jay & pup content you can find if you follow Jay’s hashtag on Instagram. You can also follow him on Instagram @jhardesty.

 

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Congrats to my buddy @stanthemanfq on being the king of #barkus #pupsofjay #teambywater

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Jay and Kash #pupsofjay @arise_newday

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Jay and Sofia “mom help!” @sarahsofia #pupsofjay

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Jay and spot @ladyseamonster #pupsofjay

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Jay and Marty #pupsofjay

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Jay and Gidget #pupsofjay @upsdogs

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Jay and Jiggy #pupsofjay

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The reactions on Twitter were heartfelt and neatly summarized our universal emotions.

Jay’s hashtag is #pupsofjay on Instagram, and I don’t think you’ll ever regret following. Hey, UPS? Take care of this guy. He’s a national treasure. Hey, television executives? Give us Jay Meets Pups, the show. I’d tune in every day.

(#pupsofjay on Instagram via jhardesty, images: Jay Hardesty)

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