Shivering Puppy Wears A Sock Because He’s Too Small For A Coat
The world can seem like a cruel, cold place for an 8-week-old Chihuahua.
Especially one who was dumped outside a shelter in the middle of winter.
When staff at the RSPCA's Millbrook rescue centre found Arthur, he was suffering from severe hypothermia.
"He had sores all over his body, weighed just 17 ounces, and was freezing cold," the shelter's deputy manager Liz Wood tells The Express. "His body temperature was four degrees lower than it should've been."
But how to do you warm up a dog of such diminutive dimensions? After all, Chihuahuas are naturally small. Arthur was unnaturally smaller. Even the tiniest dog coat would slip from his quivering body.
As it turned out, Arthur had a promising future in children's socks. Literally.
Wood began creating coats for him from socks made for kids.
A little "Despicable Me" here, a little "Tweetie Bird" there ... and in no time, the Chinese-crested Chihuahua had a complete wardrobe.
Then Arthur took his turn warming hearts. While he's still recovering from his ordeal, Wood says this "little trooper" already has a foster home lined up.
"He is such a sweet little pup," Wood tells The Express. "He steals the hearts of everyone he meets."
And, perhaps a sock or two.
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