Sausage dog loves to do press-ups alongside her owner

Pernod the sausage dog was adopted four months ago and her owners soon realised she picked up a unique trick – doing press-ups. The six-year-old pooch loves doing the exercise alongside 15-year-old Jake Davie. They work out together every day in the front room of the family home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Pernod loves it so much, they have to eventually encourage her to stop before she damages the carpet or exhausts herself – but it has provided them all with a laugh through the pandemic.
Dated: 13/01/2021 Pernod the sausage dog, who has developed a love of press-ups in lockdown and loves working out with her owner Jake Davie, 15, every day in the front room of the family home in Gateshead. Pictured with Jake. See story and VIDEO by North News
Pernod and Jake (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd)
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.’

Dated: 13/01/2021 Pernod the sausage dog, who has developed a love of press-ups in lockdown and loves working out with her owner Jake Davie, 15, every day in the front room of the family home in Gateshead. See story and VIDEO by North News
Pernod was adopted just four months ago (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd)
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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