Viral video of a dog petting other dogs at daycare will melt your heart

German Shorthaired Pointer
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If you’re in need of having a smile put on your dial today, we guarantee that this clip of a dog petting other dogs at daycare will not disappoint! 

Ruby, a German Shorthaired Pointer, has found herself on the other end of mass adoration from a global audience after a video that shows her affectionately petting her fellow canines at her local doggy daycare facility went viral. 

Clearly a lover and not a fighter, Ruby can be seen lovingly stroking not one, not two, but five different dogs at her daycare in 19 seconds of footage that is enough to restore anyone’s faith in the world.

The clip posted on Reddit has already racked up more than 83,000 upvotes and caused an avalanche of comments to flood in from people who can’t get enough of sweet little Ruby with many jokingly interpreting what might have been going through the other dog’s minds.

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One user said “I love the other dogs’ confused reactions to getting pats from her” with another adding “The second one especially. I like the "dude...what...?" look lol”. One other netizen also chimed in, saying "Oh god here comes Ruby, don't make eye contact!"

But perhaps what has got most people talking is whether Ruby is actually meaning to pet her fellow doggy buddies or whether she’s trying to initiate playtime.  According to Dog’s Best Life, it’s likely the latter with pawing another dog being a key sign it’s time to play.

A lot of users seem to agree, with one saying, "My dog does this too. I think it's almost always her attempt to test the waters for wrestling." Another added, “Yup. I got two sister dogs here at home and when one wants to play she will do this. Except they are not as gentle and they slap each other full force on the nose.”

Whatever the reason behind Ruby’s desire to pet her daycare buddies, all we can say is that it’s pretty darn adorable to watch!

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.