Gina Mei
September 17, 2015 6:14 am

The latest trend sweeping social media just might be one of the most bizarre (and amazing) yet. According to Buzzfeed, people have been pretending to faint in front of their dogs in order to see how they’d react in case of an emergency — and the results are absolutely hilarious.

We’ve all heard that dogs are (hu)man’s best friend, but these videos suggest otherwise. For the most part, it seems like the pups couldn’t care less that their owners have randomly passed out in the middle of the road. If anything, some have even been using it as a chance to flee.

Of course, fake-fainting in front of your dog probably isn’t the most accurate test of their love and loyalty. Dogs can sniff out your BS from a mile away, so it’s impossible to tell how they’d react in the case of an actual emergency. It’s a silly experiment, but still a very funny one — and I was curious to see what would happen if I tried it myself.

Luckily, I’m very dog blessed. My baby half-sister has three dogs and always fosters at least two more; my roommates have an adorable Westie named Bmo (a la Adventure Time); and my mom has a giant pillow-with-legs named Benny. I’m basically the dog equivalent of that fun aunt who always brings presents. I get all the benefits of having multiple pups without having to pick up poop or pay the veterinary bills.

Out of curiosity, I’ve “played dead” in front of Benny before. (My mom lives alone, and I am very anxious/morbid.) Unlike many of the dogs portrayed in the social media “challenge,” he actually did react to the fact I wasn’t moving, and started licking my hands obsessively, getting extra thorough between the fingers. I still can’t tell if this was his technique for reviving me, or if he was just trying to get a little taste in case he’d have to eat me — but I’d like to think it was the former.

Newly inspired, I decided to try a similar stunt with Bmo to see how they’d compare. After I “fainted,” the hood on my jacket ended up covering my face — which, for some reason, led Bmo to think the whole thing was a game of hide and seek. She immediately started stiffing around my face and frantically trying to dig me out.

“She thinks you’re playing,” my roommate said, not even looking up from Malcolm in the Middle. “We do that with her all the time.”

For a dog BFF, she seemed pretty pleased at the prospect of me passing out in the living room. When I sat up, Bmo’s tail was in overdrive at having “found” me.

Obviously, whether or not the pups in my life are capable of pulling a Lassie doesn’t change how much I love them. If you’re curious about how your dog really feels about you, pretending to faint is one way to test it out — but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. Your dog’s reaction to your fainting is probably more indicative to your relationship than it is to how they’d act in an emergency. Every dog and their human has a unique relationship — and that’s a beautiful thing. If your dog doesn’t seem too stressed over your fake faint, try not to take it too personally.

(Images via author.)

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