Video of Dog Determined to Join Owner’s Trip Brings TikTok Viewers To Tears

Golden retriever Leo has captured the hearts of millions with his talent for packing a suitcase.

A video recorded by Leo’s owner, Tik Tok user midwestgolden.leo, first showcased Leo’s unique response to his owner’s travel preparations: he begins to pack his own suitcase, starting with his most cherished item, a stuffed lion.

We all know that there is a deep bond between pets and their owners, but it’s more of a magical experience when animals gain an intuitive understanding of human actions. Leo’s talent has sparked a wide array of reactions online, with many viewers finding themselves moved to tears by the sheer sweetness of the gesture.

1. Leo is a Golden Retriever who attempted to pack his own suitcase.
Photo: TikTok / midwestgolden.leo
1. Leo is a Golden Retriever who attempted to pack his own suitcase.

The Emotional Intelligence of Dogs

Golden Retrievers are renowned for their friendly, tolerant attitude, and Leo’s behavior is a testament to the breed’s emotional intelligence, Newsweek reports.

The act of packing his own suitcase signifies a level of comprehension and empathy that goes beyond the basic tricks and commands often associated with dog training.

Experts often note that dogs can pick up on cues from their human companions and react in ways that seem remarkably perceptive, Earth reports.

Leo’s decision to pack his belongings, including his indispensable stuffed lion, illustrates not just a reaction to the sight of a suitcase but an emotional response to the impending separation from his owner.

Leo's owner was preparing for a trip.
Photo: TikTok / midwestgolden.leo
Leo’s owner was preparing for a trip.

The Viral Sensation

The video, which quickly went viral, has not only showcased Leo’s adorable antics but also sparked a conversation about the relationship we share with our pets. Comments on the TikTok post range from heartfelt pleas to never leave him behind to humorous assertions of legal representation on Leo’s behalf, demanding his inclusion in the travel plans.

“This would cause me to fully break down and cry about leaving,” TikTok user LiLiLesLilas commented, echoing the sentiment of many who found themselves emotionally invested in Leo’s story4.

“He is packing his essentials,” wrote Kelly, highlighting how viewers anthropomorphize pets, attributing human-like intentions and emotions to their actions.

Despite his efforts, Leo stayed home while his owner traveled.
Photo: TikTok / midwestgolden.leo
Despite his efforts, Leo stayed home while his owner traveled.

Reality Behind the Tears

While the video has undoubtedly brought joy and a few tears to many, it also sheds light on the reality of pet ownership, especially when it comes to travel. The owner’s decision to leave Leo behind was not made lightly; it was necessitated by the distance of the trip and the purpose behind it – a sentimental journey to Australia in memory of a lost loved one.

“I hate leaving him, but he’ll be with my husband,” midwestgolden.leo wrote in the comments. “I lost my grandma earlier this year and I’m going to Australia with my mom to see the Australian Open because it’s her number one bucket list item to see all of the grand slam tennis tournaments.”

This aspect of the story serves as a reminder of the complex decisions pet owners must often make, balancing their love for their pets with the demands and unpredictabilities of life.

Leo’s story is more than just a viral video; it’s a narrative that resonates with anyone who has ever loved a pet. It speaks to the unspoken bond between humans and animals, a connection that can manifest in the most unexpected and heartwarming ways.

See more in the video below.

@midwestgolden.leo Alright, I guess he’s going now. #goldenretriever #funnydogs #goldenretrieverlife #smartdogs ♬ original sound – Leo + Family

As we watch Leo pack his suitcase, we’re reminded of the depth of emotion and understanding that our furry friends can exhibit, making our lives all the richer for their presence.

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