Dogs love humans and playing, and when they can combine the two, it’s the best thing in the world to them. While a lot of people watch and enjoy sports, dogs don’t understand it. They just see people and a ball and assume they are invited to join.
One Labrador retriever wanted to play with the teams so bad that he took over a National Football League match that was going on in Gori, Georgia.
The dog ran onto the field and started jumping and hopping around. He ran around on the field for at least three minutes. He kept looking at the players and waiting on one of them to throw him the ball.
As far as he was concerned, he was just playing a giant game of fetch. He wanted in on it. The game was put on hold until someone could remove the dog from the field or he chose to take off on his own.
Some of the players stopped to pet him, and he even got down on the field and laid on his back, so he could get a nice belly rub.
Nobody was sure where the dog had come from or what he was doing there. He seemed to be happing a good time, though.
One of the team goalies managed to gain the dog’s trust, and two medics tried to catch the dog. They grabbed him by the legs, but the dog wiggled free. Another player got the dog’s attention and tried to play with him long enough to lead him off the field.
The player almost got the dog to the gate before he turned and ran back out on the field. Eventually, the dog left the field and chose to check out the stands instead. While the dog was a distraction and did interrupt the game, the score at the time was 0 to 0.
The players seemed to enjoy playing with the dog, and the audience didn’t mind the funny show, either.
In fact, a lot of people seemed to enjoy watching the dog interact with the players more than watching the players play the game. Some of the comments on the video of the dog include:
“I’d be a lot more interested in football if this was a regular occurrence.”
“I’d watch football a lot more often if this happened.”
“That video made me laugh really hard. Cute and funny.”
The dog can’t help it, it’s in his nature.
Almost all dogs are playful, but labs love to play fetch and run and catch things. They are great bird hunting dogs for this reason. They are one of the most playful breeds and are perfect for families.
According to The Labrador Site:
“Just like his yellow and chocolate friends, the average black Lab has an outstanding temperament. He is loving and lovable, brimming with enthusiasm, and will never tire of your company. He’ll go anywhere, and do anything, so long as you are with him. If he has any flaws it is that his bouncy exuberance as a youngster can sometimes cause problems for those that are not too steady on their feet. So, an adolescent black Lab will need to be very well supervised around a toddler just learning to walk, or an elderly person who is unsteady on their feet.”
That seems like a pretty accurate description for this dog.
It may have taken a while to get the lab off the field, but everyone can agree that it was worth the wait. The real question is, where did he come from? Did he belong to another fan in the stands? Did he come from a nearby house? Was he lost and just looking for someone to play with?
Hopefully, he found his way back home and won’t be returning to interrupt any more games.
If he does come back, one of the teams should have a jersey waiting for him. He is clearly a huge fan, and he might even make a great mascot.
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