Some dogs beg for food. This smart pup pays for his own.
For the last five years or more, a charming black dog named Negro has lived on the campus of Colombia’s Diversified Technical Education Institute of Monterrey Casanare. There, he acts as a sort of guardian, keeping an eye on things as pupils go about their studies.
In exchange, Negro is cared for by the school’s professors, who give him with food, drink, attention, and a secure place to spend the night with them.
However, the dog appears to have decided that everything after that is up to him.
Early in Negro’s time at the school, he became aware of a little store on campus where students gathered to buy stuff on their breaks; occasionally, they’d buy him cookies from there.
This is clearly where the dog first heard about business – and decided to give it a go himself.
“He’d go to the store and watch the kids give money and get something in return,” instructor Angela Garcia Bernal told The Dodo. “Then one day, out of nowhere, he came with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and declaring that he wanted a cookie.”
Negro had created his own money, which was, of course, accepted.
He got a cookie, and it came with a surprise.
Treats may be purchased using leaves!
As you can think, it’s been a frequent occurrence since the dog discovered his money literally grows on trees.
“He comes in every day for cookies,” Gladys Barreto, a veteran store employee, told The Dodo. “He always pays in the form of a leaf. It is a daily purchase for him.”
Here’s a video showing Negro at work.
As amazing as it may seem, the savvy dog has been doing this for years. Staff has ensured that he only receives goodies that are safe for dogs to consume, and he is only allowed to purchase a handful of snacks every day (to stave off inflation in both the leafy currency and his waistline).
But it’s still an amazing thing to behold.
“You almost want to cry when you first see it,” Bernal remarked. “He’s discovered a method to express himself. He’s quite clever.”