“Our Golden Retriever is besotted with her teddy bear,” explained YouTube user Simon Bromfield. “We set up a little sting operation to see if we could catch her on camera stealing it out of the washing machine,” he added as context for the short clip that has delighted more than 5 million viewers since it was originally posted in October of 2013.
Savannah the Golden Retriever looks more than a little hesitant to poke her head into the washing machine but braves its strange, noisy interiors for her favorite toy.
The incident, captured on two hidden cameras, shows just how in love with the teddy Savannah truly is.
All of the hesitation and trepidation that Savannah showed while rescuing her teddy bear instantly vanishes when she’s got him with her.
After she plucks him from the washing machine, her tail starts swishing as she walks away confidently, a tricky job well done.
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As the video notes, they don’t call them retrievers for nothing!
This behavior is actually very common, according to Wag, which writes: “It is a natural way of showing her attachment to the toys, as she carries them around looking for a place to nest. To our dogs, stuffed animals fulfill a variety of roles, from prey to sibling and plaything to squirrel-substitute, we could easily say dogs live vicariously through their beloved plushies.”
Now, if you’re like me, when you see a viral clip from a while ago (nearly 8 years), you start to wonder. Where are they now? Well, I’m pleased to let you know that Savannah is still bringing sweetness and smiles to her family’s life.
While she’s a little more white-haired than golden these days, she still shows the adorable warmth that made her original clip so endearing. She’s also got a baby brother, now: Charlie!
Watch Savannah and her Teddy in action below!
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