They’d spoken about getting a kitten before, and the man promised he’d look into it. Then, when he came home one day, the man had some news for the dog: he’d been to the pet store. The dog couldn’t contain himself any longer and asked his human what he’d brought home. Whoa, hang on. Wait a minute. What?
Yes, you read that right; the aforementioned conversation was between a man and his dog. On January 10, 2014, a video featuring a rescue dog called Clyde started doing the rounds. But Clyde wasn’t the only star; he was joined on film by his owner Andrew Grantham.
Grantham was no stranger to the internet, either; he had previously gained some renown for a similar animal video. That one was called “Ultimate Dog Tease” and featured a different rescue dog. However, this time it was Clyde’s turn in the spotlight!
Once again, Grantham himself voiced one of his best pals and gave Clyde a hilarious personality. So, if a human could have a conversation with his dog, what would they say to one another? In this case, it seems Clyde wants a new addition to the family.
Apparently, Clyde’s keen on a kitten friend to play with and gets very excited by his owner’s news. Grantham tells Clyde that he has been to the pet store, and the look on the dog’s face is priceless. It seems that he can’t wait to hear more.
In fact, Clyde is so impatient to find out what Grantham brought back that he runs for the door. But Grantham’s not done toying with the excited pooch’s emotions and calls him back. And after playfully telling Clyde to “keep [his] collar on,” Grantham soon has the dog’s full attention.
Grantham reveals that Clyde has been yearning for a female tabby playmate. However, he doesn’t disclose whether or not he found one at the pet store. When Grantham mentions a kitten, Clyde does a little jump for joy. But where is the cat, Grantham asks? Clyde wants to know the same thing.
“I went to the pet store, and I looked at the snakes,” Grantham tells the dog. However, Clyde doesn’t like the sound of that and sticks out his tongue in disappointment. The change in topic away from the kitten seems to leave the dog dejected.
“I’m just going to go over here,” Clyde says as he backs away in a sulk. Before the dog can get too disheartened, though, Grantham admits he didn’t really get a snake. Instantly, Clyde regains interest and starts to perk up. Did his owner pick up a kitten after all?
“I took a look around, right, and I looked at the guinea pigs,” Grantham says. “You know what guinea pigs are, right?” Clyde does, but he’s still not overly impressed; he really had his heart set on a kitten. Furthermore, Grantham won’t stop naming animals.
“I looked at the mice, gerbils, parrots, newts, hamsters,” Grantham lists. But then he mentions what Clyde wants more than anything else: kittens. With that word, Clyde gets super excited. It’s enough to melt your heart; his tail just won’t stop wagging.
But despite the mention of kittens, Grantham still isn’t done teasing Clyde and can’t resist building a little more anticipation. Clyde’s human also mentions that he looked at hermit crabs. Clyde’s resulting outburst of frustration reveals that he can’t take it any longer.
“Oh come on,” Clyde shouts out, but now he’s desperate to know the truth. Did he get his kitten or not? Deciding there’s only one way to find out, he plays his trump card: threats. If he hasn’t got a new kitty, there’s going to be trouble.
“You better have gotten me a kitten or I’m gonna chew this couch’s arms right off,” Clyde says. Ignoring Grantham’s further teasing, he demands to know what’s going on. But just as the dog pleads for the truth, he hears something.
To be more precise, Clyde’s questions are interrupted by a little high-pitched meowing sound. “What was that?” the confused Clyde asks his human. Finally, Grantham reveals the truth to his buddy. “Let me tell you,” he explains to the expectant dog.
“I went to the pet store, and there were shelter kittens… so I picked one up,” Grantham admits. Clyde is overjoyed with the news; so much so, in fact, that he starts jumping around again. The pooch whoops for joy, clearly dying to meet his new feline friend.
With Clyde’s wish come true, Grantham takes him to meet the new furbaby. The video is hilarious and Clyde is adorable, but there is also a lovely message behind the entertainment. The footage was recorded to help the campaign Pets Add Life.
The movement was established to promote the practice of adopting pets, rather than getting them from a breeder. Rather appropriately, the message at the end of the video was “pets need a pal to talk to.”
The ingenious film definitely gained traction with social media users. Since it was uploaded to YouTube, the video has amassed over four million views and garnered more than eight thousand likes. “This is soooooo well done,” one person commented. Another person wrote, “I can’t watch this enough.”
If anything can convince future pet owners to adopt rather than buy, it’s Grantham and the adorable Clyde. Not only do rescue animals show unconditional love to their humans, they deserve a second chance to be happy. And remember: you might even be saving a life.