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How This ‘Grumpy-Faced’ Pit Bull Became A Facebook Star And Found A Home

This is Sheldon, the dog equivalent of a grumpy old man.

Some animals capture our hearts not because they are cheerful little furballs, but rather because they are adorably crotchety. Such was the case for Sheldon, a so-called “grumpy-faced” pit bull who ended up being adopted not in SPITE of his grouchy little face, but BECAUSE of it.

It all started when Heather Haltmeyer, a shelter volunteer at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, noticed Sheldon’s unique facial expression. As a photographer who specializes in taking pictures of needy animals, Haltmeyer has always had a gift for finding an endearing quality in every animal she photographs. And, in doing so, she helps to find these wonderful animals a forever home.

When confronted with Sheldon, she knew she had a special case on her hands. He had a bit of a scowl on, and because of that, in addition to the fact that he was a pit bull (a breed that many people are notoriously wary of), Haltmeyer knew she needed to make Sheldon shine. So she posted this to the shelter’s Facebook page, and it instantly went viral:

How adorable is that? Rather than letting his ‘grouchy old man’ faces work against him, Haltmeyer was able to show that Sheldon is actually just like all of us… a unique, worthy creature looking for love and a good home. And, he got one! Congratulations, Sheldon. May your new owner enjoy your scowling face for many dog years to come.

And it’s worth noting: Most pit bulls are not the violent, dangerous dogs that some people would have you believe.

In fact, research shows that Chihuahuas are actually the most likely to be aggressive, while the American Temperament Test Society found that pit bulls were actually more tolerant than many breeds.

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Here’s to the awesome people who adopt animals in need of a home and give them the love they deserve.