Starving dog rescued and now eats at LA's best restaurants

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Popeye the rescue dog had a rough start, but now he is definitely living his best life.

Popeye was found on the streets of Los Angeles by Ivy Diep and her husband in January 2014. At the time, the pup was underweight and had matted hair. Once the couple took him home, they instantly bonded with the two and their other dogs.

Going all out with the seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato pie, and more at @urthcaffe to celebrate 100k! 😆😭 thank you so much!!! So grateful for all the love. Since the humans are incapable of responding to all the comments and questions, it's probably a good time to answer some common questions, again. 1. What breed is Popeye? We know he's a mixed breed, but no one knows for certain what mix. Some guesses are pomapoo or Pom yorkie. He's 11.5 lbs and neutered. 2. How old is Popeye? We think he's about 4 years old. 3. Where did you adopt him? We found him as a stray over two years ago. He was only 7 lbs when we found him. 😢 Could not find his previous owners and at the time, couldn't find him new owners. Plenty of takers now! 4. Does he get to eat? We feed him bits of anything that is safe for him. We also carry his favorite snacks. 5. How do we get him to sit in front of food without lunging at it? He's always been well behaved around food. He's more interested in his dog snacks. 6. How overweight are his humans and what are their cholesterol levels? Just a lil bit more since 50k. Momma's level is normal, papa is a lil higher than normal. 7. Are his ears always like that? Yes. 8. Where do you get his clothes and accessories? Anywhere, usually Amazon or other store. We try to tag when we can. 9. Is he a service dog? Nope. We look for restaurants with a pet friendly patio (#petfriendlydininginla). He has attended some media events where he was indoor. We also like to keep him in his pet carrier (from @wagwear, another common ask) 10. Do the humans work? Yes, we have our own jobs, including a family restaurant, @dipsgrill in Alhambra. Come check it out! 11. What camera do you use for his pics? iphone camera. 12. What is his favorite human food? We think it's McDonald's chicken nuggets. He loves it! . Thanks again and we hope you continue to enjoy his food adventures as much as we enjoy going on them. 😊 🐶 puppy cuddles for all!

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Today, Diep believes Popeye is around 3-4 years old. One day, she took him on an "Instagram date," where she and a friend would go to a restaurant and share photos of their meal on Instagram. She was shocked at how well behaved he was.

PHOTOS: See adorable photos of Popeye on Instagram

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"Where's the chicken?" - Enjoying our vegetarian meal at this pretty, new space - @true_food_kitchen in Pasadena. The edamame dumplings are a must 👌🏻 #popeyethefoodie
Did someone say #nationaltacoday? These fried shrimp tacos from @mariscosjalisco are some of our fave! #popeyethefoodie
Lobster noodles from Jasmine House in Alhambra for #nationalnoodleday #popeyethefoodie
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Steak and eggs from @dipsgrill in Alhambra. #popeyethefoodie
When the humans just can't agree... half pepperoni and half mushroom onions at @mammasbrickoven in Pasadena. #popeyethefoodie #dailypizza
These chubby cheeks are about to get chubbier - massive banana pancakes with strawberries at @thegriddlecafe in Hollywood. #popeyethefoodie
😝. His face at @gussbbq In Pasadena. Baby back ribs, fried chicken, Mac n cheese, and of course, fries. #popeyethefoodie
Animal style... . Double doublesss, animal style fries, and strawberry shake at @innout in Alhambra. #popeyethefoodie
#uncletetsu - you make the lightest, fluffiest, delicious, definitely-not-American-style Japanese cheesecake! - @westfieldsantaanita #popeyethefoodie . But no, we wouldn't wait more than 20 minutes for it though.
Who's the genius who decided to throw some French fries in there? 👍🏻. The pollo saltado from @mexperugipsy in Downtown Los Angeles. #popeyethefoodie
We're totally okay with sushi-burritos. Salmon and chicken katsu burritos from @projectPokeco in Fountain Valley. #popeyethefoodie
🐶 + 🐷🐷🐷. Popeye and the three little pigs - @eisweltgelato in Westminster. Free character gelato for the first 50 customers on Friday, Oct 28 at 7pm. #toocute #popeyethefoodie
That one time the @hotelnikkosf spoiled Popeye with a custom bone-shaped pancake. We love traveling with Popeye and here's a chance for you to win a two night stay with your pup. Instagram contest details below and linked in our profile: 1. Share a picture of your pup living #ThePreferredLife – whether at home or on the road now through November 7th. 2. Tag the photo with #PreferredPupsContest and #ThePreferredLife and follow @PreferredHotels 3. Tag and follow at least one of the eight partnering hotels where you wish to vacation with your pup. . • The Jefferson, DC (@thejeffersondc) • Limelight Hotel, Aspen, CO (@limelighthotel) • Windsor Court, New Orleans (@windsorcourt) • Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, VA (@salamandarresort) • Kinzie Hotel, Chicago (@kinziehotel) • Hotel Nikko San Francisco (@hotelnikkosf) • La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, CA (@lavalenciahotel) • The Sherry-Netherland, New York (@thesherrynetherland) . Winners will be announced November 10. Good luck!
Because it's #nationaldessertday and we don't mess around. Spanish style churros and sipping chocolate with SALTED marshmallows at @amarachocolate in Pasadena. #popeyethefoodie
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"I would bring Popeye to any of the pet-friendly places, and we realized how good he was around food," she told ABC News. "He would sit still for photos."

Diep kept bringing Popeye out to eat with her, and soon his own Instagram account called "Popeye the Foodie Dog" was born. It now has over 100,000 followers and each photo gets thousands of likes.

While Popeye likes posing with the food, his owners handle eating it. "We'll give him nibbles of anything that's safe for him," Diep explained.

Thankfully, Popeye isn't that interested in the food anyway. "He just likes to be out and about -- people watching and to bark at any other dog that walks by."

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