A Dog Takes Up Some Unusual Hobbies While His Clueless Owner Is Gone All Day

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There’s a star-studded animated feature called The Secret Life of Pets coming out in July, but A Dog’s Life, a short from Belgian animator Pieter Vandenabeele, covers similar subject matter, though it deploys a far more poignant tone. (The owner here, quite frankly, sucks.)

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The essential question, though, remains the same: What does your dog do when you’re gone all day? And furthermore, could he beat you at chess?

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When we’re out of the house, my dog sleeps on all of the furniture that she’s not allowed to go on. We can tell, because when we get home we can feel the seats (and tables) and find the warm patch where she was sleeping.

(And my dog could beat Deep Blue at chess, if the prize was food.)