Cheech The Chihuahua Has A Toothy Grin…And It Won The Internet

When this totally cute black, tan, and white chihuahua arrived at the City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue in Waller, Texas, the staff fell in love with him because of an adorably silly habit he had. However, at first they thought he was snarling, but it turned out that the chihuahua, now named Cheech, was grinning at them.

Cheech and his cute pearly white smile. Image by City of Waller Animal Shelter and Rescue via

Leah Sipe, the shelter’s director (she’s also a police officer with the Waller Police Department) said some of the staff initially didn’t quite know what to make of Cheech’s unusual habit.

“The smiling scared a couple of the volunteers as they mistook it for snarling, and they were mortified when I stuck my hand in his cage on the day we got him in,” Sipe said. “He’s an awesome little guy!”

And this sweet little dog even knows how to smile on request.

Cheech Smiled And The Internet Fell In Love

“He’s super sweet and knows how to make you smile when you ask him to,” the shelter posted on its Facebook page.

And the post, along with those cute photos were shared at least 6,000 times, DoggiesCare reports. There was a ton of adoption applications for the little chihuahua, but Sipe found just the right person for him.

“I reviewed the applications for Cheech, and one story stood out the most. Carrie reached out to the shelter volunteers and shared her heartbreaking loss with us, she lost her beloved Shepherd to cancer on Friday,” Sipe posted on Facebook.

Carrie’s other dog, Dusty was severely depressed and hadn’t eaten in days. When Dusty met Cheech, the two dogs hit it off right away. And just like that, Cheech had a new family. The funny little dog with the whimsical smile helped make things seem less dark.

In a Facebook update, the shelter posted:

“Congratulations on finding your forever home Cheech, we are very happy that you’re going to the perfect home. Cheech needs this family as much as they need him. Nothing but smiles here today Y’all.”

One of the best things about the shelter is that it’s a no-kill facility. Founded by first responders and local residents, the shelter is in a former jail that’s been remodeled. And it’s run entirely by volunteers. The shelter, which is funded entirely by donations, has plenty of lovable dogs and cats ready for adoption.

Featured image by City of Waller Animal Shelter via

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