A fluffy pup has stolen hearts across the world for his carefree personality and joyous performance at international canine event Crufts.
Unlike his competitors, the big bundle of fur named Kratu didn’t seem to have a care in the world about following instructions, moving at his own pace throughout the course.
With a huge smile on his face, the pooch, who works as a therapy dog, wandered around happily, even stopping to take a rest inside the tunnel, instead of speeding through like its fellow canines.
Kratu missed jumps, ran around the outside of the ring, basically just had the time of his life in what can be a quite serious competition.
The loveable dog even had commentators laughing as they tried to discuss Kratu’s background and what makes him so special.
“It’s trying to do a course only it doesn’t care very much what actually it’s supposed to do,” they can be heard saying in between laughing. “It just goes wherever it wants to.”
Kratu wasn’t like other dogs competing as he was actually rescued in Romania from what commentators described as “absolutely terrible conditions”. Upon settling into his new home with handler Tess, Kratu went on to become an assistance and therapy dog, providing support to those who need it most.
Now living a much happier life, it seemed as if Kratu doesn’t want to take anything too seriously.
“We want the dogs to have fun here and we don’t care if they get it right or not,” the commentator added. “There is actually a proper route that they are supposed to take and Kratu is not taking it is all I can say. He’s really just having fun.”
The video of Kratu’s performance has gained much attention from dog lovers across the world, with many praising the pooch for his fabulous personality.
“I swear to god I understand this dog on a spiritual level,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“I disagree with the announcer. He CAN follow directions, he just doesn’t want to… and his way looked more fun anyway,” another added.
While a third said: “He’s having the time of his life. Bless him he’s adorable.”
Kratu himself even left a comment for his followers writing: “There is a lot of joy and gratitude for so many wonderful people who see the joy in me. Thank you.”
This wasn’t the first time the playful pooch has taken to the stage. Last year, Kratu left people in fits of laughter with his joyful performance at Crufts.
Much to the audience’s delight, Kratu seemed far more interested in having fun at the event, stopping by the volunteers for pats than actually completing the tough course.
He left commentator Peter Purves in hysterics, with the esteemed Crufts presenter laughing good-naturedly all the way through the show.
While Kratu might need to work on his agility and obedience training, he has far more important work to focus on in his everyday life. Kratu is an emotional support dog for his owner Tessa Eagle Swan, who was diagnosed with autism last year.
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Tessa told the Ealing Times that Kratu, who’s a Romanian Mioritic-Carpathian sheepdog mix, has brought joy to her life and made social interactions much easier since coming to live with her.
“I had a big lack of confidence and self-esteem,” she said of her life before Kratu. “But if I wake up with night terrors he’s there by my side.
“He’s the first face I see in the morning. He’s so happy, he’s full of love, he brings great joy to many people who meet him. He’s a great character, full of life.”