Jiaobang villagers from the Guizhou province of China celebrated Dog Carrying Day over the weekend – a special festival where a dog is dressed in human clothes and paraded through the streets on a Sedan chair.
According to the South China Morning Post, the chosen pooch was treated like a king, sporting a tailored shirt, patterned hat and elaborate silver necklace as he was lifted through the crowds of locals.
The precious pup also sported a big dopey grin on his face, clearly unfazed by his sudden rise to stardom.
It’s unclear why this particular dog was picked, however the spectacle is nothing new for Miao people – this proud local tradition has been around for many centuries.
According to legend, early village settlers would have died of thirst if it had not been for a loyal canine companion leading them to water.
Water shortages are common in the area due to porous rocks and so this tale of survival is widely viewed as a miracle.
In honour of the original heaven-sent dog, the Miao people selecte one dog a year to parade through the streets.
A shaman then leads the procession and drums and singing can be heard as villagers gather round to offer thanks to the dog and pray for a bountiful harvest.
Those who celebrate the festival regard the dog’s bamboo throne to be a mark of affection and respect
However there has been some criticism from animal rights organisations who believe the chain around the dog’s neck is an act of cruelty.