A picture has gone viral this week after Twitter user @
holy shit I just saw the literal fattest dog pic.twitter.com/bJ2iY4VYw9
— madeleine sweet (@madeleinesweet) October 27, 2015
This was followed up by Tweets about how the dog was flying first class. As it turns out, there’s actually a cute backstory to this, which made me smile. Via Mashable:
In an interview through direct messages, @madeleinedoux told Mashable that the dog boarded the plane last and sat in the front row of first class with his owner, who’d seemingly purchased two tickets. The dog spent most of the flight lying on the ground near its seat, and didn’t bark or make noise for the duration of the trip.
So why was the dog so big, and why was it being carted around? Apparently due to an illness the dog can only move with the aid of a cart, which explains his weight:
Mashable has learned that the dog’s name is Hank and he belongs to Kari Whitman, an interior designer who founded Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue in Beverly Hills, California. Hank is Whitman’s support animal and, due to an illness, can only move with the aid of a cart, which explains his weight. We hope Hank enjoys many more relaxing flights in first class.
While there’s no denying that in general people take advantage of how easy it is to register a pet as an “emotional support animal,” I find this story to be adorable.