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“World’s Happiest Dog” Can’t Stop Smiling After Being Adopted

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on May 10, 2021

Lady Shortcake the 6-year-old Pit Bull has the most beautiful smile. It was one of the reasons her human fell in love with her, and now that she’s adopted, she smiles even more! Sometimes it’s when she’s excited, but other times it’s when she’s trying to get herself out of trouble. But either way, her unique expression is one-of-a-kind.

Dog lovers all over the world are in love with this charming rescue pup. Her social media posts always brighten people’s days. Your heart will melt just looking at her!

Shortcake Smiling Pit Bull
Image: @theladyshortcake/Instagram

The Journey to a Loving Home

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.

Happy Pit Bull car ride
Image: @theladyshortcake/Instagram

“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.'”

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.

Pit Bull in pink raincoat
Image: @theladyshortcake/Instagram

Melting Hearts with Her Smile

After a few months in her forever home, Shortcake’s skin conditions fully healed. She felt more like herself, which explains the bigger smiles. Matsushima says that the Pit Bull loves to play and cuddle, but for some reason, she isn’t a fan of walks. Sometimes, she’ll even flash her cute smile as a way to beg her mom to let her nap more instead of walk.

Happy Pit Bull Cuddling
Image: @theladyshortcake/Instagram

“I’m not sure why she smiles so much,” Matsushima said. “I can’t make her do it on cue.”

Shortcake’s social media following increases every day. Her mom posts photos of the rescue pup dressing up, going on adventures, and of course, smiling. Shortcake’s popularity is sure to show the world how rewarding adopting a rescue dog can be. After all, they might never stop smiling!

Featured Image: @theladyshortcake/Instagram

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