After a Golden Retriever showed off her gentle egg-holding skills, other dogs are being put to the test.
Sookie the Golden Retriever recently gained Internet stardom after her owners filmed a video of the dog holding an egg in her mouth. Though it takes some coaxing to get Sookie to give her mom back the egg, the shell remains intact--not a crack can be found.
Carrie and Steven DuComb of Michigan know that Golden Retrievers are notorious for their gentle mouths, and wondered if the myth that they can hold an egg in their soft mouths without breaking was true. Goldies were bred for waterfowl hunting, delicately retrieving prey with their mouths. As Sookie so expertly showed, their jaws are delicate indeed and the egg just sits gently in the retriever's mouth.
The DuCombs niece posted the video on the elizabeth gillies fan account Twitter handle where it quickly took off.
my aunt read online that a golden retriever’s mouth is so gentle they can hold an egg in their mouth without cracking it so she tried it on her dog and well pic.twitter.com/6SDyUI3v4j
— elizabeth gillies fan account (@Iaurdreyfuss) February 4, 2018
Now, all sorts of dogs are attempting the egg challenge.
Like Allison Lockhart's Golden Doodle, but he was too scared of the egg to try...
I tried to test the theory of a golden retriever’s mouth being so gentle that they won’t even crack an egg but my golden doodle is scared of the egg.... pic.twitter.com/qKzn2eEzL3
— Allison Lockhart (@A_Lock1) February 5, 2018
Carrie, a licensed veterinary technician, said success of of the egg game isn't just breed-dependent. Temperament plays a role, too. Carrie said her boss's Golden Retriever isn't patient enough to partake in the egg challenge.
And some are just confused about the task at hand, like this pit bull.
Tried the golden retriever egg challenge on my pit, I love him pic.twitter.com/qCrcUkAYVs
— leah 🍓 (@leahwhoran) February 6, 2018
Of course, the video received some backlash from folks concerned the dog might swallow the raw egg, but Carrie, trained in the veterinary field, knows her dog. Sookie apparently will do anything for treats and wouldn't think about eating the egg.
The egg challenge : Zeke Edition
1. Immediately ran off with the egg
2. Protected the egg like his baby
3. Broke egg on carpet
4. Begged for more eggs
5. Currently pouting because I wouldn’t let him eat the eggs#goldenretriever #eggchallenge pic.twitter.com/rsaPJvzbMp
— Laura Arnold (@LB_Arnold) February 6, 2018
For the most part, pet owners everywhere are getting a kick out of the successes and epic fails or their dogs giving the egg challenge a try.
This good dog was successful...
— zo (@zoeyhaas6) February 5, 2018
Has your dog tried the egg challenge? Tag us #wideopenpets and #eggchallenge on social media!
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