When our dogs are in distress, we want to know what’s wrong as soon as possible. We’d go to any length to ensure the happiness and safety of our furry friends. So when Billy, a Lurcher, began limping, his parents went to the vet right away.
On the other hand, the dog turned out to be in perfect health. Billy’s family spent over $400 discovering that he’s only imitating his father, who’ve recently received crutches. Usually, most people would’ve felt outraged, but the family’s entertained by their four-legged family member’s wit and compassion.
Russell Jones recently had his foot placed in a plaster cast, requiring him to walk on crutches. He hobbled a little as he walked his dog, but Billy quickly followed suit. Then out of nowhere, one of the pup’s legs did not strike the ground while it limped.
Once John noticed, it made him instantly concerned. Jones and his wife rushed Billy to the vet as soon as humanly possible. Billy walked normally at the vet’s office, which Jones notice but didn’t think much of it.
The vet then concluded that Billy was well after $400 worth of x-rays and examinations. They assumed he’s merely imitating his father’s behavior and expressing concern for him.
Lovable dog that loves to imitate
Despite the hundreds of lost dollars, the explanation for Billy’s limping was also very touching. As a result, Jones recorded Billy in action and posted it to a Lurcher Facebook page. Many dog lovers were happy and impressed by this inspirational video, but others were suspicious.
Some people couldn’t believe a dog could imitate a limp. As a result, some people advised Jones to get a second opinion on Billy’s health. Although Jones confessed to taking the puppy to the vet several times, it appeared that sympathy was Billy’s only condition.
Jones is probably right, as it turns out. Scientists studying dog behavior discovered that dogs enjoy imitating family members. Although some viewers might be skeptical, likely, Billy’s simply sympathizing with his father.
After all, when Jones isn’t around, Billy is said to happily run around the yard with no limp.
Thanks to our friend @billy_limping_lurcher/Instagram for sharing original photos.