'Big Poppa' the sad bulldog is all of us cooped up in quarantine

A dog in Atlanta named Pop, aka Big Poppa, has gone viral for his perfectly pouty expression.

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By Samantha Kubota

Many of us are feeling a little down right now as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing, we can’t see our friends or spend our days the way we normally would.

And now, a dog in Atlanta named Pop is capturing those feelings with a perfectly pouty expression that’s gone viral.

As a quarantined Pop gazed forlornly over his apartment balcony, his mom, Rashida Ellis, snapped his picture on Tuesday and tweeted it out.

"Big Poppa has been so sad today, I think he miss playing with the kids in the building. He just watches them from the patio,” she wrote.

Immediately, the entire world seemed to rally online to cheer up the very good boy.

“Big Poppa” was one of the top trending topics on Twitter in the United States on Wednesday afternoon, and Ellis’ original post had more than 800,000 likes by Thursday night.

Even Maisie Williams, of “Game of Thrones” fame, tweeted about him.

“not being dramatic but I would literally die for big poppa,” she wrote.

And TV host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted about him, too!

“Stay inside. Flatten this curve. Do it for Big Poppa,” she said.

Ellis told Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA she never thought her dog would strike such a chord.

"I would have never guessed that my dog would be the face of the quarantine," she said. "But I get why people are relating to it. We're all going through this right now. He's cute, but he's also sad, he misses his friends — and I'm like, 'I'm the same way! I miss my friends!' And then his little rolls, I think just sent people into emotional overload."

She added Pop is a “very social dog” who has been sad to be stuck at home.

"He can see everyone (from the balcony), he can see his friends if they come outside, sometimes a kid or so will be on the courtyard or another dog,” she explained. “So he watches like literally almost all day long.”

Ellis said she plans to keep staying home to flatten the curve but has a few fun Pop-related requests she is going to make happen during the quarantine.

"I had some requests of people asking for their birthday — if I can write a sign and put it in front of Pop so he can do birthday shoutouts," Ellis told WXIA, laughing. "And I was like, you know what, I can do that. I can do that. So we're gonna start with Pop giving out his free birthday shoutouts for whoever needs them, and we'll see from there."