I saw a video the other day on Facebook that brought me so much joy, I had to share.

It apparently was posted a few years ago and it was about a dog named Tasha – but at the beginning, you didn’t know that.

All it says is, “Tasha doesn’t want to come indoors.”

The camera is pointed outside a sliding glass door. It’s obvious whoever is doing the filming is inside and the clip begins with the door sliding open and someone calling for Tasha.

Outside is a garage, driveway, basketball hoop and one, lone planter – the kind you can find in any garden section of almost any store nowadays. There’s a car in the driveway, so you can tell that the planter is pretty big, but it’s just a clay pot without any plants in it.

So when I first start watching this, I really don’t know what to expect – a kid, a dog, a cat, a stray bird.

No idea what was going to happen.

As the person continues to call for Tasha, you see nothing. I’m watching the grass, the trees, the garage door, anything – trying to figure out what the heck was going on.

When the person slides the glass door shut again and you can hear the clunk when it hits the frame, the most hilarious thing occurs – two little ears and a face pop up from behind the planter.

You guys, it looks almost like it’s choreographed, but you can tell it’s a pup who does NOT want to come inside.

When the person slides the door open again, the head drops down behind the planter – all the way down so that you can’t see the dog anymore.

This opening and closing of the door and head popping up and down goes on for a while and you can hear the owners laughing, and you can’t help but join in.

There’s something about this dog. I’m guessing she is a border collie of some kind and the ears are long and pointed straight up. And the little face. Oh, my word. You can almost SEE what this dog is thinking.

It’s like she’s sure when the door is shut, the people on the other side can’t see her and when the door is open all she has to do is hide and there’s no way she’ll have to come inside no matter how many times they call for her.

I think the ears definitely add to the hilarity – because you don’t see her eyes at first, only the tips of her ears.

It’s amazing to me how human our animals can be. This pup looks just like a child who would play the same hide-and-seek game to not have to come inside. It’s as endearing as it is adorable.

I’m telling you, if you need a feel-good moment, email me at: cvascomm@cvas-pets.org and I’ll send you Tasha’s video.

It was exactly what I needed when I found it and it’s something that I can watch over and over again.

I’ll tell you, sometimes the best moments to relieve tension come from our four-legged friends.



Jennifer Vanderau is the Director of Communications for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, and can be reached at: cvascomm@cvas-pets.org. The shelter accepts both monetary and pet supply donations. For more information, call the shelter at: (717) 263-5791, or visit the website: www.cvas-pets.org. CVAS also operates a thrift store in Chambersburg. Help support the animals at the shelter by donating to or shopping at the store.


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