By Federico Cornetto
A goofy dog has stolen the hearts of many on the Internet thanks to his permanent ‘smile’.
Miniature dachshund Oz, from Bathgate, Scotland, became popular on the web really young as his owner Sinead Kelly, 32, started posting pictures of him on social media back in 2018.
The two-year-old pooch is gifted with a permanent ‘smile’, caused by an overbite which means his upper jaw overlaps the lower one leaving his front teeth to be exposed in a funny grin.
However, Sinead, who is a customer service manager and mother-of-one, said Oz’s overbite was so severe he had to undergo surgery at an early age.
Sinead said: “We’ve been in a dachshund group on Facebook since he was small and we actually crowdfunded on there as his surgery was so expensive.
“Because of this, he became really well-known in the group, so when people met him it was like meeting a little celebrity.
“His overbite caused him some problems when he was little.
“Because his top teeth don’t fit inside both lips, they’re always quite dry so his top lip gets stuck to them a lot.”
Sinead revealed that Oz’s character is just as quirky and adorable as his looks.
Sinead said: “Oz is so goofy!
“He likes to be with me at all times, so even if I’m busy doing housework or sewing he likes to be perched on my shoulder like a little parrot.
“He’s scared of big dogs, male dogs, blonde dogs, men and small children, he likes to bark to make sure they don’t come close.
“If they do, he starts jumping until I pick him up and he hides up on my shoulder.
“He’s a little therapy dog for me, I suffer with bad anxiety and he seems to always know when I need him.
“If I start having a panic attack, he climbs onto my chest, presses his face against mine and just stays there.”