Aspen the Mountain Pup: The new top dog of the ski slopes?

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    • Aspen the Mountain Pup finds Internet fame
    • Dog has 120,000 followers on Instagram

    (CNN)The X Games might be taking place at one of the world's top ski resorts this weekend -- but there's only one Aspen with the real X-Factor.

    Yes, that's right -- meet Aspen the Mountain Pup, the golden retriever who's taking Instagram by storm.
      The four-year-old, who lives for most of the year with his owners Hunter and Sarah Lawrence in the Colorado mountain city, is making the name his own as thousands of adoring fans line up to coo over him.
        This dog can sled, captain a canoe -- and even has his own sunglasses and backpack in case he gets caught short while out hiking.

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        "I always swore I would never take an Instagram of him, and I was on my phone one day and thought what the hell is happening?" Hunter Lawrence, a professional photographer, told CNN.
        "I honestly saw it as sort of silly before I started doing it. I thought it was a waste of time to dress my dog up, make him look certain ways and then share it with random strangers.
        "But once I realized I actually had created some really beautiful content of Aspen from places all over the USA and Canada that I was really proud of, I sort of just bit the bullet and went for it.
        "People seem to love it and to be honest, I really love it now. Even if his feed never gained popularity I probably would still do it, because I enjoy it -- I guess that's all that really matters."
        Aspen has 120,000 followers on Instagram -- more than five times the city's resident population -- and is attracting more every day.