A Stray Dog Begs For Money, Buys Himself Hotdog

Clever Dog

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He laughed, a mix of amusement and astonishment. He loves animals, especially dogs because he knows they are more similar to us than many people think. But he had never seen a dog do something like this. Whether someone had trained him or he had picked up that behavior on his own, it was still a remarkable feat. He was glad he had caught it all on tape, but he had no idea how popular it would become.

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Just Another Day On The Job

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But when he headed out of his house that morning, Sergio Vazquez thought it would be a normal workday. As a supervisor for a bottled water distributor in Mexico City, he isn’t always out in the street. Every once in a while, though, he is called in to take care of an issue and he gets to experience the hustle and bustle of the giant city. It’s chaotic, but he wouldn’t change it for the world. Otherwise, he’d never get to experience things like what happened that day.

Out On The Streets

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That morning, Sergio decided to join one of the company’s drivers on his delivery route. He did this occasionally to monitor the efficiency of the routes and to make sure drivers are following company procedures. He knew most of the drivers quite well, so it was a friendly relationship. For most of the morning, everything went without incident. But by the time lunch time came around, the two men were hungry. So they decided to stop for a bite.

A Rural Feel

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The driver’s route was in Tezoyuca, which is not technically in Mexico City but is still part of the metropolitan area. Tezoyuca is a town in the state of Mexico, located just north of the historical city of Texcoco. The town’s main economic activities are agriculture and ranching - so despite being so close to the capital city, it still has a rural feeling to it. The two men stopped at a small, informal market that sold food out of a window.

No Ordinary Stray

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The first thing Sergio thought was that this market must be very good because there was a line of people outside the window waiting to purchase food. It was a good sign. He and the driver got in line and waited for their turn. While they were waiting, a medium-sized, black-and-tan dog appeared. This didn’t faze Sergio very much, as stray dogs are quite common in those areas. But soon he realized this was no ordinary mutt.

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He Wants Something From You

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The dog pawed at Sergio’s leg, looking at him expectantly as if he wanted something from him. Sergio was confused, but the driver had been to that market many times before. He was well acquainted with the dog, who seemed to frequent the area. But he didn’t tell Sergio exactly what the dog wanted and instead decided to play along. "The driver told me to give him a peso to see what he does with it," Vazquez said. So he did.

A Peso For Your Thoughts

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The peso is the Mexican currency; one peso is roughly equivalent to 5 U.S. cents. Sergio figured it wouldn’t hurt to give the dog a coin and see what happened, even if he didn’t get it back. So he took out his wallet and pulled out a 1-peso coin. He held it up in front of the dog, who quickly stood up on his hind legs and gently grabbed the coin from Sergio’s hand. It was quite impressive, but there was more to come.

Paying For Something

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The dog promptly walked up to the market’s window, put his snout through the metal bars, and deposited the coin on the counter. “He wants to know what he can buy with that,” joked Sergio. But it seemed that it wasn’t a gag at all. One of the market’s staff picked up the coin, while the dog patiently waited with both front legs propped up on the window ledge. A few seconds later, he got what he was waiting for.

Who Taught Him That?

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Another employee of the market walked up to the window with a hot dog in hand, which the dog didn’t hesitate to take. He then turned around and quickly chowed down on his snack. Sergio was amazed. “Who taught him how to shop?” he asked, to no one in particular. It was clear that the dog had done this many times before, and the market’s staff were used to it by now. And he’s not the only dog known to do something like that.

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A School Guardian

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There is a dog named Negro who has been living on a school campus in Monterrey, Colombia, for the past five years. The faculty feeds him and provides him with a comfy place to sleep, and in turn, he serves as a guardian of the school grounds. But it turns out Negro can do a lot more than just looking after the students. And it all started when he noticed the kids buying snacks at the little store on campus.

A Paying Customer

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"Then one day, spontaneous, he appeared with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and letting it be known that he wanted a cookie," said teacher Angela Garcia Bernal. Ever since then, he makes a daily purchase with leaves, and the store’s staff have made sure to only give him dog treats and limit them to one per day. And it appears the dog in Tezoyuca has a similar backstory.

Street Smarts

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Sergio later learned the dog’s nickname was “Cabrón,” a Mexican slang term which roughly translates to “scumbag.” Perhaps he had been given that moniker after people realized the dog’s ability to tug at people’s heartstrings and manipulate them to get food for himself. But you can hardly blame a stray dog for using every trick available to have something to eat. Though, as it turned out, perhaps he wasn’t so helpless after all.

Was It All A Ruse?

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It later came out that Cabrón had been adopted by the woman who runs the small market. That led to speculations that she had taught him that trick in order to get people to spend more money in her shop. However, you can hardly turn a profit from one-peso hot dogs. Regardless, Sergio immediately realized Cabrón was a one-of-a-kind dog.

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Something Very Special

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"I celebrate all dogs, but this one is something very special," said Sergio. "It warmed my heart to see what he does. He does this to everyone who comes to the store." He posted the video of his encounter with Cabrón on Facebook, adding that it was especially dedicated to “those who think that small animals can neither feel, nor think.” But not everyone thinks this story is so heartwarming.

Divided Opinions

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The video soon racked up 14 million views, and tens of thousands of commenters shared their opinions of it. Though most people were delighted by the footage, some criticized it, saying it was not funny to make a dog learn tricks in order to eat. And while it’s true that not every animal owner has good intentions, it’s also possible that Cabrón picked up the behavior all on his own. After all, he wouldn’t be the first dog to do so.

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