This short film about a boy and a disabled dog is winning hearts and awards everywhere.

This boy is about to learn an invaluable life lesson... from a three-legged dog. Watch short film 'The Present' which has an unexpected twist that will leave you in tears.

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated May 6, 2016

This boy is about to learn an invaluable life lesson … from a three-legged dog. Make sure you’ve got some tissues close by — ‘The Present’ is a tear-jerker of the best kind.

It’s the twist you never saw coming, right? If you’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing dogs you’ll know just how much there is to learn from these loyal, forgiving and loving animals. They remind us all to live every single day to the fullest, and the adorable pooch in ‘The Present’ is no exception. It’s no surprise that this short film won the makers 59 awards and job offers at Walt Disney and Pixar!

Though the dog in this video only had three legs, he was no less deserving of love than any other dog, and fortunately he found it in the boy. Sadly, not all dogs are so lucky. Every day dogs and cats are cast aside and find themselves lonely and confused in shelters across Australia. The animals in our lives do so much for us and we can return their unconditional love by making our next four (or three) legged best friend a rescue. Sign the pledge to be a lifesaver today.

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  • ‘The Present’ reminded us that *all* animals are deserving of our love. No matter whether they have three legs or four, a muzzle or a snout, a straight tail or a curly one, fur, feathers or fins … all animals are deserving of our care and respect. And farmed animals have a lot more in common with our pets than you might think. Take the 5 minute challenge to leading a compassionate life today to find out how you can help treat all animals with the respect they deserve.