If you're feeling shortchanged on sweetness and hope, here's the antidote.
Cadence the pit bull was apparently used as bait for dogfights. She was scared, scarred and exhausted when Hope for Paws approached her in a dark alley in Los Angeles.
Watch, weep and celebrate as this indomitable four-legged cutie makes a remarkable recovery with the help of some two-legged friends.
Cadence now seems pretty comfortable with the viral attention. Her story led to a personal appearance Sunday, according to Hope for Paws' Facebook page.
Everybody loves a comeback.
(Hat tip, MSN)