Watch Moment Stray Dog Thinks Tied-Up Pup Needs Help, Tries To Steal Him from Owner

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Dogs are generally loyal creatures that come in a variety of intelligences and personalities. Some are content to remain part of the decor, lounging on pillows and napping in the sun, only exerting themselves to walk over for a bite to eat or to get some water.

Others need constant supervision and stimulation or they get bored — and when they get bored, they get destructive or act out. They’re a lot smarter than some people would think — though if you’ve owned a dog before you’re probably aware of that.

A dog named Red at Battersea Dogs & Cats home in London caused quite an uproar in 2004 when he was finally identified as the culprit for multiple late-night dog parties.

Morning shift workers came in time after time to find dogs loose and running around in one particular wing of the building. At first it was just a few, but soon more and more greeted them, out of their kennels, in the morning.

“They had had lots of food, lots of fun and games and caused loads of mess,” employee Becky Blackmore told the Telegraph. “We weren’t too sure what was going on.”

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“There are lots of stories about Battersea being haunted so we wanted to make sure that there was an explanation for what was going on and we managed to catch the culprit.”

After some stern words to the staff and wondering if someone was playing a joke, the home decided to set up cameras — and they found out that one of their pups was a mastermind. Red had learned to open the kennel doors.

Red’s hijinks got him noticed and he was soon adopted. Hopefully he changed his sneaking ways and managed to settle down.

Another case of misplaced heroics recently occurred in Novorossiysk, Russia. A pit bull had been tied up outside a store while the owner went in briefly to shop.

The dog was fine, not looking distressed, calmly waiting for his owner to come back for him — but a nearby dog seemed to take issue with what he saw.

Dmitriy Timchenko told The Dodo that the “helpful” dog was a homeless pup who has repeatedly demonstrated his intelligence. His street smarts are probably what’s helped him survive so long.

“I’ve seen this stray dog around town many times,” Timchenko said. “He always uses the crosswalk to cross the street. He’s a very smart dog.”

In the video posted by natasha_nvrs, you can see the stray tugging at the pit bull’s leash from different angles, trying to get his new friend free.

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Placing the leash over his back molars, he starts grinding down, trying to chew through the tether. He finally manages to detach the leash and taking the little stub left after chewing his pal free, he walks the pit bull to “freedom.”

Through the whole ordeal, the pit bull seems unsure about the stray’s decisions. He’s hesitant to leave, perhaps familiar with his owner’s routine and not wanting to leave her.

Timchenko stopped the would-be pup thief and he and a friend located the pit bull’s owner.

“We went into the store and called the owner on the loudspeaker,” Timchenko said. “She came outside to get her dog.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to the poster of the video for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

The stray may have misread this situation, but his endeavors to “rescue” the other dog are amusing and heartwarming.

While the stray seems like a thoroughly independent pup, perhaps someone will welcome him in so he has a place to call his own.

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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.
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