Dog got sick, so owners stayed home. Then it happened again. Then they realized—dog had set them up

November 11, 2017 2:51 pm Last Updated: November 11, 2017 4:02 pm

Children have dozens of tricks up their sleeves to stay home from school. Making their body warm to fool their parents into thinking they have a fever, faking a stomach ache, and even faking a cold. Some parents fall for the tricks, but most of the time they don’t.

Fortunately, for Sullivan the dog, his owners fell for the fake cough trick.

Kennady Longhurst and Alex Salsberry have a close bond with their dog, Sullivan, or Sully. The three do things like go hiking and cuddle together.


These things are fun, but owners have to go and make a living as well. Kennady and Alex went to work as usual, but on her lunch break Kennady went to check on Sully and she noticed he was making a weird coughing noise.

Kennady began to get scared and called her husband, who also came home.

Sully had his owners scared.


“It really freaked me out. I started frantically googling dog CPR,” said Kennady.

But then, she noticed Sully reverted to acting “completely normal.” He was “wagging his tail and running around acting like himself, besides this weird cough,” she said.

She was worried, so she stayed home to be near Sully. The cough was completely gone the rest of the day, so they figured he “must have gotten something stuck in his throat and finally got it out.”

Except, it wasn’t over.


The cough stopped that night, but the following morning, as Alex got ready for work, Sully started to cough again.

Alex worked from home to take care of Sully, and the couple decided to get him checked out.


“They gave us some antibiotics just in case it was a bacterial infection, but he didn’t have a fever or any symptoms,” Kennady said.

“So the doctor was confused.”

They called around and checked with other vets in the city, trying to get an idea of what was happening. Then after a follow-up with the doctor, something clicked.


Kennady told Buzzfeed that the doctor “told us sometimes animals fake sick or limp for attention or treats or special privileges.”

“We’re pretty sure he knows that we know he was faking it.”

“So he is just a naughty faker who wanted some extra attention, and boy did he get it,” she said.


“We baby him so much he probably learned that if he acted weird or different someone would spend the day with him.”