Good luck telling this dog that money doesn’t grow on trees!
At the Diversified Technical Education Institute of Monterrey Casanare in Colombia, there’s a dog named Negro who loves getting treats. But what makes him different from other canines is that he doesn’t beg for his snacks, but rather, he buys them.
Negro, who was adopted by the school’s staff, would usually get cookies from students who purchase sweets from the campus store. And because this, after all, is a place for learning, the pup learned something – on the subject of capitalism.
“He would go to the store and watch the children give money and receive something in exchange,” teacher Angela Garcia Bernal told The Dodo. “Then one day, spontaneous, he appeared with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and letting it be known that he wanted a cookie.”
And, of course, he got a cookie. Since then, Negro has been visiting the store regularly with leaf in hand – or mouth, rather.
“He comes for cookies every day,” Gladys Barreto, the store’s attendant, told The Dodo. “He always pays with a leaf. It is his daily purchase.”
To keep Negro from spending all his hard-earned leaves – as well as to keep him from putting on weight – the store limits his purchase to just a few dog-friendly cookies per day.
Best of all, his eagerness to learn has made him the teacher’s pet (pun intended).
“When you first see it, you almost want to cry,” Bernal said. “He’s found a way to make himself understood. He’s very intelligent.”
Via The Dodo