Now Sprout has more than 107,000 fans on Instagram. People stand in line at special events. They want to meet the 5-pound pup. He has been in ads for fancy dog treats. He even has a talent agent. That’s like a human star!
Sprout is an animal “influencer.” This is a pet with a huge following on social media. These animals can attract millions of fans. They are just like human celebrities.
When the pets are famous, companies pay their owners to promote products. Some animals also appear in books. Or they can be on TV shows.
Loni Edwards is Sprout’s agent. She works with pet influencers. She started doing this after her own dog, Chloe, became popular on Instagram. Edwards finds jobs for Sprout. She does this for more than 150 other celebrity animals. She works with dogs, cats, pigs, and even hedgehogs. “To develop a following, the pet has to have something unique,” she says. In Sprout’s case, he has a very unusual frown.