You, sir, are a fine dog.
October 2, 2013 3:58 PM   Subscribe

Who's a good widdle doggie? This dog. This dog is a damn good doggie.

It's actually okay to read the very first comment in this case.
posted by mudpuppie (44 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
 
That's pretty awesome. It's easy to project meaning, but it's also pretty easy to see that the dog just wanted to break through the barrier and get the kid's recognition. That also seems to help him in some way of being able to learn to accept another's presence.
posted by planetesimal at 4:04 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


You can't go wrong with a dog and a little boy. Sweet.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:07 PM on October 2, 2013


Once again I can confidently say that the domestic dog is humankind's single greatest achievement, and possibly the best animal on earth.
posted by turbid dahlia at 4:08 PM on October 2, 2013 [51 favorites]


Aww....
posted by Kevin Street at 4:10 PM on October 2, 2013


domestic dog is humankind's single greatest achievement, and possibly the best animal on earth.

Except for the domestic house cat, of course.
posted by xmutex at 4:11 PM on October 2, 2013 [23 favorites]


Wow. I can't believe that dog and our barky squirmy little mutt are the same species...
posted by misozaki at 4:11 PM on October 2, 2013


Except for the domestic house cat, of course.

I have three cats and no dogs and dogs are still the best.
posted by turbid dahlia at 4:18 PM on October 2, 2013 [21 favorites]


Dogs are the best human beings.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:24 PM on October 2, 2013 [20 favorites]


Today was awful for me. This video made it a bit nicer.
posted by 4ster at 4:24 PM on October 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


This video is surprisingly meditative
posted by sweetkid at 4:29 PM on October 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


the domestic dog is humankind's single greatest achievement

And vice versa.
posted by sonascope at 4:31 PM on October 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


A PUPPY!
posted by Artw at 4:39 PM on October 2, 2013


You know what the difference is between a dog and a congressperson?

The dog has fleas..... And compassion and kindness for smaller beings. ( having said that, it wouldn't surprise me if congress critters also had fleas, given who the sleep with)
posted by HuronBob at 4:40 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I could look at this all day.
posted by misozaki at 4:45 PM on October 2, 2013


Good dog. Best friend.
posted by Sokka shot first at 4:47 PM on October 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


Actually, I take back what I said about it being okay to read the top comment, since the one that was on top when I first saw this has been replaced with something stupid.

The comment I was referring to was a translation of something the boy's mother said -- basically, that he's very shy and doesn't like being touched but the dog was very patiently insistent.
posted by mudpuppie at 4:49 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Comment in question:
For those who speak without knowing, this is what the mother said.
"The thing about Hernán (the boy) Is that is a bit shy and avoids physical contact. He doesn't like to be touched, but Himalaya (the dog) insisted so patiently .."
So shut up and enjoy this beautiful video. Be witness of this love so pure and innocent between a cute little boy and a dog that just wants to take care of him.
In context. (May not work.)
posted by cjorgensen at 4:56 PM on October 2, 2013 [6 favorites]


SOMEONE DOMESTICATED CATS? STOP THE PRESSES!

Oh, you mean the wild predators living in your house who are too small to kill you outright?

If instead of a dog that had been a 50+ pounds cat, that kid would be no more.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 4:57 PM on October 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


As I was watching this, my Chihuahua mix came up, put a paw on my knee, and asked to sit on my lap.

Dogs are the very best.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 4:59 PM on October 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


And vice versa.

Oh, nice. I think I prefer this hypothesis more, since human beings are, on the whole, consistently and throughout all of history, unrepentant scumbags. Dogs are better than people and it's fun for me to see that they are evolutionarily smarter too.
posted by turbid dahlia at 5:01 PM on October 2, 2013


Golden labs are exactly this sweet to all people because they are wonderful creatures. Oh how I miss my doggie.
posted by dephlogisticated at 5:24 PM on October 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dogs! This was really sweet.

My best friend has the best dog -- she's an old lady mutt (like a beagle/basset hound/corgi/other things mix -- as my roommate put it "so all the best things) and she has had a lot of puppies in her life (my friend doesn't know how many -- he got her late in her life from a shelter). All this dog wants to do is take care of people (when she's not being adorable and silly and begging for tater tots). She will adopt anything small and fuzzy (and on occasion, you beer) and will run toward crying little kids to go take care of them. She's also charmed many children who were scared of dogs before.

Not all of them, no, but I think dogs mostly just want to love people and be our buddies. And that's a great thing.

(I'm an easy mark so dogs usually see me coming. It's hilarious how many dogs approach me because they already know I'm going to love them.)
posted by darksong at 5:27 PM on October 2, 2013 [7 favorites]


It's really kind of amazing how good and patient with kids some dogs can be. We lucked out with our dog, who preceded the boy. Earlier today I was giving my 9 month old son a little time squawking to see if he was really done with his nap early or if he'd go back to sleep. After five minutes it seemed clear he really was done, so I went upstairs to get him.... and found our dog outside the bedroom door, trying to get in and check on him and why he was making the noise.

So I let him in, and he trotted over to the crib, peeked in, extended his paw through the crib bars to poke the boy, and apparently decided he was satisfied. Of precisely what I have no idea. Based on their more frequent interaction I assume it was to make sure the squealing wasn't to let him know some more food had dropped that he could eat. But this is definitely a different reaction to noise in general than this dog normally has.

You people who transition kids to solid finger foods without a dog in the house... woof.
posted by phearlez at 5:49 PM on October 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


The dog in this video is being so gentle and careful but at the same time insisting that she get to share attention with the little boy - the pawing, the looking away, nose licking, rolling on her belly, those are all "Hi, I'm harmless, let's hang out" signs in Dog Language.

The flea-nibbling she does to his legs KILLS me, because LOOK, I LIKE YOU SO MUCH I AM GOING TO GROOM YOU, THAT'S WHAT YOU PRIMATES DO, RIGHT, YOU GROOM? LIKE THIS? It is the cutest thing ever when dogs start flea-nibbling humans. Nibble nibble nibble.

Dogs are my favorite people. I love them.
posted by cmyk at 6:18 PM on October 2, 2013 [11 favorites]


Dogs are one of the few truly great things in life.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 6:19 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


This was lovely and perfect in every way. So of course, people had to derail it with the dogs vs. cats thing immediately, everywhere I've seen it posted so far.
posted by Coatlicue at 6:27 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


It is the cutest thing ever when dogs start flea-nibbling humans. Nibble nibble nibble.

My dog does all the things this dog does except she's a clumsy oaf. Instead of adorably putting her paw on the kids shoulder she would have popped him right in the nose. Her attempts to mutually groom inevitably turn into "Ow, ow ow! Stop biting my arm you freak!"

It is cute if you are wearing a heavy sweater I guess, but I'm kind of twitchy about it now.
posted by fshgrl at 6:42 PM on October 2, 2013


I used to have a neighbor that I could see coming in my direction with his dog from a ways off for their daily constitution. That dog would be half a football field away and, upon seeing me, start sneezing with excitement and running toward me. It sneezed all the way there and then was all over me. I don't live there anymore and the dog has since died. I miss them both.
posted by michellenoel at 6:47 PM on October 2, 2013


That kid is like dude stop touching me. I kinda felt uncomfortable for him.

Although it was super cute when the dog out his paw on the kid's shoulder.
posted by sio42 at 7:05 PM on October 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


I love watching beings work at making a connection. And that dog was working -- I love how he tried different things each time, rather than just intensifying one approach. So sweet.
posted by jaguar at 7:30 PM on October 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yay for connections. No one, man or good dog, is an island.
posted by Samizdata at 8:41 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


The mom's explaination made perfect sense. The dog's smart enough not to overwhelm the kids (not all dogs are) and put just the right amount of pressure on to get the kid to respond without crying or running away.

Wooz a good doggie? YOU'RE a good doggie!
posted by BlueHorse at 8:46 PM on October 2, 2013


I love that doggie.
posted by 26.2 at 8:50 PM on October 2, 2013


Aw, good puppy!

She reminded me of my Murphy, a yellow Lab/Aussie mix who was everyone's friend, whether they knew it or not. Zoe, my Pitbull, behaves the same way with small children. (Everyone else gets 50 pounds of exuberant kissy-face on their laps.)
posted by MissySedai at 9:15 PM on October 2, 2013


That is just an immensely sensitive and sweet dog, and the little boy coming around and hugging her head is just a glorious moment. Man. I love my cats, but I miss living with dogs.
posted by invitapriore at 9:37 PM on October 2, 2013


I've been wanting a dog more than anything lately, and this did not help. True love.
posted by Chutzler at 10:34 PM on October 2, 2013


It's Madam, I believe. Her fineness is beyond doubt.
posted by steganographia at 10:50 PM on October 2, 2013 [1 favorite]




Reminds me of the 2002 documentary, To Be and To Have, about schoolchildren in rural France. It's one of the best things, right up there with this video.
posted by jwhite1979 at 4:30 AM on October 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is pretty amazing. That dog literally has a better understanding of how to gently push this kid's boundaries than most people would.
posted by the bricabrac man at 6:04 AM on October 3, 2013




I have an immoderate fondness for cats. But at heart they are very much like the boy in the video, not the dog. In fact you could learn a lot about how to deal with cats from watching the dog's style. That's a heck of a dog.
posted by wotsac at 8:44 AM on October 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I WILL LOVE YOU TINY HUMAN, AND ONE DAY, YOU MAY SCRATCH MY EARS. THIS IS GOOD.
posted by quin at 1:51 PM on October 3, 2013 [5 favorites]


Cats domesticated themselves.
posted by broken wheelchair at 12:39 AM on October 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


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