If you’ve ever struggled to reach an item on the top shelf in the grocery store, you’ll love this reminder that even dogs sometimes come up short.
Afton Tarin of Boise, Idaho has two massive Great Danes named Vito and Bambino. Even though they’re huge, both dogs are very gentle and loving animals.
When new neighbors moved in next door the family was happy to meet their chocolate Lab, Giuseppe. Vito and Bambino quickly befriended the new dog, and as their humans became friendlier they began to spend more time together.
Since the Danes are such tall animals, they’ll occasionally pop their heads over the tall wall dividing the two properties to say hello to Giuseppe on the other side.
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This system works just fine for Vito and Bambino. Unfortunately for Giuseppe, he’s not quite tall enough to manage the same pop-in visit from his side of the wall. His owner, Robert Carnes, noticed the poor Lab flinging himself up towards the top of the wall repeatedly and realized Giuseppe was trying fruitlessly to see over the wall.
“He has tried many times to jump up and get a good whiff of his big doggy friends whenever we’re all outside,” said Afton. Robert, meanwhile, had taken to joking with his dog, “If only you had a step stool!”
One day it occurred to him: they do have a stool! Robert set up the stool on his side of the wall and sat back to see if Giuseppe would figure it out. It didn’t take long for the dog to do just that!
Robert sent the picture to Afton, who says she “bust up laughing” when she saw Giuseppe on the stool.
“Seeing his little feet fully extended and his tail all blurred out from wagging too fast, I couldn’t help it. So stinkin’ cute. It definitely gives you that feel-good feeling,” she said.
Afton and Robert’s families have started taking the dogs for walks together and setting up playdates in one another’s yards. Whenever they can’t be together, Giuseppe can always use his stool. What an adorable solution to an adorable problem!
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