Lots of Very Good Dogs Are Doing the Mannequin Challenge

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Remember the time, just over month ago, when we were heading towards the end of a year we all imagined to be cursed, looking for anything mildly diverting to distract us from the utter bleakness of 2016? Well if you do, then you probably remember the mannequin challenge, the viral stunt that had people posing as living still lifes as Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles played in the background. Regular people did it, famous people like Paul McCartney did it and, ultimately, some very well behaved pets got in on the fun. It was maybe not the silver lining we were hoping for, but it was a silver lining and, well, we’ll take what we can get. So here we are, cute dogs staying completely still. Not the worst consolation.

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I mean, I like looking at these two silly shih tzu’s freeze-fighting over the two in both of their mouths, but this is clearly a beginner level mannequin challenge. It’s hard to tell whether the dogs are frozen because they’re supposed to be, or if they just realized they were caught doing something bad and are trying not to get noticed. Lots of eye motion seems to indicate that that they’re aware of what’s going on, but want it to be done already. Still, these pups are pretty darn cute.

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This is basically watching a dog going step by step through the rigamarole of bachelorhood–on the computer, cooking some bones, taking a shower, grilling some bones, eating some bones, then enjoying a nice glass of wine. All the while the pupper has a facial expression that appears to reveal hidden depths. Everyone should be able to relate to this pup in some way or another. This mannequin challenge makes me feel like I’m getting a glimpse into this dog’s complicated inner life.

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This clip is like a more playful version of the last one, with this Boxer taking on similar household tasks–but also wearing a tiny cowboy hat towards the beginning. And while the hat is for sure an excellent touch, the coup de grace–and probably the most impressive trick on this list–is the dog holding a Dorito in its mouth without immediately chowing down on that thing. This pup has some legit willpower.

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This video, featuring Luke and his sister Leia has more costumes than the other videos, and is all the better for it. Also, any time dogs gather around a table to play a card-based game (yes, even Monopoly), it should be considered a work of art.

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This dog is just really good at tricks. The pup balances a jenga tower of treats on its nose, does some yoga, feeds its owner by balancing a plate of pancakes on its head–while holding a newspaper in its mouth!–and stays still the whole time. Good work all around for this talented doggo.

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