The internet community has a soft spot for pets, and dogs in particular never fail to impress on social media, whether it’s a little puppy driver or a “diva” dog staring at her. own reflection. And now, a photo of a dog has recently made the rounds on Reddit, reminding users of a certain iconic cartoon character.
User iMil shared a photo of his dog to the r/mildlyinteresting subreddit with the caption, “My dog’s shadow is 100% Scooby Doo.”
At first glance, the image of the standing dog is not so extraordinary. However, as the original poster (OP) points out, the shadow of the dog appears to resemble the silhouette of the protagonist of the popular animated television franchise.
Since being shared two days ago, the post has already garnered 29,200 upvotes along with 172 comments.
“Your dog is 100% Scooby Doo!” said one commenter, to which the OP replied, “We [are] consider renaming it now…”
And of course, some users didn’t hesitate to add some Scooby Doo references in the comments section. “Ruh-roh, Raggy,” one user wrote, mimicking one of the character’s catchphrases.
Other commenters seemed confused about how Scooby Doo’s shadow made the dog look like it had pointy ears, when in fact it didn’t.
“Nobody [is going to] report [that] the shadow has pointy ears while the dog’s are down?” wrote one user.
The OP responded to the comment saying, “I swear on my life this is 100% intact, I posted this straight from my cell phone, and yes I too thought it was pretty weird.”
One user attempted to explain the optical illusion: “It could be because the shadow is elongated due to the angle of the sun. Look at the rest of the shadow relative to the dog; it certainly looks elongated compared to the actual dog shape. And also all the other shadows in the picture.”
Another commenter also pointed out that Scooby Doo’s full name would be Scoobert. “I recently learned that Scoobs’ full name is Scoobert and my life hasn’t even been the same since,” they said.
Technically, this statement is partially true. While Scooby Doo’s first name is actually Scoobert, a name another main character, Shaggy, repeatedly calls the dog, there has been a lot of confusion over the character’s last name, which is believed usually be “Doobert”. .”
A 1988 episode titled “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” revealed that Scooby Doo’s last name is Doo, making his full name Scoobert Doo, according to Business Insider.
One user also shared a “fun fact” about the Scooby Doo character, writing, “When designing Scooby himself, they looked for all the most desirable traits in world-class show dogs, then drew the exact opposite.”
Iwao Takamoto, the animator who originally designed Scooby Doo, based the character’s physicality on the opposing attractive traits of the Great Dane breed, according to the New York Times.
During a conversation with employees of Cartoon Network Studios, Takamoto explained that at Hannah-Barbera, “there was a lady who bred Great Danes.” According to Takamoto, she explained to him the “most important points of a Great Dane – like a straight back, straight legs, a small chin and such”. Takamoto then chose to do the opposite by giving him a humped back, bow legs, and a big chin.
“Even her color is wrong,” he shared.
It wouldn’t be the first time a photo or video of a pet has gone viral on social media. Newsweek recently reported on a Reddit post that included a photo of a “dramatic dog” who appeared to be having an existential crisis while staring out the window. Newsweek also covered a story about how a video of a husky hiding among inflatable dogs went viral on TikTok.
Newsweek contacted u/iMil for comment.