Dogs are man’s best friends; that is the universal truth for many. They are loyal, loving, and make great heat pads during winter, so what’s not to love about them?
More importantly, they are also (unwittingly) hilarious, which makes another reason to love these furry friends!
A recent video of a Samoyed taking a stroll in the rain has caught the attention of nearly 20,000 viewers on Facebook after being uploaded to Facebook fan page “Sled dogs Michael & Puyo and Maine Coon Chiao-ni” (雪橇犬麥可噗優和緬因喬鈮喵).
The 26-second video features a blob of white fur tottering on all fours along a wet floor in what seems to be a raincoat.
The puffball in question is eight-year-old Samoyed Pu-yo (噗優), whose round bottom we see swaying left and right in the video as she makes her way around.
On closer inspection, it seems that the raincoat may be a little too tight for Pu-yo, who is well known among the fan page’s 90,000 followers to be a little heavier than she should be.
“She looks like a stuffed glutinous rice sausage!!!” A Facebook user commented.
“I’m afraid you’ll have to buy a larger raincoat as soon as Pu-yo makes one wrong move,” another user wrote in the comment section.
It seems that Pu-yo is receiving a lot of love and attention from the online community because of her size.
但噗優媽媽 Helen 表示，毛小孩並非一直以來都長得那麼大隻。原來噗優在遇到現在的人類爸媽Helen和 Chi之前已轉換過兩次家庭。
However, Pu-yo hasn’t always been big, explained her fur mom Helen, who shared that Pu-yo was actually given up for adoption twice before finding her forever home in the household of Helen and her partner, Chi.
“Pu-yo was only 17kg when she came to us. She was also extremely afraid of her surroundings so we brought her to seek help and correct her behavior, and also made her feel safe.”
“With time, she grew from being too tiny to becoming a little too chubby,” Helen chimed jokingly.
看看噗優的衣服就知道這幾年她是如何橫向發展了，原本才穿4XL 的噗優隨著時間流逝也慢慢需要更寬鬆的衣服了，而至今連 7XL 的衣服也穿不太下了。
Pu-yo’s expanding waistline can be seen from the size of her outfits, which started off being 4XL and gradually grew to an incredible 7XL, with many outfits still not fitting.
“Many pretty clothes aren’t available in her size so we have to get them custom-made,” Helen shared with a playful sense of defeat.
Chubby or not, it is clear that Pu-yo is the apple of her parents’ eyes.
“Pu-yo is really obedient and listens well to Chi and I, but she’s way too in love with food! She’s also a certified dog doctor in Taiwan,” Helen said with a hint of pride.
A dog doctor (狗醫生) is an affectionate term for dogs that are engaged in animal-assisted therapy in Taiwan. These dogs frequently visit nursing homes, hospitals, and special education centers to provide comfort and companionship to those who need them.
Helen還與The China Post分享道：「在去做狗醫生的服務時，可以感受到噗優樂在其中，對那些服務對象給他們療癒跟歡樂，這是我最感動的事」。
“You can feel how much Pu-yo enjoys being on duty as she brings comfort and joy to her service partners. This is what touches me most,” Helen described of her fur-daughter.
Dogs have a reputation for being affectionate, intelligent, and intuitive, characteristics that make them great pets and service animals. With so many endearing qualities about them, it’s hard to not fall absolutely in love with these furry friends.