It's a sad reality that there are many dogs around the world that don't get the love they want and deserve. Whether they're born as strays, or abandoned later on in life, doggie shelters around the country are filled to the brim with adorable pooches that are still seeking their forever home.
But one doggie with a difference has absolutely broken the internet this week. A pitbull named Rush had suffered from consistent rejection from potential owners all of his life. But Rush wasn't about to give up on attracting a family, and taught himself a very nifty trick to encourage potential owners to take a chance on him ...
Rush was staying at the SICSA Pet Adoption Center, and it was safe to say he hadn't had an easy life. In fact, Rush had been homeless since birth, but in spite of this, he'd retained a calm and loving temperament which volunteers believed made him a great candidate for adoption.
But there was something working against Rush in the adoption process. Rush is a pitbull, a dog with a bad reputation for being aggressive, which can put potential adopters off. Even though Rush was anything but aggressive, the center found he was being rejected by owners time and time again.
But Rush refused to give up on himself. In fact, he decided to teach himself an extra trick to convince potential families that he was the dog for them. Rush amazingly taught himself to make his own bed, to ensure his enclosure was looking as beautiful as possible for any future owner to see!
The center quickly picked up on Rush's amazing trick, and decided to share it with the world. They captured an adorable video of Rush making his bed and posted it on social media, in order to help him find his forever home. And luckily, their plan worked!
A family spotted the video and fell in love with the tidy hound. "The family had seen the video, came and met Rush, and fell in love," Nora Vondrell, executive director of the center, told ABC News. "There are a lot of negative stereotypes about the American pit bull. If we were able to highlight the cute cuddly points of Rush, then we can help people look beyond the pit bull label."
"They said Rush is just a wonderful dog and they're very much in love with him," she went on. "The message we are saying now [is] there are hundreds of thousands homeless animals in your community. We are trying to get past all kinds of labels. People believe shelter and rescue animals are misbehaved, unwanted or have diseases. The reality is they are wonderful and healthy. There are lots of Rushes out there!"