It’s amazing how much of a difference a little love can make in a dog’s life. So many pets begin their lives in deplorable circumstances, struggling and fending for themselves on the streets, but completely transform once they receive the care they require.
Like one dog who, after finding her forever home, always has the biggest smile on her face — she’s now an internet celebrity known as “The Happiest Dog in the World.”
Yes, that huge smile is real, and it’s a face she makes all the time since being rescued by her owner, Amy Matsushima.
“When she’s not sleeping, she’s very silly, full of sounds and playful, but even then she smiles,” Amy told the Daily Mail. “She truly does smile the majority of the time.”
Shortcake, on the other hand, hasn’t always been so cheerful. In fact, she began her life as a stray dog on the streets of Fresno, California.
“Shortcake was discovered on the streets with severe mange and a hernia,” Amy told the Daily Mail. “Her time at the shelter had run out when Fresno Bully Rescue became aware of her.”
“She wasn’t in the best of health because everyone who met her back then said she smelled like rotting flesh due to her mange.”
But when Amy saw Shortcake’s picture online, she fell in love with the dog and her unbreakable spirit.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw her picture on the rescue’s website,” Amy told Good Morning America. “She looked miserable, but she was wagging her tail and smiling, and it just hit me in the heart.” “I thought to myself, ‘I have to meet this dog.'”
Amy decided to adopt Shortcake after meeting her for the first time. Fortunately, the dog recovered quickly from the mange.
Shortcake is now a healthy, playful, and laid-back dog who prefers staying at home to going for walks, and her newfound happiness is visible on her face.
Amy still doesn’t understand Shortcake’s frequent, huge smiles.
“I don’t know why she smiles so much,” she told to GMA. “I can’t make her to do it on time.”
Shortcake’s smiles, on the other hand, have delighted fans online. @theladyshortcake’s Instagram account now has over 185,000 followers.
“The wonderful thing about social media is that people tell me how much joy she brings them and how they make her smile,” Amy explained. “I think it’s wonderful that she makes other people happy.”
You can follow Shortcake’s Instagram for more of her beautiful smile!
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