Amidst the craziness that the pandemic has brought all of us, it’s good to find something that brings good vibes to ease the stress we’re all going through. And the world wide web has plenty of content that intends to bring just that—especially if animals are at the front and center of this amusement.
Instagram, for instance, has lots of posts about cute pets that bring happiness. You scroll one page to give a ‘heart’ to one photo, and then you find yourself going through many other accounts where you find a pug enjoying an ice cream cone or a photobomber!
Perhaps one of the cutest breeds is the Corgis. In particular, the Welsh breed is an internet favorite, and there’s one that has been going viral that has garnered thousands of likes during the pandemic! His name is Gensaku or Gen. He’s a five-year-old dog who lives in Japan at the Okayama Prefecture together with his owner Chikomaru.
Gen has been an Instagram darling since 2015, but he recently rose to fame for his emoji-like expressions. This made many users gush and be entertained by him during the past few months, making him an internet sensation. Currently, the little-legged cutie has 202,000 followers.
And his most famous look? It’s the look of shock, which resonated with thousands of Instagram users. But Chikomaru says that despite his signature facial expression, the adorable pup is pretty chill and joyful in real life.
His proud owner says that while most dogs are afraid of vet visits and trimming salons, Gen gets excited even on an examination table! And he has a particular liking for nurses. However, he is terrified of signboards—which, Chikomaru says, is a secret.
Gen has a very regular daily schedule. At 4:30 in the morning, he wakes up to bark, so his owners rouse from their sleep. Fifteen minutes later, he’ll doze off. By 6am he’ll go for a lovely walk with Chikomaru. By 7 am, he eats his breakfast and will have another round of walks a half-hour later.
Sadly, little Gen is sickly. He experiences constant epileptic seizures and is diagnosed with prostatic hyperplasia, chronic renal failure, and kidney disease that makes him thirsty and urinate all the time.
Chikomaru says that, unfortunately, his condition can’t be cured despite the volume of pills he has. But Gen’s doctor says that he can live a normal life with the right amount of food and treatment.
His medical routine includes frequent vet clinic visits every week at 10 am to get IV drips and blood tests. But sometimes, when he feels unwell, he also gets injections. This doesn’t stop him from going about his usual routine of eating snacks at noon or napping for fours. He still enjoys his daily 5 pm walks for 20 minutes, and afterward, he eats supper with his medicines.
Because Gen has a shorter life expectancy than other dogs, Chikomaru says they focus on the quality of time they spend together. And because of this, they go for medical treatments that can help maintain a quality of life that can be good for Gen.
She believes that while Gen prefers spending time going on walks and playing, he doesn’t have the same amount of energy as other dogs. Every time he plays is an opportunity for him to be adventurous. She says that Gen is the happiest dog and has the biggest smile during those precious moments.
These moments are what she chooses to document on Gen’s widely-followed Instagram account. She loves taking candid photos of him when he’s out playing. And his page contains all-natural mementos of him showing how happy of a dog he can be.
Pay his Instagram account a visit for your daily dose of happiness too!
Source: @genthecorgi / Instagram