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Everyone's Putting Eggs Inside Their Dogs' Mouths to Show How Gentle They Are. Some Dogs Are Better At It Than Others

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 8, 2018 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 8, 2018 |


One of the new things on the internet is putting an egg into your dog’s mouth to show just how gentle they can be.

It all started with this very Good Girl:

Now, as anyone who has ever had a dog—or indeed even met a dog—would attest, the fact that they are capable of using their jaws in other modes than DEATHCRUSHKILL should come as no surprise.

Nevertheless, here we are, and everyone has jumped on this bandwagon. Usually I’d be snarky and say something crotchety, but…

It’s an excuse to look at dogs.

The process is simple. You give the (usually slightly confused but ever patient) dog an egg to hold in their mouth. They hold it. Then you get it back from them. Instant recipe for pure aww.



As far as I’m concerned, though, the real champions here are the rulebreakers. The renegades. The dogs that don’t play by no human’s stupid egg rules.

Give ‘em hell, pups.

Why did Reddit make me put an egg in my dogs mouth? from r/aww
Saw this egg thing and wanted to try with my Husky, not really what i expected. from r/aww

And my personal favourite.

I️ saw that pitbulls & goldens can hold eggs in their mouths, why not my lab? from r/aww

Now, of course, like a lot of silly meme viral challenge things, this one comes with a health warning. As per a veterinarian who spoke to Buzzfeed:

“Placing a raw egg (in the shell) in a dog’s mouth is a health risk. It is choking hazard as the egg may become lodged in the dog’s throat,” she said.

“However, there is also a risk of the dog contracting an infection from bacteria that is present on the outside of the egg shell, for example, salmonella.”

“Salmonella can be present both inside and outside the shell, so even if the egg does not break, if the bacteria is present on the outside of the shell it could lead to health concerns including diahhorea and vomiting.”

So yeah. Think twice before you shove an egg in anything’s mouth. Especially a dog’s.


Petr Knava lives in London and plays music

Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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