After feverishly attempting to ingest mouthwatering photographs of food that were published in a magazine, an irritable puppy took the expression “looking good enough to eat” literally. On TikTok, a clip of the dog making a Herculean effort to get some food has racked up 2.7 million views as of this writing.
The hungry dog, thought to be a chihuahua mix, can be seen in the eight-second video with the hashtag #puppiesoftiktok frantically pawing and lapping at magazine photos of pasta, meatballs, and other treats as if mistaking them for the real deal.
Specifically, the puppy focuses its attention on a spoon that is filled with a tasty sauce and scratches at it in an attempt to get a taste. The internet, needless to say, was in stitches over the culinary blunder, with one user writing: “She’s not the smartest tool in the shed, but she’s cute!”
One person remarked, “Maybe it’s a scratch and sniff,” while another commented, “Yeah, sometimes I want the stuff shown in mags too.” Even the well-known account that represents dogs, WeRateDogs, weighed in on the conversation, commenting that the food “looks so nice that you can practically taste it.”
Given that dogs have such an acute sense of smell, it is perhaps even more perplexing that the dog is unable to differentiate between real and phony food: According to the American Kennel Club, the average human has between 5 and 10 million sensory glands in their nostrils, but a dog’s nose can contain anywhere from 5 to 125 million glands, depending on the breed.