Rhett Barkley’s owners were eager to surprise their dog on his birthday. And so they placed his gift inside a cardboard box and had the dog investigate it. When the animal saw what they’d bought, however, his reaction was priceless.
Rhett is quite the internet sensation. Yes, the goldendoodle has delighted millions of viewers with his adorable exploits, as seen on his YouTube channel, and he has thousands of followers.
Many of Rhett’s videos see him running around in various locations. In 2013, however, a video with a difference emerged on YouTube. The footage in fact captured the goldendoodle on his birthday.
In the clip, Rhett is seen standing outside his owners’ living room, patiently waiting for them to let him in. Then as one of them finally opens the door, they tell the excitable dog, “Hey Rhett! Come see what we got, Rhett.”
It soon becomes clear that the dog’s humans are planning to surprise him with a birthday present. And the suspense is not lost on Rhett. He barks loudly and enthusiastically as he makes his way through his house.
Finally, Rhett arrives at a large cardboard box, and one of his owners is waiting for him there. “Come see, come see, Rhett,” she tells her eager doggy as she starts to peel open his special birthday present.
After the woman then carefully lifts the flaps on the box, she reveals a tiny ball of cream colored fur within. “We got a baby,” she tells a clearly confused Rhett. “There’s a puppy,” she adds. “There’s a little puppy in the box.”
It turns out that this birthday gift appears to have come as quite a surprise to Rhett. At first, he seems unsure of what he should do. So, he begins to whimper and slowly backs away from the box and the puppy that it contains.
Soon, however, Rhett plucks up the courage to get close enough to sniff his new four-legged friend. Nevertheless, he appears to be freaked out by his special delivery. And eventually, he seems to decide that he’s not interested in his gift, and he runs off, out of the view of the camera.
At this point, the footage cuts off. Then after an unknown interval, the video picks up, and it looks like Rhett may be starting to come around. He is standing by the side of the box, looking intently in as his owner starts to lift the puppy out.
Now that he’s feeling more confident, Rhett sniffs away at the little animal. For a few silent moments, the goldendoodle inspects the puppy as his owner holds her in her arms. However, it still seems that he’s unsure of what to do.
The owner then eventually lets the little puppy down onto the floor, and Rhett proceeds to smell her some more. The baby is intrigued as well, sniffing at her big brother in return. At this point, then, it appears that a friendship might just be beginning to form.
The next scene in the video shows both dogs outside. Rhett is running around gleefully while the puppy ambles across the grass on her own. With some encouragement from the animals’ owner, though, the pair soon start to pay more attention to each other.
Rhett begins to circle his new buddy, excitedly jumping at her every so often – as if willing her to join in with his game. However, the puppy seems to be overwhelmed by the goldendoodle’s speed, so she sticks closely to her owner’s feet.
In a final attempt to attract the puppy’s attention, Rhett then picks up a ball and delivers it to her. However, when this effort fails to win over the pup, he simply flops down on the grass close by and stares at her.
At the end of the video, it is revealed that the new puppy is called Scarlett – and her full name is in fact Ms. Scarlett O’Doodle. A description adds that she is a new companion for Rhett. One can only imagine that her owners hoped the sweet moments captured in the video would mark the start of a beautiful friendship.
No matter what the future holds for Rhett and Scarlett, though, the video of their meeting has proven to be a hit online. Since it landed on YouTube in 2013, it has attracted more than eight million views. What’s more, the footage has received over 2,000 comments.
One gushing viewer wrote, “Aawh! That’s the best thing you could ever give your dog. A friend forever! Cute dogs, they look so happy with each other.” Another user simply added, “This is just too cute for words.”
It’s now been almost five years since Rhett met Scarlett. And as their owners hoped, their friendship appears to have gone from strength to strength. Naturally, the owners were eager to share their happiness with the world.
So in 2017 Rhett and Scarlett’s family posted an update that showed how the pair had grown over the years and charted the evolution of their relationship. It’s clear to see that dogs aren’t just man’s best friends – but that they can be one another’s best buddies as well.