WATCH–Dog Halts Soccer Match to Ask for Belly Rubs: ‘Just Makes My Day’

CALAMA, CHILE - JANUARY 27: Mauricio Isla of Chile (L) reacts as a dog enters the pitch after a match between Chile and Argentina as part of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers at Zorros del Desierto Stadium on January 27, 2022 in Calama, Chile. (Photo by Javier Torres-Pool/Getty Images)
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A comical scene unfolded Saturday at Estadio La Granja in Curicó, Chile, when a dog decided to steal the show during a soccer game between Chile and Venezuela, reported Monday.

TNT Sports Chile shared video footage of the incident, showing the dog greeting photographers and sniffing their gear as the match between the Chile women’s national soccer team and Venezuela’s women’s team continued.

Moments later, the animal was seen laying on its back, pawing at a player’s leg before jumping up and running away. The canine then found someone else to ask for a pet until another team member tried to pick it up off the ground.

However, the dog jumped up and took off across the grass, clearly reveling in all the attention it was getting from the cheering crowd:

Social media users expressed joy over the scene, one person saying, “And the canines win 100 smiles to 20,” while another commented, “That just makes my day.”

“I vote this type of streaker should be allowed at least once a game it’s a belly rub timeout!” someone else replied.

According to the Spruce Pets website, dogs expose their bellies when they are being submissive or hoping for a rub:

It’s hard to say exactly why dogs love belly rubs—we can’t ask our pets! Since dogs can’t easily scratch their own tummies, they’re more likely to rely on humans for help.

 Many dogs also enjoy rolling in carpet or grass to really itch their backs. Anecdotally, it seems that many dogs seem to enjoy getting a belly rub while they also scratch their backs. They can reach their own shoulders, necks, and face with their hind feet. But they really don’t have a good way to scratch their own tummies!

Toward the end of the clip, a player wearing a red jersey took the dog into her arms and escorted him off to the side.


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