When Russ, a stray pit bull, showed up at the ACCT Philly animal shelter, he was not in a good place. He weighed only 40 lbs, was pretty beat up, and had kennel cough. The shelter was overcrowded, and they likely didn't have the capacity to take care of him and his special needs for long.
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But luckily for Russ, a 20-year-old student named Kayla Filoon, regularly volunteered as a dog walker at the shelter.
From the moment she saw the 4-year-old dog, she felt a connection.
Unlike his more vocal counterparts, Russ remained quiet when Kayla showed up to take them on walks, reports The Dodo. Not only that, but he didn't move much from where he was sitting or fuss like the other dogs.
As Kayla told The Dodo, "He was just sitting there calmly, staring at me. And I thought, he is adorable! I need to take him now."
Russ was loving and cuddly with Kayla from the start. She fell in love with him quickly and decided she needed to take him home. Of course, as a dog lover, it was easy for Kayla to fall in love with dogs that came into the shelter. But Russ was different and she knew it. After finishing her classes the next day, she took Russ for a ride and fell even more in love with the pup.
She knew Russ would be coming home with her, and the shelter was more than happy to help expedite the paperwork to make it happen.
Russ was as much of a love bug when he got back to Kayla's place that night, as he was to her in the shelter. She didn't live alone, but luckily Russ had the same charming effect on her six housemates as he did on her.
Of course, Kayla is still his favorite. He follows her everywhere and tries to get as close to her as possible at all times. And one night, that meant literally being her big spoon in this sweet moment her roommate captured and posted to Facebook.
"There was a whole other sofa open, and we had his bed on the floor, but he didn't want to lie anywhere else. So he ends up positioning himself, and I look down, and I think, 'Oh my gosh, look at him,'" she told the Dodo.
Russ' cuddly, smiling face is too sweet to handle. The picture went viral on social media, and it's easy to see why.