Good dog
April 4, 2017 8:01 PM   Subscribe

Extremely good dog interrupts soccer match for six minutes. (SLYT, audio is mostly ambient crowd noises and a cameraman laughing). The beagle evaded two attempts by players to grab it, and appeared to be a very good pupper who was having a good time. The home team Halesowen Town went on to defeat Skelmersdale United 1 - 0.
posted by dismas (44 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
 
Does that count as stoppage time?
posted by jacquilynne at 8:08 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


beagle-catching is a very challenging sport in particular but all dogs seem to know how badly you need to catch them and get very excited by your desperation
posted by Countess Elena at 8:25 PM on April 4 [41 favorites]


What a pupper.
posted by Jimbob at 8:25 PM on April 4 [4 favorites]


Why can't CNN and BBC and fucking FOX report news like that amongst all the badness? That's headline news, right there!
posted by eggkeeper at 8:25 PM on April 4 [8 favorites]


Yes. Good dog.

More animal anarchy, please.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:35 PM on April 4 [13 favorites]


omg that was fantastic. That dog was having the BEST TIME. Can't catch me! (And all the silly people who kept chasing him! Don't they know the secret is to run away?)
posted by suelac at 8:36 PM on April 4 [11 favorites]


Tweeted this: Dog internal monologue: "Oh boy oh boy oh boy CHASE oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy CHASE oh boy oh boy oh" etc. x 1E6.

Further proof that relative to just about any animal, humans are really terrible at sports.
posted by supercres at 8:40 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


LET! HIM! PLAY!
LET! HIM! PLAY!
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:48 PM on April 4 [9 favorites]


There's no rule that a dog can't play football.
posted by tobascodagama at 8:59 PM on April 4 [4 favorites]


I wonder if this could be a new disruption tactic. Maybe we could release MULTIPLE dogs if our team is losing.
posted by steady-state strawberry at 9:01 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


this is the best soccer game in history and also it really made me miss my really good boy Kingsley the best dog of all time who would do this type of thing on a regular basis
posted by capnsue at 9:10 PM on April 4 [17 favorites]


Well that pupper sure dominated the defense!

He's lucky he didn't get a yellow card.
posted by praemunire at 9:14 PM on April 4


Adorable! But was that really a beagle or a foxhound or some crossbreed? I always thought beagles were a little smaller than that.
posted by maudlin at 9:20 PM on April 4


Good lord. Those people are clueless on how to get a dog off the pitch. First, get down at eye level and start calling the dog in a friendly, high-pitched voice. If it won't respond to calling, run away from it. Dogs can't help but chase things running away from them, even if they're chasing you right off the pitch.
posted by Big Al 8000 at 9:41 PM on April 4 [8 favorites]


Yeah, I love all the humans trying to get the dog off the pitch by... bending down into dog play posture.

This is probably the most interesting thing to ever happen during a soccer match.
posted by biogeo at 10:07 PM on April 4 [4 favorites]


Such a good dog!

And at the end: Have you known anything like this, like ever?
posted by mochapickle at 10:28 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I love all the humans trying to get the dog off the pitch by... bending down into dog play posture.

I saw a lot of people adopting a posture of "I am a human and want to play."

But here's a secret. If you want a dog to come to you and you're prepared to accept whatever happens next, kneel down and, in one motion, bring both of your hands and forearms down onto the ground, your head low but your chin forward (so you are gazing out horizontally at the dog, not at the ground). This is the international dog gesture for "I am a dog and want to play".
posted by Jpfed at 11:04 PM on April 4 [11 favorites]


Just as well this didn't happen in Auckland.
posted by Segundus at 11:14 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


I was playing with my buddy Blue the Australian Cattle Dog today, and can report in his case being on the pitch would involve a lot of deflated footballs. But he would bring them right to you.

In conclusion, I move at least one dog be present at any football game.
posted by maxwelton at 1:27 AM on April 5 [1 favorite]


In fact, forget the football game. Let's just play with dogs.
posted by No-sword at 1:45 AM on April 5 [7 favorites]


Needs more Yakety Sax.

Oh, wait.
posted by ssmug at 4:04 AM on April 5 [7 favorites]


But here's a secret. If you want a dog to come to you and you're prepared to accept whatever happens next, kneel down and, in one motion, bring both of your hands and forearms down onto the ground, your head low but your chin forward (so you are gazing out horizontally at the dog, not at the ground).

In the 1962 world cup quarter final between England and Brazil, Jimmy Greaves did exactly this and saved the day/ruined the day (delete as applicable).
posted by dng at 4:10 AM on April 5 [21 favorites]


Remain calm. There is a dog in the vents.

GREASE ME UP WOMAN!
posted by adept256 at 4:36 AM on April 5 [2 favorites]


This dog was having a really fun day! I mean, people are all running around chasing a ball and the dog was like "I can do that too! Fun!" (I liked when one of the guys on the video said "Isn't that [blank]'s dog?" I didn't quite catch the name. But there was just something so charming about the implication of "of course this dog would run out onto the field.")

Animals interrupting soccer matches is one of my favorite things, especially when they're dogs (and I like soccer).
posted by darksong at 4:50 AM on April 5 [3 favorites]


We have a beagle/treeing walker mix that enjoys playing this game when it is time to go to the barn at night. The only thing he loves more is riding in the car. He gets many (bwahahahaha) rides to the barn.

Oh wait, maybe that is his evil plan.
posted by haikuku at 5:13 AM on April 5 [1 favorite]


Adorable! But was that really a beagle or a foxhound or some crossbreed? I always thought beagles were a little smaller than that.
That's what I was thinking. By definition, if the dog is more than 15 inches high at the shoulder, it is a foxhound. This dog definitely has the beagle colours, and is pretty large for a beagle.
But mostly this dog is a good dog! Yes! Such a good dog!
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:18 AM on April 5 [1 favorite]


it is clearly a Bigeared Soccerhund 12/10
posted by dismas at 5:33 AM on April 5 [12 favorites]


Great stuff. When one of my dogs was younger, he ran out into the middle of a football game and did a huge poo in front of everyone. Gah!
posted by greenhornet at 5:53 AM on April 5


Related: dog chases dolphin down under
posted by dhens at 6:02 AM on April 5 [2 favorites]




I like that everyone talks like @dog_rates now. Good pupper.
posted by bondcliff at 6:22 AM on April 5 [8 favorites]


That video is super fun but also INFURIATING. First, when the woman with the food/treats has the right idea to lure the pupper closer, like a dozen people start surrounding the dog which is sure to make him more wary and freak out. This happens multiple times, sometimes with other people also crouching and calling to the dog, distracting him. Second, the camera misses the damn moment of capture. Gah!
posted by misskaz at 7:01 AM on April 5 [4 favorites]


> Adorable! But was that really a beagle or a foxhound or some crossbreed? I always thought beagles were a little smaller than that.
That's what I was thinking. By definition, if the dog is more than 15 inches high at the shoulder, it is a foxhound. This dog definitely has the beagle colours, and is pretty large for a beagle.


The UK (where this football match is taking place) has different breed conformation standards to Canada. The Kennel Club (UK) beagle breed standard states that a height of between 13-16" at the withers is "desirable"; whereas the Canadian Kennel Club beagle breed standard states that beagles of a height exceeding 15" at the withers are disqualified [from show].
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 7:07 AM on April 5 [2 favorites]


...aaand I just realised that my comment might have come off as a rather snippy "Well, actually..." gotcha rather than the cheerful "Well, I'm no canine expert, but it could still be a beagle!" which was intended. Sorry if I sounded terse there, Multicellular Exothermic! Didn't mean to.
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 7:26 AM on April 5 [2 favorites]


Thank you, thank you all. This definitely made my day a lot better. Quite good with the Yakety Sax (thanks ssmug), and the men with steel hearts link (thanks whuppy) has both some great moments and great music!
posted by TreeRooster at 7:33 AM on April 5


This brings back memories for me, too, of chasing our beagle mix all around the neighborhood when he got loose. He was the most chill, leisurely dog in the house, but once he was free he was off like a shot. Trying to catch him just made it worse.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 8:03 AM on April 5


Last week I was walking my SIL's dogs in the mountains, and as we came around the corner we saw a wirehaired pointer trotting down the street, about thirty yards in front of a woman in a long coat. It's a quiet town and although it has leash laws, I didn't think much of it, until the woman in the coat called out, "Can you grab her collar, please?"

So my sister stepped to the side and took the dog by the collar. And the woman said that she'd been chasing the pointer for an hour.

Dogs, man. If they enjoy being chased, you're basically hosed.
posted by suelac at 8:32 AM on April 5 [6 favorites]


Ain't no rule says a dog can't play soccer!
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:16 AM on April 5


Less bitey than Luis Suarez.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:01 AM on April 5 [3 favorites]


Had the same response I have every time we take our dog to the dog park (twice every weekend come hell or high water): I have never liked anything in my entire life as much as ANY DOG loves doing LITERALLY ANYTHING.
posted by penduluum at 11:24 AM on April 5 [4 favorites]


I had my dog at work one day (university campus) and my husband had dropped her off with only her collar, not her harness. I think he'd forgotten she throws a collar very easily.

So I took her outside for a bathroom break and she gets a glint in her eye and instantly throws her collar and then decides that chase will be a really fun game to play with me while a whole pile of college students wander by and look bemused.

She's super-fast and super-gleeful about chase so I knew I couldn't catch her, so the only option was to engage in some of the play and then run *away* from her, full tilt, into my building while calling her name. And of course, the building door is right next to the elevator bank, so a bunch of people I know got to see the spectacle of me racing past them, yelling "Come on, come on!", pursued by a grinning 50 pound mutt.
posted by Squeak Attack at 3:57 PM on April 5 [6 favorites]


Sorry if I sounded terse there, Multicellular Exothermic! Didn't mean to.
Not to worry. I love beagles, and I love learning more about beagles!
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:29 PM on April 5


Extremely sporty doggo

Would pet. 13/10
posted by dr. moot at 10:58 PM on April 5




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