Otter the Pit Bull was picked up by the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team in the fall of 2011. When they found him, they discovered he was indeed a stray and was suffering from malnourishment and a number of injuries.  Leslie O’Neill and her husband fostered the 18-month-old Pit Bull and like so many foster parents, they fell in love with Otter and decided to adopt him as a permanent member of their family.

Leslie has fallen head over heels for Otter and now with an Instagram account boasting almost 16,000 followers, it seems like the world has also fallen head over heels in love.

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Otter makes the FUNNIEST faces! 

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No really… *the* funniest! What a silly, handsome boy. 

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When he isn’t making silly faces, Otter also loves celebrating holidays. Oh excuse us, we mean the Otter Bunny loves to celebrate. 

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Halloween with his BFF baby human is a particular favorite! May the force be with you. 

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But as any fashionista knows, you don’t need a holiday to dress up. Otter loves to don the latest styles any time of the year. 

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We’re not the least bit ashamed to admit that Otter is much more fabulous than us! 

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We just can’t handle all of the cuteness going on here. Well done, Pope Otter.   

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Keep on having fun with your baby human, Otter! 

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And keep on being your fabulous self! 

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Leslie hopes that Otter’s playful photos will help break the myths about Pit Bulls – and we know these pups need all of the help they can get. Out of the six to eight million cats and dogs who end up in U.S. shelters every year, one in four are Pit Bulls or pit-associated breeds and mixes. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls carry the burden of years of false ideas that they are naturally vicious animals when actually, this stereotype comes from the fact that they are frequently abused and misused in illegal dogfighting rings.

Years ago, Pit Bulls were considered “Nanny dogs” because of their loyalty and gentleness toward their guardians. They were also once an American favorite, earning the title “America’s dog.” And looking at Otter’s loving temperament with his baby human, we can easily see why Pit Bulls were once considered “Nanny Dogs”

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If more people would just give Pit Bulls a chance, like how Otter’s family did, they can be very loving companions, and in some communities, they have even become heroes, saving people and their guardians from harm.

To keep up with Otter’s cuteness, be sure to follow him on Instagram. And please share this post with your friends and family to help end the false stigma’s surrounding these amazing animals!

Image source: Otter the Pit Bull/Instagram