The internet has been left in stitches after a video of a “cheating” dog received viral attention.
The video shared was on Reddit’s r/Unexpected forum by user Competitive-Chair-84 on Wednesday. With more than 78,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments, the footage has delighted viewers.
In the video, the camera pans to the dog sitting in the garden by the fence where an arm reaches through to pat the happy pup.
With the caption “This is what cheating looks like,” in the video, you can hear the voice behind the camera laughing.
“That is a very brave hand,” wrote one Reddit user. While another commenter said: “I caught my cat getting fussed by another man in the street. She jumped up and looked suitably ashamed. The harlot.”
While this dog may not be showing it, our canine friends are famed for their loyalty. In fact, a 2015 study by researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found that dogs are so loyal that they will snub humans that are mean to their owners.
The study involved three groups of 18 dogs and their owners. Dogs were shown a scene including their owner and two strangers—one where the owner was snubbed by the strangers and another where the stranger helped the owner.
After the scene, strangers held out treats for the dog. But where the owner had been ignored by the stranger, the dogs were more likely to avoid that person.
Upon seeing the viral video of the “cheating” pup, one Redditor joked: “Time to kick the dog out of the house.” Another user said: “Camera woman isn’t laughing at the cuteness, she was crying at the utter betrayal.”
But a little bit of time with a canine companion can have a big impact on people. In a recent study published by the American Academy of Neurology, research found that time spent with a pet had a positive impact on cognitive ability.
Looking at data from more than 1,300 adults with an average age of 65, the study found that owning a pet could be linked to slower cognitive decline in older people. Study author Tiffany Braley said: “As stress can negatively affect cognitive function, the potential stress-buffering effects of pet ownership could provide a plausible reason for our findings. A companion animal can also increase physical activity, which could benefit cognitive health.”
Some commenters on the viral video even suggested that the owner of the dog reach out to the neighbor: “You should offer your neighbor to come out and walk your dog with you. I’m sure it would make his/her day.”
Another Redditor shared a heartwarming story of a dog that had plenty of owners: “I remember living in an apartment complex and we had a dog with five different homes. It was the older lady’s dog but he would get out and just scratch the doors. We would take him for walks and coming back he would just wander around to the next home.”
Newsweek has reached out to Competitive-Chair-84 for comment.