When we make the life-changing decision to adopt a pooch, in reality, only part of that decision is in our hands. In most cases, our furry friends actually choose us first.
Some dogs go one step further and make us fall head over heels for them when we least expect it.
That’s exactly what transpired for a beautiful shelter pup who, at the mere sight of seeing this news reporter, instantly gave her heart to him.
The reporter was covering a story at the shelter, unrelated to the pup, little did he know he was about to find a new family member.
Many of the shelter dogs, were watching the reporter out of curiosity, but this one particular dog wasn’t afraid to approach him.
The brave pup walked up to the reporter without any fear or shyness and surprised everyone by embracing the reporter in a heartfelt hug.
The heartwarming interaction between the journalist and the dog was captured on video — and its the perfect example of how dogs choose us.
Even though the man was likely confused by the dog’s actions, he happily encourages her behavior. He gently pets her head, causing her to cling to him more.
She clings onto his leg tightly and leans her head against him. The poor pup seems tired of being at the shelter alone.
The video is about 30 seconds long, so it’s one of the most beautiful hugs ever filmed.
As this adorable video circulated the internet, a tear-jerking story also came with it. Apparently, the news reporter adopted the dog after their famous hug took place. The dog had chosen the news reporter, and there was no way he could say no.
They had a connection that she simply couldn’t deny, and luckily, neither could he; the reporter ended up adopting the sweet dog and giving her a loving home!
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Their gripping story is truly amazing, and to make it even better, their serendipitous first meeting was caught on camera.
Their story has stirred up a lot of emotions online and touched many hearts.
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!