Tiny dog loves big sticks
Meet Bosco the sausage dog, the hero we need in these trying times.
Three-year-old dachshund Bosco has an insatiable passion for big sticks.
As in, very large sticks. Sticks that are about ten times the length of the tiny dog’s entire body. Massive.
He regularly causes all kinds of mischief by seeking out the largest stick he can find when strolling through parks and carrying it along the paths.
Owner Ana-Luccia Iannucci Rodriguez, 22, says Bosco will often accidentally block the way of passersby thanks to his giant stick carrying habit.
But people can’t help forgiving Bosco for the inconvenience – he’s far too cute to stay annoyed at.
Bosco also has a loyal following online. On Instagram alone he has nearly 100,000 fans who check in to see his stick-related adventures.
Anna Luccia, who’s based in London, said: ‘People are amazed that such a little dog is so strong and ambitious. He is such a character that people can’t help but warm to him.
‘Over time we have built a loving audience who leave lots of comments and send me m
‘Some write they were having a rough day but seeing Bosco, his joy and funny antics makes them feel better.
‘If I happen to not post for a day or two, I always have someone asking where his videos are.
‘People also send us pictures or tag Bosco in their stories of their dogs carrying sticks, so it’s like he’s started a little trend there, that pretty cool to see.’
Ana-Luccia said her dog started picking up the big sticks at around seven months old – and hasn’t stopped.
She added: ‘We are not exactly sure why Bosco does this apart from the obvious fact that it gives him a lot of joy and pride.
‘He started carrying big sticks randomly at around seven months of age and has just continued ever since.
‘We always repeat the message that we never have or will force him to carry sticks – it’s simply his favourite thing to do.
‘It’s obvious to us that he loves the challenge of carrying things, it’s as if it gives him a purpose.
‘He will happily try and try to pick up a stick at our expense waiting for him. He also specifically likes big sticks, if they are too easy he loses interest and will drop them.
‘He also loves getting reactions from people, whether it’s claps, people smiling and talking to him or people getting their phones out to film or take pictures of him.
‘He will turn his head and give them a glance.
‘He is an attention seeker at home and in public and a big part of why he does it at all is for a reaction, perhaps not at the beginning but definitely now.
‘He won’t only carry big sticks but any object or treasure he finds out and about.
‘In our other videos you can see him carrying a tyre, an umbrella, a scooter – even a dummy.’
Nothing will stop Bosco from tracking down ridiculously large objects to carry around. And that’s exactly the kind of fighting spirit we need right now.