January 10, 2021

Miss Pickles, a glamorous cancer-surviving pug, is all about spreading paws-itivity

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Toronto-based pug Miss Pickles spreads a message of inclusivity to her 43,000 Instagram followers.

Wise words from the pupfluencer: “Never let anyone ruin your sparkle.”

Miss Pickles, the eight-year-old pug with a sparkly personality and even sparklier outfits, bills herself as the “world’s first doggy drag queen” and has a penchant for recreating the outfits of everyone from Cardi B to Cruella de Vil for her 43,000 Instagram followers.

Miss Pickles entered the social media spotlight after duplicating a costume worn by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, and has since gone on to star in a 2019 Superbowl commercial and the music video for T-Pain’s “It’s My Dog Birthday.” She even performed in her first drag show in Toronto last year. The bona fide pupfluencer relies on her mom, Margaret Korka, a cosmetic nurse injector and “glue gun seamstress” to create her attention-grabbing outfits.

But life hasn’t always been glitter and glamour. Miss Pickles is a two-time survivor of mast cell cancer and once weighed more than 30 pounds, causing arthritis in her hips and difficulty breathing and walking. Thanks to lots of love and a dedicated exercise regimen that includes three to four short walks per day as well as “doggy physio” — including balancing on a bosu ball — Miss Pickles dropped 12 pounds and is now able to sashay a little easier.

Today, Miss Pickles is looking to the future. She even “married” her long-time sweetheart, fellow pug Tyson, at a socially distanced ceremony at Stackt market last summer.

The canine queen has the following advice for her adoring fans: “Throw on a cute outfit and own the day. Never let anyone ruin your sparkle.”

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