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June 15, 2016

Turning that crying dog video into a force for good

Viral hit husky helps Bucks County artists raise money for dog rescue

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Tantrum Husky Lindsay Fleishman/YouTube

Zeus, a gone-viral husky owned by Lindsay Fleishman, of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Last month, Lindsay Fleishman, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, posted a 70-second clip of her Siberian husky crying in a bathtub — not even budging with the temptation of a walk. The clip quickly picked up steam and garnered 6 million views on YouTube, with the dog dubbed "Zeus the Tantrum Husky." 

When a friend of Fleishman's, Jenna Tucker, of home accessories and decor shop Eric & Christopher in Perkasie, Bucks County, noticed the video filling up her feed last month, she reached out and offered to turn the video into a tool for good.

"I called her and said, ‘Hey, I work for Eric & Christopher, and we make decorative wall art and totes, and we have a focus on farm animals and dogs — mind if we come photograph Zeus and put him on a tote and pillow and donate proceeds to a rescue?’" Tucker told PhillyVoice. "She was so excited – ‘Come on over.’ So, Eric and Chris went over and did a photo shoot.”

Now, they're selling the Zeus pillows and totes through their online store, with a portion of proceeds going to Harnessed to Hope Northern Breed Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming Northern breed dogs in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. The large pillow will run you $70, with the large tote costing $35. 

Eric Fausnacht and Christopher Kline are Bucks County screenprint artists who first began printing photos of animals on household accessories in 2012. They now distribute to more than 1,000 retailers in the United States and Canada.