When pet parent Russell Jones noticed his beloved dog Bill limping, he took him to the vet for x-rays, hoping to find out what was wrong.
As it turns out, Bill wanted to show sympathy for his guardian, and the compassionate pup was simply imitating Jones, who is in a plaster leg cast and with a limp of his own.
Heartwarming footage of the pair traveling haphazardly down the sidewalk and entering the vet’s office went viral on social media, garnering more than two million views so far.
“Cost me 300 pounds in vet fees and X-rays,” Russell wrote in the video’s caption. “Nothing wrong, just sympathy. Love him.”
Numerous studies in recent years have shown that pets and their guardians influence each others’ behavior and that dogs tend to imitate their guardians, even when doing so is not in their best interest, the Sun reported.
This uplifting story reminds us of the remarkable and unique bonds our beloved pets can form, and that they are worthy of our respect, attention, and care.