UPS driver goes viral for adorable selfies he takes with pups on his route

Jason Hardesty loves to take photos with dogs he meets on his routes.

October 23, 2020, 4:06 PM

Jason Hardesty might have the best job ever.

The 32-year-old UPS driver, who most people call Jay, spends his days delivering packages to his New Orleans neighborhood route -- and snapping selfies with the precious pups he meets along the way.

"Every time I see a dog, I definitely get more excited than I used to," the 11-year UPS veteran told "Good Morning America."

His furry adventures have helped Hardesty earn nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, with thousands of likes on each post.

The 32-year old said he began taking photos with the cute pets he encountered on his route about two years ago with the hashtag #pupsofjay, but never expected them to go viral.

"I picked up a dog, just goofing around on a Friday. I took a photo with him, posted it on my Instagram and he got me more likes than I've ever seen. So every Friday, I try to keep up with that."

His large following on social media has helped Hardesty become a local celebrity to the customers on his route.

"Owners are pretty cool when I ask to take a photo with their dogs because they're like ... 'You're going to make my dog famous!'"

The results are sure to bring a smile to your face!

"The best part of the job is taking random breaks and hanging out with buddies, like my friend Mac, here," Hardesty jokes, motioning to a golden retriever next to him. "We've been friends for about three years. We sit down, beat the heat, have a nice conversation about some cats."

And as long as his deliveries are on time, the UPS driver is happy to share some puppy love with the rest of the world.

"I definitely get a lot of positive feedback. I really appreciate that because this year has been horrible and the fact that I can make someone smile for even a second means a lot to me."

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