There is nothing worse than being told no, especially when you are a dog. Since you can’t respond back, there is no way to protest. Whatever your owner says goes. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to just throw in the towel and give up easily.
That’s what Reuben the Bulldog proved recently when he decided that he wanted to be petted.
Although there was just one problem — he entered the room and discovered that his owner was sleeping. That didn’t stop him from trying to get some attention anyway though.
Eventually, with enough persistence, he got exactly what he asked for.
“Reuben the Bulldog’s family was told when they got him that he would require large amounts of love and attention. How true this turned out to be!” the video description reads.
The whole adorable situation was caught on camera and the video has been viewed over five million times as well as liked by over 100,000 people. So many people around the world have been able to identify with the short clip, mainly because all dog owners have been in a similar situation before. According to the YouTube channel About page, Reuben is the family’s first bulldog.
It’s an all too classic story.
The video starts with the owner relaxing on the couch, trying to get some rest. All of a sudden, Reuben the Bulldog comes running over squealing. It’s obvious that he wants some love. He makes a couple of soft grunting noises to try and wake the man up.
It’s very polite of him not to bark.
However, when the grunting doesn’t work, he has to step up the intensity of his attempts.
Reuben decides to jump up onto the man and give him a kiss on the cheek.
Luckily for the pup, it proves to be a decent strategy.
“He just sprayed me in the face with cheese-smelling mucous,” says the man.
It’s good that the man is so detailed in his explanation of the dog’s foul-smelling breath.
As video viewers, we aren’t able to know these tiny details without being explicitly told about them. However, it helps to provide context as to why the man doesn’t want to give the pup any love back.
Reuben just wants to jump onto the couch and share it with his owner.
However, he soon gets the message loud and clear… he is not welcome on the couch. He sulks over to his cold dog bed and plops down there instead.
“Look at that. How novel! He is actually using his bed for once. Although, he is not happy about it,” the man jokes.
The man smiles.
It’s not often that Reuben obeys his commands so nicely. However, the obedience soon proves to be very short-lived. Reuben lets off a small protest bark.
“He would much rather be laying on top of me, but sometimes I need a break because I can’t always have a dog on top of me every time that I lay down. So now he’s mad,” explains the man.
His reasoning is sound.
If he lets Reuben jump on top of him every time that he wants to, then he would never get any sleep. Sometimes, as an owner, one must lay down the law and tell the pups no.
“Pout all you want. Give me a break, just for today,” says the man.
The protest barking intensifies.
It’s obvious that Reuben isn’t used to being denied access to the couch. Yes, the owner ultimately comes out on top in the argument for a few minutes. However, we can pretty much guarantee that eventually, the pup will get his wish.
“I don’t think this is going to last, right Reuben?” the man says.
Reuben gets up off of the dog bed and glances over with a scowl. He doesn’t like being confined to the floor one bit. At least, not when there is a warm human nearby to lay on.
Watch the full video of the bulldog’s reaction to the owner saying no below.
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