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This tiny kitten is so happy to receive the attention he needs to thrive.

Pinocchio (in Spanish Pinocho) is a 3-month-old kitten who was rescued in mid-June in the city of Los Angeles, California (United States). When he was found, he looked like a 5-6 week-old kitten, and when the rescuers received him, the feline was happy to receive the attention he needed to improve.

The little Pinocchio had a mild upper respiratory infection, an umbilical hernia, and his nose and mouth had a different appearance, giving him a distinctive look.

The Friends for Life Rescue Network shelter took care of the little cat. There they discovered that his appearance is due to a congenital defect that gives his jaw its misaligned appearance.

Tiny kitten is so happy to receive attention.

The feline arrived extremely thin and covered in fleas, was dehydrated and malnourished.

Jacqueline DeAmor, founder of Friends for Life Rescue Network, told Love Meow:

“He was extremely hungry and consumed two cans of food that were a ton for his little body.”

As his stomach was finally full, he took a long nap on a warm bed to regain energy. Slowly but surely, with nutritious food and care, the loving little cat started walking around and seeking attention and playtime.

Whenever he sees his rescuers, little Pinocchio gets excited and tries to grab their attention with meows and purrs.

“Jacqueline added: ‘He gets really excited when I walk into the room and loves to play. He’s mischievous, curious, playful, and very sweet. He loves to run and chase balls.'”

That’s great to hear! Pinocchio seems to be a very resilient and happy kitten. It’s good to know that he’s getting the care he needs and that he’s enjoying his visits to the vet. Hopefully, with the help of the dental and neurological specialists, he will continue to improve and live a long, healthy, and happy life.

That’s great to hear! The shelter director mentions that the cat happily flits around the place and loves new toys.

Jacqueline says: “This little trickster is as playful as can be. He’s gaining weight and eating all his food like a champ. Things are looking up for Pinocchio.”

Pinocchio, the tiny cat, loves being the center of attention at the shelter and extends his paws when people pass by him. He doesn’t feel different at all and enjoys every day.

New Record Set: Deepest Fish Ever Caught on Camera at 8,330 Meters in the Izu-Ogasawara Trench

A team of scientists recently captured and filmed an unknown species of Pseudoliparis, a type of snailfish, at a depth of 8,336 meters (27,350 feet) in the Izu-Ogasawara trench off the coast of Japan. This is the deepest fish ever caught on camera, breaking both the record for the deepest fish ever found and the deepest point at which a fish has been filmed.

The Izu-Ogasawara trench is not as deep as the Mariana trench, but it is warmer and more hospitable to life. The high productivity of the waters around Japan means that more material sinks into this trench than the Mariana, making it a more attractive environment for life.

Although depth and pressure are important factors in shaping life in these environments, temperature can also play a crucial role. The warmth of the Izu-Ogasawara trench allows creatures to live at greater depths than in colder trenches like the Mariana.

The discovery of the Pseudoliparis at such great depths is significant because it is a genus that is not typically found in deep-sea environments. Most snailfish live in shallow waters like estuaries, making their adaptation to these extreme depths all the more intriguing.

At these depths, the snailfish are surviving on small crustaceans that feed on the material that falls into the trench when surface water creatures die. It can take weeks or months for this material to sink, but the hungry crustaceans build a foodweb on whatever they can get, sustaining the ecosystem even in this extreme environment.

The discovery of these deep-sea creatures is a reminder of the incredible diversity of life on our planet and the importance of exploring the depths of the ocean to better understand and appreciate it. While there are no warmer trenches of similar depth, the discovery of the Pseudoliparis at such depths suggests that there is still much to learn about the mysteries of the deep sea.

Neighbors rescue abused dog and give him the life that every dog deserves

This is the story of second chances and the power of love. And it’s proof that it’s never too late for either of them.

The dog in this story got a rough start to life. His owners resented him and banished him to a life outdoors. He was chained up and muzzled. He was without the love and companionship he yearned. And the only time his owners paid him any attention was to abuse him.

When neighbors complained to local animal control services, the town authorities did nothing. So the neighbors did the only thing they could: they took matters into their own hands and rescued the helpless dog. And thanks to the amazing work of a few good Samaritans, the dog was adopted by loving family and given a brand new life…

His only crime was being a dog. That was apparently enough for his owners to treat him in a way that no animal should ever be treated.

They muzzled him with duct tape and chained him up outside their house.

So what did he do exactly? Scratch at the door. And why? He just wanted to be close to his family so he could give them all of the love that a dog has to give.

But instead, his owners banished him to live a life alone on their concrete patio. The months and years of abuse and neglect took their toll and the dog lost his spirit to live.

He barked hysterically and rushed at people if they came near—both clear signs that he had been beaten. If he had been sent to a pound, he probably would’ve been deemed unadoptable and put him down.

Then, when neighbors notified the local SPCA about the situation, nothing happened.

Years passed and the puppy became a dispirited grown-up dog.

Finally, some neighbors couldn’t bear seeing this dog abused and neglected any longer. They decided to rescue him, and under the cover of night, they freed the poor dog from his backyard prison.

And just like that, the dog was saved! He was given a name—Alfie—and a loving home, where he could finally live the life that every dog deserves to life.

For once in his life, Alfie could run, play, get belly rubs, and feel love.

Alfie’s muzzle and chains were gone…

And replaced with the joy of freedom.

But Alfie’s trust of humans didn’t come over night, though.

The damage done by years of abuse could only be overcome by the love and car of his devoted family.

They never stopped working on building him back up— at home, on walks, and in training classes.

Alfie continued to improve and blossom until the very end. And thanks to his very special family, Alfie was able to live out his long life as happy as a dog can be!

I’m so glad Alfie was given a second chance at life and was able to share so many happy years with his family.

Please share this moving story of second chances with all of the animal lovers in your life!

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On a sweltering summer day, a store opens its doors to a stray dog so it may cool down.

For stray animals, life may be quite difficult. They are completely exposed to all weather conditions because they have no housing or refuge to go to.

We’ve heard countless stories about dogs suffering in the cold weather and the kind companies who opened their doors to keep them warm. However, canines are susceptible to the strong heat, and on one particularly hot day, one business believed it was okay to allow a dog inside to cool down.

It was a sweltering 104°F day in Mexico, and a stray dog paid a visit to a local market, where he had been appearing for many days.

“He’s been here the last [several] days,” a shop staffer told The Dodo. “We presume he was abandoned by his owner.” He approached us for assistance.”

“We could only provide him food, drink, and some toys from the store that we purchased for with our money.”

But on this hot day, they decided to go even further:

They let the dog inside to cool down!

The dog seemed to appreciate the reprieve from the intense heat: he flopped down straight on the aisle floor for a nap.

“We let him in since the weather outside is just dreadful,” the cashier explained. “We feel terrible for him, but he appears to enjoy the store.”

And the clerks’ goodwill spread: a customer named Adolfo Pazzi Ahumada, who was in the store for milk, decided to buy the dog a treat.

“I felt terrible for what the dog had gone through,” Adolfo told The Dodo. “But he is now getting the attention he deserves.”

Thank you to this store for welcoming this dog! We know that this simple act of kindness meant the world to this stray.

Mom of 2 moves into first home but dog starts to act strangely – then she looks closer at the walls

When looking for a home, most individuals have a long list of criteria in mind. For instance, some people like a specific amount of bedrooms, while others want a sizable lawn or a large garage.

Although individual tastes and preferences vary among prospective buyers, I believe we can all agree there are several characteristics none of us want from or in a new house.

Amber Hall thought she had finally found her dream first home when she entered a four bedroom, two bathroom house that was for sale in Centennial, Colorado.

She reportedly saw herself in the backyard with her two kids, two dogs, and themselves, and she was especially happy with the scene.

Of course, she was not to be aware of the residence’s previous occupants, who were quite slithery.

Amber could hardly wait for her family to occupy the home and make it their own after formally purchasing it. But as she was unloading, a weird behavior started in one of her dogs, and alarm bells went off in her thoughts.

As per KOAA, she explained: “I was trying to unpack, and my dog crouched down and he started walking over here really slow.”

“I came over to see what he was looking at, thinking it was like a spider or something, and there were two little holes right here and I saw snakes slither up the wall. So, I panicked.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Snakes in the walls.

The big serpents, according to rumors, were curled up within the wall next to the entrance that led from the garage to the yard. Unsettlingly, Hall found that she could feel warmth as she moved her hand higher up the wall, indicating that there were more of the creatures concealed there.

“Shockingly big,” she said of the snakes.

“After all the research, everybody’s saying they’re some form of garter snake. But they’re also giving the caveat that nobody’s ever seen their garter snake that big.

“I can’t unpack any of my stuff because I’m definitely afraid that there’s snakes in the boxes or under the boxes… It’s like you crawl into bed, and if the sheet brushes your foot or something, you immediately rip the covers off or jump out of bed to make sure nothing’s in there.”

According to Amber, the first snake was found a little more than a week ago. Ten snakes have been discovered altogether since then.

A snake wrangler was hired by the terrified mother, and he has been humanely removing the snakes from the house. According to the size of the snakes, he informed Amber that some of them might have been residing in the home for the previous two years.

“I don’t feel like I’m the first one to find them, but I don’t think that anybody would ever say that they knew they were there,” said Hall.

“It’s rough. I’m 42 years old, and this is my first home. I’ve worked my whole life for it, and I can’t enjoy it. My kids can enjoy it. I’m scared to death.”

Amber has already spent close to $1,000 getting rid of unwelcome house guests. She remarked that she probably won’t feel at ease until the concrete in the house is torn away to reveal where they are actually residing.

My very worst nightmare! I can only image how difficult it must be for Amber and her kids to reside in a snake-infested home.

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These bats look terrifying – but they’re gentle creatures struggling to survive poaching and deforestation

Boasting a wingspan almost as wide as Tom Cruise is high, the giant golden-crowned bat looks terrifying when it’s flying spread-eagled through the air, its skinny furry body emphasizing the enormity of its wings. And when its roosting, it looks like a vampire, cloaked by its rubbery black cape.

Despite its imposing size, the fruit-eating megabat – part of a species native to the Philippines – is harmless and makes no attempts in attacking humans, who encroach their habitat and illegally hunt them for fun or food, placing them on the list of endangered species.

Viral images of these innocent, endangered creatures sparked both interest and fear in people who were shocked by their size and predatory appearance.

When the first images went viral, they were described as “human-sized” bats – but there was an unfortunate description causing both confusion and fear.

So, before we delve into learning more about these unique creatures, there are a few clarifications to make. Firstly, they are not “human-sized” unless you are using a very generous interpretation and comparing them to a ”small child” rather than an average adult human.

The giant golden-crowned bat is one of the largest bat species in the world and has a wingspan of about 5-foot-6, which can easily carry its small body, ranging in size from seven inches to 11.4 inches and weighing less than 3 pounds.

The fig-loving bat, with its head wrapped in a furry golden crown, is a nocturnal herbivore, foraging at night for roots, fruits and vegetables.

Though other types of flying fox megabats exist in Asia, Africa, and Australia, the golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) is found exclusively in the jungles of the Philippines, often living in colonies of up to 10,000 members.

During the day, it can be found snoozing, hanging from its clawed toes, high in the treetops with a bunch of its friends. Sometimes the giant bats will also slumber with its smaller cousins, the large flying fox, which has a wingspan of less than five feet.

Unlike many other bats, giant golden-crowned flying foxes don’t rely on echolocation, instead using sight and smell to navigate the skies.

Tireless in its efforts combating deforestation, the flying fox plays an important role in the multiple forest ecosystem, redistributing fig seeds after it feeds, contributing to reforestation across the Philippines.

Unfortunately, the more the bats work, the more humans destroy.

According to Bat Conservation International (BCI), “more than 90 per cent of the Philippines’ old-growth forests have been destroyed, and the species has completely disappeared from several of its old roosting sites on multiple islands.”

Destruction of its natural habitat and hunting, for sale, sport and personal consumption, are causing a rapid decline in the golden-crowned bat population, that dropped by 50 per cent from 1986 to 2016. Since, the species is listed as endangered on The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

While the bats are protected under the 2001 Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, the law isn’t enforced.

In fact, even though the majority of the animal’s roosts are in protected areas, they are still killed en masse. In a terribly cruel and inhumane practice, hunters shoot the slumbering creatures while roosting, injuring a number of them, many with toes still clutching the branch, preventing them from dropping when they are killed.

And even though humans are a huge threat to the bat population, the flying foxes aren’t shy and can be found in forests near villages or towns, perched along roads or simply hanging around in populated areas where they feel comfortable. However, able to make the distinction between safe and dangerous areas, they will relocate and roost in areas inaccessible to humans, like on slopes more than 1,000 feet above sea level.

These bats are also extremely intelligent creatures, comparable to a dog, and research shows they are quick learners with a significant capacity to remember.

A study about operant conditioning reveals that hand-raised flying-fox bats were successfully trained to pull levers for a juice reward. More importantly, three and a half years later, when the bats returned to the familiar experimental chamber, they immediately pulled the levers, knowing they would be rewarded.

Bats have those unique physical features that can be perceived as unsettling or frightening to some people. Their leathery wings, sharp teeth, and large eyes may contribute to a sense of fear or unease.

They have a bad reputation for being bloodthirsty creatures, but it’s important to note that only three out of 1,300 bat species are known to feast on blood. If you can get past the initial shock of its creepiness, the golden-crowned flying foxes are actually quite adorable!

These bats are also extremely intelligent creatures, comparable to a dog, and research shows they are quick learners with a significant capacity to remember.

What do you do when you see a Flying Fox in your backyard? (The Philippines)
by u/sakundes in natureismetal

It’s really sad to know that these innocent and intelligent animals are being killed and losing their homes to deforestation. If you agree, share this story and help bring awareness to this endangered, harmless species!

Unveiling the enigmatic Gaboon Viper: Nature’s master of camouflage and lethal precision

I’ve always had a slight fear of snakes, but I’m fortunate to reside in an area where venomous ones are rare. Nevertheless, I find these creatures incredibly captivating, and there’s a mix of both fear and fascination when I occasionally delve into the realm of the world’s most dangerous reptiles.

In the depths of the African rainforests lies a true marvel of nature — the Gaboon Viper. This captivating serpent possesses a mesmerizing blend of cool camouflage, potent venom, and unparalleled hunting skills.

Today, we delve into the intriguing world of this unique animal, uncovering the secrets behind its unique traits and its reign as one of Africa’s most formidable predators…

The Gaboon Viper, also called the Gaboon adder, ranks as one of the largest and deadliest vipers on the African continent. Hailing from the lush rainforests and dry savannas of Central and West Africa, this elusive serpent is renowned for its vibrant and intricate camouflage, making it a true master of disguise.

The snakes are only outweighed by exceptionally large King Cobras, they exceed 6 feet in length and weigh more than 20 pounds.

What’s even more spine-chilling is that this snake possesses fangs that hold the record for being the longest among all venomous serpents, measuring up to a staggering 2 inches in length. The Gaboon Viper also possesses one of the most potent venom deliveries in the snake world.

Its venom, a potent cocktail of enzymes and toxins, is capable of causing severe tissue damage, leading to excruciating pain, and if left untreated, can be potentially fatal in consequence.

The head is large and triangular but it’s the serpent’s intricate skin patterns that truly captivates the imagination. The excellent camouflage makes the snake blend perfectly into the leaf litter on the forest floor – it’s almost impossible to discover it before it strikes.

The Gaboon Viper employs a patient and strategic approach to ambush its prey – it’s a very patient creature who spends long periods motionless before the attack. Feasting on fully grown rabbits, monkeys, and occasionally even the small royal antelope. This voracious predator showcases its incredible appetite and also its ability to consume sizable prey.

Fortunately, human encounters and snakebites involving this species are rare. Due to its preference for remote habitats and generally non-aggressive behavior, reported cases of attacks on humans remain scarce. However, when such incidents occur, they are often a result of unintentional encounters where individuals inadvertently step on the snake.

In these unfortunate situations, the consequences can fatal if anti-venom is not obtained. Notably, this viper possesses the unique ability to hold onto its prey after biting, allowing for the injection of larger quantities of venom into the bloodstream.

As mentioned, the Gaboon viper is naturally found only in Africa. However, that hasn’t stopped some Americans from keeping them as pets in their homes.

Due to its status as the largest viper in the world and its striking appearance, the Gaboon viper attracts snake enthusiasts who are eager to have one as a pet. However, sometimes this choice can have disastrous consequences – and that’s precisely what happened in Virginia in 2022.

According to reports, a man that was keeping the deadly snake as a pet got bitten. Police were called to the scene, and the man was swiftly transported to Richmond Hospital and admitted to the emergency room in a race against time to save his life.

The situation was complicated by the fact that the VCU Medical Center had exhausted its supply of anti-venom, which had been provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo. However, in a commendable effort, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach contributed an additional 35 bottles of anti-venom to assist in the treatment.

It appears that 2022 was an unfortunate year for Gaboon owners – because just a few months prior to the Virginia incident, there were reports of a Gaboon Viper biting a man in North Carolina. The man required 44 vials of anti-venom and tragically lost several fingers in the process.

Fortunately, the likelihood of encountering this venomous snake in the United States is extremely low, although there have been reports of Gaboon Vipers escaping into the wild. In 2015, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reported a possible sighting of the deadly snake in Milledgeville, Georgia.

In 2021, a video shared by The Reptile Report went viral on social media. It featured a Gaboon Viper spotted on the street, and people were captivated by its remarkable camouflage against the surroundings. And when it moved, it almost looked like a caterpillar!

The video garnered significant attention, and it’s easy to see why – what an incredible creature this is:

The Gaboon Viper stands as a testament to the wonders of nature, showcasing its remarkable ability to adapt, survive, and thrive in the African rainforests.

As we peel back the layers of its enigmatic existence, we gain a newfound appreciation for the delicate balance of power and beauty that defines the natural world – share this article if you agree!

A man was walking home from work when he noticed a little animal on the sidewalk!

A little animal was on the street while a Thai guy was coming from work. She recognized that it was a cat that had not been mute since she was born when she got close to him. The man decided to take the cat home to care for him after seeing how defenseless and alone he was.

The animal would not have been able to live on the streets by itself.

After bringing the kitten home, the man gave him milk from a bottle and gave him excellent care. The animal had made himself at home with the new owner and was happy there.

The kitten grew during the course of time. The guy started to understand that the creature he had raised did not resemble a cat. As it developed, it became increasingly clear that it was an entirely other species of mammal.

After consulting a veterinarian, the guy learned that the creature was actually a fishing cat.

The fishing cat has smooth, gray-gray fur that is regularly spaced across its body. Its back is brown and covered in tiny, evenly spaced, longitudinal rows of black or dark brown markings that are of varying sizes.

An adult specimen has a tail length of 25–33 cm, a body length of 75–86 cm, and a weight range of 8–14 kg.

Legs are lengthy and taper to somewhat webbed toes, with sharp claws that are only partially retractable.

The term “fisherman cat” describes a person who enjoys hunting fish, snakes, frogs, crabs, crustaceans, crayfish, snails, and water insects in semi-aquatic environments. It is also rumored to kill lambs, calves, mice, birds, and reptiles.

Pitbull without a leash rushes towards screaming child, then owner discovers horrible reason why

Pit bulls are most likely one of the most misunderstood dog breeds in the world. Their reputation has not done them many favors. People associate the pit bull with violence and hostility but like all dog breeds, it all boils down to how the dog is raised and treated by its owner.

Just like with children, dogs rely on good parenting. Pit bulls might be bigger than many dogs and perhaps they can bite harder, but they can also be taught to be good and kind animals. They might look scary but I think it’s safe to say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. There are plenty of pit bulls out there who are loving dogs, too.

One of these dogs is Hurley, a brave and clever pit bull who went out of his way to save a little boy from a snake.

Stacie Rae English Hurley’s owner’s sister. She was so moved by what had happened that day, she took to Facebook to share her experience. Here’s what she posted:

“My brother was walking his pit bull lab mix, Hurley, in our neighborhood field around 10 pm. He walks him this late so he can let him off his leash so he can do what he loves to do, explore all the different smells. They heard a young kid scream and before my brother knew it, Hurley took off after the scream.”

“With my brother close behind, he saw Hurley grab a copper head snake away from the little boy and fling it around, later found out he had killed it. The little boy ran to his mothers vehicle and drove off so fast that my brother was unable to find out any information on the little boy. (We are assuming because they left so fast that he was bitten and being rushed to the ER) My brother then went on to call animal control and the Highland Village Cops showed up to check out the scene.”

“They asked to take a look at Hurley to see if he was bitten. To my brothers surprise, he was bleeding, had a swollen neck and foaming from his mouth. Sure enough, they found two puncture wounds in his upper lip. Shelby rushed Hurley to Denton Animal Emergency Hospital where he stayed the night so they could check his blood clotting ability multiple times through out the night.”

“Shelby and Hurley both got home this morning. Thank God, Hurley is doing a lot better this morning, just seems a little uncomfortable with his swollen face and neck,” Stacie Ray writes.

Wow talk about coming close! Great job Hurley!

The sister finishes off by writing:

“It was later discovered the little boy had come across a copper head nest and hopefully Hurley prevented him from getting bitten, or at least getting bitten multiple times. We are still trying to find out who the little boy is and make sure he is okay. Here’s our hero pit bull. I’d like for his story to get around for those who judge his breed.”

Doesn’t this just prove that pit bulls aren’t all bad. Obviously, in some cases they could even save your life. Please share to honor Hurley’s incredible bravery!

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Dog with malformed face dumped by family: Then angel arrives and makes everything right

Lucky had little reason to enjoy his life. All of the owners and families who he had been with neglected him; none were interested in showing him the love he deserved.

Born at a puppy factory, Lucky never found someone who wanted him to adopt him. In the end, he was given away free of charge.

The reason? Lucky had a malformed face and didn’t look like other dogs.

Lucky spent his life being passed around from place to place – never living in one house or having the chance to prove himself. Often, he was passed to the next owner for free; no one wanted to keep him for long.

Over the years, Lucky has had plenty of owners, but not one of them really attended his needs properly. Most recently, he lived with a family in Austin, Texas, but he was sadly neglected and left to fend for himself.

Since the family’s cats didn’t like Lucky being there, he had to stay outside 24 hours a day.

He was left in the yard, tied to a tree, without proper food or a comfortable place to sleep. The idea of being fussed, or getting the care and love a dog might usually benefit from in a home, was out of the question.

When the family decided to move, the call was made to get rid of Lucky without a second thought.

They contacted a dog shelter in the area. Volunteers from the shelter began looking for a new place for him to stay, while Lucky was left with his ‘family’ until they moved house.

The animal shelter finally found a new family who were willing to foster Lucky. Sadly, it didn’t take long for them to change their minds; one look at Lucky’s face saw them back out of the move.

Fortunately, a post on social media changed everything.

One of the shelter’s volunteers took Lucky to get groomed, before posting a few images of him across social media.

A post eventually came to the attention of Jamie Hult, who asked to meet the dog straight away.

“It just happened to be somebody in my dog rescue world, so right away I contacted him and said ‘I want that dog. I don’t even want to foster it, I wanna take that dog,” Jamie told iHeartdogs.

Saving Lucky
Unfortunately, Lucky wasn’t in good condition. After several years of mistreatment and neglect he suffered from malnutrition, amongst other things.

He was riddled with fleas and worms, and had never been microchipped.

However, Jamie decided to bring him home. It wouldn’t be easy, but she would do it at all costs.

Thanks to Jamie, Lucky found his forever home. He was finally given the love and care that he had sought for so long.

It’s been one hell of a bumpy ride, but Lucky has made a full recovery and is now enjoying life as a healthy dog.

“He almost didn’t make it. He was in the oxygen tank for a week. I ended up spending like $8000 dollars for treatment to get an MRI just to see what was going on because he was so infested… He was like skin and bones,” Jamie says.

Close to death
Jamie was so firm on her stance of helping Lucky, that she knew she’d do whatever it took to restore his health.

“It was a touch-and-go and we almost lost him once. I said to my vet, ‘I don’t care – for this particular dog just do whatever you need to and I will pay whatever it is. Don’t hold back.’ And he made it. He’s healthy. He’s in the free and clear.”

With the helps of veterinarians and Jamie’s huge heart, Lucky managed to turn things around. He’s now doing brilliantly!

Since adopting Lucky, Jamie’s had to put up with several derisory comments over the way he looks. She doesn’t care though; she loves Lucky for who he is.

Jamie says: “When I first got him I really wanted him to be associated with people, but people kept asking about his face and they would laugh at him. I was like ‘Don’t worry, go ahead and laugh.’ I started making ties for him. Just so that it would offset his face and just maybe the tie would draw it in where he’s cuter, where he’s not as scary.”

Jamie even decided to change Lucky’s name. She renamed him Beaux Tox, for two reasons.

“The reason I named him Beaux Tox is because clearly he looks like he needs botox, and that’s okay. We appreciate beauty in all forms. And the dog bills cost me a fortune which is the reason I don’t have botox!”

Helping other animals
Lucky is, by all accounts, a carefree and affectionate dog. He takes good care of his younger sister and has also helped to raise the kittens Jamie adopted.

“I’m grateful I got Beaux, and we still rescue and foster,” Jamie concluded. “He’s fostered kittens. Beaux Tox is good with anything. He’s good with kittens, baby skunks, cats. He’ll watch the tarantula for an hour. He’s very intrigued by everything… for him, everything is exciting.”

What a heartwarming adoption story, and a classic example of why a book should never be judged by its cover. Just because an animal looks different from the rest, doesn’t mean it’s any less deserving of a chance in life.

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