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Red carpet beckons for Harlso as his antics earn internet Oscar

Harlso with a model of a Harland & Wolff crane on his head
Harlso with a model of a Harland & Wolff crane on his head
With owner Paul Lavery
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

He is, as they say around these parts, some pup.

And talented dachshund Harlso can now rightly claim to be the most popular dog in the world after winning an internet Oscar.

Having already gained more than 50 million fans for his online balancing act, he has been lapping up the plaudits after being voted as the most popular animal on social media in this year's Webby Awards.

The little canine from east Belfast has a unique ability to balance things on his head.

And the videos and photos uploaded on Facebook, Twitter and his own website have attracted a cult following.

Now it's hoped five-year-old Harlso can go walkies along the red carpet next month when a glittering ceremony is held in New York to honour the stars of the internet.

For the past few weeks Harlso's legion of fans have voted for their favourite in the awards, dubbed "the internet's highest honour".

And yesterday owners Paul Lavery and Jennifer Scott received the news that Harlso is top dog, having won the people's voice vote in the best social animal category.

This year's ceremony is on May 13 at Cipriani Wall Street and will be attended by many of the internet's biggest celebs.

Loveable Harlso could now be on his way to star status as he rubs noses with some of the top names in entertainment.

Paul (29) said: "We all did a little dance when we heard the news.

"We're obviously delighted that everyone seems to love Harlso so much.

But it's a bit overwhelming to be sitting down thinking we've won this award when we look at some of the other names who have been honoured."

Some of the world's biggest names in entertainment are among the 2019 award winners, including Disney, Star Wars, Nasa, National Geographic, CNN and Marvel.

Add to that celebrities like Will Smith, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and Conan O'Brien and the event is set to be a star-studded occasion.

While Harlso enjoyed an extra special treat on his victory walk through Belfast's Victoria Park yesterday, Paul's thoughts turned to whether he would be able to get to the ceremony to accept the accolade.

"We've already had messages from a lot of people in the US who are followers of Harlso, who have told us they'll be turning up to meet him," he said.

"We'd love to walk him along the red carpet and meet his fans, but we'll have to see.

"We're still awaiting confirmation from organisers on what happens next.

"For now, we'll have a little celebration at home."

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