March 1, 2024
If you have ever been to a dog park or walked by one, you're keenly aware of the species the park accommodates -- and even then, the patrons don't always...

If you have ever been to a dog park or walked by one, you’re keenly aware of the species the park accommodates — and even then, the patrons don’t always get along.

But throw another animal into the mix and you’re sure to have a canine commotion on your hands.

That’s what happened for parkgoers at a New York City dog park recently when one of the infamous New York rats decided to stroll directly through the park.

Whether the rat was sick or simply a brazen big city dweller, it certainly drew a lot of attention — first from the dogs, then from the owners, and then from the internet, as a video of the incident has gone viral and sits at over 6 million views.


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The video, posted on Twitter on Tuesday, shows the large rat hopping along despite the pack of dogs intrigued by the live squeaky toy.

At some points it appears to leap at the dogs, leading some people to label the rat as aggressive.

The dogs are almost as unphased by the rat’s advances as they are by their owners’ desperate attempts to keep them from getting to the rodent.

Owners swirl around, kicking up dust as they try to put themselves between their pups and the rat or lead their dogs away from the scene — but the dogs aren’t about to let the free entertainment just leave.

One particularly eager pup dives for the rat and flips it through the air before her owner is on her and forces her to back away from the rat with a pointed finger.

According to the New York Post, that dog was later determined to be a 4-year-old Jindo mix named Zoey.


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A friend of Zoey’s owner, referred to in the comments as “gray sweatshirt guy,” eventually surfaced online to let people know that Zoey was OK after her brush with the questionable creature.

“I’m posting on behalf of my friend in the video, Jonah (now known as hoodie man) and his dog, Zoey — both of whom are ok and not sick,” Danielle Koire tweeted on Wednesday.

Some commenters wondered aloud why the owners didn’t just let the dogs handle the situation, but others pointed out that the rat could have been diseased or poisoned and the owners were doing the responsible thing by not letting their pets dispatch the wayward rodent.

Others are focusing on the absurdity of it all.

“You know it’s a New York rat because it fought back,” one person commented. “Ready to risk it all.”

Still others pointed out the nearly poetic arrangement of subjects during certain moments of the clip, likening the scene to a Renaissance painting.

In the end, the rat appeared to make it out of the park under its own power, thanks in part to the owners who intervened on behalf of their dogs.

If nothing else, it certainly was a very New York moment.

Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she’s strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.

As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn’t really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she’s had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children’s books with her husband, Edward.


Austin, Texas

Languages Spoken

English und ein bißchen Deutsch

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Faith, Animals, Cooking