A few weeks ago, Hearts & Bones Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ organization brought a sᴛʀᴀʏ Shepherd mix to Dallas Animal Services. The sᴛʀᴀʏ recently ɢᴀᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ to 11 adorable puppies, and with just one look everyone knew there was something special about one of them. All dogs are born with facial hair — some even with pronounced beards — but one special puppy had something unique: a handlebar mustache.
The five-week-old pooch – nicknamed Salvador Dolly – was Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ from the streets on July 10 and has won fans with its adorable mouth markings. The mix puppy, who is currently at a foster home in Dallas with her 10 siblings and mother, has a white body with black ears and tail spot, but, most notably, a hilarious ‘moustache’ shaped marking on her top lip.
Shelter staffers cared for the little family for two weeks, but with as many as 100 ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇss animals coming through their doors each day, they knew the situation wasn’t sustainable for the family. Allison Seelig, of Hearts & Bones Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ said: “Puppies are at very ʜɪɢʜ ʀɪsᴋ for getting sɪᴄᴋ in the shelter environment, so we knew we had to get them out. We went to meet them last week and were able to find an incredible foster in Dallas who took the entire family in!”
When Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇʀs saw Salvador Dolly, who also goes by “Mustache Puppy,” many couldn’t believe their eyes. Seelig said: “The first thing people ask is generally, ‘Is that real?’ There’s a lot of ‘Omg stop it!’ and squealing over her. Honestly, her siblings are also so cute so we were all oohing and ahhing over the whole group of them when we met them!”
At 5 weeks old, Salvador Dolly may seem a little young to grow a bushy hipster mustache, but she isn’t ashamed of her fuzzy upper lip. The entire family is happy to have a safe home, where they’re getting the medical care and attention they need. Their caring foster makes sure each puppy is monitored — mustache or not — and that Mama is kept happy. Seelig said: “The puppies are still ɴᴜʀsɪɴɢ, which can be a lot for Mom to handle, but her foster makes sure to give her breaks to have some downtime. She’s also getting lots of food to make sure she keeps her calorie intake up!”
While Mama works hard, her pups are doing the opposite. Seelig said: “The puppies aren’t walking much yet, and they spend their days alternating between ᴡʀᴇsᴛʟɪɴɢ and crawling all over each other, snoozing in a cuddle pile and eating. Quite the life.” Once the puppies are weaned, the whole family will make their way north to New York City in late August. There, they will go into new foster homes while searching for forever families.