Can you spot the dog? Irish setter hiding during walk in park routs internet
A dog owner confused people around the world this week by sharing a photo and asking people to spot her dog.
Taken by Madison Carter from Perth, Western Australia, the photo of Charlie, the 7-month-old Irish setter, left viewers baffled.
Carter said Newsweek: “We have just entered fall/winter here and the path is lined with deciduous trees which lose their leaves at this time of year. Park maintenance comes weekly to sweep them up in huge piles to keep cleared grass.
“As Charlie was born in the summer, this is his first time experiencing fall and the weather that goes with it. I wanted to take him to our upper park to see the leaves and see if he would like to play in the bunch – which of course he did.”
After playing with his ball at the park, Charlie was resting among a pile of leaves when Carter and his mother had to look twice to see where he was and quickly snapped a photo of the cleverly camouflaged pup.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Irish Setter as a breed in 1878, and today it is ranked as the 77th most popular dog breed in the United States Famous for its sweet and active personality, the signature mahogany coat of the Irish Setter is the perfect shade to blend effortlessly with the autumn leaves.
Carter shared the image on the popular Facebook group Dogspotting with the caption: “Spotto level: advanced”, where users were amazed at how well hidden the dog was. “It’s not a dog, it’s a chameleon,” one Facebook user joked. While another wrote: “Took me ages! Good hidden dog spot.”
Pet advice site Little Dog Tips suggests that many dogs love to play hide and seek, especially if their owner is also hiding. “It’s a very special bonding experience. It teaches your dog that being around you is rewarding. You’ll love watching your dog seek you out from your hiding places. It’s amazing how quickly he learns the game and begins to seek in the zones. you’ve already left,” he said.
Surprised by how many people were having trouble spotting Charlie, Carter said Newsweek“I think Facebook makes the quality of the photo poor, which makes it harder to spot. But I also didn’t expect so many people to try to spot it.”
Currently experiencing many firsts with her young pup, Carter and Charlie are set to take on a walking challenge, aiming to walk 100km (60 miles) in June in support of the Red Cross in Australia.
“They up the game,” another commenter said in response to the pup’s hidden photo. While another user simply wrote: “Good camouflage!”
Last month, another hidden pet took the internet by storm when a cat was seen hiding among chainsaws at a store in South Carolina. Emma the cat was eventually spotted by netizens who joked, “Cats with chainsaws, that’s all we need.”
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