Black Labrador Smiles at Animal Shelter Visitors in the Hope of Being Adopted
Burreaux the dog is turning on the charm to win a forever home
This animal shelter may not be a five-star hotel, where the concierge holds the door open and greets you as you arrive, but the welcome is just as warm.
With plenty of dogs to choose from, the competition is tough, so some pups have to turn on the charm if they want to be noticed by potential adopters.
Black labrador Burreaux clearly understands the drill, and is pulling out all the stops with his adorable trick – he smiles at visitors to the shelter he lives in, in the hope they'll be wooed by his charisma and take him to a new forever home.
When he was just eight weeks old, little Burreaux was taken to the Humane Society shelter in Northwest Louisiana by shelter director Courtney Wingate.
She found Burreaux with two other puppies at an animal control kennel and decided to step in to help them.
Of the three pups, Burreaux was the sickliest and he was rushed to an animal hospital for treatment, before making a full recovery.
When he came back, his pal Joe had been adopted, according to Metro.
But now it appears Burreaux’s desire for a new family had ramped up, as he started smiling intently at those who came to check him out.
Shelter volunteer Sarrah Walton told The Dodo: "It’s whenever you’re talking real sweet to him … he gets this smile like he wants something.
"[It’s] like he’s telling you, 'Come pet me, come love me.'"
The volunteers and staff had previously helped Joe get adopted by sharing a video of him playing fetch.
They decided they’d do the same with Burreaux, showcasing just how sweetly he’d smile for a ‘good boy’ and a pat.
"We were thinking, 'Burreaux wants a home so bad that he’s always smiling, trying to cute it up,'" Walton said.
"So we took that video and now it’s going viral."
They really did go viral, and videos and pictures of him grinning were shared and viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
But most importantly, they got Burreaux a home, and he was adopted this week.
The original video was shared on 22 February, and within seven days the pup had found a fur-ever home with a young local couple.
As it turned out, his cheesy grin didn’t just show the world he was happy – it gave him his happily ever after.