Rush the dog is not your regular dog
It seemed like Rush, a shelter dog, would never find his happily ever after when he was brought into the SISCA adoption center in Kettering, Ohio, in 2015. Rush, a healthy young pit bull, seemed to be a very fearful and nervous dog even though there seemed to be no reason whatsoever for his unusual behavior. This was a very big concern to the handlers at the shelter. Nothing they did to make him feel better worked, and this was very troubling because it meant that he would find it very hard to build relationships with his potential new parents because he was too shy. However, there was something very special about Rush.
Rush started doing something strange and this caught the attention of the SISCA workers. They noticed that he would pick up the sheets that they put on the bed that was provided for him and move them around. This action, made it seems like Rush was making his bed.
This behavior was so intelligent and smart that the SISCA workers found themselves falling deeper in love with Rush. What started as strange behavior, soon became a daily habit and soon the workers decided to show the world what a special dog rush was. They decided to take a video of him arranging his bed and then they uploaded it on their youtube channel, and in a short amount of time, the video became an internet sensation.
The workers, who weren’t planning for the video to go viral were caught unawares seeing that suddenly, the video of their quirky dog had been viewed over a million times. Rush became an internet celebrity overnight and this prompted SISCA to upload a picture of Rush on their Facebook profile with a caption that read, “Not to brag but I’m Internet famous.”
People loved watching the video of Rush, and soon that led to Rush’s adoption. A husband and wife stumbled upon the video. The husband saw it while watching television and the wife saw it on the internet. They both instantly fell in love with Rush but were reluctant to adopt him because they were still grieving the recent death of their dog. However, it wasn’t long before they both agreed that Rush would make a wonderful addition to their home.
For Rush’s new adoptive parents, it seemed that the universe was conspiring to make sure that they adopted Rush. They explained that on their way to pick up Rush from SISCA, they saw a billboard advertising the Cincinnati Bengals that said: “Rush to be there.” They said that Rush was emboldened making it the most prominent thing they saw while driving to pick up Rush.
Pit bulls generally have a bad reputation. So SISCA had two reasons to be happy at rush’s success. His video not only got him a family, but it also showed the world that pit bulls can be adorable pets to have. Nora Vondrell, the executive director of SISCA explained, “ there are a lot of negative stereotypes about the American pit bull. If we were able to highlight the cute cuddly points of Rush, then we can help people look beyond the pit bull label.”
Rush is doing very well in his new home and it isn’t impossible to imagine why.
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