The ultimate battle: dog vs. shadow dog

What secrets is this dog trying to beat out of its own shadow?


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Jul 17, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 11:12 am CDT

Forget about those flashy HBO standup specials and big-budget summer comedies. Some of the best laughs can still be found in your own backyard. Case in point: an adorable dog trying to pounce on his shadow.

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For a little less than a minute, we get to see what appears to be a German Shepherd with Polish owners probe the spatial reality of the flat, black, German Shepherd-shaped thing on the sunny back patio. As he experiments with methods of attack, you can almost hear him thinking, “Damn, this guy knows all my moves.”

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He’s not the only pooch with this problem, however, as other recent videos attest. It’s an epidemic of invading shadow-mutts, and only our loyal watchdogs can stomp them out!

A few viewers hypothesized that this was not simply canine capering, and that the dog knows something his humans don’t: Is there actually a dead body under those tiles? A stash of uncut Colombian cocaine? Who knows, we’re enjoying this too much.

Photo via gran fatha/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 17, 2013, 1:06 pm CDT