A clever street pup was caught on video recently, faking a devastating injury just to get attention from passersby.
Stray dogs often have to do anything they can to survive, and this particularly clever pooch has found a foolproof plan. Footage shot in Bangkok, Thailand, shows a smart street dog nicknamed Gae by locals, who pretends to fake an injury in order to get sympathy and snacks from passersby. The video shows Gae dragging his feet along the ground as if severely injured. But the minute people come over to help him, he simply springs up and bounds away as if nothing happened.
Bangkok resident Thaweeporn Chongplapolkul told The Daily Mail, "This old dog has lived near my workplace for a few years. He always does this trick to deceive people. I feed him rice but he still has this habit. He's very smart. I think he does it to get people to feed him." At one point during the video, a sympathetic man on a motorbike stops to check the dog is okay, but bursts into laughter once he sees there is nothing to worry about. "While we stopped to watch him that day, a motorcyclist stops because he thinks the dog is hurt," Chongplapolkul recalled. "But then he jumps up and walks away. It's too funny." The Bangkok local said that she is a dog lover who has several pets and also rescues street dogs.
One thing's for sure: Gae is a perfectly healthy doggo. "He's an old dog and we've checked both of his legs. They are both fine," Chongplapolkul admitted to The Daily Mail, adding, "If Gae had any kind of injury I would take him to the vets immediately."
As many pet parents can surely attest to, your furry babies will do anything for attention - even if it means looking deathly ill. And veterinarians agree too! According to Dr. Richard Pitcairn, author of Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, the behavior usually begins with a genuine symptom of pain or sickness, but once the dog sees his owner's sympathetic response, they may continue to fake the illness for attention. “Say your dog is feeling lonely because you went back to work and just don’t have as much time for him as you used to," Pitcairn writes. "Before long, he develops a minor symptom – a cough – that worries you. Every time he coughs you rush over, pet him, and murmur comforting words… Pretty soon the dog gets the idea that every time he coughs he gets what he wants – your loving attention. What incentive is there for him to get well and stop coughing?” That being said, if your dog shows signs of illness or injury, please give them the benefit of the doubt and some medical attention! It's far better to be safe than sorry.