We all know that puppies are one of the cutest things, but did you know they could get cuter? Not many people did, until they saw this video of a tiny dog with its owner. The adorable pair had social media users in stitches with a display that could soften the hardest of hearts.
The puppy’s owner is a photographer called Philippe Lissart, who lives in Penne-D’Agenais, France. Lissart’s work spans several genres, including wedding portraits. In fact, not only does he photograph people, but also landscapes and animals, too.
However, Lissart is perhaps equally well-known for a video that he uploaded to YouTube on March 1, 2011. The photographer wasn’t the star of the show, though; that accolade goes to a friend. A furry little pupper friend, to be more precise.
Lissart’s pawtner was a tiny Shih Tzu puppy, whose name was unfortunately never revealed. Regardless, the two made such an adorable pair, they’re experiencing something of a resurgence. Now the owner-and-pet duo are capturing animal lovers’ hearts across the internet all over again.
The video gives a revealing insight into the playtime of Lissart and his heart-melting puppy. It seems like the excitable little furball bouncing around the floor was an irresistible invite for Lissart. He couldn’t help but join in with his furbaby’s frolics.
So much, in fact, that he lay down with the tiny doggo and let it jump around him. For the Shih Tzu’s part, it was overjoyed with the new human-shaped amusement park. It proved to be a fully interactive experience for the pup, too.
When the puppy went to investigate its human playmate, his moving head came as something of a surprise. In response, the hound tried to pat him with its paw. To the dog’s astonishment, though, Lissart jumped up like a jack-in-the-box! The pooch’s expression was priceless, but it must have thought it looked fun.
Consequently, the puppy tried hopping around, as if mimicking its human. It was the most adorable thing, and it only got cuter. Every time Lissart bobbed his head up and down, the puppy responded by jumping in the air.
Next, the Shih Tzu decided that Lissart’s head looked like an interesting toy to play with. The pup made a beeline – or in this case, a dog-line – straight for it. Additionally, the pooch tried nibbling Lissart’s face to see if that would have any effect.
The puppy’s pawing was adorable, and Lissart let it play until he couldn’t stand any more cuteness. Then he scooped the Shih Tzu up with his arm and dragged it towards him for kisses and snuggles. However, the pup wasn’t done with the fun yet.
Indeed, the doggie was enjoying itself so much, it found another toy: Lissart’s ear. After having a good nibble on one ear, the puppy scurried around the other side of its human’s head. There, it found the other one to chew as well.
But the tiny woof-machine didn’t stop at the ears; Lissart’s nose was next. Thankfully, the small puppy was so young it didn’t look like its tiny teeth did much damage. What’s more, Lissart seemed to be enjoying himself just as much as his pet.
During the snuggle-fest, Lissart got to plant a lot of crafty kisses on the pupper. And, as the bundle of energy slowly wore itself out, he got to get in some belly rubs, too. The video ended with the Shih Tzu returning its owner’s kisses.
As you might have guessed, YouTube’s collective heart just melted at the video. So far, the footage has garnered a whopping 16 million views. Moreover, the comments that have been left reveal just how much the scenes tugged on people’s heartstrings. Social media users just can’t get enough of the adorable duo.
One YouTube viewer said, “Every single morning I will play this video; no negative vibes can touch me.” Another commenter preferred to end their day with it. “Once again, my favorite video right before bed. Such a wonderful way to fall asleep,” they said.
No doubt more than one person wanted to get an adorable Shih Tzu as a result of the video. But is the footage an accurate representation of the breed? Well, while every dog is different, Shih Tzus are considered generally affectionate and playful.
The trick is to socialize the dogs early, since they can become stubborn when they’re older if you don’t. When they’re raised and trained well, though, Shih Tzus can be very friendly. This trait makes them excellent playmates for adults and children alike.
In fact, composer James Mumsford described the breed’s nature in a famous quote. He compared Shih Tzus to several types of animal and people. Included in the description were a cat, monkey, baby seal, lion, rabbit, ballerina and court jester.
He also added that they had a “dash of teddy bear” in his list of characteristics. You can definitely see some of these qualities in Lissart’s video. That’s if you can focus on anything other than the abundance of cute, of course.
With love like Lissart’s, you can be sure that the pupper has a wonderful home. Sadly, there have been no updates on the little Shih Tzu, but we’d sure like to see how she’s doing now. And judging by the number of views the three-minute cuteathon has garnered, we can’t be the only ones.