By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane

TWELVE years ago one special terrier was rescued from the streets of New York, and has been expressing his happiness - by SMILING

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Videographer / director: Jon Bozak
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper

Owner, Jon Bozak noticed this pooch's rare smiling talent the moment he first met him

Brinks the pit bull has a remarkable habit of smiling exactly like a human. Owner, Jon Bozak noticed this pooch's rare talent the moment he first met him.

He said: “I think I first discovered Brinks could smile the very first day I found him. I’d thrown him in the car and he got in to the front seat and just kind of made himself at home.

Jon said: "I think it’s a very, ‘I’m a friend, trust me’ sort of smile”

“As soon as I saw him smiling at the world passing by my car, it pretty much was a non-decision. The best decision I made.”

Amazingly the adorable hound also loves to smile when he’s sleeping

Jon first met Brinks as he left his apartment in New York, and spotted the dog across the street.

Jon said: "Brinks was loose, across the street by the school.

It’s no surprise that Brinks has become a hit with social media users, gaining close to 80k followers on Instagram

“He then came trotting over. He was like, 'Who are these interlopers who are on my street?’"

Over the next two months, Jon put up numerous ‘found dog’ signs across the city. To no avail, he decided to make Brinks a permanent member of his own family.

The stray pit bull was out wandering the streets of Brooklyn when Jon found him

And many years later, Brinks is still showing those pearly whites.

The creative projects director said: “I don’t think he’s a clown, or walking through life goofily smiling because everything cracks him up, but he does smile as an expression.

After a month of of trying to find Brink’s owners, Jon decided to adopt the happy pooch

"I think it’s a very, ‘I’m a friend, trust me’ sort of smile. He does it in reaction to things that you’d think make a dog or a living creature smile; food, getting petted.

The pit bull will be turning 13 years old in December and he's as joyful as ever

“He also loves to smile when he’s sleeping, which I think is amazing. It’s too cute, he really is pretty special.”

Many years later, Brinks is still showing those pearly whites

Coming up to his 12th birthday, it’s no doubt that Brinks and Jon will be spending the day smiling.

The dog-lover said: “No matter how bad the day is, or how bad the job is, no matter how down you think you can get; you look at that dog and his smile, and you can’t help but be happy.”

To keep up with Brinks' adventures, follow his Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/smilingbrinks/