A dog owner inadvertently gave a new meaning to the popular phrase ‘man’s best friend’ when a photo of his hairless newborn puppy was removed from Facebook – because it bared a striking resemblance to a flaccid penis.
The hilarious picture was taken by 16-year-old Dominic Ibaos, and shows the tiny pup asleep on the teenager’s hand with his bald body and wrinkled neck on full display.
But despite the fairly innocent nature of the photo which was shared on Facebook it sparked trouble after someone reported it as an indecent image. obviously mistaking the puppy’s wrinkled body and pink head for a ‘d**k pic’. You know, the kind of picture sad lonely males would post in someone’s DMs.
Ibaos was showing off his rare Xoloitzcuintli – or Mexican hairless – puppy, named Dimitri, in a ‘cocky post’ (no innuendo) to his friends. It was only after his photo got flagged by a local animal lovers group did he realise Dimitri could be mistaken for a penis instead of a puppy.
He was later notified by Facebook of their intentions to remove the photo from the group as it didn’t abide by the group’s – or their – ‘community standards’.
Fortunately, Ibaos was able to see the funny side of this confusion by sharing the Facebook notification on Twitter, within minutes Dimitri, the penis-lookalike puppy, went viral with more than 60,000 retweets, likes and shares.
He also joked that it was hard for him to see his puppy as a penis.
Dominic, from Davao City in the Philippines, said:
It’s really hard for me to see the penis perspective because when I look at it I always just see the puppy. I got a notification saying it had been blocked a few minutes after I posted it to the group.
At that time I didn’t realise it looked like a penis because when I first posted it to Facebook all I saw was a photograph of an innocent puppy. It actually made me really angry for a moment, but I feel better about it now because people find it hilarious.
I find it really funny that it’s causing all this attention because it looks like a penis, yet the photo is something I can keep sharing because it’s also not. It just makes me happy that people find it so funny. One person told me it was the best laugh they’d had for weeks.
Although three-day-old pup was born in a litter of three to mum Daisy, he is the only hairless puppy.
The unfortunate lookalike follows in the footsteps of Dimitri’s hairless dad Dante, who has himself become a local hero thanks to his uncanny resemblance to his namesake in Pixar’s Coco.
Dominic, who has 12 dogs altogether, says:
The hairless dogs are really quite rare where I live. Usually, we don’t really see dogs without hair and it’s really funny to see one. I love the breed. People get weirded out when they touch the dog’s skin – they think the dog’s had an illness or that I have shaved him. I actually used all of my savings to purchase Dante last year.
It’s fun going out with him because most of the people recognise him as the dog from Coco and say ‘Dante, Dante’ – it’s like they know his name. Dante is a bit of a celebrity here. I just want Dimitri to be happy like his dad. I think the dogs would find it funny if they knew they were so famous.
So do we Dominic, so do we.
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