It’s amazing the huge difference a little love can make in the life of a dog. So many pets start their lives in sad situations, struggling and fending for themselves on the street, but completely turn around once they get the care they need.
Meet Lady Shortcake, a dog that always smiles. Sadly, Shortcake the smiling pup wasn’t always living the dream. Animal control found her wandering the streets of Fresno, California alone. At the time, she suffered from a hernia and severe mange. She first arrived at a local shelter but was later transferred to Fresno Bully Rescue.
Amy Matsushima learned about Shortcake when she saw a video of the sweet girl at the vet. She said Shortcake looked very nervous, but she still had her cute smile. Matsushima knew she had to adopt her. Shortcake reminded her of her own dog, Kitty, who had d.i.e.d three months earlier.
When she went to visit him at the shelter and found him sprawled in the baking sun.
“Fresno Bully Rescue did a great job nursing Shortcake from the first time I saw him until I was able to bring him home,” Reilly tells.
“She looked miserable but she was wagging her tail and she did have that little smile on her face,” Matsushima said. “It just hit me in my heart and I was like, ‘Oh, I have to meet this dog.’”
And since the day he was rescued from a shelter in Central Valley, California, all this dog has ever known is love. Once adopted, Shortcake’s smile grew even more. She smiled for everything from nap time to car rides. She’s been in a loving home for five years now, and she still can’t believe how lucky she is to have found such a perfect family.
He seemed to lap up most was the camera. Every time Reilly went to take a picture, the dog went full-on “Zoolander.”
But Shortcake’s proved to be so much more than just a physical specimen. He knows how to work the camera. And his owner.
” One benefit to having a fat dog is that he extremely treats motivated,” Reilly explains. “He’s also extremely toy motivated and loves to play. So he’s willing to ‘work’ for any toy or treat, which makes taking pictures of him so easy.”
Despite Meaty’s explosive fame – more than 30,000 people follow him on Instagram – he stays refreshingly grounded. At least when he isn’t going completely insane about how great things have turned out for him.
“When he’s not on the job, he literally only has two speeds: completely comatose or batshit crazy,” Reilly says.