This Dog Faked A Cough So His Owners Would Stay Home From Work With Him

"I think this has only made us appreciate Sullivan more."


We've all feigned being sick to get out of something, but we don't expect that kind of behavior from our pets. In a post on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Kennady Longhurst revealed how she and her husband found out their dog Sullivan was faking sick in order to, what they believe, spend more time with his owners. 

"My husband stayed home from work because our dog was coughing. We took him to the vet and paid $85 for him to tell us OUR DOG WAS FAKE COUGHING!" Longhurst wrote.  

Their dog Sully is a one-and-a-half-year-old energetic and playful Border Collie mix who loves going to the dog park and being around people. The couple tries not to leave him alone for more than three or four hours at a time. Recently, Longurst went home for lunch on a day she was substitute teaching to visit him.

"Right when I was about to leave back to the school, he started doing this really scary cough/clearing of throat/ choking noise. And it really freaked me out," she wrote. "I started frantically googling dog CPR and tried looking down his throat, all while he was acting completely normal. He was wagging his tail and running around and just wanted to play, but also kept making this horrific noise. I called my husband freaking out and told him what was happening, and that I needed to leave for work, but didn't want to leave him alone, so my husband rushed home to be with him." 

But once he got there, Sully's cough mysteriously stopped. The couple assumed he must've had something stuck in his throat, but got it out. That is, until the next morning. As Sully watched his owners getting ready for work, he started coughing again. 

"My husband decided he would work from home that day and take him to the vet that afternoon. The vet thought he might have kennel cough because we take him to the dog park multiple times a week; so he got a bunch of tests done and the results came back that he was the epitome of health," Longhurst wrote. "He didn't have a temperature or any symptoms. The vet was confused. He did give us some antibiotics just in case Sully had a bacterial infection. My husband and Sully went home and he hasn't coughed since the vet."

The couple called around to different vets in their city to see if anyone had an idea of what could be wrong with Sully 

"Almost all of them said he could be acting sick in the mornings or when we leave him because he knows. If he acts differently or sick, we pay more attention to him and stay with him," Longhurst continued. "The vets said it doesn't happen a lot and that most of the time if your dog is acting sick they are, but a few really smart animals know how to use and abuse the system." 

After their visit to the vet, Sully didn't cough again. Longhurst assumes this is because he knew they caught on and doesn't want to make another trip to the vet. While the incident caused the couple to worry and miss work, they're not mad about it. Instead, it's made them realize just how special their dog is, and how proud they are to be his owners. 

"I think this has only made us appreciate Sullivan more," Longhurst wrote. "It reminded us of all those times when we were kids and faked sick so we could stay home, but in this case he wanted us to stay home. And it makes us a little bit more on our toes around him, if he's capable of this deception and scamming, what else could he be planning, ha ha. Overall, we just learned dogs are awesome and they pick up on a lot more than I think we give them credit for, sometimes — another reason to love them!"

As it turns out, Sully isn't the only pet who had the idea to fake sick to get more attention. Many commenters on the post shared they've had similar experiences with their furry friends. 

Who can blame them for wanting just a little bit more love and attention? 


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