A dog, a dollar store and a purple unicorn

By Melody Tan 1 min read
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

This is what happens when a stray dog repeatedly enters a dollar-discount store to steal a stuffed purple unicorn.

Sisu and the purple unicorn

It's not a lesson we'd teach our children, but thieves sometimes do get rewarded—probably because said culprit is of the four-legged variety stealing something also with four legs.

An exasperated worker from the Dollar General Store at Kenansville, North Carolina, USA, called the Duplin County Animal Services after a stray dog entered its shop to steal a stuffed purpled unicorn. Five times.

"He keeps sneaking into the store every chance he'd get and heads for the toy aisle where he snuggles up to this soft purple stuffed unicorn," online news-magazine Inside Edition reported.

Instead of being punished, however, animal control officer Samantha Lane bought the $10 toy for the dog when she arrived to pick him up. 

At the animal shelter, the dog was named Sisu after the unicorn-looking dragon in the Disney film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Sisu's story quickly went viral and was covered by several news outlets.

Sisu and the purple unicorn

Since then, the animal shelter has received multiple donations involving stuffed unicorns and Samantha was awarded with a letter of recognition and commendation for her actions.

Sisu and Samantha Lane

Sisu has been transferred to Lab Rescue LRCP, a non-profit organisation in the neighbouring state of Virginia that will facilitate his adoption. He is currently learning to follow basic instructions (sit, down) and they have discovered Sisu is actually a puppy (one to two years old), and much younger than previously thought.

Unfortunately, the purple unicorn made the ultimate sacrifice in recent thunderstorms, offering a nervous Sisu great comfort and chewing, but losing its stuffing in the process. The pelt, according to rescuers, still provides comfort.

Sisu and purple unicorn pelt

A new purple unicorn is in the post on its way to meet its new friend.

Melody Tan is project manager of the Mums At The Table multimedia initiative. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their preschooler son.