If you’ve spent even a few minutes online lately, you know that the web goes crazy for dogs. People online post pictures of their pets, make memes and develop intricate systems of dog language and categorization. The era of lolcats is long gone, and heckin’ doggos now reign supreme as the internet’s spirit animals.
It’s likely because, even before the internet, we’ve always seen a bit of ourselves in our dogs, and project human traits onto them.
But everyone agrees that one dog is a little … too human.
Chantal Desjardins, 27, has never noticed anything unusual about her Shih Tzu-poodle, Yogi—he’s just your typical, if rambunctious, young puppy.
“He’s still a baby, so he’s just a crazy puppy. Everything is still new to him,” Desjardins told People. “He sometimes gets scared of little things he’s not used to … like a bag on the coffee table, he’ll bark at it.”
But when she uploaded a photo of Yogi to her Facebook, a friend of a friend noticed something … unusual about Yogi, and shared the photo on Reddit:
Soon, the online community looked straight into Yogi’s eyes, and despite what his owner might think, collectively agreed there was something special about him:
He has an uncanny “human face.”
Reddit users chimed in, pointing out that it was the combination of the human-like eyes and lips that gave the dog such an uncanny appearance. Many people swore that it was actually a “face swap” someone did with their dog, and others speculated it was a Photoshop tweak.
Soon, Yogi became an internet sensation.
Word of the man-faced dog spread to Twitter, where users agreed that he didn’t just look like any human—he looked like a celebrity!
A game of face matching began, with wildly varying results.
Some people argued that the pup looked like Jake Gyllenhaal or Topher Grace:
I think it looks like someone else closer than Jake Gyllenhaal, but I can't figure it out pic.twitter.com/bSv34JcWwy
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 12, 2018
That dog is Topher Grace pic.twitter.com/FA1pKliqCF
— JCFalls (@darbeebarbee) March 13, 2018
While other users made more hirsute comparisons:
SOMEONE GET A DNA TEST STAT pic.twitter.com/ccDesVPXI0
— Sian Welby (@Sianwelby) March 13, 2018
It’s a match pic.twitter.com/xOtRcv8ngJ
— Jae Heller (@helleritsmee) March 13, 2018
And others are convinced the dog is simply Anthony Hopkins:
— Erin R. (@ChoctawCA) March 13, 2018
But the viral fame caught Yogi’s owner off guard.
“I’m kinda turning into Yogi’s manager,” Desjardins joked. The dog’s popularity surprised her, partly because she uploaded that photo months ago and doesn’t know why it suddenly took off.
Even though most people immediately picked up on Yogi’s eerily human features, she’s just starting to notice.
“I get why people see it in some pictures,” she told ABC News.
And now she’s even weighing in on the celebrity lookalike contest:
“My favorite comment that I saw was Nicolas Cage dressed up like an Ewok,” she told Inside Edition. “I’m like, ‘I get that.'”
But despite sometimes looking like a Cage/Ewok hybrid, Desjardins insists he’s just a happy, ordinary dog.
“He is the most playful puppy,” she said. “He always wants to play ball or get his belly rubbed.”
Or at least, until all this fame goes to his head. No one tell him he was compared to Jake Gyllenhaal.