There are few things more wholesome than UPS drivers bonding with the dogs on their route.
A UPS driver has been posting adorable selfies with dogs he meets along his route in New Orleans.
Jason Hardesty began taking photos about two years ago when he was assigned to a new neighborhood with much friendlier pooches than the one he was previously assigned to.
‘My old route, which was more families, the dogs did not like you,’ Hardesty told Buzzfeed. “They moved me to a different area of town with more people my age, more single people, and the dogs were a lot friendlier.”
This is Jason “Jay” Hardesty, a UPS driver who has the best kind of work friends: doggos.
It started two years ago when Hardesty got moved to a new route in a younger neighborhood. From there, the idea blossomed and he created the #pupsofjay hashtag. Hardesty, who’s been driving for UPS for seven years, remains modest about his account.
“I’m not trying to go anywhere with it. It’s just a fun hobby,” he said.
Jami Attenberg, a novelist who owns a puggle named Sid, is one of the people who lives on Hardesty’s route. It was one of her tweets, posted on Wednesday, that helped spark awareness of Hardesty and his hashtag.
While he grew his own following on Instagram, things recently blew up when author Jami Attenberg — who lives on Hardesty’s route — shared a link to his #pupsofjay tag.
I have extremely important news and it is this: my sweet UPS guy has a hashtag of all the dogs in the neighborhood. https://t.co/AVk5abA67G …
— jami attenberg (@jamiattenberg) March 27, 2019
“I have extremely important news and it is this: my sweet UPS guy has a hashtag of all the dogs in the neighborhood,” she wrote, along with a link to the #pupsofjay Instagram page.
Hardesty, 30, has been sharing photos with dogs he meets along his routes in New Orleans and it’s just too adorable.
Attenberg said she learned about the page when Hardesty mentioned it to her when they bumped into each other while she was out with Sid.
While news of the account has spread, Hardesty doesn’t let the hobby overshadow his actual job.
“I discipline myself to only take photos on Friday nights,” he said, noting he does so because that’s the start of the weekend. He also keeps it to one day a week in order to make sure his Instagram page doesn’t get overrun with our four-legged friends. “I don’t want it to be a dog account,” he said.
Attenberg thinks Hardesty’s endeavor is wholesome entertainment that we all need.