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Stray Dog Comforts Actor Pretending To Be Hurt: 'It Was a Very Emotional Moment'

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There are many dogs who seem to speak human. They may not know entire languages, but they can read tone and body language — and some of those signs are universal.

If you saw a person lying on the ground, moaning, with their eyes closed, you’d probably guess the person was in pain.

And that’s just what Turkish actor Numan Ertuğrul Uzunsoy was trying to portray recently during an outdoor play: His character was gravely injured.

“The character I played was injured and in great pain,” he explained to The Dodo earlier this month. “He’d fallen off a horse, and was breathing hard.”

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The crowd watched as the scene progressed, but another creature was watching, too. A dog wandered in from the wings and saw Uzunsoy lying prostrate on the ground.

So it did what any concerned dog would do: It went up to him, wagging, and sniffed at him before snuggling in between his chin and chest.

“I felt warmth on my face,” Uzunsoy recalled. “First, I thought my costar was approaching me.”

“I was very happy when I felt the dog’s kisses,” he said. “I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it.”

Uzunsoy broke character, his pained expression giving way to a grin as castmates tried to pull the dog away. But the pup was insistent and kept leaning against Uzunsoy, wagging, as the crowd applauded.

“My castmates loved the dog, and the audience was very happy,” Uzunsoy said. “Everyone cheered.”

The dog was led off-scene, and eventually wandered away. It was a well-known stray in the area, but it had made a big impression with its own performance during the show.

Uzunsoy, touched by the pup’s devotion and care, has felt a draw to find it and give it a real home.

“The next day I went to the same place, looking for him,” he said. “People told me he usually hangs out there.

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“I went again today,” Uzunsoy added. “I’ll look for him until I find him. I’ve always loved animals.”

It’s not every day that an animal chooses us instead of the other way around. Hopefully Uzunsoy will find his faithful friend and be able to give it a forever home.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking