The Bizarre Things These Dogs Did Will Make Your Pups Seem Totally Normal

Every pet owner will tell you there’s really no such thing as a “normal” dog. Whether your pup is easygoing or high maintenance, he’s bound to have some quirks and tendencies that are a little odd.

But some dogs take their weirdness to a whole new level. From their bizarre dining preferences to canned food thieves, these stories prove dogs are just as weird as people.

Dog or squirrel?

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One dog behaved more like a squirrel. | Suefeldberg/iStock/Getty Images

Rosie, a rescue hound in Westport, Connecticut, seems to identify more as a squirrel. Her owner, Jacquie Miles, says Rosie loves to snack on the thousands of acorns that line their yard. She apparently crunches on them “like they’re popcorn.”

Next: All this pup needs is a can opener.

The canned food stealer

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A Lab would steal dog food from his neighbor. | sanjagrujic/iStock/Getty Images

Carla Levy’s childhood dog, a Lab named Hoover, had a tendency to break into the neighbors’ garage and steal canned dog food from their stash. He’d return to his home with a can in his mouth, hoping his family would open it for him.

Next: What did the backpack do to deserve this?

The backpack-destroyer

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One basset hound actually did ruin a girl’s homework. | coja1108/iStock/Getty Images

Annie Elliott’s basset hound once ruined a little girl’s day by sneaking out of the house, running across the street, and promptly peeing on her backpack while she waited for the bus.

Next: This Great Dane channeled her inner diva. 

The lipstick diet?

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A Great Dane had a taste for lipstick. | RalfWeigel/iStock/Getty Images

Eric Schnetzer arrived home one day to discover his Great Dane had eaten a full tube of lipstick. She also dragged the lipstick over the carpet and her feet, even getting some on a door. Apparently, Schnetzer’s carpet is still pink.

Next: Hide-and-seek must be fun at this house.

The disappearing dog

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One dog really knew how to hide. | Hidako/iStock/Getty Images

Liz Rossetti has a Brittany spaniel that curls up in impossibly tiny places when she’s scared. When she disappeared during a thunderstorm one night, her family feared the worst. They found her hours later, tightly wedged behind the toilet. It took them a long time to get her free.

Next: Note to dogs: Astroturf is not real grass.

Accident in the Nike store

Astroturf confused this dog. |  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Sarah Scott’s dog, Georgia, apparently can’t tell the difference between astroturf and grass. When Scott and Georgia were browsing the running section at Nike, the pup decided to relieve herself in the middle of the store.

Next: This puppy rocks.

Rocks as snacks

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Rocks don’t make a great snack. | Ekaterina79/Getty Images

When a 6-month-old Lab stopped eating his food, his owners took him to the vet. An X-ray revealed the pup’s belly was full of his new favorite snack: rocks. He’d been hanging out near a fish pond and munching on the rocks he found there. $1,500 in medical bills later, the rocks were removed.

Next: Well, at least the “meat” didn’t go to waste.

Roadkill is tasty

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This dog should not have been eating roadkill. |

Erin Michelle’s old dog, Dixie, used to make a habit of going out and eating roadkill. Michelle lives out in the country, so this was a common occurrence. Once, Dixie ate a deer, which she proceeded to puke up (identifiable body parts and all) all over Michelle’s bed.

Next: This dog really got around.

The tram-rider

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One dog commuted with his friend. | Matthias Rietschel/Getty Images

Trevor Warlan used to live in Southhampton, England, in the 1940s, where he lived with his parents and their dog, Rex. One day, his mother got on the tram and realized Rex was sitting by the driver with a playmate, a pup named Mickey.

The conductor asked if they were her dogs, and Warlan’s mother answered that one of them was. The conductor told her the two dogs got on the tram at the same time every day, rode to the recreation ground alongside the river, played for awhile, and took another tram home.

Next: The dog of destruction.

A stolen pancake, a fire, and a nap

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A naughty golden retriever started a fire. |

A dog in Southwick, Massachusetts, made headlines recently for a very destructive afternoon. The three minute video from the home security system showed the golden retriever pulling a plate off the stove and eating a leftover pancake. In the process, the dog switched on the button on the gas stove. The golden promptly laid down for a nap, waking when the fire alarm started going off and the fire department arrived to put out the minor blaze.

Next: These dogs must have had some terrible breath.

The ‘Easter egg hunt’

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These dogs came up with an “Easter egg hunt” of their own. | artemisphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Once upon a time, there were two dogs who decided to celebrate Easter early. They discovered that a few rabbits had moved into the yard, but instead of going on a bunny hunt, they went on a search for something else: the rabbit droppings. Apparently the rabbit poop was irresistible, because the “Easter egg hunt” went on for awhile before their owners figured out what was going on.

Next: Imagine picking up bright orange dog poop.

The paintball-eater

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This could not have been healthy. | aperfection/iStock/Getty Images

Sarah’s pit bill once ate half a box of her roommate’s paintballs (about 500). The dog’s poop was fluorescent orange for over a week.

Next: Well, this is embarrassing.

Why did it have to be the bathroom trash?

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Keep your trash out of paws’ reach. |

Like most canines, Sarah Mota’s dog liked to dig through the trash, and this particular pup preferred the bathroom garbage. One night, she dragged Mota’s dirty tampons all through the house — while she had company over, naturally.

Next: What did the ball do?

The false alarm

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This dog was not a fan of a big, red intruder. | MAEK123/iStock/Getty Images

Early one morning, an entire family was awakened by the sound of their dog barking like crazy outside. They all rushed out in a panic since they’d never heard the pup bark that way before. They found him freaking out about a big red exercise ball that had rolled into their yard. Even when the ball was removed, the dog was inconsolable for the rest of the day.

Next: This is the weirdest dog of them all.

The all-around weirdo

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One dog really had a taste for dirt. | Artem Tryhub/iStock/Getty Images

One pet owner has proclaimed his dog to the the weirdest. Among his odd tendencies: Eating dirt until his mouth is covered in dirty spit bubbles, forgetting he’s laying down while he’s in the process of it (leaving his rear half up in the air), popping a boner when he’s scared, and stealing half empty plastic water bottles and storing them under his owners’ bed.

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