Courtney Wingate was visiting a local animal checkpoint when she came across three little Lab puppies in a cage. Wingate knows she can’t leave her adorable puppies behind as director of the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana, especially when one of them gives her the cutest smile she’s ever seen.
Wingate summoned volunteer Sarrah Walton, who rushed to rescue the 8-week-old puppies. Walton, an LSU fan, named the puppies Joe, Burreaux, and O after the school’s coach and quarterback.
The puppies tested negative for parvo at the clinic, but Burreaux, the puppy with a heart-melting smile, fell ill after being rescued. They rushed him back to the veterinary hospital, where he miraculously recovered.
Returning to the rescue, Walton found that if someone spoke loudly to Burreaux and told him he was a good guy, the puppy would immediately bared his small teeth with a grin.
“That’s when you’re really nice to him… ‘He had a smile like he wanted something,'” Walton told The Dodo. “It was like he was saying, ‘Pick me up, Love me.'”
As the pups were ready to start searching for permanent homes, the rescue team shared a video showing Joe’s innate talent for searching. Joe was adopted immediately. Walton added: ‘The whole litter is cute and sweet and they love to play. “Burreaux and his sister are also learning how to get groceries.
Walton and Wingate began brainstorming what unique skills Burreaux might demonstrate in a Facebook video. He’s not as good at making money as his brother, but he likes ‘soft talk’.
“And we thought, ‘Burreaux wants a house so much that he’s always smiling, trying to show it off,'” says Walton. “So we made this video and it went viral.”
The video of Burreaux’s bright smile has been viewed more than 40,000 times in just a few days. Burreaux and her sister O, although new to the internet, are still searching for their permanent home. When Wingate and Walton rescue them from the slaughterhouse, the baby mice know they will hit the jackpot. But Burreaux and her sister hope to soon have something more permanent to smile about – a loving home and family.