Jake’s mum Jill, a 51-year-old mental health nurse, said: ‘It’s a tough time for me at the moment and this has definitely cheered us all up in lockdown.
‘We think Pernod was initially attracted by the noise of the timer.’When Jake gets down on the floor and starts moving, Pernod sits beside him, keeping her back legs still but pushing at the carpet with her front paws, like she is replicating what he’s doing.
Jill added: ‘As soon as Jake starts doing his press ups she goes up next to him and joins in.
Many dogs have a condition nicknamed “Frito Feet,” in which their feet smell little bit like corn chips. As Matt Soniak wrote in a Big Question on this site, this has to do with the kind of bacteria found on a pup’s feet, and “could be due to yeast or Proteus bacteria. Both are known for their sweet, corn tortilla–like smell. Or it could be Pseudomonas bacteria, which smell a little fruitier—but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.”
‘When I saw it for the first time, I couldn’t stop laughing.
‘It spurs Jake on, and it gives Perno exercise too.
‘But she’d carry on and on forever if we let her. We have to coax her to stop, otherwise she’d wear a huge hole in the carpet or completely tire herself out.’
If only we were all as motivated as Pernod.
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