A pair of golden retrievers called Sterling and Colin could barely contain their excitement after their father returned from a four-day trip.
So much so, in fact, that they decided to give her two of the most random “gifts” you could imagine. Luckily, the entire interaction was filmed by one of Sterling and Colin’s humans, Diane Newton, who posted the resulting footage on TikTok.
Dogs are an emotional bunch, especially when it comes to finding their owners. Last year, a study published in Current biology detailed research that found dogs cry “tears of joy” when their human comes home.
That’s the conclusion drawn from a series of experiments in Japan in which researchers measured the number of tears in a dog’s eyes after being reunited with its owner versus being greeted by someone it didn’t. didn’t know.
They found that while the baseline level of “tears” in the dog’s eyes did not change when he met a new person, there was a noticeable increase if the person walking through the door was someone he knew.
Sterling and Colin certainly seemed to get emotional in the video, although it was clearly joy rather than any sadness. The canine pair can be seen almost bouncing around the house, doing circuits, before picking up a few random items to present to dad.
He is first presented with the TV remote, followed by a towel, then a random ball. All the while, Newton and the dog’s father are hysterical at the reaction.
Newton said Newsweek“They get super excited every time one of us leaves, but that day was a whole different level. They love to grab things to greet us and that day Colin could only find the remote control.”
Sterling and Colin both came into the family as puppies and are obviously firmly attached to their human companions.
“We actually had Sterling first, or should I say my eldest son did,” Newton said. However, he has become more my dog because I spend the most time with him. We then had Colin as a companion for Sterling.”
The two golden retrievers appear thick as thieves in the video, like a canine comedy double act, but Newton insists they are “very similar but very different” in the way they do things.
“Sterling is more serious and Colin is definitely more of a goof,” she said.
The one thing they have in common is their energy levels – both dogs like to stay busy. “They love hiking the trails with us and are both obsessed with the ball,” Newton said. “I recently purchased a Nerf ball launcher and they can’t get enough of them.”
The canine couple have developed a following on TikTok, with posts shared under the handle lifeofsterlingnewton. This clip of them pouncing has already been viewed over 800,000 times with dog fans flocking to comment on the excitable dogs.
“They have great feelings,” wrote one viewer with another declaring, “a golden retriever greeting is the best!” A third, meanwhile, was in awe of them delivering the ‘best gifts’ with a fourth joking: ‘They have to bring you a pipe and some slippers’.
Newton said she started posting clips of the dogs because she loves sharing the “cute, funny or sweet times” they enjoy together. “This video became so popular because of the level of excitement Sterling and Colin showed and the fun way they brought the items.”
If that’s the result, maybe their dad should go away more often.
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