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Mon Feb 5, 2018, 12:21 PM

Your Dog Feels No Shame

In 2011, a Maryland dog owner named Mali Vujanic uploaded a video to YouTube confidently titled “Guilty!” He’d come home to find his two retrievers near an empty bag of cat treats. The first dog, a golden retriever, lounged calmly, her conscience seemingly clean. But the second dog, a yellow Labrador named Denver, sat quaking in a corner, her eyes downcast, making what Vujanic called “her signature ‘I done it’ face.” Vujanic gasped at the apparent admission of guilt: “You did this!” Denver beat her tail nervously and grimaced. “You know the routine. In the kennel.” Obediently, the dog impounded herself.

The video quickly garnered a flood of comments. Since then, “dog shaming” has become popular on Twitter and Instagram, as owners around the world post shots of their trembling pets beside notes in which the dogs seem to cop to bad behavior. “0 days since the last toilet paper massacre,” a Weimaraner confesses; “I ate an extra large pepperoni pizza,” admits a chocolate Lab. Human enthusiasm for guilty dogs seems boundless: A 2013 collection of dog-shaming photos landed on the New York Times best-seller list; Denver’s video has been viewed more than 50 million times.


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