To quote Don Draper, "I love puppies." Dogs are fantastic, marvelous creatures. They literally save lives. They offer comfort and respite. They love us, even if we don't deserve it. They make funny noises. They have warm bellies. THEY'RE THE BEST!*
Dogs are also very busy saving the world. There are various VICCs (Very Important Celebrity Canines) on social media who are using their clout and influence to make the world a better place for other animals and their humans. Here are a few of the best.
Teddy is a chubby little chihuahua
who was rescued from a puppy mill by the National Dog Mill Resue. He now spends his time being a spokesdog against puppy mills, even helping to raise money for the cause through the sale of some pretty snazzy T-shirts
Oscar is an old-timer
who was left at a shelter after having been neglected by his former owner. Braving tooth decay, mites, and multiple infections and having lost the use of his back legs, Oscar beat the odds to survive. Today, thanks to the efforts of the Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles, Oscar is doing well with a new family who adores him.
Harley is Teddy's brother
, also fighting to educate pet lovers about the dangers of puppy mills. Missing an eye (this poor dude hadn't been properly cleaned and cared for earlier in life) hasn't held him back at all.
Maisie is a tiny chihuahua
who loves fashion and helping other dogs find their "forever homes."
Born with a cleft palate, open skull, and hiatal hernia, Tiny Tim
is not able to undergo surgery due to complications. Nonetheless, the little guy is still able to play, eat, snooze, and snooze some more
with help from his family, showing that while pets with special needs do require more care and cost, their lives can still be full, happy, and valuable.