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Injured Dog Owner Spends $400 On Vet For His Limping Dog Only To Find Out He Was Copying The Owner Out Of Sympathy
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Animals, Dogs1 year ago

Injured Dog Owner Spends $400 On Vet For His Limping Dog Only To Find Out He Was Copying The Owner Out Of Sympathy

Every so often, our beloved pets prove themselves to be even more sweet and compassionate than some people are. With that being said, meet Bill—a lurcher from London who’s been imitating his injured owner’s limp out of sympathy.

Recently, the owner named Russell Jones shared a heartwarming yet hilarious video on Facebook capturing the doggy imitating his behavior while walking beside him, and in just a few days, received over 11k likes along with 26k shares.

Meet Bill—a lurcher from London who’s recently proved himself to be even more sympathetic than some people

Image credits: Russell Jones

The short video captures Russell, whose leg had been placed in a plaster cast, walking the street with his doggy Bill. The lurcher is seen walking with his paw raised above the ground in order to copy his owner’s limp. “Cost me £300 in vet fees and X-rays, nothing wrong, just sympathy. Love him,” Russell wrote in the description of his post.

For a while, this doggy has been imitating his injured owner’s limp out of pure compassion

Image credits: Russell Jones

According to Cesar’s Way, “There are a number of different creatures that imitate others within their own species. People imitate other people. Birds imitate other birds. Non-human primates like monkeys and apes imitate others in their group.”

“But dogs not only imitate other dogs—they copy what we do as well. What’s even crazier is that they have been known to do so even when the imitation doesn’t benefit them,” Cesar’s Way explains on their webpage.

The owner paid around $400 in vet fees and X-rays only to find out there was, in fact, nothing wrong with his dog

Image credits: Russell Jones

Why do our doggies copy our behavior, though? “Experts think that dogs’ tendency to copy us came about through thousands of years of selective breeding and training. Over time, it grew to become a built-in reaction,” reads the website.

In just a few days, Russell’s Facebook video received over 11k likes along with 26k shares

Here’s how people reacted to the clip

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Cori
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1 year ago

My childhood cat fell off a parked lawn mower and broke her elbow (she was very sweet but also kinda special). We fussed over her, took her to the vet, had surgery done and all that. I also had a German shepherd who was a huge baby. The day after the cat started limping around, she started limping too. I checked her over but couldn't find anything wrong, so I assumed she was just horning in on the attention the cat was getting. The limping got worse though, so after a few days, I checked her over more thoroughly. I found a huge thorn in the pad of her foot that initially looked like a bit of mud. I still feel bad about that to this day.

Chris Jones
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1 year ago

A very useful addition to the conversation though - don't assume and check your pet thoroughly. If it is any consolation you know your dog would forgive you, that's how loving they are.

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Teresa Taylor
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1 year ago

When I was about 10 or 11, my dog got hit by a car. Mickey had to have surgery and wear a cast. When we would take him for walks, he would trot along like nobody's business...until he saw someone. Then he would have the most pitiful limp anyone ever saw. Of course, the people would take pity on the poor dog in the cast and pet him and talk to him. He basked in the glory that was due him and he stayed put until his new friend left. Then he'd trot off in search of his next sucker. This was in the late 70s before cellphone cameras were invented. Man! I wish we had movie reels of this, though. Mickey was a trip. I miss that dog. 😢💕💕💕

Laura Doherty
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8 months ago

Mickey sounded like a hoot!

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

How can you not love these creatures?

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Cori
Community Member
1 year ago

My childhood cat fell off a parked lawn mower and broke her elbow (she was very sweet but also kinda special). We fussed over her, took her to the vet, had surgery done and all that. I also had a German shepherd who was a huge baby. The day after the cat started limping around, she started limping too. I checked her over but couldn't find anything wrong, so I assumed she was just horning in on the attention the cat was getting. The limping got worse though, so after a few days, I checked her over more thoroughly. I found a huge thorn in the pad of her foot that initially looked like a bit of mud. I still feel bad about that to this day.

Chris Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

A very useful addition to the conversation though - don't assume and check your pet thoroughly. If it is any consolation you know your dog would forgive you, that's how loving they are.

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Teresa Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

When I was about 10 or 11, my dog got hit by a car. Mickey had to have surgery and wear a cast. When we would take him for walks, he would trot along like nobody's business...until he saw someone. Then he would have the most pitiful limp anyone ever saw. Of course, the people would take pity on the poor dog in the cast and pet him and talk to him. He basked in the glory that was due him and he stayed put until his new friend left. Then he'd trot off in search of his next sucker. This was in the late 70s before cellphone cameras were invented. Man! I wish we had movie reels of this, though. Mickey was a trip. I miss that dog. 😢💕💕💕

Laura Doherty
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8 months ago

Mickey sounded like a hoot!

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tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

How can you not love these creatures?

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