This week, a rescue dog with an unusually fluffy coat went viral after her owners posted a photo of her on the social media platform Reddit.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats are adopted each year in the United States.
While 6.3 million animals are taken into shelters nationwide each year, 69 million Americans claim to have at least one dog, making dogs the most common pet in the country.
Greta Weber from Asheville, North Carolina, posted photos of Ruby the pit bull, who is one year old, on Reddit’s well-liked r/rarepuppers forum on Monday. Since then, the post has gotten over 31,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments.
Images of Ruby and her extra fluffy fur, along with the caption, “My pittie has a rare recessive long-haired gene that makes her fluffy,” have delighted thousands of people.