Dog Given Up for Being ‘Too Puppyish’

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Well, now we’ve heard everything. A North Carolina man spotted one of PETA’s distinctive Community Animal Project vans in his neighborhood and flagged it down to make an unusual request of the fieldworker. He wanted to give up his 18-month-old Lhasa apso mix—who was friendly, affectionate, playful, well-mannered, and arguably the cutest dog in the galaxy, perhaps even the universe—because the dog was “too puppyish.”

Adorable Lhasa Apso mix dog

Does Rufus look “too puppyish” to you?

Close-up of Lhasa Apso mix Rufus

Are his eyes too large and endearing? Is his fur too soft and shiny? Are his teeth too bright and white?

Cute rescued Lhasa apso mix

Is that cocked head too irresistible?

Adorable dog playing with yellow ball

Does he appear to be overly fond of walkies and playdates?

Cute Lhasa Apo mix taking a walk

Is his resemblance to a Furby a bit too uncanny?

Rufus, a dog rescued by PETA, playing with a yellow ball

If you can get past all these fairly insurmountable flaws and can provide Rufus with the lifelong love and care he deserves, drop us a line at [email protected] to learn how to inject a little puppyish enthusiasm into your household.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind