Sometimes we all long for a friend who doesn’t insist on replying to every single one of our stories with a semi-related story of their own that they find more intriguing simply because it’s about them. And a one-year-old pug named Maggie might be on to something because she’s found a faithful friend who won’t ever try to one-up her story about that time she drunkenly butt-scooted in Bora Bora: a garden statue that looks exactly like her.
Newsweek says that Maggie made her TikTok debut last week when her owner caught her spending some QT with the “statue friend” that she’s been drawn to ever since it was placed in the backyard, and their poolside kickback has since gone viral.
Maggie, who lives with her owner Kamerin Bazemore and two other dogs in Macon, Georgia, was filmed enjoying a quiet moment of contemplation alongside the statue, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the pet pooch. The video was posted to TikTok, where it’s already been viewed over 1 million times.
Here’s Maggie probably telling Statue Friend about The Great Drive-by Shrub Pissing of ’22:
And either Maggie was looking for some doggy who’d just STFU for a couple of minutes so she could hear the sound of her own snorts, or she’d just mistaken the statue for one of her dog siblings or another similar and unthreatening animal who radiates chill vibes.
The one-year-old pup’s older sibling, Willow, 9, is almost identical to her so it’s entirely conceivable that the pet pooch simply assumed she was spending some quality time with her canine companion.
Then again, maybe she’s just looking for someone willing to listen rather than bark away at her. Whatever the case, Maggie, who also resides with 14-year-old dog Merlin, has always had a unique bond with the statue.
According to Stanley Coren, Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of books like How To Speak Dog, our canine friends have been “genetically manipulated” by humans over thousands of years to “show friendliness almost indiscriminately.”
Writing on Psychology Today, Professor Coren explained: “Dogs that have been properly socialized will congenially approach virtually anything that is alive, regardless of its species, and, unless they receive hostile signals, they will attempt to establish a good-natured relationship.”
Oof, Merlin’s 14? Maggie’s going to be spending a lot of time bitching to S.F. these next few months about Merlin not being able to put a cork in it about the lavish Quinceañero he thinks he’s entitled to this year.