Pictures of the pet taken by a passer-by have become an internet sensation after being posted on the photo-sharing website Flickr.
The dog – nicknamed Mr Newman – looks inconsolable as he sits on the pavement tied to a lamp-post with his lead. The photograph was taken outside a café in the bohemian Californian city of San Francisco, which may go some way to explaining why he is dressed in a stylish grey and purple sweater.”He was hanging around looking for somebody to love him. I tried to cheer him up – he seemed happy to me,” said the photographer Chris Michael.
One of the four photos of the dog on Flickr is titled “Tough day for Mr Newman” and captioned: “Despite his cool threads, the girls just aren’t interested in him any more.”Dozens of commenters on the site said they had been touched by the dog’s maudlin gaze. “I come back to see this photo every now and then because it’s too darn cute,” wrote one.
Another viewer said that she had been moved to buy a pug of her own after seeing the photos.Mr Newman may have won the hearts of internet users but his web fame is unlikely to eclipse that of feline rival Keyboard Cat, the musical pet who has become a meme in his own right on YouTube.