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This pooch suffers from preparation anxiety.
An enterprising pup has devised an ingenious, new coronavirus pandemic skill during lockdown — convincing her owner to serve her dinner several hours early. A thread showcasing her adorable bargaining tactics has amassed more than 65,000 likes on Twitter.
“During quarantine, my dog has used a combination of intense sitting and adorable staring to bargain her dinner time down from 5 to 330,” tweeted Tommy Vietor. “It’s now 2:50…hold the line, Tommy. Hold the line.”
An accompanying pic shows the persuasive pup-licant sitting while flashing the camera her best woeful “Bambi” eyes.
Unfortunately, the paws-car-worthy performance was apparently not enough, as minutes later, he posted a photo of his pet placing a pleading paw on her owner’s foot.
“Things have escalated,” Vietor tweeted.
Begging for her supper is not the pup’s only quarantine talent. He explained in a subsequent post that she’s also “learned that inching over and lying down on my head at around 530am is a good way to get breakfast early.”
Needless to say, the canine’s clever routine resonated with pet parents on Twitter, with many owners sharing similar ways their own furry friends plead their way into a premature meal. Think of it as a support group for owners of doggie dinner addicts.
“Same move. From 7 to 5:30 and falling,” tweeted an empathizing owner about his doggo’s re-scheduled supper time. An accompanying pic shows his pup flashing him a look so heartbreaking it could be featured in an ASPCA commercial.
“I’m in a similar situation but mine throws in some whining and aggressive couch crowding,” wrote one dog parent, including a photo of his groveling Rover-lord. “She’s managed to push her dinner to a point I’m considering just adding a lunch course, this is untenable.”
Another shared the famous gif of a hangry shiba inu tossing its empty bowl at its human.
This begging behavior is apparently not only practiced by pooches. A cat owner chimed in, “You have no idea how many cat treats we are up to between 2-4PM.”
If Vietor’s pup keeps it up, perhaps he could help satisfy her needs by signing her up to be Anheuser-Busch’s first-ever “chief tasting officer” for the brand’s new Busch Dog Brew.
Unfortunately, while amusing, increased pampering during quarantine could potentially exacerbate a pet’s separation anxiety when lockdown finally lifts.
“With such an overload of quality time with their families, dogs are building up a huge reservoir of over-dependency,” according to animal psychology expert Roger Mugford, who’s known for training Queen Elizabeth’s corgis. He adds that the spoiled mutts could “suffer when mums and dads suddenly return to work and the children go back to school.”
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