There is nothing that can’t be improved with dogs.
YouTuber Dan Middleton, better known as DanTDM to his 14 million subscribers, understands this, occasionally taking a break from his popular Minecraft videos to show what his pet pugs, Ellie and Darcie, are up to. But this peek into the pup pair’s life wasn’t enough for many fans, so now DanTDM’s dogs are joining him in his new scripted series DanTDM Creates a Big Scene, which premieres on YouTube Red for Families on April 7.
The show is a fun, fictional account of what happened behind the scenes at DanTDM’s current tour through America and Australia, using a mix of animation and live-action to tell silly stories from backstage. Darcie and Ellie get the animation treatment, transforming from normal, adorable pug dogs into sassy, talking canines with huge, expressive eyes.
PEOPLE Pets talked to Dan Middleton about sharing his online stardom with his dogs, and what they have planned for their new show DanTDM Creates a Big Scene.
How do your pugs inspire you and your work?
I have 3 pugs. Pugs are really great dogs to have as they are such loyal, funny companions. They love to be by your side (or sitting on your lap) every single day and when they aren’t sleeping, they’re running around like crazy together, playing little games. They are great to have around to either take a break from working, or have them working alongside me.
What reactions do fans have to Ellie and Darcie?
The reactions are crazy! I spend all my time with them when I’m at home. Me and my wife Jemma are always posting about them on social media, letting everyone know what kind of fun things they are doing. When I do fan meet-ups, the pugs usually end up getting more gifts than me!
What are you most excited about for Ellie and Darcie’s role in DanTDM Creates a Big Scene?
This last year and a half has been a massive bucket list for me. I brought my online world to life in my world tour featuring Ellie and Darcie for the first time …. SPEAKING! Now their characters have been allowed to shine even more in DanTDM Creates a Big Scene. I can’t wait to see how people react to them It’s going to be so funny … and unexpected!!
Do your pugs have a game that they enjoy watching you play?
Not really, anything that can be played while I’m sitting down is perfect for them to snuggle up and watch. Unless there’s a dog in the game — then they may get a little rowdy!
How did Ellie and Darcie come into your life?
So Jemma and I have always loved dogs and a few years ago we took the plunge and decided to finally own our very own pug, Ellie! From there, we fell in love with the breed and are pug mad! This led us to rescuing Darcie when she was 3 months old from someone who imported her from another country, but couldn’t keep her and our work with a U.K.-based pug charity led us to rehoming Peggy, our eldest, who was found stray in a park.
What are their favorite things?
More than anything, they love food. But cuddles come a close second!
How are they handling fame?
They are super chill about it. They don’t realize how famous they are. It would go to their heads if they did.