An adorable chihuahua that took over his owner’s Facetime conversation after she fell asleep has gone viral on Twitter.
Little Leo’s chat escapade has been retweeted over 100,000 times and has been liked by over a quarter of a million users in roughly one week.
When Sam Stine of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was having a late-night chat with his girlfriend Brookelyn Bilski, she unexpectedly dozed off. We’ve all been there – you want to catch up with your partner after a long day, but you simply don’t have the energy. Luckily, Bilski’s chihuahua Leo was there to keep the conversation going.
In his Twitter post, Stine explained that his girlfriend had fallen asleep with her phone up against her pillow.
“I watched Leo walk over to the phone and stare directly into my eyes.”
Stine, who luckily has a good sense of humor, didn’t seem offended that Bilski had dozed off on him and said that he and Leo proceeded to have “a deep meaningful conversation” during which they “learned a lot about each other.” He also said the two had a “deep conversation about mental health and our feelings.”
Stein’s Twitter post about the incident got immediate attention, with dozens of other users sharing their Facetiming animal stories and photos.
This one would have us thinking twice about continuing the call since the cat looks deeply unamused.
And this dog had a special message for his owner’s Facetime pal.
Apparently, Leo isn’t the only chihuahua with a penchant for Facetime.
Stein also shared more pictures of little Leo, who seems to love the camera but not necessarily its bright light!
While it looks like pets certainly have a love of Facetime and other video chats, it’s unclear whether dogs can actually recognize people on a screen especially a small one like a phone.
According to National Geographic, some dogs seem to be able to recognize owners on large screens, but can’t quite grasp what’s going on.
Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University and chief scientific officer for DogTV, a television network designed for dogs said: “Sometimes dogs seeing images on television of their owner will go to the back of the TV and see if there’s anyone on the other side of the screen.”
And other dogs are simply uninterested in electronic projections of anything, whether it’s the owners or other dogs, and they ignore images projected through screens entirely.
But it’s likely the size of the screen and not the size of the dog that matters. You might remember the story from 2017 in which the late Carrie Fisher’s little pup Gary perked up after seeing his deceased owner as Princess Leia in her last Star Wars appearance.
ABC 7 reporter Veronica Miracle reported that “The late Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary just watched ‘The Last Jedi’! He sat on Fisher’s former assistant’s lap during the film. She said his ears perked up every time she was on screen.”
So apparently your dog could be itching to talk to you or just a fan of the spotlight, but you’ll likely never know.
In any case, Stein and Bilski both seem pleased with the attention that Leo is getting on social media, even if they are surprised at how quickly the photo went viral. Stein said:
“I’m really surprised by the amount of attention the post got. Really glad people appreciate Leo as much as we do.”
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