What Happens When A Perky Puppy Meets A Much Less Exuberant New Friend?

When you see someone you know you can click with, sometimes the pull is undeniable. Maybe it’s just a chemical reaction in the brain, or maybe it’s a deeper universal power in the universe, either way there is little fighting love at first sight.

Especially not when you’re an energetic puppy.

The dog in this video is quite sure she’s met her best friend. Her tail is wagging so wildly, it’s nearly pulling her up off the floor.

The object of her affection is less than exuberant, to say the least. The stout-shelled tortoise seems hesitant to interact with the perky puppy, and keeps pulling her head into her shell.

Love at first sight?

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Love at first sight?

Ok, so maybe love at first sight doesn’t always work both ways. Will this pair ever reach past their genetic differences to share their respective outlooks on life? Will tortie come out of her shell? Will the wagging ever cease?

Of course, Reddit has a few theories.

the tortoise seems less than enthused.

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The tortoise seems less than enthused.

“Hey! You’re not a rock! I thought you were a rock! But you’re not! Hey! Wag your tail Not-Rock! I see your head! Not-Rock is my friend!” Commented u/governmentthief.

“When you are painfully shy, and, you meet the other kids at the new school,” suggested u/gereblueeyes.

“I relate more with the tortoise,” commented u/Omikets.

The puppy is far more interested in socializing than the tortoise is.

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The puppy is far more interested in socializing than the tortoise is.

“What kind of dog is this?” asked u/cadencehz.

“It’s a tortoise,” answered Shapoopy178.

One redditor suggested that this is a Sulcata tortoise, and typically docile.

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One Redditor suggested that this is a Sulcata tortoise, and typically docile.

Some were concerned that the tortoise would snap out at the puppy, seriously injuring the dog with its sharp beak.

Redditor u/Dusk_v731 addressed those concerns as a “reptile owner/hobbyist.”

“This is a Sulcata tortoise, not a snapping turtle as you are probably expecting,” Dusk_v731 wrote. “They can definitely bite, and have a surprisingly powerful jaw for an animal that spends 100+ years hunting down grass, but it doesn’t come with the lighting fast veracity of the snapping turtle you were probably picturing in you head. I wouldn’t want to get bitten by one, but you have to pretty much allow yourself to be nipped by a tortoise. But dog Boi doesn’t know any better, so it’s entirely possible it could have happened.”

Watch this auspicious meeting of special species yourself in the video below.

When you meet someone and want to be best friends right away. from r/AnimalsBeingBros

Cat and Human Engage in a Competition of Persistence. Can You Guess Who Wins in the End?: Click “Next” below!

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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