This story originally appeared at American Web Media.
A Utah dog, Sullivan, is living his best dog life. He eats as much as he wants. He plays outside and takes long walks. And, best of all, he gets to snuggle with his humans, Alex and Kennady, on the couch.
But one day, Kennady was rushing off to work when she heard her beloved pooch start to have a horrendous couching fit. “It really, really freaked me out,” she told The Dodo. “He was wagging his tail and running around and just wanted to play but also kept making this horrific noise.”
Naturally, Kennady wasn’t about to leave Sullivan there to suffer by himself. First, she called her husband at work to deliver the bad news, holding the phone close so the dog’s wheezing was clearly audible across the line. A panicked Alex immediately rushed home to help, only to find Sullivan’s coughing mysteriously abated upon his return.
But the next morning, Sullivan’s whooping cough returned with a vengeance – right as the couple was about to leave for work. Alex again called in sick to take the dog to the vet. His boss wouldn’t be happy, but the worried couple would do anything to help their beloved pet.
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At the veterinarian’s office, however, Alex realized he was in for a major surprise. After running some tests, the vet tech told Alex that Sullivan had simply been faking his symptoms in order to harness his owners’ full attention.
Seriously? Alex found this diagnosis a little far-fetched, so he took Sullivan to get a second opinion. And a second, second opinion. However, they all said they same thing. This pampered pooch was simply faking his cough to keep his beloved humans at home.
Have you ever heard of a dog doing something like this? Let us know in the comments below!
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