Victoria dog lovers, say hello to your newest local celebrity!
Appa the Samoyed is here to brighten your day with a smile—and a dazzling coat of white fur.
Jennifer Chang, one of Appa’s owners, says Appa’s personality is one of complete joy, fearlessness, and wonder.
“He’s so curious about everything, and enjoys all the new sights and smells from our outdoor adventures,” she says. “All he wants in life is to be a part of it and understand it as best he can.”
Some of Appa’s favourite things to do are exploring, and meeting new people and dogs. But his favourite pastime is a good game of keep-away.
“Silence is golden unless you have a Samoyed, then it’s suspicious,” Chang says. “He’ll come strutting out of the bedroom with a sock or underwear hanging out of his mouth, look you square in the eyes, and that tail starts moving so quickly, daring you to catch him with his contraband.”
Chang and her partner Dan Cox started an Instagram account to share Appa’s antics with friends and family when they adopted him one year ago. Eventually they expanded to a Facebook page, Twitter account, and most recently, a YouTube channel.
“The community has been so positive, and we have made some great connections with people we would never have known if it wasn’t for social media,” Chang says.
Here are 10 reasons why we love Appa, and why you should too.
1. He’s not afraid to get a little dirty
2. He doesn’t believe in artificial borders
Mrs. Hoomon – tear down this wall.
I wanna see Benny! I haven't seen him in forever, trespassing doesn't count if you're visiting right?!#yyj #dogsoftwitter #Samoyed #theshoobieking #friendship #Criminal pic.twitter.com/UTZVsfgEvG
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) June 7, 2018
3. He loves to keep it cool
Under teh patio chairs is coldest. That's where you'll find me when teh sun's out. Sorry daddy, no room for you just me. You can shade me though. I don't see why "throwing shade" is considered bad. It's great for me.#yyj #dogsoftwitter #Samoyed #theshoobieking #cool pic.twitter.com/0YzKMIpFcp
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) June 2, 2018
4. But he can also keep you warm
This is daddy. He's very sleepy but forgot a blanket. It's Appa's time to shine, I'll be your blanket! Sorry 'bout the toots daddy, I'm just warming you up. 😁#yyj #dogsoftwitter #Samoyed #theshoobieking #snuggle #cuddles #sleep pic.twitter.com/T3zRA2S22l
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) May 21, 2018
5. He’s great at hiding
Haha daddy's such a dum dum, walking around "where's Appa?!" I'm the greatest at hide an seek. Hey daddy, where's your smarts? Go find those first hahaha.#yyj #dogsoftwitter #Samoyed #theshoobieking #games #ATTITUDE pic.twitter.com/cndWHunr73
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) May 30, 2018
6. He’s not afraid to get a little cheeky
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) August 28, 2017
7. He’s an innovative thinker
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) May 7, 2018
8. He’s a ladykiller
— YipYipSkyBison Appa (@yipyipskybison) April 25, 2018