A bottle of pills for one dog's environmental allergies has gone viral after its owner cannily labelled the medicine to butter up her pooch.
Christine Nangle is a television comedy writer from Philadelphia, and she is the owner of Philby (named, Christine says, with no knowledge of notorious Soviet spy Kim Philby).
Philby is a five-year-old pit bull mix, rescued from a shelter, who suffers from some environmental allergies that require him to take pills. And while he apparently hates taking them, who could refuse these?
My dog Philby has to take allergy meds everyday but he doesn’t need to know that. https://t.co/5oFUVCb5bG— Christine Nangle (@Christine Nangle) 1537572311.0
“He hates taking pills," Christine told the Press Association. “I'm always having to find new ways to trick him into it with treats.
“It just became a joke with myself, to make it less of a chore for me. Whenever we're on a walk and hear sirens or see cops, I warn him that it's him they are coming for because he's too handsome and there are laws against that kind of thing."
Philby the pit bull mix poses for a photograph (Christine Nangle)
The tweet received well over 100,000 likes on Twitter, and while Christine has been attempting to stop using the social media website so much, she said: “This made it hard because people were so fun."
@nanglish They are working!— Julie Klausner (@Julie Klausner) 1537573096.0
@cattygeorgia @nanglish Well these are obviously working for Philby. Just look at him. Now that Clyde is on four ne… https://t.co/SdUSsi378f— Tammy Ingram (@Tammy Ingram) 1537723601.0
@nanglish Well, he is very handsome, Christine, so no wonder he thinks they’re working so well.— Brian Stack (@Brian Stack) 1537579213.0
@nanglish He is adorable! The pills are doing their job! :D— Josh Jersild (@Josh Jersild) 1537573689.0
@nanglish @PFTompkins This makes my heart smile, thank you— Luke Schultz (@Luke Schultz) 1537574915.0
“Many many people have said either 'the pills are clearly working' or 'he doesn't need them.' These people are very smart to notice that Philby is incredibly handsome."
Philby has to take daily medication (Christine Nangle)
@nanglish Plot twist: those are placebos as that is already a very handsome boy— angel (@angel) 1537579999.0
@LeahhSk @nanglish @Lindyyay Makes sense. His natural handsomeness is too high so he has to take pills to regulate it— Lucy_InTheSky (@Lucy_InTheSky) 1537642337.0
@nanglish As if he could get any better-looking.— Josh Thomas (@Josh Thomas) 1537593126.0
@nanglish Are they to control his handsomeness so the rest of us don't faint at how handsome he is? Because that is… https://t.co/7dR20IC4Gl— eerieindianadw (@eerieindianadw) 1537702844.0
And for those worrying about mislabelled pills causing confusion, Christine assures them this is simply a joke for she and Philby to share.
“When someone else is taking care of him, either at boarding or my sister's house, I give them a properly labelled bottle," she said.
Whatever Philby's secret is, he's definitely one of the most handsome dogs around.