This dog's pic is currently doing the rounds on the Internet and elsewhere as "the dog with a human face" - a Shih-Tzu x Poodle apparently, although I can't see much Poodle in him.
The reason that the image of Tonik - in rescue in Indiana in the US - has proven so "grabby" is because humans are genetically programmed to respond to faces - and particularly baby-like faces.
This may be good for babies, but it's terrible for dogs. It's the reason why flat-faced breeds have been developed and endure, despite the cataclysmic impact this so often has on the health of these breeds. We find them appealing - and continue to find them cute even when people like me keep banging on about how awful it is for the dogs.
The Indiana rescue that has Tonik says he is in good health and microchipped - no mention of whether or not he is neutered. Hopefully so, or there'll be those wanting to start a whole new line of money-making mutts that look like humans.
And how about this for the embodiment of the problem? As a friend of mine commented this morning.. many levels of wrong.
As I've nicked the pic, I feel duty-bound to provide this link to where you can buy one - for only $250...
But please don't. Obviously. Unless it's a straight substitute for buying a real one. And even then please keep it in a
crib locked box.