Champ Wahlberg is four!
Mark Wahlberg marked the birthday milestone for his beloved dog on Tuesday, Jan. 24, by sharing a cute photo of the precious pet dressed up in his birthday gear.
In the Instagram post shared by the Uncharted actor, the fluffy brown and white Pomeranian was seen posing for a photograph while wearing a bib reading “Birthday Boy” and a sparkly blue birthday hat with the number “4” imprinted on it. The pup also appeared to be straddled on a blanket with his name embroidered.
“🥳🥳🥳,” Wahlberg, 51, captioned his post, prompting many followers to wish Champ a happy birthday in the comments.
“Cuteness overload!” one fan commented on the pic, while someone else called him a “Stud”—just like his famous dad.
Champ—who also has his own Instagram account—became part of the Wahlberg family in 2019, when the Ted star tried to surprise his wife and kids with a new dog, though the plan didn’t go as smoothly as he’d hoped.
As he explained during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2020, Wahlberg told his children that someone “very important” was coming to dinner, which led his family to believe he was talking about then-couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
“Meanwhile, I’m in a meeting with my wife,” he recalled. “She barges into the meeting and goes, ‘I need to talk to you right now.’”
“Why are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West coming here at dinner time?” he remembered his wife, Rhea Durham, asking.
“So I’m like, ‘It’s not them. I got a dog.’ And then she got upset because I didn’t include her in the selection of the dog,” he continued, adding that things even got worse when he revealed that the dog was a Pomeranian.
“I hate those little furry dogs,” she reportedly said. But it was all water under the bridge after the pup actually arrived and immediately captured everyone’s heart.
“Oh my God! It’s the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen!” said Durham, according to Wahlberg. “She starts choking the dog, won’t let the kids see the dog or hold the dog.”
To make it all worth it, Wahlberg—who shares four kids with Durham—recalled the smiles on their faces, which he described as “absolutely precious.”