That’s not a wide-eyed gaze of surprise. It’s just how this dog always looks.
Guinness World Records has just announced the world record-holder for “dog with the largest eyes” — and it’s a four-year-old black-and-white Boston Terrier named Bruschi who lives with eighteen-year-old Victoria Reed in Grapevine, TX.
Reed discussed this exciting news with the Huffington Post, explaining that when she first learned of it at 2 a.m. Wednesday, she immediately told Bruschi.
“He started barking,” she said. “He shook his body. He can’t shake his tail because it was broken and then set wrong.”
Reed told the interviewer that she first saw the pup three years ago while working at Operation Kindness, a no-kill shelter near Arlington, TX. Their eyes met — granted, Bruschi’s eyes would be hard to avoid — and “he jumped up in my arms and wouldn’t leave,” she said.
The then-high-school student adopted the dog, whose eyes measure a whopping 28 millimeters (1.1 inches) in diameter each, and who was named after former New England Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi.
“The eyes are big on a Boston Terrier anyway, but when I’d bring him out in public, people would say, ‘Wow, he has huge eyes,'” Reed said. “My vet joked a few months ago about submitting his photo to the Guinness World Records and I just went for it.”
And won. No other pooch in all the world boasts bigger peepers.
Bruschi’s eyes sometimes scare other dogs — and even some people, according to Reed, who hopes her dog’s win can help raise publicity for Operation Kindness and similar shelters.
“Some people do make fun of him for his looks,” Reed told the Guinness World Records website, as reported by MSNBC.com. “But I feel like he would go up to them and say, ‘Haha, look where I am now, I’ve got a record for my looks!’”
Sources: Huffington Post, MSNBC.com