Puppy Experiences Serious World Cup Withdrawal
By Anna Washenko, FluffPo Correspondent
The world’s sports fans enjoyed an exciting summer of World Cup action, but now that the final goal has been scored, many are reporting withdrawal symptoms. For a closer look at this phenomenon, FluffPo profiled soccer hound Max of Arlington, VA.
“Max was really pulling for Brazil,” owner Lisa Rodriguez said. “But at the end of the day, it was all about good matches and great playing, so he was fine with the way things turned out.”
After the final goal, though, Max seemed unsure how to spend his time. Rodriguez explained his strange behavior.
“Now he’s just listlessly pushing his soccer ball around the backyard,” she said. “Sometimes he stares at the TV even when it’s not on. I’m really worried about him.”
Veterinarian Eric Gladwell said that many pet owners have told him sob stories about depressed dogs in the days following the World Cup’s end. He recommended shifting puppies’ focus to other sports, keeping them active and excited about physical activities.
“Every little bit of exposure to other sports will lessen the soccer obsession,” he said. “Go outside with a frisbee. Toss a tennis ball around. If it’s really bad, turn on the Golf Channel.”
Via Arturo Sotillo.
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