Google Street View can be very helpful sometimes, other times very creepy, and it can be extremely delightful occasionally, for example, when it catches people doing some crazy stuff on camera. Remember the time when that guy discovered his wife cheating on him thanks to technology, Google Street View provides a panoramic view of streets all over the world. But the time they caught that puppy was one hundred times better.
A little puppy is winning everyone’s hearts for chasing a Google Street View car down a road in Kumage, Japan. The whole scene is now documented forever, or at least until they send another car to that street to film another episode.
You can see the moment when the dog spotted its prey:
You can tell by his stance in this frame that he’s very interested in the car. Anyone who has ever had a dog will recognize this posture miles away, it’s a sign that indicates that your dog is ready for a wild chase on potential prey. In this scenario, the dog seems to have set all of his attention on the car, which I have to say is super ambitious for a dog. After all, the vehicle towers over this little puppy which he doesn’t seem to faze by it.
Sure enough, in the next frame, you can clearly see that the chase is on! Our once stationary hero looks blurry in this frame, indicating he really took at full speed in pursuit of the car. And, once the pictures were uploaded on Google Maps, this little dog find its way to the hearts of people who saw him.
SORA News reports that the dog has become a bit of a sensation on the sorts of blogs that obsessively catalog Google Street View. Yep, there are whole sites who dedicate their entire content to funny moments captured by the car-mounted cameras, such as StreetViewFun. The images offer some fun out-of-context moments in people’s daily lives (and animals) who happen to be in view when the Google car passes by. Though people’s faces get blurred for their privacy, this little guy only looks like a blur because he’s so fast!
People are writing it loving tributes, like:
“I laughed so hard when I saw how far it chased the car!”
“It’s so cute!”
“It looks like it’s saying, ‘What’s this that’s come down my road?’”
“As soon as it sees the Google odd-looking car, it knows something is up.”
But who wouldn’t love a pup this determined?
He won’t give up, either. If you’ve ever seen one of these vehicles you understand why this little puppy is so interested. Unlike your usual image of a car, this one has a big pole attached to the top with multiple cameras to catch the landscape from every angle. And if you were a dog, I’m guessing you’d imagine that apparatus could be the world’s funniest toy ever. But how would you know unless you try to catch it first?
This poor little dog is going to get to the bottom of this mystery no matter what. There could be treats in there, or maybe it’s one of those machines that throw tennis balls! The possibilities are endless. What I really want to know is, how did the driver resist stopping to gives this little guy some love? I’d be powerless.
“Excuse me, please pull over, I may have some questions!”
Unfortunately, it seems this guys’ little legs are giving him some trouble keeping up with the car, as he grows more distant in each frame. “Wait wait, come back here!”
The dog is following the Google car to the end of the road and seems to catch up. This is one brave dog who really missed his calling as a K-9-unit detective. You have to appreciate his dogged persistence. (Pun totally intended. Sorry not sorry.)
At this point, it seems like our fearless detective has this perp cornered, literally, because they both reached a dead end.
Can you imagine being brave enough to follow an unknown car to the end of the road just to see what happens?
Because this good dog did.
Once the car stopped after this chase to park at the end of the road you can see that the dog has nowhere to be found. Presumably, it trotted back to its person after sniffing the intruders.
Or maybe it was sucked up into an alternate dimension:
If there’s a dog who can handle these kinds of adventures, here it is.