A Labrador’s hilarious disguise at a Dalmatian meet-up has left the internet in stitches.
Shared on Monday by TikTok user Jodie Smith—who uses the handle jodielightsmith_—the video now has over 3 million views and 500,000 likes. In the video, Smith’s two dogs walk through the park, with her Dalmatian Mabel and golden Labrador Wilson.
The text overlay on the video read: “Took my Dalmatian to a Dalmatian meet up but didn’t want my Labrador to feel left out… so”
The video cuts to a shot of the doggy meet-up, with Wilson the lab surrounded by Dalmatians. But his crafty owner had devised a plan—Wilson was wearing a white T-shirt with hand-drawn spots, making the perfect Dalmatian costume.
TikTok users were left in stitches at the scene. One user wrote: “I burst out laughing when I spotted the vest on him,” while another said: “This is the cutest thing I’ve seen all day.”
The American Kennel Club rates the Dalmatian’s popularity in the US at 56 out of 202, while the Labrador Retriever is recognized as the number 1 most popular dog breed by the AKC.
Labradors are famed for being friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited, so it’s no surprise they get on well with the bright and loyal Dalmatian.
Dog meet-ups are increasingly popular, and far from just a cute scene they are also the perfect way to socialize your pup. Meetup.com, a site that matches owners with local pet get-togethers, suggests that joining a doggy day trip can have multiple positive outcomes, including helping you to meet fellow pet owners in your area, improving your pet’s health through socialization, exploring new places and boosting your dog’s exercise levels.
Many TikTokers on the viral post loved seeing Wilson’s costume, and assured others that he was indeed a Dalmatian: “That’s a Dalmatian, he just hasn’t grown into his spots yet!!” said one user, while another wrote: “Born a lab, but identifies as a Dalmatian. It’s cool.”
Another user wrote: “Wow it’s a dalmabrador,” and one commenter said: “I kept waiting to see the Lab, never saw it….”
Other fans of the video commented on how much it reminded them of the protagonist from the 2000 Disney film 102 Dalmatians† Oddball is the only Dalmatian without spots in the whole franchise—named for her lack of spots.
“Aw, just like Oddball from 102 Dalmatians,” wrote one commenter, while another said: “Oddball got her spots!”
news week has reached out to jodielightsmith_ for comment.