A dog who seemed unable to resist the lure of laying down in a muddy bog during a walk with the owner has gone viral on TikTok.
It is common knowledge that dogs love nothing more than to bathe in a muddy puddle. What is less known are the reasons for this behavior.
According to the dog walking experts at Wag Walking, this can often be due to the dog “overheating”. “On a hot, humid summer day, cool, wet mud may just touch the spot,” the website said. “Humidity and cooler temperatures can help your dog cool down.”
It can also be an instinctual aspect, rooted in the basic “predatory” instincts of the dog. “Rolling in mud or other substances can mask their scent, allowing them to sneak up on their prey more effectively,” Wag Walking explained.
Alternatively, it may be related to something much simpler: boredom. “A lot of it comes from boredom, they just don’t have anything better to do,” the site said. “Boredom strikes a dog as it would a child.”
In the case of Bilbo, the golden retriever who rose to fame on social media for his antics in the mud, it may be a combination of all three.
What makes Bilbo’s efforts particularly impressive is the technique. While some hounds would choose to roll in the mud or charge chaotically, there’s something almost graceful about the way Bilbo lays across the bog below him.
The video can be viewed here.
It’s clear that this dog is relishing every moment of his mud bath, perhaps knowing that an extended stay in the crate awaits him when he returns home. Not that her owner is particularly upset, filming her creepy antics in a video posted to her TikTok Bilbothegolden account, where it has already been viewed 21.9 million times.
For many dog lovers, this was an all too familiar scenario. “Oh my absolute god!” Nicky Hulme wrote. “My worst nightmare.” Theonewiththeservicedog found the video very relevant. “He’s 100% my dog,” they wrote. “I swear she has a mud detector.”
For others, it was a classic dog riddle. “Why is their first instinct to rest there?” asked Tik Toker. “But they hate the bath?” Elsewhere, Yazlikes2draw claimed Bilbo simply dressed as a “chocolate labrador” while puppy_and_bunny warned, “I smell a bath coming.”
More than anything, people were drawn to the video by the golden retriever‘s adorable and outgoing demeanor. “Looks like it was really fun,” andreemeer77 wrote. “Nothing like being all muddy and wet.”
Of course, there’s no shortage of adorable dog content online, whether it’s this video of a dog “snoring like a cartoon character” or the time an owner installed a security camera in his kitchen to see what her pup does at night.