When Eric Rowland rescued a one-year-old Pit Bull, he didn’t know that the loveable, goofy dog would come with an even more unusual alter ego.
“His name at the shelter was Ira, so Eric renamed him Chase,” says Katie Kaulius, Sometimes Carl’s mom. “Carl is kind of his strange alter ego—which is most of the time.”
Rowland and Kaulius started an Instagram account to document their pup’s strange and silly antics (his bio says, “97 percent of the time I’m a bluenose pit named Chase, but when I’m being exceptionally weird I go by Carl”) and the rest, of course, is history.
In addition to encouraging his pet parents to fly their weird flags, Carl has left his mark on the design aesthetic of the couple’s Brooklyn Heights home.
“As you may notice, a lot of the stuff in our apartment is gray, which may or may not be a coincidence,” Kaulius says. “The biggest influence that Chase-slash-Carl has had on our living situation is to relax a little bit and accept that there’s going to be dog hair everywhere, and drool on the TV, and he’s going to lick the mirrors. It comes with the territory and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
And if the Sometimes Carl-colored furniture and bedding wasn’t enough, visitors need only to grab a spot on the couch next to Carl and look at the walls.
“We’ve got some really special photos and things around the house of him,” Kaulius says, including a one-of-a-kind pencil portrait and a shot of Carl and his pet parents taken by photographer Milla Chappell of Real Happy Dogs.
The apartment is, “definitely decorated with Carl stuff,” Rowland adds. “We can’t get enough of him.”
When he’s not lounging at home with a foster friend (Kaulius and Rowland foster dogs looking for forever homes), he’s dressing up in his crowd-favorite unicorn costume or getting stopped on the street.
“People just connect with him,” Rowland says, adding that they can’t go down the block without people stopping them to ask about him. “He’s just the best little thing, what can I say.”
Jessica spends her days trying not to helicopter parent her beloved shelter pup, Darwin.