A photo from the pet shop’s website
A pet shop in the northern prefecture of Akita lucked out when a chihuahua there gave birth to a puppy with a heart-shaped spot on its side.
The puppy, named “Heart,” has already made the news and had a series of professional photographs made (link updated), and there’s more planned. There’s already talk of using Heart as the “spokesdog” for a dog health insurance company, modeling gigs, and a photobook, as well as numerous TV appearances. The pet shop isn’t selling the little gold mine, but if you want one of his two siblings, they’re available for 138,000 yen (about US$1100) each.
Here’s a bit of video from an NNN news spot (no subtitles, but they’re not necessary):