Kratu The Rescue Dog Does His Own Thing On The Agility Course—And People Love It


Ever have one of those days where you kind of go through the motions? When you do just enough to get the job done, but you’re not trying to wow anyone?

Kratu the dog had one of those days at the Crufts dog show in the United Kingdom earlier this month — and people love him for it.

Kratu took a turn on the Crufts agility course during the competition, but you can tell his mind is elsewhere. With the crowd laughing and cheering him on, Kratu occasionally makes a jump or mounts an obstacle. Then, figuring he’s done enough, he makes a beeline for the exit, or crawls into a cozy tunnel on the floor. At one point he does a quick pass by the audience that feels almost celebratory.

The funny thing is, you can see that Kratu has the skills to nail the course. He’s a large, gorgeous dog who flies easily over the jumps and seems fearless on the A-frame ramp. He just likes doing things his way, apparently.

See for yourself:


Kratu’s run at Crufts this year was his second try. The CarpathianMioritic shepherd mix appeared at Crufts in 2018 and performed about the same — romping aimlessly and only selectively hearing his trainer. He didn’t win any agility ribbons, but the crowd loved him.

Agility isn’t Kratu’s only “thing,” anyway. After being rescued from poor conditions in Romania, Kratu joined his trainer Tessa Eagle Swan and her pack. Now he’s a model, complete with an Instagram and his own website, and works as an “Ambassadog” for U.K. charity International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals.

“He is a free spirit which cannot be contained,” Swan told the Crufts website in an interview. “He loves to entertain people, making people happy and making people laugh, he radiates joy when that happens.”

Swan said she’ll bring Kratu back to Crufts, though it makes her a little nervous.

“I just don’t know what he will have in store for next year,” she said.

Aw. I can’t wait to see what Kratu’s new routine in 2020!

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