It was puppy love at first sight.
Emily and Jack Jokinen weren’t expecting a furry visitor in the middle of the night on Saturday, but that’s exactly what they got.
Security footage caught the pup, now known as Suzy Pupman, sauntering into their Philadelphia home at around 3:15 a.m. on Dec. 14. Lucky for the abandoned, malnourished dog, the couple had accidentally left their front door open.
“[Emily] woke me up and said, ‘The baby is fine, but there is a dog in our house,’” Jack Jokinen told Today. “I wasn’t sure. Honestly, I was just like, ‘What does that mean? You said words that I know, but they don’t go in that order.’”
He added that his parents were in town visiting and that he briefly wondered if this was “a messed-up Christmas gift.”
Jack Jokinen took to Twitter to shared a photo of the puppy, writing: “I just woke up to this puppy in my house and we have no idea how it got there.”
The internet loves a holiday miracle, and the post has since received almost 30,000 likes.
Jack Jokinen also shared black-and-white security camera footage of the dog making its entrance through their wide-open front door. About 30 minutes later, neighbour Steve Grinedling came by to close the door.
“We don’t know if it was the light, the warmth, smelling George [their other dog], that she came in the house, and then she went out of it, and kind of on our porch, and then she was in the house,” he explained to Today.
After making the discovery, they called animal control and then a veterinarian. They brought her in later that morning to find she wasn’t chipped and had fleas, ticks, dental problems and a missing paw pad.
“As we kind of woke up, we realized, ‘Wait, that’s an underweight dog,’” Jack said. “I felt a lot of ribs. The ribs are the most prominent thing you see about her.”
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Many of Jack’s Twitter followers started to speak up about wanting to contribute to Suzy’s health fees, or even adopt her. He raised over US$15,000 through his Venmo and plans to donate whatever remains to a charity.
But better than money and internet fame, Suzy now has a forever home.
“She’s been through a lot,” Jack said. “If she didn’t find that door, she probably [wouldn’t] see the New Year.”
“I think she’s just happy to be warm and loved and fed.”
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