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Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Fumipets
Otto, the Dog with a Sanitation Worker ‘Obsession’
When Love Knows No Bounds
Dogs are known for their protective instincts, often barking at any unfamiliar faces approaching their territory. But every now and then, you come across a canine with a unique obsession—one that transcends the ordinary.
Meet Otto, the dog whose heart skips a beat every Thursday. Why, you might ask? Because that’s when the melodious sound of the garbage truck’s brakes fills the air. Otto’s affection for sanitation workers goes beyond the ordinary; it’s an all-encompassing devotion.
A heartwarming video, posted on November 3 to the TikTok account @lchevy6, showcases Otto’s unwavering enthusiasm. As the distant hum of the garbage truck nears, Otto, unable to contain his excitement, is ready to make a dash for it. His owner, in the caption, reveals that Otto can hear the truck from a mile away. The words overlaid on the video proclaim that he “has an obsession.”
A Leap of Love
Otto doesn’t merely stroll outside to greet his beloved sanitation workers. No, he catapults himself through the door, leaving no window or door unscathed, as he vigorously scratches until he’s granted his freedom. Once outside, he patiently waits for the garbage truck’s arrival. His entire body wiggles with sheer anticipation.
The heartwarming twist in this tale is that the sanitation workers are equally fond of Otto. In the video, one worker rushes over to shower Otto with affection and pets, reciprocating the love they receive from their four-legged admirer.
A Treat for Devotion
The creator of the video added in the comments section that Otto occasionally receives treats from the workers when they are on his owner’s route. This raises the question, is Otto drawn to the workers out of sheer love, or is it the prospect of tasty dog treats that seals the deal?
Viewers on TikTok share their thoughts and sentiments, with one commenting, “I’m sure they look forward to seeing Otto just as much as Otto does seeing them.” Another user playfully notes, “He’ll make sure you never miss trash day.”
Otto’s adorable tail-wagging and the wiggles of his entire body have won the hearts of everyone who witnesses this enchanting daily ritual.
Dogs and Delivery Drivers
While Otto’s story highlights the heartwarming side of canine-human interactions, it’s important to acknowledge that not all dogs share Otto’s enthusiasm when it comes to delivery drivers or postal workers.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) reported that over 5,300 postal service employees were attacked by dogs in 2022. Houston led the list of cities with the highest number of dog bite incidents involving USPS employees. These statistics don’t account for incidents involving Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and other delivery service drivers.
Proper socialization, early introduction to various people and situations, and responsible dog ownership are essential in ensuring dogs respond positively to delivery drivers. By fostering a sense of familiarity and reducing anxiety, it is possible to create a harmonious coexistence between our canine companions and the dedicated professionals who frequent our neighborhoods.
So, while Otto’s endearing story warms our hearts, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible dog ownership, ensuring that every tail keeps wagging, just like Otto’s.