As the proud owner of a wonderful little poodle, I’ve always been curious what my dog gets up to when he’s alone at home. I’m pretty sure most dog owners would be wondering the same. Now, thanks to “Mike The Intern” on YouTube, we finally have some clue — and it is heartbreaking. This guy strapped a GoPro camera on his Goldendoodle and left his house for the day, and the dog immediately started running back and forth between the door and the window, desperate to see where its human went. You can even see a bit of the dog’s chin in this photo (ngaaawwwww…): But the most painful part was when it figured out its human wasn’t coming
home anytime soon, and jumped into a pile of his clothes and started sniffing away. He then started howling sadly at the ceiling… The owner shared all about the experience on Reddit, where he revealed that he will be getting another dog soon, so the poor Goldendoodle won’t have to be alone all the time. He also added that it was the first time he had ever heard his dog howl in their six years together, and said:
We held each other and cried after I watched this.
Unfortunately, there was no happy ending to the video as the camera went out of battery before the owner got home. That footage would have been #priceless. There were a few interesting discussions on the Reddit about crate training, which other pet owners proposed as a way to help dogs deal with this kind of separation anxiety. Of course, there were a few trolls on YouTube accusing Mike of abusing the dog, etc. Whatever. The main thing we should take away from this little “experiment” is just how much pain and sadness dogs are capable of feeling — in addition to the overwhelming love and affection they have for their owners. In Malaysia, where horrific animal abuse cases like this still occur, this is a particularly important message.
The good news is, earlier this year, we ran this story on how independent animal rescue groups in Malaysia are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel thank to the current generation of Malaysian youth, who are much more aware of animal rights. Animal rescuers in Malaysia have struggled for decades with public apathy, unsympathetic authorities and, of course, countless animal abusers. Young Malaysians, however, are now using social media to great effect to raise awareness on animal rights and to help facilitate animal rescues and adoptions. And the best part is, most of them are doing it as volunteers. Long may it continue!