Is it a dog, or is it a statue? That is the question on everyone’s lips.
Or at least the lips of those who have seen a picture online of a dog that looks a lot like a statue.
I’ve given up the game there, it is in fact a dog. But by gosh, it certainly does look a lot like a statue.
Sandra Pineda, from Quezon City, Philippines, shared a picture of her pooch Piper online and was shocked to discover it racked up more than 10,000 likes in an hour. Thousands more had commented, and they were largely asking the same question: ‘Is that a dog or a statue?!?!’
Piper is in fact a Mexican Hairless Dog, or if you prefer a name that is impossible to say, a Xoloitzcuintli.
Medical student, Sandra, bought her last March, when she was only two-months-old. The 22-year-old said she couldn’t tell whether the online response was seriously initially, though she eventually took it to be a compliment.
She said: “It was so funny to see all these compliments coming through of people thinking Piper was a statue.
“They were all really confused and asking me whether she was real or not.
“At first, I thought it was a joke, but then I realised they were serious. They just couldn’t believe that she was a real dog.
“I guess I’m so used to her I don’t see it as much as other people, but my friends and family told me they can definitely see it.
“It’s actually really flatter ring to think that my beautiful dog could be mistaken for a work of art.”
Indeed, Sandra does treat Piper a bit like a statue, giving her a regular polish with virgin coconut oil.
She said: “I really like the fact that she’s hairless, it’s really easy to deal with.
“We use a mild dog shampoo on her, and after baths she gets lathered up in virgin coconut oil to keep her skin moisturised and shiny.”
Xoloitzcuintlis have been around for 3,500 years and played an important role in Aztec and Maya life, according to the National Geographic.
Sandra said a lot of people don’t like the look of Piper, but she thinks everyone should give the rare breed a chance.
She said: “Some people don’t see Piper’s beauty or her regal look which baffles me because I think she’s gorgeous.
“I think people should give Piper, and all Xolos and other hairless dogs a chance, because they’re really the sweetest and funniest pups you will ever meet.”
… We’ll think about it, Sandra.