Dogs have long served as working animals but most of the dogs we interact with today lead pleasant, easy lives as household pets. You would think that a dog whose only job is to be a pet would get to sleep in as late as he likes. Not if his humans are the owners of a bagel shop. Like bakers since time immemorial, they have to get up really early and get to work so their customers will be able to start the day with nice, fresh breadstuffs. For these bagel shop owners, “early” can mean 3:30 in the morning!
They have an adorable Great Dane puppy named Thor. Although still just a youngster, he’s already bigger than a lot of dogs. We don’t know what role, if any, Thor plays at the bagel shop, but his humans feel compelled to wake him up at 3:30. The sleepy dog doesn’t want to cooperate. His dad tries his best. “Hey, Thor! Wake up. Talk to me. Wake up, Thor! You’ve got to get up, Thor! You have to get up. You cannot lay down all day. You gotta get up. I don’t want to hear it. Time to wake up. Let’s go.” And so on, but to no avail, despite patting the bed, shaking Thor’s paw, and rubbing and patting his belly. Thor rolls around a bit and makes a series of incredibly funny noises that hardly require translation: “I’m sleeping in, mister!” At one point, the sleepy dog looks like he’s going to get up. Dad exclaims, “That’s a good boy!” And then, of course, Thor flops right over.
We leave it to you to decide who’s being more stubborn, Thor or his human dad. In any case, it’s no wonder this video has 20 million views and counting.
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