Cheech the smiling shelter dog became internet-famous over the weekend after two photos of him shared by the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue's Facebook page went viral.
"Y'all... this smiling dog we got in at the shelter yesterday is ridiculous! #ICantEven" wrote the shelter in a Facebook post, along with two photos.
Here are those two photos (proceed with caution for the levels of cuteness ahead may cause high-pitched squealing and sudden irresistible cravings to adopt a dog):
Both photos amazingly show Cheech "smiling," in one photo with teeth and in one without. It's like he's trying out different expressions to see which one he finds most flattering (BEEN there, amiright?!).
If you're anything like me, you can't look at that little smiling face for more than a second before you're googling pet adoption agencies in your neighborhood and making plans to move into an apartment closer to a dog park.
And evidently Cheech has stolen more than just my heart. His shelter photos went viral, with more than 7,000 shares since Friday.
And commenters can't get over how cute he is.
And everyone wants to take him home:
So it should come as no surprise that Cheech did get adopted. And the story, which the shelter posted to Facebook on Monday, will melt even the iciest of hearts.
After reviewing "MANY" applications to adopt Cheech, the shelter says one application "stood out." It was from a woman named Carrie whose German Shepard passed away on Friday, the day Cheech's photos were posted. She has another other dog named Dusty who had been "severely depressed and had not eaten in days" after losing his friend.
Looks like things have really turned around for Dusty, Carrie AND our buddy Cheech:
And as if Cheech's story couldn't get any better, he's reached the pinnacle of success in 2017: he's become A MEME.
BRB I gg cry all the way to the closest animal shelter.