For a span of 95 seconds, the man engages in banter with the dog, playfully mentioning other animals he encountered at the pet store. Eventually, he reveals, “I went to the pet store, there were shelter kittens, and I picked one up.” In response, the dog ecstatically leaps into the air, exclaiming, “No way, you got me a cat!”
The video aims to highlight the fact that animals, like humans, can feel loneliness and often benefit from the companionship of another cat or dog. It was shared by Best Friend Services, an organization dedicated to easing the difficult period following the loss of a pet for both owners and the remaining pets.
Since its upload in 2014, the video has amassed over 5 million views and garnered more than 300 comments. A comment from Kathryn Van Heyningen five years ago proved prophetic: “This is soooooo well done. Timing is brilliant as is the ‘conversation.’ Funny, sweet, charming. This should be viewed by millions, not tens of thousands.” Deb Corbett added, “This is clearly one of the most clever and well-done videos of its kind.”