Meet Kayla Filoon, a student who volunteers as a dog walker at ACCT Philly, an animal shelter in Philadelphia. She is used to seeing pups in terrible need, and one of them spoke directly to her heart: Russ the pit bull.
The 20-year-old says: “He came in as a stray, and he was really beat up. He was missing fur on his tail and ears. He was also terribly skinny.” But despite Russ’ rough appearance, the young woman knew there was something special about him. She adds: “He was just sitting there, all proper, not making any noise, and he had these sad, puppy-dog eyes.”
Filoon walked the pit bull for about 45 minutes, but it only took about 5 minutes for her to fall in love with him. She returned to the shelter the following day and sorted out the adoption papers. That was a few weeks ago, and Russ hasn’t left Filoon’s side since.
The young woman says: “One night I’m sitting there on the chair, doing my homework, and he’s trying to find ways to cuddle with me. 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.'” Filoon’s friend snapped the heartwarming photo and posted it to Facebook. It now has more than 61,000 shares and over 55,000 reactions.
She concludes: “I was worried that when I brought him home, his attitude might change. But he’s still the same relaxed, I’ll-lay-down-and-cuddle-with-you kind of dog. He’s probably one of the most grateful dogs I’ve ever seen.”