Adoption agencies work hard to encourage people to give pets a home.
Unfortunately, competition is fierce.
Popular breeds and puppies get snapped up quickly, while the more unusual or ‘ugly’ pets wait around months or sometimes years for a human to glance in their direction.Lillian, a pug chihuahua with a strangely long neck and perpetually sad face, is one such dog.
The two-year-old pup needs all the help he can get (even if we think he is adorable).
Lillian is currently up or adoption on Adopt-a-Pet.com and to entice prospective dog owners to look beyond his odd face, they created a witty description.
‘Yes, HIS name is Lillian,’ reads the ad.
‘There was a miscommunication about his gender at the shelter and it stuck and he likes it and hey, we don’t subscribe to gender norms in this rescue.’
Before he was saved, Lillian was found wandering the streets and has not been treated well throughout his young life.
He’s described as a ‘pug/chihuahua on stilts’, who mostly likes ‘eating sticks and ripping up paper’, both of which are fairly cheap toys – so there’s always that added benefit.
Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.
As for his personality, Lillian is an ‘introvert out in the world’, but an ‘extrovert in his home’.He’s also still a young pup, so you can expect some mischievous behaviour, but he’s always up for playing with his ‘BFF [best friend forever]’, a huge German Shepherd mix. In fact, Lillian is quite social so if you’re looking to take him in, he’ll need a sibling, preferably of the ‘L-XL variety’ so that he can be the small spoon.
Nobody’s perfect, and that includes Lillian – he’s still working on ‘stranger danger and basic manners’, so will need a patient and loving human parent to give him lots of attention.
Nvidia Corporation, a technology company that creates graphics processors and works with artificial intelligence, has designed a new website that allows owners to upload a photo of their pet and swap it against a bank of images that includes cats, foxes, other dogs and exotic animals like lemurs and hyenas.
His spirit animal is the meerkat (Picture: Adopt-a-pet)’Ideal Family: Patient,’ the ad reads.
‘One that understands he needs time to feel safe before he shows you how awesome he is. Low key.
‘New people make Lillian nervous so tons of guests coming and going won’t be a good fit. Encouraging. One that celebrates the little things…the first time he wags his tail, you see a play now or he paws at you to pet him.’
Speaking of petting him, the ad recommends his ears.
‘They are so soft and they fly behind him and turn “inside out” when he races around the yard.’
Plan for When You’re Not There. Make sure your pets are provided for during those long hours when you’re away. Dr. Becker suggests technological options. “DOGTV has stimulation and relaxation channels, and there are apps that control contraptions that talk to your pet, or dispense treats. Pheromone sprays can also reduce anxiety, creating that kumbaya atmosphere.” And, of course, daycare and dog walkers are a great way to enrich your pet’s day. “Know someone who wants exercise? Maybe they’ll walk your dog.”
He’s not a fan of kids and has yet to encounter a cat fun enough to become best buds with – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there.
Oh, and his spirit animal is the meerkat.Fancy adopting a dog? Unfortunately for dog lovers in the UK, Lillian is based in Connecticut.
Don’t fret, there are plenty of amazing dogs that are struggling to find a home on this side of the pond, too.
We just can’t guarantee they’ll be as awesome as Lillian.